She Governs: Participating in Municipal Leadership

She Governs

Participating in municipal leadership: model council and speakers panel March 17, 2023

She Governs is an annual learning opportunity that enables participants to become familiar with Calgary’s municipal government, including how council meetings are conducted, and what it takes to become a member of council.

Through a model council meeting and speakers panel, participants become familiar with how local government works and hear perspectives and experiences from those serving in local politics.

The annual event also gives students, teachers, and parents the opportunity to meet other people who are engaged and interested in local issues that affect Calgarians.

The She Governs event is offered in partnership with Equal Voice Calgary.
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2023 Sessions

Model Council

March 17 - 8:30 a.m.

Participating in a model council gives students a unique opportunity to understand the responsibilities of elected officials at City Hall.

Students across Calgary can apply.  20 young women and gender diverse youth, grades 9 to 12 will be selected to participate. 

Selected participants will assume the role of a Member of Council or Member of the Public and will go through a model council meeting with the opportunity to debate, provide amendments to motions, and vote on motions. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate. 

Speakers Panel

March 17 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students and teachers in Calgary are invited to attend a speakers panel to hear perspectives and experiences of members of Council.

Attendees can ask questions of City leaders and will have the chance to meet and hear from other civically-engaged youth.

There are limited spots to attend the panel at City Hall Council Chamber in person, so register early. Registration details below. The event will be available to watch online through Microsoft Teams Live.

The panelists:

2023 Registration

Who: Young women and gender diverse youth, grades 9 to 12
: Monday March 17, 2023
Time:  8:30 a.m. Model Council Meeting and 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Speakers Panel
Location: Council Chamber, Municipal Complex, 800 Macleod Trail S.E.
Cost: Free

Model Council registration closes:
Feb. 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Speakers Panel registration closes:
In-person when limited seating is filled.
Virtual participation is unlimited.

View in person: A limited number of seats will be available to view in person.
Virtual: Watch the Livestream using Microsoft Teams Live.

What past participants say about She Governs

She Governs past participant

"My biggest takeaway was simply understanding and gaining insight on how decisions are made in government."

There’s no linear path to become involved in politics. You could have any kind of background and become involved due to a want to help your community, at any age.

"I loved most getting to spend a morning with other inspiring young women, getting to debate and talk with."

"What I learned was that although women can face tons of struggles when applying to positions of political power, reaching out to their community and connecting is really helpful and important."

About She Governs

In partnership with The City of Calgary, Equal Voice Calgary aims to equip and inspire young women to participate in the political sphere in the years and decades to come.

The objective of the She Governs initiative is to inspire young women to get involved in the political process by giving emerging female leaders within Calgary the opportunity to become familiar with the political institutions and those serving them locally.


  • Introduce young women leaders and gender diverse youth to municipal politics and governance roles. 
  • Provide a forum for women members of Council to discuss how they have broken through barriers that women often face in elected politics.
  • Provide opportunities for young women leaders to ask questions of political and administrative leadership.
  • Create an understanding of the opportunity to influence governance through Boards, Committees, and Commissions and administration’s role in supporting Council’s vision.
  • Foster enthusiasm, excitement, and desire for involvement in elected politics.
  • Encourage young women to run for office.

Get involved with city government

She Governs past participants

2022 She Governs speakers panel

The 2022 event is over but you can view the recording of the virtual speakers panel discussion.