HCA 2024 Wellness Summit

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  •  June 13, 2024 - June 14, 2024
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Wellness Summit serves as an annual gathering for the HCA Community of Practice, providing an opportunity to come together, learn, share, and celebrate efforts across the province to strengthen post-secondary mental health and wellness. We are excited to meet in-person to explore this year’s theme:

Introspection: Looking Back to Look Forward

View the Detailed Agenda for the Summit.




The HCA Wellness Summit has been a groundbreaking event for students, staff and other stakeholders in post-secondary institutions in Alberta. It has served as a safe space for inclusive and community integrated collaboration to discuss and generate innovative approaches to mental health and wellness on campuses. Through this year’s summit, HCA aims to address some fundamental as well as some emerging concerns in the current post secondary mental health landscape in Alberta.


Why We Do What We Do?

Healthy Campus Alberta emerged from a collective aspiration to cultivate safe environments within post-secondary campuses, uniting students, staff, administrators, community members, and government representatives to foster education, collaboration and advocacy for wellness transformation across Alberta. The HCA Wellness summit has served as a pivotal platform for addressing mental health challenges within the post-secondary sphere. A key focus within this sub-theme centers on exploring the purpose and meaning behind HCA’s mission and vision to ensure the alignment between actions and core principles of the Community of Practice.

Navigating Change in an Evolving Community

The Community of Practice is an ever-evolving entity and post-secondary institutions are symbols of change. In a community where change is constant, it is important to study and explore how change affects individuals and the community itself. How has the post-secondary mental health landscape changed throughout the years? What are some pressing issues that have emerged at post-secondary institutions? How can we support the wellness of students and staff in an ever-changing campus community? These are some important questions that we ought to discuss to nurture a culture of wellness on campuses in Alberta.


Finding Balance Through Self Regulation

Achieving holistic balance within the realm of post-secondary education involves navigating various factors impacting emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. Focusing on self-regulation, balance and the social determinants of health emerge to be pivotal in nurturing holistic wellness on campus. The interconnectedness of these elements significantly shapes the campus wellness culture. This sub-theme places significant emphasis on discussions centered around balancing priorities and well-being.


Supporting Wellness Through Meaningful Relationships

Meaningful relationships are foundational to one’s overall well-being. Introspection enables individuals to understand their roles, communication styles, and boundaries within relationships. How can we foster healthy connections and supportive networks within the campus community? By exploring methods and insights for establishing meaningful and enduring relationships, this sub-theme aims to bridge the discussions from earlier topics to facilitate collaboration and connectedness among the summit attendees.



Learning objectives

Through the Summit, attendees will:

  • Identify and build diverse relationships across Alberta that strengthen collective action to promote mental wellness.
  • Identify the values and beliefs that have influenced the Community of Practice and evaluate their alignment with the COP’s mission and goals.
  • Recognize the impact of change on mental health within a dynamic community and develop adaptive short-term and long-term strategies to cope with challenges that occur due to transitions and changes.
  • Develop and apply emotional regulation strategies and evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies.
  • Examine the impact of meaningful relationships on mental health and well-being and develop communication and empathy skills to foster meaningful connections.



Summit Travel Reimbursement Fund

HCA recognizes not all departments or campuses have access to funding for travel. In seeking ways to make the HCA Wellness Summit accessible, we have created the HCA Summit Travel Reimbursement Fund. Find more information on what is available, eligibility and how to apply here.



Transportation Info

We have compiled a list of transportation options with links:


    • To/From Edmonton and Calgary, Red Deer, Fort McMurrayRed Arrow
    • To/From Edmonton and Calgary, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grand Prairie, CanmoreBusBud


    • Check with colleagues at your institution or organization and organize a group of people to carpool to University of Alberta with. 




Accommodation Options

Holiday Inn Express
Suites are available at a rate of $119 per night at the Holiday Inn Express. The discounted rates are valid until May 22, 2024. Bookings can be made by following this link Healthy Campus Alberta or by calling (877) 660-8550. For group bookings, please call (800) 633-8464.
University of Alberta Conference Center Guest Rooms
Single Dorms (Private rooms with own bathrooms) are available at a rate of $76 per night at the UofA Conference Center Guest Rooms. Bookings can be made by calling Guest Services @ 780-492-6056 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. Please download and include this form in your email request.



Dates and location

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Thursday, June 13, 2024 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Friday, June 14, 2024 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)


8900 114 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2J7