• River Cafe (map)
  • 25 princes street
  • calgary
  • canada

Cantaré Children’s Choir invites you to join us for our ninth annual Ladies Luncheon which will take place on Saturday, November 16th at Calgary’s landmark River Cafe.

This extraordinary event brings women together to share stories, forge communities, and rally productive dialogue around the wisdom of thrilling guest speakers, all in support of Cantaré Children’s Choir.

Sal Howell and her staff at River Cafe will delight you with a scrumptious meal and provide the backdrop for a thought-filled day. Gather your group of girls or join us solo for this wonderful afternoon. We promise you will be met with the company of some extraordinary afternoon companions.

Over the past nine years, our Ladies Luncheon has been a resounding success in bringing our community of women together and featured several remarkable guest speakers who have generously shared their time, insight, and expertise in support of the choir. Each speaker has spoken candidly about different aspects of their life experience through joys and sorrows and offered insight and reflection on the modern experience of women today. Our guests are inspired, uplifted, and excited to utilize this momentum to go forward in their own lives.

Your continued support of the Ladies’ Luncheon will build upon the great work already being done to enrich the lives of many through song and to strengthen our musical community as a whole. Your financial contribution and active participation can ensure the long-term success and viability of our acclaimed program.


Guest Speaker: Deborah Yedlin

Community leader and Calgary journalist Deborah Yedlin was elected the 14th chancellor of the University of Calgary, effective July 1st, 2018. Miss Yedlin has been observing, writing, and commenting about business and politics for more than two decades, as a journalist for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald newspapers. In addition to her writing, she has been a regular commentator for CBC Radio and Television, and CTV since 1996.

Her journey to becoming a business columnist was unconventional – but an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in Economics and English in 1984, coupled with her business experience that was augmented with an MBA from Queen’s University in 1991, have all built towards a resume that includes working on Wall Street and Bay Street.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Miss Yedlin witnessed firsthand the power of education to provide the opportunity to rebuild a life in a new country, as the daughter of immigrants. As both her parents went on to become educators – in the public primary system and at the post-secondary level – Yedlin grew up immersed in the academic world.

Since moving to Calgary in 1992, Miss Yedlin has been very active in the Calgary community. She was co-chair of the 2016 United Way Campaign, which raised more than $55 million during a difficult economic time for the city. She has served on the board of a number of arts and community organizations, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, YMCA Calgary, United Way Calgary, and Winsport. She was previously a member of the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Alberta and served on the Deans’ Advisory Council for the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary.