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Join Culinary Team Canada for a seven-course gastronomic experience


From Edmonton Convention Centre

Join us for the ultimate gastronomic experience on October 3 with Culinary Team Canada.

Executive Chef Serge Belair & Culinary Team Canada will present a seven-course menu featuring exclusive wine pairings in support of the upcoming IKA Culinary Olympics 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Our very own Executive Pastry Chef Jason Wang & Sous Chef Jacob Lee will compete on this year’s team.

Show your support for Culinary Team Canada as they prepare for this prestigious competition & enjoy an evening of culinary artistry from Canada’s most accomplished professional chefs.

Tickets $150.00 (plus GST + service fees). Limited tickets available

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Canadian born Hollywood Superstar donates $4,000 to #Yeg Food Bank



“I happen to love Edmonton. This ($4,000 ) donation is in memory of Connor McGrath,” Ryan Reynolds sent in a note to Britt Jones, radio host 104.9 Virgin Radio about his Edmonton Make a Wish friend.  Reynolds first met McGrath at the Stollery Children’s Hospital on Jan. 8, 2016, for a very special screening of Deadpool 2 for the 13-year-old, who was fighting cancer. McGrath passed away, just months later on April 26, 2016.

Reynolds at the Japan premiere of Deadpool 2 in 2018 Photo Courtesy/Dick Thomas Johnson

What started as a small 10-thousand dollar ‘Feed Your Friends fundraiser’ by Edmonton’s 104.9 Virgin Radio, got a huge boost from actor, comedian, film producer, entrepreneur and Canadian nice guy, Ryan Reynolds, after he donated $4,000 to the Edmonton Food Bank.

Reynolds is already known as one of the nicest people in Hollywood, his legend of niceness just keeps growing. On top of this $4,000 donation, Reynolds and his wife, American actress Blake Lively’s made a huge donation of $1 million to food banks in Canada and in the US. Reynolds is very active on social media, he posted on his Twitter account in March, “Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA.” he wrote, adding, “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families,” continuing,  “If you can give, these orgs need our help.” This new $4,000 is on top of the early donation to Canada’s Food banks.

Blake Lively is a scene from here movie, A Simple Favor. Photo Courtesy/Peter Lovino,/SMPSP/Lionsgate/Feigco Entertainment/Bron Studios

Connor McGrath and his buddy and star from Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in January 2016. Family photos

In a statement, Edmonton’s Food Bank spokeswoman Carly Kincaid Williams said, “It’s wonderful to have someone, like him, stand up for our cause. Because he has such a broad reach, we are hopeful that his donation will encourage others to give,”  Continuing, “We would like to thank Ryan and everyone who has donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank. Your donations will go a long way to making sure everyone in Edmonton has food on the table.”

Not to leave anyone out, the superstar also admires Edmonton medical staff, adding on Twitter, “And a big shout-out to the doctors, nurses and support staff at Stollery Children’s Hospital. #ConnorMcGrath

Britt Jones, one of the 104.9 Virgin Radio morning show hosts told CTV Edmonton, that he had been trying to personally thank Reynolds for his donation. Jones was able to connect with him via direct message on Friday. “I just wanted to get you guys to your goal,” Reynolds wrote. “So happy to see more and more people have since chipped in. That’s a testament to the bottomless kindness Edmontonians possess. I’m not surprised.”

Local Edmonton small business, DLAS Machine, matched Reynolds’ donation on Thursday, donating another $4,000. As of Friday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $22,000, well over the original goal of $10,000. The campaign will continue to really blow their original goal out of the water.  To donate until April 24th, click here..

Ryan Reynolds, who also owns, Aviation American Gin , has a toast on a April 2nd YouTube segment of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Stay at Home.

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#WithGlowingHearts thanks employers who support Reservists



#WithGlowingHearts thanks employers who support Reservists

As Canada works to overcome the pandemic challenges, #Reservists are being mobilized to assist. With many thanks to ‪#Employers who support them to do important work on behalf of us all. Employers also have access to tools for support such as “With Glowing Hearts” Reservist Support Program & CERP (Compensation for Employers of Reservist Program). When Employers support Reservists, they too serve our country. Thank you! @CFLCCA ‪#CAF.

Reservists play an integral role in the companies and organizations they work for outside of their military careers.  Here are three interviews that were conducted in Edmonton in 2019. They showcase the way employers and reservists support each other.  If you’re an employer who is considering hiring a Reservist, these videos will provide some real world insights from both employers and reservists.

Here is an interview with Sean Pascek, Vice President with Prostar Energy/Well Service about the benefits his company has gained from employing reservist Master Corporal Wolfgang Brettner as their company’s Safety Manager. Interview was conducted in summer of 2019

Meet Kevin MacLeod, interviewed here in his role as Managing Senior Principal of Stantec Geomatix and Captain Vikesh Malhi, a reservist and Project Manager with Stantec.  Interview was conducted in summer of 2019.

Cory Stockley, Dispatch Manager with Tag Logistics and Master Warrant Officer Andrew Gordey discuss their relationship and the mutual benefits of having a reservist on staff. 

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About the Canadian Forces Liaison Council:  The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) is a national organization comprised of over 200 senior executives and community leaders within the private and public sectors who volunteer their time to encourage employer/educator support for the Reserve Force.

We work in partnership with the Department of National Defence to engage employers, educational institutions and other organizations to emphasise how valuable reserve service is to Canadian communities and the defence of Canada. The CFLC’s objective is to raise awareness among organizations and show how they can benefit by employing reservists and take advantage of the special leadership and skills training reservists receive.

We aim to educate employers of the special skills that reservists have to enable them to fulfill their military obligations and attend training courses. To do this, the Council has worked with the Defence Team to develop and deliver a wide range of effective employer support programs such as ExecuTreks. Connecting to the business community, these programs inform, engage, educate, recognize and support employers and their reservist employees.

CFLC also delivers provincial and national awards programs to recognize employers and educational institutions who demonstrate, above and beyond, support of Reservists and the Canadian Reserve Force. The Reserves form a critical component of Canada’s Defence Strategy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – and are prepared to answer the demand as our military is increasingly called to action.

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