Everyone loves a party and in Canada, it seems, it is never too early to plan, as people met in Saskatoon to brainstorm ideas on how to celebrate the country's 150th birthday.

It's called 2017 Starts Now and delegates at the conference Wednesday heard ideas ranging from youth art displays to placing empty chairs in parks to honour our ancestors. 

The meetings are being held in 12 cities across the country before Canada Day 2013. Local leaders, activists, celebrities and business people are participating.

Their ideas will be used to create a nationwide celebration for Canada's 150th birthday.

Former NHL player Theoren Fleury spoke to the Saskatoon crowd about recognizing citizens that have faced abuse.

He said there needs to be "acknowledgement and moving in the direction of healing providing places where people can go to heal."

The public can take part in the discussions online at 2017startsnow.ca