Programs: Communities Choosewell : Events


Healthy Community Symposiums

Join Communities ChooseWell on March 20th and 21st in Edmonton, and on March 22nd and 23rd in Calgary for our first Provincial Symposiums! Be inspired by influential public health leaders, 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 wellbeing 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. Scroll down to view the agenda.

Edmonton Symposium

Where: Nisku Recreation Centre, 606 18 Ave, Nisku, Alberta T3S 0A6
When: March 20th, 7pm-9pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm) and March 21, 9am-4pm (doors open @ 8:30 am)

Calgary Symposium

Where: Ralph Klein Park, 12350-84 Street Southeast, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5
When: March 22, 7pm-9pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm) and March 23, 9am-4pm (doors open @ 8:30 am)

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. 


March 20 & 22
6:30 PM Doors Open / Registration / Refreshments
7:00 PM Opening Remarks / Opening Prayer
7:15 PM

Opening Keynote: Dr. James Talbot
Building communities that build health & wellness: Exploring the use of design thinking and asset-based community development

8:15 PM Networking Reception & Appetizers
9:00 PM Reception Ends


March 21 & 23
8:30 AM Doors Open / Registration / Refreshments
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:05 AM Keynote: Dr. Trevor Hancock
Lifestyle is a collective noun: Shaping communities to shape our health
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Session 1: A Look at Healthy Communitiesn in Alberta
(Stephanie Patterson & Molly Hansen-Nagel)
11:15 AM Session 2: Lessons from ChooseWell Communities - Panel Discussion
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Session 3: Healthy Communities Conversation Cafe
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Session 4: The Abundant Communities Initiative & asset-based community development
(Howard Lawrence)
3:30 PM Closing
3:45 PM Symposium Ends

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.

Hotel Information - Group Rates

Edmonton (Nisku), March 20th

Holiday Inn & Suites, Edmonton Airport and Conference Centre 
Ph: 780-979-0839
Rate: $110+tax, includes breakfast
Amenities: Free parking, restaurant onsite, pool, fitness centre 
Group code: ARP
Available until: March 1st

Nisku Inn and Conference Centre 
Ph: 1-780-955-7744
Rate: $99+ tax, includes breakfast
Amenities: Free parking, restaurant, pool, fitness centre 
Group Code: ARPA
Available until: March 6th

Calgary, March 22nd

Service Plus Inns & Suites
Ph: 403-256-5352
Rate: $129+tax, includes breakfast
Group code: 2493 or Alberta Recreation & Parks Association
Amenities: Free parking, pool, fitness centre
Available until: March 7th

Deerfoot Inn & Casino
Ph: 403-236-7529 or 1-877-236-5225
Rate: $129 + tax
Group Code: GMSARPA3, Alberta Recreation & Parks Association 
Amenities: free parking, restaurants, pool, fitness centre
Available until: February 18th

Contact the ChooseWell staff at or (780) 415-1745 if you have any questions.