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Join us for a special event in Calgary

The Annual UNICEF Water for Life Gala is one of Calgary’s premier charity events with a delicious four course dinner, sensational auction items and spectacular entertainment.

Water is an essential right and a vital need and although significant improvements have been made, globally more than 663 million people still lack access to a safe drinking water source. With the generous support of many donors, UNICEF leads innovative initiatives to bring life-saving water to all children.

Event Time and Date

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5P6

Chair and Patrons

Honorary Chair

Brett Herman – President & CEO, TORC Oil & Gas Ltd.

Patrons Council

Alister Cowan – Executive VP & CFO, Suncor Energy
Rollie Cyr – Vice President Sales, Calgary Flames
Camille Devine McCreath – Actor, Host & Community Leader
Kent Ferguson – Co-Head, Canadian Energy, RBC Capital Markets
Anthony Giuffre – CEO & Partner, Avenue Living Core Trust
Amy Johnson – General Manager, Hyatt Regency Calgary
Curtis Lester – Partner, KPMG
Tamara MacDonald – UNICEF 25th Team Member
Jamie Macoun – Wealth Seven, Business Development
John Nasser – President, Victory Majors Investments Corporation
Leigh Peters – CEO, L. J. Peters Warehouses Ltd.
Randy Pettipas – President & CEO, Global Public Affairs
Sue Riddell Rose – President & CEO, Perpetual Energy Inc.
Vik Saini – President, Take Flight Group
Geeta Sankappanavar – Co-Founder & President, Grafton Asset Management
Perry Spitznagel, Q.C. – Vice-Chairman, Bennett Jones LLP
Reynold Tetzlaff – National Energy Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Peter Wallis – President & CEO, Peter Wallis
Penny Whitlock – Community Leader


To raise $1,000,000 in support of clean, safe water.


Tables are available as follows:

  • Champion: $50,000
  • Innovator: $30,000
  • Protector: $20,000
  • Advocate: $10,000
  • Collaborator: $5,000

Or... Make an Online Donation

You can support the Calgary Life Gala by donating online.

Or... Buy a Water Pump for a Community

Girl with water pump


This gift provides one water pump to improve the lives of 150 children in a local community. A local water source means girls who typically miss school to collect water will have a chance at an education and a brighter future. The water pump is a gift that will continue to give for up to 10 years, supplying clean water for drinking, bathing and household.

Event Representative

Holly Davidson
National Events Manager

Please contact Holly for more information: 

Corporate sponsors

Joe & Mary Giuffre

Boom Goes The Drum
Heidrick & Struggles
Shaw Communications


Contact UNICEF at (403) 270-2857 ext. 8204 or by email at hdavidson@unicef.ca.