4th Annual Environmental Gathering

Environmental challenges are not easy. No one can solve them alone.

Alberta Ecotrust’s Environmental Gathering is a critical space for conversation and relationship building. A space where we can respect different points of view and draw on everyone’s ideas to find new solutions to environmental challenges.

The Environmental Gathering is the only place in our province where people in the environmental community, companies, municipal and provincial governments, and citizens can gather to support positive environmental action.

It’s all about coming together. Join us April 4-5 at the 2019 Environmental Gathering.

Early Bird Pricing at $250 per ticket is available until February 28, 2019.



skills and leadership on the environment.


in meaningful dialogue across sectors.


emerging environmental issues from across Alberta.


in environmental action at the community level.

Who Attends

“Your Gathering is so important. You bring together a diverse range of Albertans to share ideas for how we can improve the health of our environment, and improve the health of our communities.”

Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta


Alberta Ecotrust and the Environmental Gathering Advisory Committee are actively developing a program. All program details including speakers and sessions will be posted as they become available.

Building on the success of the Big Ideas for Alberta’s Future shared at the 2018 Environmental Gathering, the 2019 Environmental Gathering program will focus on the aspirational United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a lens for environmental work in our province.

Ready for an environmental future that enhances well-being for all? Want to find fellow collaborators to work with you on an issue? Excited to share a breakthrough or success story you had in 2018 with a wider community? Keen to communicate an issue that should be on the radar for Albertans?

Thank you to everyone who responded to our Request for Presentation Guidelines and applied using the Submission Form. The application deadline was December 17, 2018. Contact Amy at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to sharing program details in January 2019!

Program Details

7:30 am



8:00 am

Breakfast Roundtables


8:30 am



9:00 am

Keynote Brad Stelfox


10:30 am

Networking Break


10:45 am

Breakout Sessions


12:30 pm


1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions


3:00 pm

Networking Break


3:30 pm

Keynote Cory Beaver


4:15 pm

Conclusion of Day 1


4:30 pm

Networking Reception Begins


5:30 pm

Keynote Danah Duke


6:00 pm

Networking Reception Ends

The Thursday Evening Networking Activities are all optional, and available to participants at an additional cost. During your event registration, you will be prompted to select one of the activities.

This year, we will find ourselves in the neighbourhood of Inglewood in Calgary to:

Build your own Terrarium

In this networking activity, build your own terrarium at Plant. Included in this activity price is step-by-step terrarium-making and care guide, tips and tricks from the expert staff, all supplies and materials (glass, plants, soil, decorative material), and a gourmet bagged dinner and dessert according to your dietary preference. A total of 24 spots are available to participate in this activity. This activity costs an $70.30 per person. Get crafty and leave with your own handy work!

Take a Birding Tour

In this networking activity, Alpenglow Nature Hikes will take you on a guided birding tour of the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre. The tour will take place outside, so be sure to dress appropriately. Enjoy a gourmet bagged dinner and dessert according to the dietary preference. A total of 15 spots are available to participate in this activity. This activity costs an $25.00 per person.

Dine at the Eden Bistro

In this networking activity, enjoy your selection of a gourmet three-course meal with fresh ingredients at The Eden Bistro, a new eatery with a local twist on comforting French classics. A total of 60 spots are available to participate in this activity. This activity costs an $50.00 per person.


If you decide not to attend one of the optional activities, don’t worry! We will continue conversing and networking after the reception ends at Cold Garden.

7:30 am

REAP‘s Sustainability for Breakfast


9:00 am



10:10 am

Networking Break


10:30 am

Breakout Sessions


12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Sustainability Development Goals – Success Stories in Alberta


2:15 pm

Networking Break


2:30 pm

Keynote Sheri-D Wilson


2:45 pm

Closing Thoughts – Pat Letizia


3:00 pm

Day 2 Conclusion, end of the 2019 Environmental Gathering

Ross Glen Hall

The Environmental Gathering takes place over two full days in Ross Glen Hall at Mount Royal University in Calgary.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Environmental Gathering is designed as an active learning event. There is a strong emphasis on learning, and importantly, on implementing solutions. The more people that attend from your organization, the more benefit you and your organization will receive.

Your ticket includes access to two full days of presentations and workshops, food and beverage, networking break activities, and our networking reception.

In addition to the regular programming, the Environmental Gathering features additional activities for attendees on the evening of Thursday, April 4 to connect and experience Calgary together. This year, the activities include a Build Your Own Terrarium workshop, a Birding Tour at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, and a gourmet Dinner at The Eden Bistro. These activities are provided at an extra cost for the participants.

This year, there is no preferred hotel arranged. We can recommend the nearby Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. If you require any assistance, contact Amy Spark at [email protected].

Yes! We are pleased to offer students a discount off of our regular ticket price. When you register, please use the discount code Student2019 to receive 20% off the ticket price.

Our goal is to provide a high quality event at minimal cost for attendees. Alberta Ecotrust is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to help participants attend the Environmental Gathering. If you require financial assistance, please apply for a bursary by February 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Amy Spark at [email protected].

Yes! Please apply to volunteer at the Environmental Gathering by February 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Amy Spark at [email protected]

Stay Connected

Contact Us

Have a question about the Environmental Gathering? Send us a quick note using the form below or call 403-209-2245.

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities for the Environmental Gathering are available. There are a number of ways you and your organization can be involved. The Environmental Gathering would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you!

If you would like more information about sponsoring this event please contact Vicki at [email protected].

Sponsorship Proposal

Thank You to Our Advisory Committee

Conor Tapp, Executive Director, Green Calgary
Cory Beaver, Student, Mount Royal University
Danah Duke, Executive Director, Miistakis Institute
Derek Leahy, Project Coordinator, Rural Routes to Climate Solutions
Eric Westrum, Sustainability Reporting Advisor, Suncor
Greg Bennett, Founder, AIRIA Cloud
Julia-Maria Becker, Director of Clean Economy, Pembina Institute
Natalie Odd, Executive Director, Alberta Environmental Network
Shannon Frank, Executive Director, Oldman Watershed Council
Suzanne Chew, PhD candidate, University of Calgary Graduate College