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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

4 days of learning, sharing & inspiration 


Celebration & March: June 15

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Inclusion BC Conference 2014 - Tides of Change

Tides of Change Montage Video:

Every year at the Inclusion BC conference, attendees, presenters and sponsors help create a unique culture of celebration and full inclusion. Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 2014 conference, Tides of Change in Nanaimo, helping make it one of the best yet.


Thank you to everyone who attended or supported our 2014 conference in Nanaimo. The conference was a huge success, with over 500 people coming together for three days of learning, networking and fun. 

See you next year in Vancouver! 


Keynote Speakers Include:



Keynote Speakers   |   Conference Schedule  |  Workshop Descriptions  

Research with Relevance |  Registration Fees  |   Presenter Biographies  

Exhibitors  |  Sponsorship  |   Accommodations

Inclusion BC will host its 2014 Conference, "Tides of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All" in Nanaimo, British Columbia from June 11-14, 2014. 

The Inclusion BC conference is BC’s premier learning event addressing current trends and issues to advance the rights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and their families. We are happy to be co-hosting our conference with two of our member organizations who are doing great work in the Nanaimo community:

The conference will take place at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is a spacious facility that will accommodate over 600 participants and eight simultaneous workshops: it is convenient to Harbour Air, BC Ferries, and the conference hotels.

Research With Relevance: June 11, 2014

The Conference opens on June 11, with an independent interactive session entitled Research with Relevance, hosted by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC) of the University of British Columbia. The CIC is committed to research, learning and knowledge exchange, with a dedicated focus on intellectual disability policy and practice. Reseach with Relevance will be an interactive day of learning and discussion, highlighting current research projects focusing on youth transitions, homes sharing, pre-natal and genetic testing, aging and employment; will share updates on community engagement initiatives; and will engage participants in new ways to think about how research can be used to promote the full inclusion and citizenship for people with intellectual disabilities and their families in communities throughout our province.

This is a full day program on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - and you can register while you are registering for the conference!

Learn more about the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at their website: http://www.cic.arts.ubc.ca/

Registration Fees

Rates  **

Research with Relevance - Hosted by the CIC  

Research with Relevance - Professional Registration (June 11, 2014)


Research with Relevance - Self Advocate/Youth/Student (June 11, 2014) $50

Lunch (Wednesday) Research with Relevance

Full Conference Registration  

Full Conference Registration (June 12-14, 2014 - Lunches and Dinner/Dance Additional) - Professional Inclusion BC Member


Full Conference Registration (June 12-14, 2014 - Lunches and Dinner/Dance Additional) - Professional Non-Member


Full Conference Registration (June 12-14, 2014 - Lunches and Dinner/Dance Additional) - Self Advocate/Youth Registration


Full Conference Registration (June 12-14, 2014 - Lunches and Dinner/Dance Additional) - Family Member Registration

One-Day Registration  

One Day Registration for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - Professional Inclusion BC Member


One Day Registration for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - Professional Non-Member


One Day Registration for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - Self Advocate or Youth


One Day Registration for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - Family Member


Personal Care Assistant Registration is $0 for both one day or full conference if supporting a self advocate to attend. Lunches and dinner/dance tickets are additional. Personal Care Assistant must attend the same workshops as the self advocate they are supporting.

Lunches and Dinner Dance Tickets  

Thursday Keynote SPECIAL LUNCH - Featuring Alison Taplay


Friday SPECIAL LUNCH - Food for Thought 


Friday Evening Full Moon Dinner/Dance


** Note: The Early Bird rate will be in effect until May 14th. The standard, higer, rate will apply to registrations made (either online, or received by post) and offline payments received for existing registrations, from May 15th. 

*** Note: Refunds are available until Friday, May 17, 2014 and are subject to a cancellation administration fee of $50 per person. After this date no 
refunds are permitted, however participant substitutions can be made until Thursday, June 5, 2014. All cancellations or substitutions must 
be submitted in writing to Vanessa Elton-Smith at veltonsmith@inclusionbc.org


We are grateful to provide integration and recognition for our partners at the Inclusion BC conference, including speaking opportunities, dedicated keynote speakers, brand exposure in all printed and web-based conference materials, table space, and named scholarships. Inclusion BC Conference Sponsors make this vibrant conference accessible to many more individuals and families than we would otherwise be able to.

The broad demographics of the 600+ delegates that attend are: 250 executive directors and senior staff from the 70 member agencies that make up Inclusion BC’s federation and 350 self-advocates, family members and allies. Leverage your resources to convene, strengthen and swell the Tides of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All. Your involvement in this premier event will support your position in the community and your role in supporting an inclusive society.

For more details on sponsorship, please contact our Director of Resource Development, Amy Nugent, at anugent@inclusionbc.org.

2014 Sponsors!

Exhibitors and Tradeshow

The Inclusion BC Conference is an exceptional opportunity for vendors to reach out to families, self advocates, and large service providers, including our over 70 members that provide supports and services throughout British Columbia. The Community Living sector is the largest community social services sector in the province, and Inclusion BC Members and other community living service providers are major purchasers and economic contributors to their communities. 
Tables at our tradeshow are an excellent value! Inclusion BC Members pay only $250 for a table; non-profits pay $350 and $750 for corporations. 
Just click here for our Exhibitor Registration form, or download the form and return it via email to veltonsmith@inclusionbc.org or fax to 604-777-9394 by May 17, 2014.
If you have a technology, product or service to be proud of, and that is of interest to service providers in British Columbia, the Inclusion BC conference is the best opportunity to use your marketing dollars to reach the community living sector. It is an opportunity to meet directly with decision-makers, professionals, consultants, executive directors and CEOs and gain exposure of your products, people and organization.
If you are a non-profit society, the Inclusion BC Conference is also an opportunity to reach out to fellow organizations in the community living sector, raise awareness about your work and activities among individuals and families, and engage with community leaders.

2014 Exhibitiors Hall


Inclusion BC Conference Accommodations are available at: 
11 Baston Street 
Nanaimo, BC 
Telephone: Toll-Free 1-800-663-1144
THE BLOCK RATE HAS NOW ENDED (For any availability & normal rates, contact hotel directly)
  • Comfort Room - Two Double Beds - $129  NO AVAILABILITY REMAINING

  • Superior Room - Two Double Beds - $149 NO AVAILABILITY REMAINING

  • Superior Room - One Queen Bed - $149 NO AVAILABILITY REMAINING

  • Premium Room - 1 King Bed - $169 NO AVAILABILITY REMAINING
Accessible rooms are available at the $129 rate NO AVAILABILITY REMAINING
To make a reservation, please phone the Coast Bastion: 1-800-663-1144
70 Church Street
Nanaimo, BC 
Telephone: 800-661-2449
  • City or Harbour Standard (1 Queen or 2 Doubles) - $134.00  LIMITED AVAILABILITY REMAINING
  • Junior Suite or View Suites - $164.00  LIMITED AVAILABILITY REMAINING
To make a reservation, please call 1-800-661-2449
96 Terminak Avenue North
Nanaimo, BC 
Telephone: 800-667-0598
  • Kitchenette (1 or 2 Queen) - $124.00  LIMITED AVAILABILITY REMAINING
To make a reservation, please call 1-800-667-0598 and request Inclusion BC Conference rates. BLOCK ENDS June 19
121 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, BC
Telephone: 1-866-309-4432 
Please note, the Painted Turtle is a guesthouse with shared washrooms.
  • Dorm Room: Single Bed in a Shared Room of Four, 1 person rate: $25
  • Classic Room: Queen sized bed: 1 person = $69.91  2 persons: $74.78
  • Family Room: Queen sized bed and bunk bed OR four single beds: 3 or 4 people = $100.00 + taxes
**For Group room bookings please let us know in the "special requests" comment area - if you require 3 or 4 separate beds.            
To book online - visit https://www.bookonthenet.net
To receive an Inclusion BC special rate, enter promo code: Include 
To book by phone - call 1-866-309-4432 or 250-753-4432.
Please inform all of the hotels that you are coming for the Inclusion BC Conference so they can apply the designated rate.


Airport Shuttle Service

The Nanaimo Airporter is an airport shuttle service available from Nanaimo airport. For prices and booking, call the 24 hour reservation service: Toll Free 1-888-758-2133 or book online: http://www.nanaimoairporter.com/ 



Learn more about the tourism and other activities available in Nanaimo at http://www.tourismnanaimo.com/