Pre-Conference Activities

We are excited to be offering a variety of pre-conference sessions at the EECOM 2019 conference. Information on each of our workshops including dates, times, and costs can be found below. Questions can be directed to conference2019(at)


Session #1
Boreal Forest Eco-Tour
Location Prince Albert National Park
Facilitator(s) SunDogs Excursions, Prince Albert National Park, Glenn Sutter, & Joyce Belcher
Date(s) Wednesday, May 8 – Thursday, May 9
Start Time 9:30 am on May 8: Bus to PA National Park
End Time 3:30 pm on May 9: Bus to Saskatoon
# Participants 20 7 spots left!
Cost $280, tax included
Description Join us for a pre-conference ecotour to Prince Albert National Park area. We will be staying at the iconic Elk Ridge Resort in cabins, located in a friendly luxurious setting in the heart of the boreal forest. Hike along the trails of the national park with park interpreter staff, participate in nature writing with True Nature writing, spend an entire morning on a climate change and nature focused program led by SunDogs Excursions, sing around a campfire with Glenn Sutter, a local musician. Arrive back in Saskatoon on Thursday evening in time for conference evening activities.


Session #2
Sustainability Education Policy Forum
Location University of Saskatchewan
Facilitator(s) Marcia McKenzie & Nicola Chopin (Sustainability Education Research Institute and the Sustainability and Education Policy Network)
Date(s) Thursday, May 9
Start Time 10 am
End Time 12 pm
# Participants 40
Cost Free
Description This session is for administrators, policy-makers, and educators. Discuss key learnings from research conducted by the Sustainability and Education Policy Network in K-12 schools about the relationships between sustainability in education policy and practice. Participants will workshop sustainability engagement in their own setting, drawing on implications from the study.


Session #3
Relational Healing, Climate Change, and Indigenous Land-based Learning
Location University of Saskatchewan
Facilitator(s) Jeff Baker & Kevin Lewis
Date(s) Thursday, May 9
Start Time 1 pm
End Time 4 pm
# Participants 15 SOLD OUT!
Cost Free
Description In this session Drs. Kevin Lewis (Cree) and Jeff Baker (Métis) will lead participants in ceremony and land-based activities that provide teachings regarding our interconnectedness with the land, one another, and the cosmos; and discuss the importance of these understandings for addressing climate change and socio-ecological justice more broadly.


Session #4
University of Saskatchewan Campus Sustainability Walking Tour
Location University of Saskatchewan
Facilitator(s) Matt Wolsfeld, Office of Sustainability
Date(s) Thursday, May 9
Start Time 1 pm
End Time 2:30 pm
# Participants 25 1 spot left!
Cost Free
Description Join the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability on a walking tour that highlights sustainability initiatives and operations around the university’s beautiful campus, including gardens, green buildings, and cultural sustainability touchstones.



Session #5
Project WET Canada 2019-2021 Implementation Strategy Workshop
Location University of Saskatchewan
Facilitator(s) Lizabeth Nicholls, Project WET Canada
Date(s) Thursday, May 9
Start Time 12 pm
End Time 4 pm
# Participants 20 5 spots left!
Cost Free
Description This workshop is for provincial and territorial Project WET Coordinators and senior Project WET Facilitators throughout Canada to provide input to an Implementation Strategy for 2019 – 2021 to best reach northern, Indigenous, and Francophone/French Immersion educators

with Project WET 2.0, Projet WET- Module 1 (French) and Getting Little Feet WET (ECE) certification professional development workshops. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Session #6
Helping Environmental Education Associations Build their Capacity –
An EECOM Leadership Summit
Location University of Saskatchewan
Facilitator(s) Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Gareth Thomson) & SaskOutdoors (Leah Japp)
Date(s) Thursday, May 9
Start Time 8:30 am
End Time 5 pm
# Participants 30
Cost $25, tax included (includes morning coffee and tea, as well as lunch)
Description In this full day workshop, you will participate in organizational development activities to support your association, contribute to a change agenda to advance environmental education in Canada and where you live, and launch a national network. This workshop is designed for Canadians who work with their provincial or territorial environmental association, and will include a networking social from 4-5 pm.


Session #7
Brewing Beer Naturally
Location 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, 229 20th Street W, Saskatoon
Facilitator(s) Barrett Miller
Date(s) Thursday, May 9
Start Time 6:00 pm
End Time 10:00 pm
# Participants 20
Cost $70, tax included
Description The 9 Mile Legacy is a story of two families- neighbours that have weathered hard times and celebrated good times together for the better part of a century.  We are called “9 Mile Legacy” because we aren’t that original – we are simply carrying on generational tradition of working together. For this workshop, 9 Mile will be hosting Barret Miller, a home brewer from Forte Whyte Manitoba, who has been brewing his family beer since he was knee high to a grasshopper. In this workshop, Barrett will teach you how to brew a prairie beer, using a technique perfected by his grandfather.

Brewer for an evening includes:

  • Learn to brew with Barret Miller alongside head brewer and co-founder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Garrett Pederson
  • Orientation and instructions before you mash in
  • All materials included
  • Finish your evening with a 9 Mile Legacy Beer!