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 at Mount Royal University in Calgary. 


skills and leadership on the environment.


in meaningful dialogue across sectors.


emerging environmental issues from across Alberta.


in environmental action at the community level.

Buy Tickets

Early Bird pricing is available until February 28, 2019. Your ticket includes access to two full days of presentations and workshops, food and beverage, networking break activities, and our networking reception.

Early Bird

Single Ticket
$250per Ticket
  • Access our Single Ticket rate at $250 per person.

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Group Ticket
$225per Ticket
  • Access our Group Ticket rate at $225 per person when two or more people from your organization attend.

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 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


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.

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.

Program Details

7:30 am



8:00 am

Breakfast Roundtables


8:30 am



9:00 am

Keynote Dr. Brad Stelfox


10:30 am

Networking Break Activities

  • Calgary Captured: Engaging Calgarians in Urban Wildlife Monitoring

    Nicole Kahal, Miistakis Institute

10:45 am

Pitches for Breakout Sessions


11:15 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Delivering Unpopular Messages: Understand Why People Don’t Hear the Message and How You Can Be More Effective

    Norine Ambrose, Cows & Fish

  • Indigenous Climate Change Observation Network

    Marley Kozak, Alberta Environment & Parks

  • Museums as Catalysts for Climate Action

    Jennifer Forsyth & Meaghan Patterson, Alberta Museums Association

12:30 pm



1:30 pm

Pitches for Breakout Sessions


2:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Connecting Art and Science

    Audrey Lane Cockett & Lisa Dahlseide, Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society

  • Getting to Zero Carbon

    Lisa Maria Fox, Canada Green Building Council

  • Going Deeper: Understanding Zero-Waste Challenges through User Experience Mapping

    Cassandra Caiger & Kate Letizia, Intelligent Futures

  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

    Jule Asterisk & Cleo Reece, Keepers of the Athabasca

  • When OR isn’t enough: Conservation AND Production on Agricultural Lands

    Christine Campbell & Becky Devaleriola, ALUS Canada

3:00 pm

Networking Break Activities

  • Calgary Captured: Engaging Calgarians in Urban Wildlife Monitoring

    Nicole Kahal, Miistakis Institute


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

Breakfast Session


9:00 am



10:10 am

Networking Break Activities

10:30 am

Pitches for Breakout Sessions


11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Advancing Collaboration for Healthy Waters

    Lindsay Telfer & Andrew Stegemann, Our Living Waters Network

  • Alberta Narratives Project

    Pat Letizia, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

  • How to Engage with Indigenous Communities

    Laura MacTaggart, Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association

  • The Imperative of Including Youth

    Laura Hughes & Adam Robb, Alberta Council for Environmental Education

  • The Sustainable Development Goals: An Opportunity for Business

    Patti Dolan, Mission Wealth Advisors & Mel Wilson, MJ Wilson Inc.

  • Wild Spaces 2020: Alberta’s Pathway to Protection

    Grace Wark, Joanna Skrajny & Nissa Petterson, Alberta Wilderness Association

12:00 pm

Lunch & Networking Break Activity

1:00 pm

Sustainable Development Goals – Success Stories in Alberta

  • Investing in the Solutions to Climate Change

    Jennifer Macdonald, CoPower

  • Target 1

    Katie Morrison, CPAWS Southern Alberta

2:15 pm

Networking Break Activities


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. Our bursary applications for financial assistance closed on February 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Amy Spark at [email protected].

Our applications to volunteer at the Environmental Gathering closed on February 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Amy Spark at [email protected]

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Contact Us

Have a question about the Environmental Gathering? Send us a quick note to [email protected] 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