EECOM National Conferences are Canada’s largest, regular gatherings of environmental learning stakeholders, and provide unparalleled professional development and networking opportunities. Frequently hosted in national or regional parks and important conservation areas, these events often incorporate outdoor recreational activities as an integral part of the conference and provide conference participants with opportunities to explore and learn about different parts of our diverse nation and it’s natural resources. Hosted in partnership with local groups and organizations, this has been one way EECOM has successfully supported regional capacity building for environmental learning for over a decade.
The 2023 EECOM Conference will be hosted by the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) from the center of the Wabanaki Confederacy, often called New Brunswick, Canada. The central theme of the conference is: “Taking Action through Environmental Learning and Youth Leadership.”
Every day, the daily news demonstrates an urgency to address ongoing environmental and social issues. Youth stand to inherit and bear the burden of the many systemic issues passed onto them from previous generations. It is more important than ever to adequately equip, support and empower the next generation of youth who want to contribute to truly equitable systemic change and those who will be teaching them.
This will be a three-day online conference hosted online from February 15-17, 2023.
The conference registration is now open! To register for the conference, click the following link.
EECOM 2021: Exploring the Nature of Cities
April 28-May 1, 2021 – Exploring the Nature of Cities
With most of the world’s population living in urban areas, helping citizens understand their impact on their environments is key to making cities more sustainable and livable. EECOM 2021 was chaired by EcoSchools Canada, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Sustainability Office.
EECOM 2019: Action on Climate Change Through Education
May 10-12, 2019 – Action on Climate Change Through Education
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The EECOM 2019 Conference took place on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.
EECOM 2018: Classrooms to Communities
October 18-21, 2018 – Classrooms to Communities (C2C)
Cranbrook, BC Rockies
The theme for the 2018 Conference was Classrooms to Communities (C2C) which envisioned learners and educators being deeply connected to place, community and planet, able to effectively communicate their stories of connectedness, and taking responsibility to do so. This conference was for everyone involved in environmental education and communication – after all, our classrooms are our communities and our communities are our classrooms …and we are all learners!
EECOM 2017: See Change – Tides of Environmental Learning
May 18-21, 2017: See Change – Tides of Environmental Learning
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Conference delegates explored how innovative learning inspires connection to nature, more sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods, resilient communities and a life-giving planet. Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was our host, a thriving and progressive community rooted in traditional cultures, small farms and the spectacular natural setting of the Bay of Fundy.
EECOM 2016: Choose the Future
August 25-28, 2016: Choose the Future – Environmental Education for a Culture of Change
International Peace Garden, Manitoba
EECOM’s 2016 Conference provided educators and communicators with new hope and ideas, and new tools and resources. Participants examined choices we can make to make this culture of change a reality. This conference purposefully took place in the Heart of the Turtle Mountains in the geographic centre of Turtle Island (North America). For three days participants experienced a place without boundaries. Situated on the 49th parallel, the International Peace Garden recognizes no boundaries – a perfect setting to “think outside the box”.
2015 – Canmore, Alberta
2014 – Ottawa, Ontario
2013 – Victoria, British Columbia
2012 – Waterloo, Ontario
2011 – Regina, Saskatchewan
2010 – Vancouver, British Columbia
2009 – Montreal, Quebec
2008 – Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador
2007 – Kananaskis, Alberta
2006 – White Point, Nova Scotia
2005 – Huntsville, Ontario
2004 – Vancouver, British Columbia
2003 – Summerside, Prince Edward Island
2002 – Montreal, Quebec
2001 – Whitehorse, Yukon
2000 – Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
1999 – St. Andrews, New Brunswick
1998 – Ottawa, Ontario
1997 – Vancouver, British Columbia
1996 – Bragg Creek, Alberta
1995 – Leslie Frost Centre, Ontario