Symposium 2018 Launch - Register Now!

Posted: 6 March 2018

Author: Pat Halewich, Community Learning Network

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The Community Learning Network (CLN) is excited to launch online registration for the annual Literacy & Learning Symposium and registration is now live at:

Here are the Key Elements of Symposium 2018 and what you can look forward to being part of:

  • When? Tuesday, September 25 – Friday September 28, 2018

  • Where? DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton, 16615 - 109 Avenue NW, Edmonton

  • What’s on the Symposium 2018 Agenda?

Professional development and training for CALPs including:

    • (2) Keynote Presentations
    • (10) Connections Café sessions
    • (5) Regional Networking Sessions
    • (1) Two-day, (8) Full-day, (11) Half-day and (10) 80-90-minute Breakout Sessions
    • (14) Meet-the-Expert Sessions
    • Fireside Chat Room (see description below)

  • What’s new at Symposium 2018?

1) Symposium Theme and Image

CLN developed a new Symposium design and image around the theme: “Creating Safe and Welcoming Spaces” for Symposium Participants.

As CALPs, we know that you do your best to create safe and welcoming spaces for your learners. We want you to know that we are working hard to make sure that Symposium is a safe and welcoming learning space for you!

2) Keynote Presenters

This year we are very pleased to bring you two keynote presenters and they will focus on relationships with learners as well as our relationship with technology and data respectively.

Opening Keynote:
Resilient Mindsets: A Strengths-Based Approach to Preparing Adult Leaners to Thrive
Dr. Wayne Hammond is the current CO-CEO and Chief Science Officer of MeritCore Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. He has published several scientific articles and has been an active lecturer with regards to various mental health concerns and the implications of strengths-based practice in educational and community care settings.

Closing Keynote:
From Big Data to Your Data: How everyday information is changing lives and building communities
Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, a national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, which airs on CBC Radio. As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, focuses on the explosion of data about our behaviours, thoughts, opinions and actions.

3) Symposium Planning Tools

*New tab on the website:

CLN has new tools to help delegates better navigate beforehand and while at Symposium:

  • Symposium Tipsheet (for advance planning) – Things to know when planning to attend Symposium 2018! This is ready and waiting for you. Check it out in the CLN March Newsletter and on the Symposium website at: https://www.calp.ca_uploads/5dxqj2vn1.pdf
  • Symposium Survival Guide (on-site information) – Things to know to help make Symposium 2018 a great experience! Look for it coming soon!

4) Fireside Chat Room

This year CLN is adding a new element to add to your peer-to-peer networking opportunities. While at Symposium if you are looking for a quiet and informal place to connect, share and learn from one another, but do not want to leave it to chance, come to the Fireside Chat room. This living room format meeting place is a flexible space where you can engage in purposeful networking in a cozy, private nook. The Fireside Chat room will be open throughout the Symposium.

  • What to expect at Symposium 2018 (what 2017 participants said)?
    • “Great week of networking and learning!”
    • “Great variety of training!”
    • “Excellent program!”
    • “Very knowledgeable presenters!”
    • “Awesome keynote speakers!”
    • “A very valuable experience – I will take a lot of information, experience and relationships from this symposium!”
    • “I was thrilled with the practical, everyday information I received and the positive networking opportunities. Excellent, fun, applicable, encouraging, motivating!”
    • “Excellent symposium that brings together various individuals passionate about adult learning!”

We hope that this year’s line-up of PD, training and networking opportunities sparks your interest and that you will plan to join us at Symposium 2018!

For more information, please contact the CLN office at 1-877-485-4926 or

Pat Halewich
CLN Events Specialist 


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