A visit to the Change Centre: a pre-conference field trip


Canadians are struggling to lead healthy lifestyles, with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease accounting for 17% of all health care costs in Canada and tragically, 43% of all deaths.  In this preconference session, participants will get out of the city and will go on a site tour of the Change Centre, a joint-use community space stewarded by leaders involved in health care, education, and the wider community, that focuses on lifestyle programming. 

Located on Treaty Six land overlooking the beautiful Pembina River, the CHANGE Centre is a 130-acre innovation hub focused on a new, integrated model of health and education delivery, training, evaluation, and research.  Participants will come for a day to see and experience the innovations at the CHANGE Centre, including learning about metabolic rehab, visiting Gail's Kitchen, participating in Tipi Teachings, rethinking harvest, and enjoying time on the land.


By attending this unique CNS pre-conference “Field Trip”, participants will:

  1. Get out of the city and see the beautiful Alberta countryside while visiting the Change Centre.
  2. Experience a taste of metabolic rehab (diet and exercise intervention) on site at the Change Centre.
  3. Learn about the Indigenous adaptation of the Change Health Community Program through Tipi Teachings and feast.


Subject to change

Time (MT)


  8:15am MT Departure - via carpool - from the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Edmonton
 9:30am MT Arrival and Welcome at the Change Centre
9:45am MT Smudge and orientation
10:00am MT Activity 1 (Groups rotate)*
11:00am MT Activity 2 (Groups rotate)*
12:00pm MT Lunch (included)
 1:00pm MT Activity 3 (Groups rotate)*
 2:00pm MT Activity 4 (Groups rotate)*
 3:00pm MT Closing Circle
 3:30pm MT Departure Back to Edmonton Convention Centre (ECC) via carpool for CNS AGM and Conference Opening Reception
 4:45pm MT Arrival at Edmonton Convention Centre

Activity Rotations

Ticket details

  1. Tickets must be purchased in advance. TIckets wil not be sold onsite.  SOLD OUT
  2. LImited seats available on a first come, first serve basis.
  3. This pre-conference event will take place on Thurs. May 2, 2024 from 8:15am MT through 4:45pm MT.
  4. Transportation will be via carpool. An organizer will reach out to each attendee to coordinate the necesary arrangements. 
  5. This is an off-site event. Depart via carpool from the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Edmonton at 8:15am MT sharp and return to the Edmonton Convention Centre by 4:45pmMT.  
  6. Ticket price includes lunch. 

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