Northwest Region

2018 Northwest Regional Conference
May 17-20, 2018
Connect Charter School
Calgary, AB, Canada
Submit a workshop proposal by March 29!  

Scholarship   Registration Rates   Meals & Lodging   Schedule

Keynote Speaker - Bob Sharpe
Bob Sharpe has been involved in outdoor and experiential education over the 43 years that he has been in the Yukon. During this time, Bob has held a wide variety of positions. He was a principal, Director of Research, Superintendent, Coordinator of Curriculum Development and teacher throughout this period. Bob developed and taught a program of experiential studies in sciences that involved students participating in 45 days of outdoor experience each semester while teaching six academic courses. He now teaches experiential courses at the post secondary level and teaches other teachers how to conduct field studies.

Playnote - Dr. Julian Norris
Julian is a perennially curious guide and educator who supports individuals and whole systems to encounter and unlock their own unique capacities. Originally trained as an anthropologist, his career experience over the past three decades has included working night shifts with a street crisis team, conducting research in the Sumatran rainforest, working as a nightclub doorman, supporting community development initiatives in First Nation communities, co-founding a Rediscovery camp, and directing the Outward Bound schools in western Canada.

Julian is currently a faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. He co-chairs the Haskayne Adventure Leadership program which offers which uses wilderness-based, contemplative and experiential programming to cultivate advanced leadership capacities. He also teaches at the Banff Centre and co-directs the social innovation residency program Getting To Maybe.

Julian’s work is seasoned by his love of the bardic traditions, shaped through a lifetime spent in wild and storied landscapes, honed from a long-standing commitment to contemplative and somatic disciplines, and weathered by a life-long apprenticeship to the complex and sometimes shattering mysteries of the human psyche and the living world. He feels enormously privileged to support the practical dreamers, social alchemists, soulful guides and visionary leaders working to build new life-enhancing patterns of consciousness and culture in these extraordinary times.

Scholarship Opportunity
Scholarships are available to support attendees. Funds are limited. Each application will be reviewed by the conference conveners and approved at their sole discretion. Scholarships are offered in the form of a post-conference refund.
Submit your scholarship application now!

Registration Rates
Registration rate includes lunches on Friday and Saturday. But, does not include breakfast or dinner and lodging.
Breakfast and Dinner plans are available for an additional fee.

Registration Type
Canadian residents rates in CAD
US residents rates in USD
Early Bird Rates
end April 12
Regular Rates
begin April 13
Member - Full Registration $195 $275
Student/Senior Member - Full Registration $60 $110
Non-Member - Full Registration $250 $300
Student/Senior Non-Member - Full Registration $115 $175
Presenter - Full Registration $100 $100 
One Day $95 $145 
Exhibitor $75 $75 
Meal Options
Dinners  $25/meal x Friday +/or Saturday
Breakfast $10/meal x Friday +/or Saturday

Lodging Options

YMCA Camp Riveredge - located along the Bow River approximately 5.5km from conference site.
$10/person/night per tenting site. Accommodations include potable water, power and port-o-potties. Covered eating area, fire pits and BBQ are also available.
Available to borrow from Connect Charter School (host venue) are tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads.
Contact Info: John Cadman ( to book.

Mount Royal University - located 2 km (20 minute walk or 5 minute drive) from conference location.
$54.50 per night per bedroom in a 4 bedroom apartment. Equipped with individual lockable bedrooms, one full bathroom per two bedrooms with a kitchen and living room in the centre of the apartment.
Guest accommodations include linens, towels and basic kitchen items. FREE high-speed WIFI and complimentary parking.
Roommate requests are available based on availability – all parties will need to book individually unless paid for by one credit card. Please contact Residence Services.
Toll free: 1-866- 264-7875 Phone (403) 440-6275
Fax: (403) 440-6281 Email:

Grey Eagle Casino
Located 1.5km from the school. Prices will vary depending on the rooms that are available.
Contact info: 403-719-8777 Toll Free: 1-844-719-8777,

** Bikes are available to sign out from Connect Charter School for any of these options. 

Tentative Schedule