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CANCELLED: 2018 AEN Spring Assembly

Jun 8 2018 - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Jun 9 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Unfortunately, due to low registrations, the 2018 Spring Assembly has been cancelled

AEN is focused on building capacity to preserve and protect Alberta’s environment. We work to support and amplify AEN members’ work. Over the past two years, AEN members have discussed strategies to optimise the impact of the Network and its member organizations. This spring we will gather over 2 days to put these strategies into practice.

AEN member groups work on a broad range of inter-connected issues covering a wide geographic area. The urgency of our environmental objectices requires that we work together strategically and effectively. Meeting in person—knowing each another, our environmental imperatives, and how to support each other—is very important to actualising collective action and impact. To this end we have organized a program that provide practical instruction, knowledge exchange, and skill building to guide and focus our collective purpose. We strongly encourage you to join your fellow environmental advocates on June 8 and 9 to contribute your unique perspective and expertise.

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The cost of travel, accomodation and meals for AEN members will be covered by AEN. Details below…

Draft Program


The purpose of this members meeting is to

  • Establish clear organisational and caucus goals
  • Determine if / how AEN is supporting AEN members / caucuses
  • Caucus reports (highlights) and question period
  • Caucus breakouts to discuss caucus activity, priorities, goals, strategy, planning
  • “How to Strategize” member discussion, caucus-based
    • Who are our people?
    • What is the problem?
    • What is our goal?
    • What is our Theory of Change?
  • Environmental work through the lens of Truth and Reconciliation
  • Protect Alberta presentation - what it is, how it works, possibilities moving forward
  • Discussion of how Alberta’s political landscape affects members’ goals and outcomes.

FRIDAY — 10:00 am to 4.30pm

9:45 am Coffee & Registration

10:00 am Start

1) AEN Year in Review

2) Discussion - AEN members’ organizational goals: are we making gains? Causes of success and failure

3) Discussion - How is AEN impacting or contributing to your organization? What support do you seek from AEN?


4) Presentation and discussion about Protect Alberta, a new campaign platform for AEN members - virtual tour, explanation, objectives, examples and discussion

5) Caucus reports (highlights) to membership followed by question period


6) Caucus breakouts to discuss issues, objectives, membership, activity, progress, goals, planning, strategy

4:30 pm End


SATURDAY — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

1) Guest speaker - Putting the Truth and Reconciliation lens on the environmental work in Alberta


2) Discussion about the political climate in Alberta: the upcoming election, prospective scenarios under three different governments

3) “How to Strategize”
Based on caucus activities, reports and discussions, AEN members will explore the following questions for the remainder of the day:

  • Who are my/our people? What is the problem they face?
  • What is the the problem?
    Why hasn’t the the problem been solved?
    Who has the resources to solve the problem?
    What haven’t they used them to solve the problem?
    Do we know how to solve it, but just lack the necessary resources?
    Or do we need to first figure out how to solve the problem?
  • What would it take to solve the problem?
    If the problem were to go away, what would need to be different in the world? What would you have to build, who would you need to elect, what law would need to be changed, what program would need to be funded?


“How to Strategize” continued

  • What is the strategic goal?
    Where and how to focus to avoid risking / wasting resources?
    What goal can we work toward that may not solve the whole problem, but will get us tangibly closer to solving the problem?

    Nested goals take place over time, build community, make incremental changes en route to the “mountaintop” goal.

    Effective strategic goals
  • Create measurable change in the world, often by tangibly improving the lives of the people who are organizing
  • Focus resources on a single strategic outcome
  • Build the capacity of the community
  • Use a point of leverage - our community’s strengths . our opposition’s weakness
  • Focus on a motivational issue that is visible and significant to our community.  


  • What is the Theory of Change?
    Theory of change explains how what we do will result in the change that we want. It is a hypothesis about how we will achieve the change we want.

    Theory of Change Statement
  • A tool to understand the strategy and how / if it will work.
  • Exposes weak assumptions
  • Useful to compare several possible strategies for achieving same goal.
  • Forces refinement and tough conversations
  • Forces you to understand your strategy well.

4:00 pm Wrap up

Travel & Accommodations

Reimbursement of out-of-pocket travel expenses is available. 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.


On-site accommodation is available at Hotel Alma on the U of C campus. AEN will reimburse attendees for up to two nights accommodations at the Hotel Alma (see room styles). 

For reservations, attendees should contact the Hotel Alma directly at 1-877-498-3203, or via email at stay [at] hotalalma [dot] ca. Please refer to the group name when reserving your room: Alberta Environmental NetworkThe preferred rate is not available through the hotel's online booking system. The group rate is subject to availability until May 25, so please book early.


Cassio Room
MacEwan Conference & Event Centre (University of Calgary)
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
AEN Spring Assembly Draft Program101.87 KB

Posted May 11, 2018 by AEN

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