Basic Income Calgary – Community Session May 2020

Welcome to our first Basic Income webinar, a community session designed for both the curious and the knowledgeable alike.


  • Workshop on Fundamentals of a Basic Income with Ben Patmore
  • Workshop on our response to the UofC Public Policy paper on a Basic Income with Lee Stevens
  • Keynote Speaker: Todd Hirsch, VP and Chief Economist at ATB Financial
  • BI Advocate Guest: Introduction to the P.E.I. Working Group for a Livable Income


Presentation for BI Fundamentals

Presentation for BI Plus

Presentation for PEI advocacy group


Keynote Speaker

Todd Hirsch

Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial. Todd describes himself as an economist who is concerned about growing income and wealth inequality, and interested in options that could be used to address this, including a Basic Income.

Todd holds degrees in economics from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. For over 20 years, he’s worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. Todd is also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017.

BI Advocate Guest

Each webinar we introduce our participants to a specific BI advocate or organization, broadening the reach and strength of Canadian BI movement. May’s Advocate Guest organization is the P.E.I. Working Group for a Livable Income (established in 2002), a non-governmental grassroots network of community-based organizations and individuals addressing the ongoing roots of poverty in PEI. A key project this group is running is C-BIG PEI, and we’re thrilled to have them join us for this session.

Brought to you by Basic Income Calgary, an action group of the Basic Income Canada Network and an Enough for All stakeholder.