Equal Opportunities Committee

UTE Regional Equal Opportunities Conference – Calgary (Alberta)

June 7, 2018

TO:     Executive Council
           Alt. Regional Vice-Presidents
           Local Presidents (Pacific, Prairies, Rocky Mountains)

RE:      UTE Regional Equal Opportunities Conference – Calgary (Alberta)

The Conference for the Pacific, Prairies and Rocky Mountains regions will be held in Calgary, Alberta.

DATES:             August 23-26, 2018

TIMES:              Thursday, August 23, 2018 (travel time)
                           7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Registration
                           6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hospitality reception (room: Leduc)
                          (To respect the diversity of the participants attending the Conference, no alcoholic beverages will be served in the hospitality suite.) 

                          Friday, August 24, 2018
                           8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration
                           9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference

                           Saturday, August 25, 2018
                           9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference

                           Sunday, August 26, 2018 (travel time)                               

LOCATION:      (Note that this is a non-smoking hotel)
                          The Fairmont Palliser
                           133 9th Avenue SW
                           Calgary, AB  T2P 2M3

                           Toll-free:  1-800-257-7544 

             Website:   http://www.fairmont.com/palliser-calgary/

REGISTRATION: Online only via the following link:


The deadline for registration is 23:59 EDT, June 21, 2018. Locals must also approve the registrations by the deadline.

                           All registrations received after 23:59 EDT, June 21, 2018 will be denied.

If you wish to submit your registration via printed form or other form due to a disability(ies), please contact  Chantal Beauchamp via telephone (613) 235-6704 or e-mail beauchc@ute-sei.org, Andrea Holmes via telephone  (613) 235-6704 or e-mail holmesa@ute-sei.org.

THEME: “Awareness – Empowerment – Action”

The Conference objectives are:

  •       Embrace and understand equity issues; and
  •       Learn how to be change you want to see; and
  •       Go back to your local, share your knowledge and stand up!

The agenda is attached to this memorandum.

These objectives will be achieved through plenary sessions and workshops. This will be an opportunity for you to network with other equity group members and others.


  •  The UTE National will fund two (2) members per Local.

  •  Funding will consist of:
    • Per Diem:  four (4) days (cheque sent to the participants); and
    • Hotel:  three (3) nights (paid directly by the UTE); and
    • Travel:  advance sent directly to the Local (2x Air Canada Economy Flex airfare); and
    • Family care allowance, if required; and
    • Loss of salary
  • Note: Participants are reminded that we have guaranteed a specific number of hotel rooms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  In return for this guarantee, the hotel has agreed to waive the cost of meeting rooms.  As a result, participants are expected to attend all sessions of the Conference and not cancel the hotel room or alter the arrangements.  In the event of an emergency that could affect the hotel room or arrangements, please contact your RVP. If a participant does not attend all sessions of the Conference, they will waive their per diem for each day they are not attending a session.


  •  The conference is intended for UTE members who have limited or no knowledge / experience of equity issues. We strongly encourage Locals to fund other interested participants.

For all queries / concerns related to the Conference, contact Andrea Holmes via telephone (613) 235-6704 or email (holmesa@ute-sei.org) or the undersigned via telephone (613) 371-7027 or email  (koendel@ute-sei.org).

In Solidarity,

Linda Koenders
Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Committee

c.c.     EO Committee