Alberta Ecotrust is excited to announce our third annual Environmental Gathering: Create the Future.

There is a need for a fundamental shift in the way Alberta’s citizens and organizations think about environmental issues and solutions. Rather than simply fight against what we as a society don’t want, we have to design and build what we collectively do want – a just, prosperous and sustainable future. An Alberta that celebrates the critical value of healthy communities and ecosystems, social and technical innovation, and includes all people, organizations and governments embracing truly sustainable practices for decades to come!

Has Alberta reached a tipping point on climate change and its impact on water and land use? We think so. At previous Gatherings, we focused on changing the climate of how Albertans work together on the environment, and breaking through barriers that hold us back. This year, there will be less traditional speaking spaces (such as panels), and more time spent on idea cultivation, effective collaboration, and re-imagination.

You should be there! Experience another exciting and strategic opportunity to connect with others who share your passion for the environment. Collectively, we will develop and deepen the skills required to change our course to sustainability and create the future we want, and more importantly – need.

Next March, join us to create Alberta’s environmental future through a solutions-focused and activity-based Gathering.


Date: March 8-10, 2018

Location: Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta


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All program details, speakers, and details will posted here as they become available. Our Program Team and Advisory Committee are working diligently to craft a program that meets the needs of attendees and aligns with this year’s theme.

Request for Presentations
Would you like to share your big idea for Alberta’s future at the 2018 Environmental Gathering? Do you have a proposed solution for making these future ideas happen now? Have a burning question or challenge for Alberta’s environmental future that needs to be discussed?

We are looking for presentations and ideas to complete our Gathering Program that will help facilitate new ideas and environmental action in Alberta. Please review the RFP details by following the button below and submit proposed presentations using the appropriate form by November 30th, 2018 to Amy Spark at [email protected].



See the program, speakers, and more from past Environmental Gatherings:

2017 Environmental Gathering – Breaking Through

2016 Environmental Gathering – Change the Climate


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 program details be announced? 
Alberta Ecotrust and the Environmental Gathering Advisory Committee are actively developing a program. Further details will be released on this page in the future.

What is included with my ticket? 
Your ticket includes access to the Opening and Networking Receptions, and two full days of presentations and workshops. In addition to the regular programming, the Gathering usually features additional activities for attendees to connect and experience Calgary together. In the past this has included hikes, yoga, rocking climbing, a tasting at a local brewery, and more. These activities are usually provided at an extra cost for the participants.

Is there a preferred hotel?
Arrangements are currently being made with hotels in Calgary for a reduced rate near the venue and downtown. Details will be posted here once they are arranged.

Do you offer financial assistance?
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 complete this form and submit it to Amy Spark at [email protected] by Friday, January 26th, 2018.

Can I volunteer? 
There are numerous opportunities to be involved with the Environmental Gathering. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Amy Spark at [email protected].

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



GAME CHANGERS – Co-Presenting Sponsor


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Sponsorship opportunities for the Environmental Gathering are available. There are a number of ways you and your organization can be involved. Please download our 2018 Environmental Gathering Sponsorship Package to learn more about our opportunities. If you would like more information about sponsoring this event please contact Wanda Spooner at [email protected].