9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit

  1. Canadian Autism Leadership Summit
CALS2023 participants gathered in a Hall

Impact Report

Autism Alliance of Canada is proud to present an impact report for the 9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS2023), highlighting the remarkable success and significance of this event for our members and the autism community. This report informs the direction of our future Leadership Summits and ensures effective oversight and accountability for the Alliance.

Minister Jean-Yves Duclos speaking to CALS participants

Canadian Autism Leadership Summit 2023 Calls for Continued Partnerships & Greater Collaboration Across Jurisdictions

The 9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit was hosted from April 17th to 19th, 2023 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre and via livestream. With over 250 attendees from across Canada and around the world, CALS2023 brought together the collective voices of Autistic self-advocates, service providers, policymakers, government representatives and international thought leaders in support of Canada’s National Autism Strategy.


  1. Bringing Leaders Together

  2. What can Canada Learn, Adopt & Implement?

  3. Looking Within Canada: Building on our Momentum


In-person: Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon St. N, Ottawa, ON K1R 5T9

Livestream: Zoom


CALS2023 highlighted international practices to inform autism policy in Canada as well as collaborative practices in the provincial and territorial landscape. CALS2023 also focused on topics related to diversity and social inclusion; housing, and post-secondary education supports.

Panelists speaking at CALS


CALS2023 showcased nearly 50 presenters, comprised of members from the autism and Autistic communities, from Indigenous communities, researchers, organization leaders, experts, as well as decision-makers, from Canada and beyond.

Autistic artist celebrated at CALS

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 2nd Annual Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award is Autistic advocate for the acceptance of people on the autism spectrum, Tom Jackman.

Today, we are taking another step toward the national autism strategy and helping to address gaps in knowledge about the needs of Autistic adults in Canada. We will keep working with all our partners, including community organizations like the Autism Alliance of Canada to advance communication-action research in this area and provide evidence to improve future pathways of care for Autistic adults.

Headshot of The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Public Services and Procurement, former Minister of Health

CALS2023 by the numbers

The Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS) is Autism Alliance of Canada’s signature initiative.

At CALS2023, Autistic persons, politicians, policy makers, researchers, and community leaders came together to discuss, debate and develop recommendations for policies and strategies that benefit Autistic people in Canada.

Together, participants crafted a national consensus on the priorities for the coming years. We invite you to join us in this endeavour.

  • 3 days
  • 18 sessions
  • 250+ attendees
  • 40+ presenters
  • 18 supporters
  • 130 organizations

Join us

As a member of Autism Alliance of Canada, you will contribute to enhancing our impact through a strong, unified, collaborative voice.