Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, 4100 Stewart Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2V3


April 28 & 29, 2017


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Registration is available on-line or by mail.

Conference Program:

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Friday April 28




Registration of full conference and/or Friday-only participants.


 Pre-Conference Workshop (3 PDUs)

Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski: Achieving Impact

Every community, despite its challenges and imperfections has proven ingenuity. The task at hand is how to spread, scale or deepen proven on the ground solutions so that as many people will benefit as possible.

This workshop will explore new ways of thinking, new approaches to working together, new methods of financing and new social technologies. It will feature practical examples of local and international disruptive, bridging and receptive innovators as well as build on the successful track record of social innovation pioneers Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski.

Vickie and Al are master storytellers who bring humour and warmth to their work and teaching. Their workshops are interactive. You will leave inspired and with a draft to strategy to accelerate your impact when you return home.


Welcome reception


Dinner & Awards

 Saturday April 29



AGM & Breakfast (2 PDUs)

Breakfast available at 7:00. AGM begins at 7:30


Registration Continued

Registration of Saturday-only participants.


Welcome Remarks


Keynote (1 PDU)

Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski: Caring, Leading and Impacting

Leadership in the 21st Century is paradoxical. In the face of extraordinary social uncertainty and environmental threats we are called up upon to lead with love.  How can we hold our bold vision and cultivate the authentic relationships we need to effect change that has impact, durability and scale?   Weaving stories, concepts and practical insights garnered over years of collaborative change making, Al and Vickie will take us on a journey exploring the revolutionary power of leadership enlightened by love.




Concurrent Sessions (1PDU)  

Session 1: Patti Laboucane-Benson

We are all Called to Action: Historic Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission tabled its final report with 94 recommendations for reconciliation between Indigenous people and Canada. The report, an overview of how colonial policy has affected the Indigenous family and how historic-trauma informed service delivery will be discussed. The presentation will include viewing the video “Home Fire: Ending the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma”.

Session 2: Janet Fast

Working Together to Improve Services and Supports for Seniors and their Families

Janet Fast has been collaborating with government and community partners for most of her academic career. These partnerships are often bumpy and outcomes are uncertain and mixed. In this session Janet will talk about the charms and challenges of working collectively to bridge research, policy and practice, and she will share some of her most memorable success stories. To conclude the session, Janet will highlight lessons learned along the way about creating and maintaining successful partnerships between knowledge creators and knowledge users.

Session 3: Lisa Maria Fox: Collective Action for Sustainability

Trends and Significance of Sustainability - What Role Do We play?

In Paris 2015 the United Nations, along with 150 government leaders, launched the beginning of a global investment in the future of our planet and people. This working session will provide an opportunity to explore the politics of our governments' commitment to climate change and what it means for our local economies. Learn about new trends in food security, corporate social responsibility and impact investing, as well as city planning and new urbanism. Using case studies of innovative approaches to greening infrastructure, participants will workshop the role we play in revitalizing rural and climate impacted communities, and furthering sustainability in our own communities.

12:00- 12:45



Poster Session

AHEA members and their community affiliates, as well as Human Ecology staff and students, present posters that showcase research/projects related to our conference theme. The session provides a chance to network and learn about the innovative work in our field.



This workshop will provide a brief historical context on past AHEA social action efforts and  will engage AHEA members in planning the association’s future efforts.


Reflection & Wrap Up

Takeaways and tools will be the focus of the wrap-up session. Conference participants will reflect on significant learnings and the tools they can add to their professional toolbox as a result of the conference.


Thank-yous and Goodbyes

NOTE: Cancellation policy - cancel on or before 30 March 2017, refund of registration fee minus a

20% administration fee. After 30 March 2017 - no refunds.

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