2022 DEAM IDEA Conference 

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DEAM Alberta is excited to announce the 2022 DEAM IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Conference in Canmore, Alberta, October 12 -13, 2022. 

The IDEA conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to build upon their knowledge of inclusive and supported employment and recruitment while examining topics of intersectionality within diversity and equity and disability as diversity.

Join attendees in the HR, Talent Recruitment, Disability and Human Services sectors, inclusive employers, and community members and advocates from across Alberta for two days of networking, connection, insights, and learning.

Conference accommodations are available including ASL Interpretation, etc. Please connect with us if you require accommodations.

We have blocked rooms at the hotel – please mention "Gateway Association" while booking your hotel space for a special conference rate.

Announcing our keynote speaker... Elise Ahenkorah 


Elise Ahenkorah is an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategist, speaker, and founder of #shemeets, a women-of-colour entrepreneurship resource group. She is educated in Law & Justice, International Relations, Change Management and is completing her MBA in Strategy. She is also an alumnus of Cornell University's coveted diversity and inclusion strategic planning program.

As the Inclusion Strategist of inclusion FACTOR, Elise Ahenkorah uses data-driven strategies to show how an inclusive workplace increases the bottom line and employee satisfaction. With inclusion FACTOR, Elise translates a company’s vision into measurable and practical DE&I tactics aligned with business and talent retention outcomes.

Her clients include Saje Natural Wellness, Hootsuite, IBM, EPICURE, Calgary Film Festival, Avenue Magazine, Evans Hunt Marketing Agency, Calgary Police Commission, Avenue Calgary, City of Toronto, University of Calgary, IABC, Magazine Association of BC, Alberta Magazine Publisher Association, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Leftovers Foundations, Fresh Routes, HDR International – to name a few.
In her 15-year career, Elise has covered diverse grounds in progressively senior roles in communications, marketing, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and DE&I for public and private sector organizations.
Elise's innovative DE&I strategies and community contributions have been recognized by the Black Business and Professional Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Canadian Centre for Diversity, the University of Calgary, and the UN of Canada.

Last year, Elise was recognized for her impact with #shemeets as a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth Canada honouree. Most recently – Avenue Calgary recognized Elise as a Top 40 Under 40 finalist and the Calgary Black Chambers due to inclusion FACTOR’s impact and reach.

Proposed Conference Itinerary

Final Conference Itinerary to follow (This draft Itinerary is subject to change).
Keynote Speakers and Breakout session topics/speakers to be announced


Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

  • 5:00 pm – Conference Begins  

  • 6:00 pm –7:30 pm “Cocktails and Epic Inclusion Fails” formal panel discussion begins

  • 7:30 pm –10:00 pm – Networking/Cocktail hour

Thursday, October 13, 2022

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am – Buffet Breakfast hour

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Day 2 of Conference Begins - Keynote Address by Elise Ahenkorah 

  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Breakout Session 1

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Breakout Session 2

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch/Networking

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm- Closing Remarks, End of Conference