Alberta Collete of Social Workers

ACSW 2020 Annual Conference  -  Connect. Explore. Grow.

March  26 - 28, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - West Edmonton

Early Bird pricing in effect until March 5, 2020
Registration closes March 19, 2020

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Come connect, explore and grow with us.

ACSW’s 2020 Conference offers an opportunity to find fresh ideas and innovation with a focus on social work ethics and professional practice. Connect with colleagues and inspiring speakers. Explore what’s new in the social work landscape. Grow your social work practice and celebrate the profession of social work!

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  • Showcase developments and innovation in social work
  • Promote and enhance ethical social work practice
  • Provide professional development in the practice areas of helping individuals, families, groups and communities, with a particular focus on the social work value of social justice.
  • Provide a forum to share social work practice experiences.
  • Promote and engage in self-care activities
  • Network and connect with colleagues
  • Celebrate the profession of social work 


View the 2020 Conference Flyer


Our conference offers over forty-five workshops on a wide variety of topics, designed to enhance your social work practice.

List of workshops - Click Here!

Keynote Presenters

Vikki Reynolds MA, PhD, RCC 
  • Vikki is an instructor and registered Clinical Counsellor from Vancouver. She has a deep commitment to social justice and her work is based on an anti-oppression and decolonization framework. She plays a leading role in building communities in a spirit of solidarity, putting ethics at the forefront. Her work addresses addiction, substance misuse, diversity, homelessness, trauma and violence. Vikki is informed by narrative therapy and collaborative therapy. She provides individual and group clinical supervision to therapists and community workers. She facilitates workshops and delivers keynote speeches to audiences with an interest in transforming community work.
        Find more about Vikki at


Todd Leader RPSYCH, RSW

  • Todd Leader is a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Psychologist with a 29-year career as multiple-award-winning transformational leader in healthcare, including the areas of primary care, chronic disease management, addiction and mental health, health promotion, and community engagement. He has also been a multiple-award-winning member of the Faculty of Science at Saint Mary’s University since 1990. Todd has been the President of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia, President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association, a member of the Nova Scotia Ministerial Advisory Panel on Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions, and is currently Vice President of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Todd’s 2016 book “It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada” continues to influence client-centered system change across the country.

    Find more about Todd at


Awards Luncheon

  • Join us as we honour our own March 27, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm in the Mayfield Dinner Theatre!
  • Enjoy a four course plated lunch of fresh baked rolls; organic greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and beets; roast carrot with ginger (gf/df); herb roasted chicken breast with wild mushroom ragout (gf/df) or red wine rosemary jus (gf/df); roasted red potatoes (gf/df); rainbow carrots, zucchini and red bell peppers (gf/df); strawberry shortcake with mango coulis
  • Cost: $22.00 (payable through online registration)
Click here for more information about the awards and how to nominate.

Conference Fees

Volunteers are an important part of making our conference a success, the call is now open!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the 2020 ACSW Annual Conference click here for more information.

Venue Information 

  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton is proud to be the host hotel for the ACSW 2020 Conference. 
  • The DoubleTree is at located at 16615 109 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5P 4K8. 
  • Out-of-town guests are invited to take advantage of our special room rates starting at $159.00 by clicking here.
    *Preferred rates only valid within ACSW room block. May sell out.
    *Please cite group name Alberta College of Social Workers if making reservation over the phone.

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    Privacy Policy

    • The Alberta College of Social Workers operates under the legislated requirements of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Any personal information collected through the process of registering for the ACSW annual conference is safeguarded with appropriate security measures and used only for conference purposes.

    Photo/Video Release

    • ACSW will use photographs and videos of conference events in its promotional materials, website, social media accounts and the quarterly publication The Advocate. By virtue of your attendance, conference delegates agree to the use of their likeness in such materials. If you have any questions about this release please contact

    Refund Policy

    • Refunds are not available
    • Registrations are confirmed complete only when full payment is received.
    • If you are unable to attend, ACSW Conference registration may be transferred to another person by contacting Please note: No registration transfers will be accepted after February 24, 2020.