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ACDC 2020

Important Update regarding ACDC 2020

On March 13, 2020 the CDAA issued a statement re COVID-19. At that time we were not planning to cancel ACDC 2020, scheduled for May 5/6, however we were working closely with our host venue and event management software provider to explore options for alternate delivery or postponement, if necessary.

As the situation evolved over the weekend it became clear that ACDC 2020 would not be proceeding in May the way we had anticipated. After carefully exploring a number of options the decision to postpone ACDC 2020 was made. We know this is an important “in person” event for you. While hosting a virtual conference was an option that was explored we opted for postponement so that you could still experience the magic of ACDC - your provincial conference of choice.

We know that this is disappointing news. Had we not made the decision we did, the province wide state of emergency declared on March 17, 2020 would have made it for us.

Our host venue, Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, had proactively re-booked us for October 27/28, 2020 in anticipation of this inevitably. These will be the new conference dates for ACDC 2020.

What you need to know:

  1. Registration for ACDC will remain open and a significant extension to the earlybird deadline will be made.

  2. You don’t need to do anything with your existing registration unless you want to - you can keep your registration as it is or cancel it. If you choose to cancel please contact Paula Wischoff Yerama at ed@careerdevelopment.ab.ca.

  3. An update regarding your room reservations at Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre will be provided as soon as available.

  4. Information on the CDAA website and the event registration site will be updated as soon as possible and we will be working with our keynotes, presenters, and exhibitors regarding the event date change.

  5. We are looking at ways to take advantage of our event management software to engage you between now and the conference. Stay tuned for developments in the coming weeks and months!

This is a challenging time for everyone. We know that your lives and the lives of the people you support have been significantly impacted. We are in this together and we will get through this together. The career development community is strong and resilient and we have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to deal with adversity and uncertainty.

Please take good care of yourself. Your health, safety, and well-being is our primary concern. Please consult https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx for up to date information and resources for you, your family, your workplace, and the people you support.

We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

Current. Connected. Committed.

Yours in career development,
The CDAA Executive

October 27 and 28, 2020
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre,
Calgary, Alberta

Early Bird pricing extended to AUGUST 31, 2020

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The Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA) is proud to host the seventh annual Alberta Career Development Conference (ACDC) on October 27 and 28, 2020 at The Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Attendees will receive special conference pricing for accommodations.

ACDC 2020: Leading the Way will bring together 300 career development and related professionals for two full days of learning, laughing, and leading featuring:

  • Keynote presentations from Dr. Nancy Arthur and Richard Bucher.
  • A mobile app Program Guide
  • Multiple streams of concurrent sessions
  • Industry recognized exhibitors
  • Expert panel presentations and consultation sessions
  • Opportunities to connect and reflect
  • ...and much more!

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend up to four 75 minute concurrent sessions (two each day of the conference) on topics related to:

  • Career Counselling / Coaching Techniques
  • Trends, Tools, and Technology
  • Career Development Research and Theories
  • Workforce Planning and Development
  • Personal Development and Wellness
  • Leadership, Supervision, and Mentorship
  • Best Practices for Diverse Client Groups

Why is ACDC "THE" event to attend to connect with your profession and other professionals?

  • It's a great way to network and to learn tons of practical information!
  • It's affordable - great bang for your buck. Loads of opportunities to network, connect, and obtain up-to-date information in your field.
  • ACDC is the premier professional development conference for Alberta practitioners. Its a very valuable source of the latest information in our field.
  • It's well-run, has interesting speakers/topics, and offers a great chance to connect with colleagues.
  • Motivational and inspirational.
  • Great opportunity to learn and network, and the value-for-money is excellent.
  • This conference provides a rich opportunity for connecting, critically reflecting, and staying current.
  • ACDC is an awesome opportunity to learn more about career development.
  • The sessions are great and the experience to network with like minded professionals is very valuable.
  • It is an opportunity to meet the community of professionals working in the field of Career Development and also it is a way to be updated in the field.
  • I tell my coworkers it's an inspiring and informative conference.
  • A great opportunity to refocus, re-energize, gain super useful knowledge and connect with fellow career professionals!
  • It's the biggest and best gathering of career development professionals in Alberta, and you will definitely learn something every time.
  • Come for credible educators, professional competencies, and career development pathways.
  • This is an excellent and cost effective way for Career Practitioners to get 2 days of PD with relevant and current information.
  • I think the ACDC is a great way to stay in the loop with changes that are happening with CD. Equally important is learning that challenges you are facing in your region are happening across the province. It's a good way to brainstorm solutions.

If you are looking for an opportunity for professional development and networking, than look no further than the CDAA!

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