ACDS 2020 Annual Conference

Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton South Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB

May 12 - 13, 2020


Join leaders and other community disability service professionals for our sector-leading annual conference that offers a strong 
learning experience and networking opportunities.


This year's conference themed "Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate: Realize the Possibilities" will identify and explore the existing and potential capacity of the Community Disability Services sector to strengthen and elevate the sector through innovation, collaboration and other strategies.

Read the ACDS 2020 Conference Backgrounder for more information about the conference theme and outcomes. 

Conference Format
Plenary sessions will be targeted to all participants. Concurrent sessions will be offered in two streams: a leadership and general stream. Sessions in the leadership stream will include learning and workshop opportunities for sector leaders to engage together in developing innovative responses to challenges. These sessions will be restricted to senior leadership of organizations.

Keynote Speaker

Darby Allen
Regional Chief of Wood Buffaloresponsible for leading the successful evacuation of Fort McMurray’s entire population, during the devastating wildfires of 2016will deliver the keynote address. His presentation titled, Courage Under Fire: A Story of Leadership, will offer a personal and fascinating account of the wildfires. Mr. Allen will demonstrate how compassionate leadership, effective communications, innovations to address unforeseen challenges, and other strategies, helped unite and elevate his team in the face of an unprecedented challenge.

Call for Presenters
We are now seeking presenters for the concurrent sessions through a Call for Presenters form. We encourage you to share this form with individuals you think may offer strong presentations that are aligned with the conference theme, Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate: Realize the Possibilities. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2020.

Conference Registration 
Registration will open in early 2020. 

Contact Us
Please contact Carla Lawrence, Conference Organizer at  or, (403) 250-9495 ext. 234 for any questions related to the conference.

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