2018 AEN Fall Assembly

November 2, 2018 (All day) to November 3, 2018 (All day)
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AEN member groups work on a broad range of inter-connected issues covering a wide geographic area. The urgency of our environmental objectives requires that we work together strategically and effectively. Meeting face-to-face is very important to building community, taking action, and making a collective impact.

AEN's Fall Assembly brings together environmental advocates from across the province, and provides opportunities for groups to share knowledge, strategize and plan collective action. This year's program includes sessions on truth and reconciliation in environmental work, youth engagement, digital campaigning, and Alberta's political climate.

AEN Members are eligible for support for travel and accommodation expenses while attending the Assembly. See below for more details.

Program

FRIDAY — 10:00 am to 5.30pm

We’re starting a little later in the morning to allow for travel time to Calgary.

9:45 am Coffee & Registration
10:00 am AEN (Quick!) Year in Review
10:15 am Interactive Member Round Table
  break
12:00 pm Lunch at the Black Lounge
1:00 pm Protect Alberta: A new digital campaign platform for AEN Members
Presentation, Virtual Tour & Discussion
  break
1:45 pm Panel: Perspectives on Engaging Youth in the AEN
Introducing AEN’s New Youth Council
2:45 pm Caucus/Working Group Highlights + Q & A
  break
3:30 pm Breakouts: Caucus/Working Group Meetings
Ambitions, Clear Purpose, Strategy, Collective Action Plans
5:30 pm Wrap up for the day!
  Dinner at a location TBA

SATURDAY — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

8:45 am Coffee
9:00 am Speaker & Discussion: Putting the Truth and Reconciliation Lens on Environmental Work in Alberta
  break
10:15 am Interactive Discussion: The Political Climate in Alberta—Examining Scenarios
11:15 am Breakout Discussions: “How to Strategize” applied to Environmental Priorities
Who are my/our people? What is the problem we face? What would it take to solve the problem?
12:00 pm Buffet lunch
1:00 pm AEN Annual General Meeting
2:00 pm Breakout Discussions:  “How to Strategize” continued
What is the strategic goal? How can we use resources optimally? What are the “nested” goals?
3:00 pm

Group Discussion: Exploration of “Theory of Change” and Why it Matters
How what we do will result in the change that we want. Stating our hypotheses exposes weak assumptions, forces refinement and tough conversations.

4:00 pm Wrap up

Travel & Accommodations

Reimbursement of out-of-pocket travel expenses is available for AEN members. Eligible expenses include busfare, taxifare, private vehicle mileage, parking, meals and accommodations while attending the Assembly. Attendees are encouraged to use mass transit or carpool if possible.

Accommodation

On-site accommodation is available at Hotel Alma on the U of C campus. AEN will reimburse members for up to two nights (Thursday & Friday) accommodations at the Hotel Alma. 

For reservations, attendees should book online using the following link: Hotel Alma booking link for AEN Conference, or contact the Hotel Alma directly at 1-877-498-3203, or via email at [email protected]. Please refer to the group name when reserving your room: AEN Conference.

The group rate is subject to availability, so please book early.

Location

MacEwan Conference & Event Centre, University of Calgary
T2N 1N4 Calgary , AB