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10th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit

  1. Canadian Autism Leadership Summit
Rebekah Kintzinger speaking at the Senate Reception at CALS2023

Join us for the 10th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit

We are thrilled to welcome you to CALS2024, taking place from April 17th to 19th, 2024, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa and livestream. This coming April, we aim to:

  • Inform: Gather experts with updates on the National Autism Strategy (NAS) and the development of national disability policy for Canada that addresses the diverse needs of Autistic people and their families.
  • Implement: Identify policies, programs, services and supports with the potential to strengthen the impact of the National Autism Strategy.
  • Innovate: Explore valuable processes, promising and emerging practices, ideas, and research that can advance our collective work.

Platform

Livestream: Zoom

In-person: Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7.

A group of CALS2023 participants.

Program

In an effort to discuss priority issues faced by Autistic persons in Canada, CALS2024 will aim to generate specific actions to be taken by the federal government to advance a National Autism Strategy.

Our CALS2024 programming also includes tons of storytelling and networking opportunities. Click on the button below to view our preliminary program.

Picture of CALS2023 presenters

Registration rates

The table below outlines the different types of tickets you can purchase for CALS2024 for the full duration of the Summit (“Full Summit” ticket for April 17, 18, and 19, 2024). The schedule for both in-person and livestream options will follow Ottawa’s time zone, which is Eastern Standard Time (EST), GMT-4. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to in-person attendees each day.

On April 17 and 18, live sessions will be held from 9am to 5pm (ET), with optional networking sessions from 5pm to 7pm (ET). On April 19, live sessions will be held from 9am to 4pm (ET). On all days, breakfast will be served at 8am (ET) for in-person attendees.

When purchasing a ticket, you may choose to select an amount to pay a portion forward so that one ticket will be gifted at no cost to someone who may not have the financial means to attend the Summit. This is completely optional.

Please note that early-bird pricing ends on January 31st, 2024, after which regular registration rates will take effect. For any questions or if you require any assistance with the registration process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at summit@autismalliance.ca.

Full Summit Ticket
(April 17, 18 & 19)
Ticket TypeRegular Rates
(Starting Feb 1, 2024)
In-personAutistic person, not employed or sponsored by an organization$250
In-personStudent or Trainee$400
In-personMember of Autism Alliance of Canada$900
In-personNon-Member* of Autism Alliance of Canada$1,050
Livestream & Virtual WorkshopsAutistic person, not employed or sponsored by an organization$50
Livestream & Virtual WorkshopsStudent or Trainee$80
Livestream & Virtual WorkshopsMember of Autism Alliance of Canada$180
Livestream & Virtual WorkshopsNon-Member of Autism Alliance of Canada$210
1 Day Summit Ticket
(April 17, April 18 or April 19)
Ticket TypeRegular Rates
(Starting Feb 1, 2024)
In-personAutistic person, not employed or sponsored by an organization$150
In-personStudent or Trainee$250
In-personMember of Autism Alliance of Canada$400
In-personNon-Member* of Autism Alliance of Canada$500

Notes on Registration

CALS2024 looks forward to bringing together participants for another exciting Summit!

  • The Summit is an in-person event, but will have virtual attendance capabilities to allow attendees who are unable to attend in person to be able to listen in and provide questions through a chat Q&A. There may also be some virtual only sessions made available, that will mirror in-person session activities.
  • The programming for both the in-person and livestream options is currently being developed and defined, more details will be shared as the program is finalized.
  • *Members of Autism Alliance of Canada benefit from discounted rates for CALS2024. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of Autism Alliance of Canada, click here.

Financial Support Program

CALS2024 is committed to hosting an accessible event where everyone has the opportunity to not only attend but also meaningfully participate. To make CALS2024 more accessible to those wishing to attend, we have launched the CALS2024 Financial Support Program.

The deadline to apply for the CALS2024 Financial Support Program was January 7, 2024. If you are interested in attending CALS2024, but are experiencing barriers to do so, please e-mail us at summit@autismalliance.ca, where we can discuss further to find a solution.

Community Showcase

We are thrilled to launch the CALS2024 Community Showcase: A Networking Session with Posters and Visual Displays!

Whether you would like to showcase a poster describing your research findings, share your story, or highlight key initiatives at your organization, we would love to hear from you!

The deadline to submit your proposal was January 14, 2024. We thank all applicants for submitting a proposal.

Former Senator Jim Munson speaking at the Senate Reception

Call for Nominations: Third Annual Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award

The Third Annual Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award will be awarded at the 10th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit this coming April.

The deadline to submit a nomination for the Third Annual Munson Award was January 15, 2024. We thank all applicants for submitting a nomination.

Call for Artists: Third Annual Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award

For the upcoming Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, to be held in Ottawa on April 17-19, 2024, we will present a piece of art by an Autistic artist to the recipient of the Third Annual Munson Award.

The deadline to submit artwork for the Third Annual Munson Award was January 15, 2024. We thank all applicants for their submissions.

What I am most excited about this Summit, is getting to see familiar faces and some new ones of various Autistic/autism stakeholders from across Canada.

I am also looking forward to hearing the latest updates in the Canadian Autistic/autism communities at large.

Courtney Weaver
Self-Advocate, longstanding member of Autism Alliance of Canada, and more

CALS2024 Partnership Package Front Page

Support CALS2024

Interested in supporting the upcoming Canadian Autism Leadership Summit? Join our community of supporters helping us to create a more inclusive Canada.

Check out our Partnership Package to learn how we can partner for the upcoming Summit!

Our Dedicated Summit Volunteers

  • Reeba Sara Koshy

    Self-Advocate, Member of the Summit Planning Team

    DEI coach at GCCG, Operations Specialist

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  • Headshot of Cindy Gerlach

    Cyndi Gerlach

    Self-Advocate and Parent, Member of the Summit Planning Team and the Munson Award Committee

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  • Headshot of Whitney Hodgins

    Whitney Hodgins

    Self-Advocate, Recipient of the Munson Award, Member of the Munson Award Committee

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  • Headshot of Tom Jackman

    Tom Jackman

    Self-Advocate, Recipient of the Munson Award, Member of the Munson Award Committee

  • Headshot of Anne Kresta

    Anne Kresta

    Member of the Summit Planning Team

    President/Executive Director of Level It Up, Manitoba

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  • Headshot of Margaret Whelan

    Margaret Whelan

    Member of the Munson Award Committee

    Founding member of Autism Alliance of Canada

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  • Elizabeth Plouffe

    Dedicated advocate and Parent, Member of the Munson Award Committee

    Founder at Spero Careers Canada

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  • Headshot of Kimberley Ward, PhD

    Kimberley Ward, PhD

    Member of the Munson Award Committee

    Executive Director, Society for Autism Support and Services

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Registration

The 10th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit will take place April 17 – 19, 2024 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and via livestream. Make sure to reserve your spot today!