8th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit

  1. Canadian Autism Leadership Summit
Screenshot of the online version of CALS2022 on Whova

Impact Report

On April 4-5, 2022, Autism Alliance of Canada hosted the 8th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS2022). Over 300 participants, presenters, panelists and moderators came together from across the country to learn about and weigh in on autism policy in Canada. Our goal was to have a variety of topics and ideas presented that will promote stimulating discussion between participants.

CALS2022 summary in numbers

Autism Alliance of Canada hosts the 8th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit


  1. Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion in Policy Development

  2. The Evolution of Evidence-Informed Supports across the Lifespan

  3. Progress in Employment Programs and Disability Supports


In-person satellite sites in Calgary AB, Burlington ON, Durham ON, Brampton ON, and Whitehorse YT.

Virtual: Whova

Program & Presenters

CALS2022 was delivered through a hybrid virtual and in-person model. The goal of this model was to create an innovative, collaborative and pivotal conference for Autistic people, their families, and those who support them. For the first time, both days of the conference were translated, allowing attendees across Canada, whether their preferred language is French or English, to attend CALS2022. Live translation enabled us to make our event more accessible than ever before.

Screenshot of the Jim and Ginette Munson Award ceremony

Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award

In 2021, Autism Alliance of Canada created The Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award, in recognition of the unflagging determination and leadership shown by The Honourable Jim Munson, former member of the Senate of Canada, and his wife, Ginette Munson.

The recipient of the 1st Annual Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award was Whitney Hodgins

The advocacy and work of Autism Alliance of Canada has been critical to ensuring Canadians on the autism spectrum are included in every aspect of society. We are all working together on this mission, and I believe all Canadians can be proud of the progress we have made working in partnership with Canadians and organizations like Autism Alliance of Canada.

Headshot of The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, former Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion