The Stride was conceived in 2017 as a collaboration between the Calgary Chamber and Calgary Foundation. The aim was to build a program that connected young leaders from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to explore ways these two communities could better work together to address social and environmental issues impacting Calgary. A group of leaders, our Founders, came together to envision the framework for this new idea. They laid the foundation for where we are today – developing governance systems, programming formats and content, and establishing how the program would operate. We are forever grateful to this early group of innovators and the contributions they have made to bringing this program to reality.