Calgary International Film Fest Picks

I am very excited about this year’s Calgary International Film Fest.  It marks the long anticipated premiere of my friend Chris Hsiung’s film “Elder in the Making.”  This film promises to bring a new dialogue around bridging cultural gaps and discovering our own roots.  Check it out on Saturday Sept. 26 at 4:15 at the Globe Uptown Theatre.   Continue reading

Fashion Failure to Fashion Fame – Designing for People with Disabilities

The Problem:

All too often people facing mobility challenges or physical disabilities have few options when it comes to fashion.  In the past this population was brushed off as a niche market by the fashion industry and seen as impossible to mass produce successfully.  However, the fashion industry is beginning to realize that all of us face mobility issues or health concerns sooner or later.  How can we create better design and better technologies to allow us all to remain active, look good and have dignity in the choices we can make around what we wear?

Solution 1: Revolutionizing Prohibitive Styles

Stephanie Thomas knows from personal experience what it is like to live with a non-severe disability.  She has lived with missing digits on her right hand and foot which meant finding fashions that didn’t require buttons.  For the last 20 years she’s followed clothing trends for people with disabilities and came to the realization that “pet’s continue to have more clothing options than people with disabilities, especially those with seated body types.” Continue reading

Skeptical about stampede? Five reasons Calgarians can be proud of Stampede

K Stampede 2Okay so I’ll admit it, I haven’t always loved the Stampede.  It’s easy to point to the drunken idiots, the ridiculous amount of hay bales everywhere and old school ways of thinking that seem destined never to change when describing the ten days of Stampede. But over my time living in Calgary I have begun to appreciate the changes I have seen the Stampede make and the positive stories I have found. It’s important to remember for all those eager to dismiss the Stampede that as a non-profit organization it generates nearly a quarter of Alberta’s tourism economy, $345 million last year. The Stampede Foundation also invests $2.7 million annually into youth programs including the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, the Calgary Stampede Showband and the Stampede School which increases agricultural awareness. But beyond those economic points, here’s five reasons we can be proud of Stampede 2015.  Continue reading

Bad Stories Happen to Good People – 15 Sources to Improve your Storytelling!

11232277_650906818342869_622914059718803794_nSo you want to tell better stories?  I have compiled a list here of great sources to help you sell your product, idea or yourself.   Continue reading

Storytelling Your Way to the Top

photo-29The best speakers, leaders and communicators are great storytellers. Turn your passion, message and vision into a great story that people will remember.  As a TEDx speaker, speaker coach and filmmaker, Kate McKenzie will provide practical tools to be more persuasive and engage people with your ideas. Enjoy a specialty lunch prepared by Café Blanca Executive Chef. Registration $25 (lunch included) at Cafe Blanca or register through EventBrite

Are You Mentally Resilient?


Training for a marathon, triathlon?  Gearing up for a new job or trying to stay motivated from home? Looking for ways to better handle challenges and obstacles? Learn practical strategies to give you the competitive edge by building mental resiliency.  Attend our lunch&learn at Cafe Blanca by registering today
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Lunch & Learn: Gain A Competitive Advantage By Increasing Positivity

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A positive mindset is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy. It is essential in rapidly changing environments and allows for greater personal and professional success. This interactive workshop lead by filmmaker, educator and positive storyteller, Kate McKenzie will provide practical tools to remain resilient, improve inter-office relationships and harness the power of positive-storytelling. Enjoy a specialty lunch prepared by Cafe Blanca Executive Chef. Registration $30 (lunch included) at Cafe Blanca or register through EventBrite 

May 13, 12:00-12:30pm at Cafe Blanca 240 Riverfront Ave SW, Calgary

Inspiring Quotes

While listening to hundreds of hours of interviews as I edit them for our upcoming episodes I was inspired today by musician Trina Nestibo and humanitarian Craig Kielberger.  Check out their quotes: Continue reading

Good News From Saskatchewan!

After many hours of editing we are so pleased to share with you the first episode in our 13 part series on Canada.  We have been travelling across Canada over the last five months with the dream of combatting negative news by sharing more positive news.  Completing this first episode feels amazing! We can’t wait to share it with you and would love it if you shared it with everyone you know.  Continue reading