Recharge Conference

Recharge 2020 Cancellation

We have come to the decision to cancel the Recharge conference that was scheduled to begin on April 16 in Canmore.


We make this decision in the interest of keeping our community as safe as possible, given concerns around Covid 19. These are uncertain times - so we thought we would cancel this now, and provide you with some certainty as you make your plans.


We are so lucky to have an incredible network of teachers, educators, and community partners who are deeply committed to advancing environmental education in Alberta.  We need to keep you healthy! We believe that canceling the conference at this time is in the best interest of conference attendees, staff and our community members.


We'll get to work on Plan B for the conference, whatever that might be - please stay tuned!

If you have any questions, pls contact conference@abcee.org.

Over 30 workshops

We are thrilled to offer you over 30 indoor and outdoor workshops covering a full range of topics - from climate change to nature connection to place-based education!

View the conference at a glance here.

We invite teachers and other educators to join us for our second annual energy and environmental education conference, as you 'Recharge' in the company of like-minded colleagues, and enjoy Spring in the Rockies! 

Recharge 2020 will offer...

  • indoor and outdoor workshops

  • morning yoga and inspiring keynote speakers

  • ample networking opportunities with teachers and environmental and energy educators

All with the beautiful backdrop of the Rockies for three incredible days of professional development!

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

"What does the climate crisis mean for education in Alberta?"  Join our thought provocateurs and hear from a variety of perspectives including: indigenous climate activist Eriel Deranger (more below); a passionate youth voice; a teacher who weaves environmental education into their curriculum; and a leader in Alberta's energy future as they weigh in and share their thoughts on this matter.

 

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dënesųłiné woman (ts'ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and mother of two, coming from a family of Indigenous rights advocates fighting for the recognition, sovereignty and autonomy of their Indigenous lands and territory in what is now known as Treaty 8, Canada. 

Deranger has written for the Guardian, Yellowhead Institute, The National Observer, Red Pepper Magazine, been featured in documentary films including Elemental (2012), interviewed for national and international media outlets including Democracy Now!, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and CBC.Eriel has a  focus on building intersectional dialogue between Indigenous rights and other social justice movements nationally and internationally. 

Deranger is the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) - an Indigenous-led climate justice organization working to empower communities and inspire Indigenous-led climate solutions. ICA develops educational multi-media and contemporary climate change resources for Indigenous communities, amplifies our stories and supports indigenous rights to sovereignty and self-determination.

 

 

We are excited to have Simon Jackson delivering a keynote on youth, nature and action. Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between the needs of people and nature. Discussing his personal story, as well as the intricacies of founding a non-profit and navigating both business and politics, Simon inspires audiences to realize the “power of one” to encourage change and challenges citizens to re-think how we tackle complex environmental challenges.

Simon led the campaign to save the spirit bear for two decades, helping create the largest land protection measure in North American history. Simon has received several honours for his efforts, including being awarded Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal, being named as one of the 100 Angels of the Earth by UNESCO and, most notably, being honoured as one of Time Magazine’s sixty Heroes for the Planet – one of only six young people selected from around the world. His life’s work was the focus of an internationally televised movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.

Today, Simon is focused on advancing nature literacy as the co-founder of the Ghost Bear Institute. Its signature project, Nature Labs, is working to provide high school teachers with the critical resources they need to help a new generation understand why nature matters and what they can do to create a better balance.

Accommodations

We have partnered with the Coast Hotel to give you the very best deals on your stay while you Recharge. The conference rate for conference participants is only $124/night. Book now using the code Recharge2020 to receive your discounted rate!

To book your stay at the Coast Hotel, click here.

Share Fair

Share Fair is an opportunity for organizations who support teachers and communities with environmental, energy and climate change education resources and programs to connect directly for ideas and inspiration.

How it works

On Friday April 17 between 1:15pm-2:00pm you are invited to set up in the main ballroom with a small display with resources, brochures and anything else you offer (the exact table size is still to be determined). Conference attendees will be given an opportunity to visit the tables and speak with you directly about the resources and programs you offer. 

Share fair is a FREE event but to participate you must be registered to attend the conference.

Sign up here

Pechakucha

We are looking for speakers to participate in a Pechakucha Presentation at the networking event on Thursday April 16.

Tell us a story illustrated in 20 slides (20 seconds per slide) that you feel people will find entertaining or inspiring. Stories should be light-hearted; focus on personal experiences, significant programs, or student learning.

Contact Christina Pickles at conference@abcee.org to sign up.

Recharge 2020 Official Poster

Download a copy of the Recharge 2020 poster here.

"This was the most inspiring convention I've attended in my career. I'm eager to dive into some meaningful environmental action projects next year with my students." - Dominique Davidson Befus, 2019 Recharge Attendee


Looking Back

Recharge 2019

The first annual Recharge conference was held May 23-25, 2019 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore. For more details about the conference you can view the Recharge 2019 Program, Conference Details Page, Summit Details Page, and Post Conference Resources.

 

 

“The ACEE Recharge Conference was soothing to the soul. Spending three magnificent days with like-minded, passionate people gave me the boost of energy needed to accelerate my own work as well as a healthy dose of hope for the future of our children and planet!” 

- Recharge 2019 Attendee