ACDS 2019 Annual Conference, Positioning for New Realities

The Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, Calgary, AB

May 13 - 14, 2019

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

Conference Image


The year’s conference titled Positioning for New Realities, will:

  • Identify and explore the current and emerging realities in the community disability sector in Alberta related to: the individuals supported by the sector; the community disability workforce; new technologies; funding structures; and diversity in workplaces and in support settings.
  • Equip participants with the knowledge and tools to support them in their service provision.
  • Assist organizational leaders to think strategically about the emerging landscape of community disability services and allow them to move forward in the context of these new realities.
  • Focus on sharing knowledge and expertise from a range of speakers and presenters with concurrent sessions customized to leadership (executives and senior management), middle-management and front-line staff. 

Conference Format
Plenary sessions will be targeted to all participants.  Concurrent sessions will be offered in two streams: a leadership and a 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.  Please note: sessions in the Leadership Stream will be restricted to senior leadership (Executive Directors, CEO's, Senior Managers and Board Members) of organizations.

Read the 2019 ACDS Conference Backgrounder for more information about the conference theme and outcomes. 

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities
Sponsorship packages start at $1,000. Your contribution will directly support the costs associated with the conference and your chosen category will provide a unique opportunity to profile your organization. Each category guarantees the sponsor profile, recognition and access to attending delegates. Customized packages are also available. A number of exhibitor booth spaces are also available. Read the Sponsorship and Exhibitor package.pdf package and complete the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Request Form.

Keynote Speaker
The Honourable David C. Onley, Accessibility Advocate, Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. As Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability, Onley defines accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate. Defining accessibility as “that which enables people to achieve their full potential,” and he believes that true accessibility occurs only when disabled people can completely participate in all aspects of social, cultural, and economic life. Onley comes to share the leadership lessons he’s learned from his experience at one of the top echelons of government, as well as his message of human rights for all.

Hotel Reservations
ACDS has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate starting at $125.00 oper night. Read the Group Booking Instructions - Alberta Council of Disability Services - Ma....pdf for more information. 

Conference Registration
Conference registration will open on Sunday May 12th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and again on Monday May 13th and Tuesday May 14th from 7:00am - 9:00am
Please ensure you bring a photo identification with you.  

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

We are excited to use Whova as our event platform. Attendees please download Whova event app.

Powered by Whova Agenda Center
Update once, sync up everywhere


Powered by Whova Speaker Center
Update once, sync up everywhere


We are excited to use Whova as our event platform. Attendees please download Whova event app, to access the documents and handouts shared by the organizers.

Powered by Whova Exhibitor Center
Update once, sync up everywhere