First Annual Environmental Gathering

Conference Dates Changed – Now February 25-27th in Calgary

We at Alberta Ecotrust appreciate the high level of interest in our First Annual Environmental Gathering, previously scheduled for November. As it turns out, there is a lot going on in Alberta right now – the climate change panel, royalty review, the protection of the Castle, a pending provincial budget – plus the federal election and Paris COP 21.

Since many ENGOs and environmental champions are highly engaged in these important initiatives at the moment, we feel it would be best to gather the community early next year instead, to talk about how we can build momentum following the completion of these activities. We believe there is a better opportunity to offer a more strategic program then, rather than create another competing space for people’s time and energy now.

The location (Mount Royal University) and programming will remain the same – we’re just shifting to the New Year! Please get the dates of February 25-27 in your 2016 calendar. The Environmental Gathering will follow the same format of Thursday evening, and all day Friday and Saturday.

We look forward to convening as a community in February and continuing to work for positive environmental change together.
You can still register using the link below.

About the First Annual Environmental Gathering

Alberta Ecotrust is proud to announce our first annual Environmental Gathering in Alberta: Change the Climate. Alberta’s environmental community is incredibly diverse. From ensuring safe and available water, to preserving and restoring valuable land and habitat, to building a sustainable future, Albertans across the province are continually working to protect the ecosystems that provide all of us with life and prosperity.

As a champion for the environment in Alberta, we invite you to join us over three days in February to explore new opportunities to work across sectors. There are more than 200 environment and sustainability related organizations in Alberta. At this event you will be able to connect with your peers and like-minded individuals from across the province in meaningful ways.

The environmental challenges we face in Alberta are complex. We share your sense of urgency. We believe that to amplify our collective impact we need to come together to connect meaningfully, find common ground, share resources, align our objectives and plan wisely. Rather than a “stand alone” conference, this Environmental Gathering will be an opportunity to determine how we will work together as a community moving forward.


Our team at Alberta Ecotrust is working diligently with our ENGO Advisory Committee in developing the program. Speakers, working sessions and more will be released in the coming weeks. For more information about the program, please contact Natalie Odd at [email protected].



Convene Co-Create Commence
Bring together the environmental community in Alberta to share successes, build relationships, and explore collaborative opportunities. Provide a space to amplify existing work, discover common ground, and undertake collective problem solving. Use a shared sense of urgency to implement new opportunities and become a community of trusted advisors to the public, government, and industry.



Conference FAQs

I don’t work on climate change, should I attend? 
Change the Climate is a play on words that refers to transforming the way we work as a community – on the myriad issues we work on. While climate change will be a topic at the gathering, there will be also be a strong focus on other environmental priorities: water, land use, sustainable cities and livelihoods, etc.

Who should attend?
The gathering is designed for people who champion and protect the environment in Alberta.  There will be a strong focus on the role of the nonprofit sector and how sustainability and environmental NGOs can learn from and work with each other. Individuals and representatives from industry and government that are interested in Alberta’s nonprofit environmental community are also welcome to attend.

How many people from my organization should attend?
The gathering is being designed as an active learning event. There will be a strong emphasis on not only learning, but on implementing solutions. The more people that attend from your organization, the more benefit you will receive.

Why Thursday, Friday, Saturday?
The program will begin Thursday evening and finish in the afternoon on Saturday. Approximately 50% of environmental nonprofits in Alberta are volunteer run.  We feel that hosting the gathering on a weekday/weekend is an excellent compromise for those who have other commitments during the week.

When will the program be released?
Alberta Ecotrust and the Gathering Advisory Committee are actively developing a program. Further details will be released in the future. You can stay informed by signing up for our mailing list or here on our website.

How much will it cost?
Our goal is to provide a high quality event at minimal cost for attendees. Early bird pricing will be released in August.

How can I support this event?
We are presently pursuing sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. If you would like to be involved, financially or otherwise, please contact Rod Ruff at [email protected] or 403.209.2245.

  • Jordan

    It was inspiring to hear from so many environmentalists and have 1st class workshops available! Information, vision and integrity provided by environmentalists gives us hope. Industry however continues to drag their feet; continues to be the problem (focusing on economics with little thought for environment). In spite of industry -we are moving forward. I’m counting on the ND government to seriously open the door to Renewable Energy. Policies of the last government (the PC’s) were grossly irresponsible. These conferences would not be necessary if it were not for the fact that the fossil fuel industry (with the backing of government) has created massive problems for humanity and all life forms on this planet. ND must provide robust policies to turn things around and mitigate man-made climate change (the greatest environmental threat facing the human race).


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