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We hope to be celebrating with all of you on October 3, 2020. Water is essential for children’s survival and development. Without safe water, children’s lives are at risk and they are unable to thrive in a healthy and hygienic environment. This is particularly important during the COVID-19 global pandemic as we know that hand hygiene is the life-saving front line of defense in the fight against the virus. 

Please continue to check back to this website for the latest event information as we are continuing to closely monitor the public health guidelines as COVID-19 evolves.

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, yet millions of children around the world lack access to safe drinking water. The UNICEF Water for Life Gala in Calgary is supporting UNICEF’s global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs. These programs help realize the rights of children by delivering safe water and sanitation, and by improving the hygiene practices for some of the world’s hardest to reach children and their families. 

With the generous support of many donors, UNICEF leads innovative initiatives to bring life-saving water to all children.

Event Date

Saturday, October 3, 2020


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



Tables are available as follows:

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

To purchase a table to the UNICEF Water for Life Gala, please contact:

Holly Davidson
Manager, National Events
(403) 279-2857 ext. 8204



UNICEF Water Pump

A single water pump can improve the lives of 150 children in a local community and helps improve overall health and sanitation. The water pump is a gift that will continue to give for up to 10 years, supplying clean water for drinking, hand-washing, bathing and household. This is particularly important during a global pandemic as we know that hand hygiene is the life-saving front line of defense in the fight against the virus. Additionally, a local water source means girls who typically miss school to collect water will have a chance at an education and a brighter future. Clean water saves and transforms lives!

Chair and Patrons

Honorary Chair

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

Patrons Council

Alister Cowan – Executive VP & CFO, Suncor Energy
Camille Devine McCreath – Actor, Host & Community Leader
Kent Ferguson - Co-Head Global Energy, RBC Capital Markets
Anthony Giuffre – CEO & Partner, Avenue Living Core Trust
Curtis Lester – Partner, KPMG
Jeff Lyons – National Leader, Oil & Gas, Deloitte
Tamara MacDonald – Business Development Executive & UNICEF 25th Team Member
Patrick Maguire – Vice Chair & Managing Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
John Nasser – President, Victory Majors Investments Corporation
Leigh Peters – Counsel, MLT Aikins LLP
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
Reynold Tetzlaff – National Energy Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Peter Wallis – President & CEO, Peter Wallis Consulting
Penny Whitlock – Community Leader