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Since our inception in 2006, the Werklund Foundation's impact has grown exponentially. Similar to our businesses, our foundation is entrepreneurial in nature. We invest in and grow initiatives with the capacity to yield the highest returns on our most important asset, our youth.

Our goals include providing students and educators with world-class training; conducting research to continuously improve and develop leadership resources; and ultimately to empower students with the confidence, resilience and motivation necessary to realize their potential. We achieve this through meaningful and sustainable partnerships with educational institutions, other foundations, and community initiatives.

Below are the primary initiatives we support:

  
Empowering Minds™ Empowering Minds™
The Werklund Foundation launched Empowering Minds™, a youth leadership education initiative that is now operating as it's own Public Charity. The mission of Empowering Minds™ is to deliver proven and innovative leadership programs that develop the confidence, motivation and resilience necessary to thrive in today's world.
  
Empowering Minds™ Junior Achievement
The Werklund Foundation's investment in Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta Economic Futures Council program will help to support additional program reach including high needs schools and aboriginal communities; technology enhancements to increase student reach, student engagement and operational productivity; and sustainability of rural program delivery.  For more than 50 years Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta has been a leader in its mission to help students develop an entrepreneurial attitude, a solid and practical understanding of business and finance and a commitment to community.
  
Nature Conservancy of Canada Nature Conservancy of Canada - Waldron Project
The Werklund Foundation is committed to ensuring sustainability of Alberta's environment for the sake of our children's future. We have partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada on the "The Waldron Conservation Project" to ensure future generations have clean streams and rivers.
  
AWALI AWALI
As a lead investor, the Werklund Foundation has helped AWALI establish Aga Khan University's Institute for Educational Development in East Africa. Additionally, the Foundation supports AWALI Reads, a targeted literacy intervention program in Tanzania that significantly improves the education outcomes within this region.
  
The Werklund Foundation's Centre for Youth Leadership Education Werklund Youth Leadership Centre
The Centre at the University of Calgary conducts original educational research related to youth leadership with the purpose of ongoing program improvement and development.
  
Telus Spark - The New Science Centre Telus Spark
We are also proud to be a partner in imageinaction with TELUS Spark, the New Science Centre in Calgary, Alberta to develop a distinctive and exciting Learning & Leadership Centre. The result of this collaboration will impact broad and diverse audiences and will influence our universal understanding of the fundamentals of leadership and the emotional dynamics affecting it. The Centre features an interactive learning exhibit and integrates innovative technologies and a media centre designed to help children and youth understand how they learn and develop critical thinking skills.
Werklund Family Office
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4500, 400 - 3rd Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 4H2
Phone 403.231.6545
Fax 403.231.6549
info [at] werklund [dot] com