Call for Presenters



SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2020


You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise at Deaf Alberta Expo (DAE).  DAE attendees will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the deaf community.  Our goal is for people to experience educational, informative, inspirational, and/or entertaining professional development. All presentation will be in American Sign Language with the use of visual text (ASL videos and/or PowerPoint). If you need specific accommodations, please send request to CAD DAE Committee.

The Deaf Alberta Expo attracts about 250 Deaf attendees, many of which is from Alberta and involved in deaf communities throughout Alberta  Year after year, it draws a loyal following of attendees eager to learn about – and be able to implement – the latest ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches in Deaf community for services and programs as well to identify certain deaf gaps.

Deaf Alberta Expo is seeking presenters in the following categories:

  • Personal/Professional Growth (Deaf Eco-system)
  • Innovations in Arts, Culture, Politics and Social Media
  • Social Change
  • Personal Identities and Allies
  • Healing and Wellness

Proposals for the Deaf Alberta Expo 2020 must link presentation content and learning objectives that is relevant to the Deaf communities in Alberta and/or across Canada.  We are especially interested in presentations which have already having to do with creating strategy, adding value, and implementing and assessing the impact of Deaf communities in general.  Attendees express a strong desire for presentations that are engaging, enjoyable, and applicable in the “real world” of the Deaf communities.  Other desirable features:

  • Leading-edge information and emerging trends in the Deaf communities
  • Practical strategies for improvement and innovative, non-traditional approaches;
  • “How to” best practices and case studies, including tangible implementation tool(s) and
  • Demonstration of measurable impact and use of effectiveness measures/metrics of the Deaf communities

Please provide ASL video as an e-mail attachment or on YouTube with a private link that is 1 minute with captions or transcript to promote your workshop topics with three main concepts included.

Proposal Submission Timeline

Submission process opens:  February 1, 2020
Submission process closes:  April 30, 2020 – Deadline for submitting proposals
Notification of acceptance/rejection:  June 1, 2020
Submission of Session Handouts for website: July 1, 2020
Deaf Alberta Expo presentation dates:  September 18 & 19, 2020

Benefits of Speaking

The Deaf Alberta Expo provides a powerful platform to the Deaf attendees and to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices within Deaf communities.  As a not-for-profit entity, the Deaf Alberta Expo does not provide speaking fees.  Instead, we ask that presenters share their expertise in the spirit of furthering the participants in the Deaf community. In exchange, we offer presenters the following:

  • Complementary conference registration including access to all events
  • Reasonable reimbursement of expenses for meals associated with required travel and conference attendance (receipts required)
  • Valuable experience presenting at one of the best Deaf Alberta Expo;
  • Networking opportunities with and visibility to 250 Deaf attendees;
  • Travel expenses including economy air fare (pre-approval required for reimbursement) and/or mileage for out-of-town presenters;
  • Required lodging at the conference hotel for out-of-town presenters (should be pre-approved and will be arranged by DAE 2020 committee);
  • Assistance in shaping the presentation to meet attendee needs and presenter goals


Each session will last 45 minutes, and we encourage you to leave time at the end for questions.

The Deaf Alberta Expo always sells out! Because of space constraints, all sessions are in rooms set for maximum occupancy as deemed by the facility and in accordance with local fire safety codes.  Presenters should anticipate an audience size of approximately 30 to 120 people per session (more in some cases) and should design their presentation approaches with the facility logistics in mind.  Please note that we are unable to modify or alter seating arrangements/set-ups for individual sessions.  Rooms are equipped with standardized audio-visual: projection unit/screen and a microphone; any other A/V needs are arranged for by the presenter.