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After the 8-10 finalists make their three minute presentation, panelists will meet and discuss with funders to determine the top three winners.

Jason Bates, The Calgary Foundation

Jason Bates has been the Community Grants Associate at The Calgary Foundation since 2012. Prior to working for the Foundation he managed granting programs with the federal government in two different departments: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Canadian Heritage.  He previously worked on social innovation initiatives in both North Africa and China.  Born and raised on a farm south of Calgary, Jason received his BA from McGill University in Montreal with majors in Anthropology and International Development. Outside of work Jason is passionate about building community, and building LEGO.

Richard Betts, St Andrew’s United Church

Richard is a retired oil industry executive who has worked in senior management positions in manufacturing, supply, marketing and corporate functions over a 37 year career. In addition, Richard has been a key leader in the development of a new model “for being Church” for The St Andrew’s United Church congregation in Calgary. This approach focuses on community programming and out-reach as well as providing several non-traditional ways for the congregation and the community to connect both spiritually and engage in common goals with each other.

Richard is an avid photographer and traveler as well as a bass player with the Common Cup Company. He and his wife Donna live in DeWinton and have two children and five grand-children that they love to spend as much time with as possible.

Emiko Muraki, The Calgary Arts Development Agency

Director Impact & Engagement

As a member of Calgary Arts Development‘s leadership team, my work focuses on expanding the circle of resources and champions through developing and stewarding the organization’s external relationships. I also integrate measurement systems and success indicators for all of Calgary Arts Development’s activities, and work with the Calgary Arts Development team to share the story of arts impact in Calgary.

Daniel Overall, Trico Foundation

Director, Collaboration & Innovation

Established in 2008, the Trico Charitable Foundation seeks to promote innovation and capacity in social entrepreneurship in the Canadian context. We do this through our support of Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta and Canada, our biennial Social EnterPrize Awards, grants and partnerships. In 2013, Trico brought the Social Enterprise World Forum to Canada, and continues to learn from the global field with the addition of their UK presence. Dan served as Executive Director of SEWF 2013.

Prior to Trico, Dan was Vice President of Research, Workforce and Strategy for Calgary Economic Development where he, among other things, oversaw a report on social enterprise in Calgary and a business plan to take WORKshift (a CED telework initiative) national. Dan also served as Director of Policy and Communications for the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC). In that capacity he was an early adopter of CSR, redesigned the MCC to focus on ‘community values’ as much as ‘entrepreneurial spirit’, and oversaw the MCC’s participation in the anti-poverty campaigns ‘Raise the Rates’ and ‘Make Poverty History.’

Rob Price, Director at Futurpreneur

Alberta Director, Futurpreneur

Rob has consistently demonstrated ability to increase sales and deliver top ranked gross margin percentages in both start-up and emerging enterprises, and with independent business owners. He is an enthusiastic and charismatic trainer with a proven ability to motivate while effectively communicating the message. With over twenty years of successful business experience including marketing, franchising, entrepreneurship, big box retail and performance managing in a unionized environment.

Chris Ritter, the Rotary Club

Chris has worked most of his early career with larger oil and gas companies, in various roles in the Accounting and Marketing Department.  About 15 years ago he struck out on his own to start his first of many private businesses.  He has been involved in various start-ups including Oil and Gas Production, Agriculture, Real Estate and Hotels.  He is married to Elaine Ritter and they have 3 children, David 16 and identical twin daughters 14, Heather and Sarah. Self-employment has given Chris great flexibility in balancing work, play, volunteering and family life.