The Stride is an engine recruiting and working with active citizens. Together we’re out to develop answers to our city’s challenges and identify ways to capitalize on its unique opportunities.



The Stride relies on the energy and contributions of its members to create an exceptional experience and lasting impact. The total time commitment expected of Striders is between 60 and 80 hours per year.

Year 1 participants enter as “learners”. During this year, Striders are expected to actively contribute and absorb rather than take the lead.

Year 2 participants are program “leaders” tasked with providing guidance and support to the Year 1s while playing a key role in the development of Legacy Project proposals and Legacy Grant decisions.


Annual $1000 participation fee (fee assistance available).


Applications for the program are open from August 1 – October 1 every year. Sign up for our mailing list. Click here to apply.


Leadership up close

Lunch hour events that connect Striders with influential leaders in our city. Striders are invited to submit proposals to host Leadership Up-close events where a leader of their choice would serve as moderator.

Task Forces

Task Forces are an opportunity for Striders to take deep dives into issues impacting city and relating to Calgary Foundation’s Vital Signs report. Task Forces are encouraged to focus on timely and relevant issues while learning how to engage in solutions-based work and collaboration towards positive impact.

Reflection Salons

These small facilitated conversations are an opportunity for Striders to reflect on the past quarter’s learnings, key takeaways, and how these have or haven’t impacted their perspective.

Legacy Projects

Legacy Projects represent the culmination of a year of learning, listening, and stepping outside comfort zones. Together, Striders make grants totaling $50,000 to charitable organizations working to affect big change in our community. Striders are encouraged to take advantage of facilitated sessions to develop their ideas and proposals for Legacy Project Grants.


The clue is in the name, these casual networking events are for fun and fortification for the group.



Calgary Foundation

At Calgary Foundation, we imagine a healthy, vibrant, and caring Calgary thriving well into the future, and we’re over the moon that Striders want to imagine it with us. We know that when individuals feel they belong, they are more likely to take action to make our city better.

The Calgary Chamber is a founding partner of The Stride, and a 2020 sponsor.

With your support The Stride is able to reduce financial barriers to participation, making the program accessible to all Calgarians.  Donate here.

Do you know a young leader who would benefit from being part of The Stride? Contact us to see how you can sponsor their participation.

Meet the 2020 cohort.