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Be inspired by influential leaders in health promotion, while connecting and learning from other advocates working to foster healthy eating and active living in Alberta’s communities.

2017-03-20 to 2017-03-23
Where: Canada
Contact: Alberta Recreation and Parks
(780) 415-1745

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Join Communities ChooseWell on March 20th and 21st in Edmonton, and on March 22nd and 23rd in Calgary for our first Provincial Symposia! Be inspired by influential leaders in health promotion, while connecting and engaging with other advocates working to address healthy eating and active living in Alberta.


The event is free to attend for anyone who is interesting in improving well-being in their community.


The event begins with an evening keynote from Dr. James Talbot, followed by networking over appetizers. The following day is filled with more speakers, including Dr. Trevor Hancock, as well as interactive activities focused on improving wellness in your community. Lunch will be provided.


Edmonton Symposium

Where: Nisku Recreation Centre, 606 18 Ave, Nisku, Alberta T3S 0A6
When: March 20th, 7pm-9pm; March 21, 9am-4pm



Calgary Symposium

Where: Ralph Klein Park, 12350-84 Street Southeast, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5
When: March 22, 7pm-9pm; March 23, 9am-4pm



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Keynote Speakers


Dr. James Talbot


Dr. James Talbot has a B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and an M.D. from the University of Toronto, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has worked in Public Health for more than 25 years as the Director of the Public Health Laboratory, a Medical Officer of Health in Edmonton, the Chief Medical Office of Health in Nunavut and most recently CMOH of Alberta. Dr Talbot is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. For most of his career he has been devoted to understanding the evidence for what keeps us truly healthy and applying it to the communities in which we live.


Dr. Trevor Hancock


Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion  consultant and is currently a Professor and Senior Scholar at the new School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and originated the term ‘heathy public policy’. Over the past 30 years he has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization. His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning and health futurism. 


Travel Subsidy Information

Communities must be registered for Communities ChooseWell in 2017 to be eligible for a travel subsidy. Click here to see a list of currently registered communities. Click here to register your community for free.

Limited travel subsidies are available to support communities travelling 30km or more to attend the Symposium. Travel subsidies are limited to 1 per community and to $500 per subsidy to encourage room-sharing and carpooling. Cheques will be issued after the event after the event is complete and all receipts are submitted. The deadline to submit a travel subsidy request is March 10. Completing an application does not guarantee you a subsidy. Costs that can be claimed under this subsidy include:

Mileage ($0.40/km) OR Car rental and gas
Hotel (max $150/night)
Meals not provided by the event (Up to $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner)

Click here to apply for a travel subsidy.




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