ACDS 2020 Annual Conference

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

September 22 - 23, 2020


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


The ACDS 2020 Annual Conference will now be held on September 22-23, 2020

The conference was rescheduled in light of the evolving situation related to COVID-19. 

If you have already registered for the conference, your registration remains active and you do not need to re-register. If you would like a refund of your registration cost, please email: to request a refund.

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
In light of the recent, serious allegations concerning Darby Allen, former Wood Buffalo fire chief, ACDS will be seeking an alternative keynote speaker for the ACDS 2020 Annual Conference. We are committed to offering an excellent conference experience and will share information on the new keynote speaker, as soon as we are able.

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. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Sponsors and Exhibitors
There are numerous opportunities for organizations to participate in the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor. Click here to learn more, or to sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor. 

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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