2018 AEN Fall Assembly

November 2, 2018 (All day) to November 3, 2018 (All day)

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.

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FRIDAY — 10:00 am to 5.30pm

That Empty Space, MacEwan Conference & Event Centre (map)

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

9:45 am Coffee & Registration
10:15 am AEN (Quick!) Year in Review
10:20 am Speedy Member Introductions
10:40 am Caucus/Working Group Highlights + Q & A
11:30 am Protect Alberta: A new digital campaign platform for AEN Members
Presentation, Virtual Tour & Discussion
12:00 pm Lunch at the Den
1:30 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.

2:45 pm Interactive Discussion: The Political Climate in Alberta—Examining Scenarios
Duane Bratt
3:45 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

Cassio Room, MacEwan Conference & Event Centre (map)

8:00 am Light Breakfast & Coffee
9:00 am Group Reflection: Putting the Truth and Reconciliation Lens on Environmental Work in Alberta
10:15 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 Introducing AEN’s New Youth Council: What matters to young Albertans & Perspectives on Engaging Youth in the AEN
3:00 pm Breakout Discussions:  “How to Strategize” continued
What is the strategic goal? How can we use resources optimally? What are the “nested” goals?
4:00 pm Wrap up

Travel & Accommodations

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


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, or contact the Hotel Alma directly at 1-877-498-3203 or via email at [email protected].

Accommodation at Hotel Alma is subject to availability, so please book early.

Getting There

The Fall Assembly is taking place at the MacEwan Conference & Event Centre on the campus of the University of Calgary. The campus is accessible by Calgary Transit bus or CTrain (University CTrain Station). Visit Calgary Transit to plan your trip.

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