2020 CALM Conference in Calgary

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The 2020 CALM Conference is Thursday, June 4 to Saturday, June 6 at the Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown (708 8th Avenue South West, Calgary (403) 263-7600)

Registration is now closed.

To access the discounted room rate, mention the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference when you book your room by phone. To register online for your room, please visit this link to secure the CALM rate.

The conference begins in the early evening of Thursday, June 4. Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and access to all workshops, panel presentations, networking events, and keynote presentations.

There is an extra charge and registration process to attend the Advanced Communicators’ Day.This event starts in the morning of Thursday, June 4. Information about this year’s Advanced Communicators Day will come out soon. To register for the Advanced Communicators Day (Thursday, June 4 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM), please indicate on the form. The extra charge will be added to your total.

Advanced Communicators Day

Livestreaming A to Z: creating the total, engaging package

Advanced Communicators Day delegates will learn how to elevate their livestreaming to a more professional level to encourage online viewing of their events.  

Delegates will learn the fundamentals and core techniques to create a great livestream, who you need on a team for a successful event, and how to encourage participation in the live stream. You will learn what to avoid, how to manage all the moving parts of a live event, and packaging it to ensure your message goes as far as possible. The day will feature hands-on training with all the equipment needed to make your streaming a success. 

There is an extra charge to attend Advanced Communicators Day of $200. Please ensure you add this to your conference registration form if you would like to attend.  Advanced Communicators Day will be on Thursday, June 4 from 9am – 2pm before the main conference starts.

Confirmed workshops

Facebook for union locals
Lou Arab, CUPE Communications Representative

You’ve been asked to manage your Local’s Facebook account. Now what? You’ve never managed a professional account before. What do you post? How do you get more followers? What’s the best way to deal with trolls and bots? Page or group? This course assumes a working knowledge of the Facebook platform. It’s recommended (but not required) that you bring a laptop.

Chaos, Confusion and Conspiracy Theories — Alberta under Jason Kenney
David Climenhaga and Dave Cournoyer,
 United Nurses of Alberta

Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party decisively defeated the Alberta NDP government led by Rachel Notley on April 16, 2019. Since then, Albertans have been presented with a smorgasbord of chaos (intentional), confusion (possibly unintentional) and conspiracy theories (mostly ridiculous) as the UCP pulls out all the stops to implement Kenney’s radical neoliberal and social conservative agendas.

If recent polling is to be believed, a lot of Albertans seem to have gone from loving Kenney to suffering from a severe case of buyers’ remorse. And despite many rumours to the contrary, Notley seems determined to hang in and fight another election campaign against the UCP. But don’t count Kenney out — anyone who has been paying attention understands the man is an all-star campaigner.

Alberta’s two leading political bloggers — Dave Cournoyer, author of the blog and David Climenhaga, author of — take a look at what happened during the first year of the Kenney Era in Alberta provincial politics and make some predictions about what will likely happen during the three years that remain in the UCP’s mandate.

The presentation will include a Who’s Who of Kenney’s Cabinet and Caucus, with a frank assessment of who’s smart and who’s not, plus a summary of the major policies implemented by the UCP and likely to be implemented next. In the event Kenney decides to chase another job, Cournoyer and Climenhaga will assess the likely candidates to replace him, and their chances of success.