2018 ABLE Conference

May 8-9, 2018 – Richmond, BC

Radisson Vancouver Airport
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3X9

The ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference is a national biennial conference for all stakeholders interested in fostering financial empowerment for people who live on low incomes. On May 8th and 9th, 2018, 300+ participants from across Canada will gather for two days where they will hear from leading experts from the financial empowerment field.

Participants will engage in interactive workshops, learning sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities. A pre-conference day will also be open to a limited number of financial empowerment practitioners to explore key topics in an in-depth and informal setting on the afternoon of Monday, May 7, 2018.

The 2018 ABLE Financial Empowerment conference is hosted by the ABLE Steering Committee through the support of Prosper Canada and Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

We recognize the location of this event is on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

This year’s theme is, Financial well-being for all.

Hear from dynamic keynote speakers including:

  • The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Rachel Schneider, co-author of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty and Omidyar Network Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
  • Sheila Regehr, Chairperson of the Basic Income Canada Network



$350 – Early bird ticket price (CLOSED)

$450 – Regular ticket price (February 1 – April 30, 2018)

Note: Registration fee includes attendance at pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 7, 2018, for participants attending those sessions. Book early for Pre-conference sessions as space is limited.


We are committed to ensuring an inclusive conference and will be making a limited number of subsidies available to people with lived experience, students and participants from not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate financial need. Subsidies may be provided to offset a portion of the travel, accommodation and registration costs. Please email subsidy inquiries to Caroline Munshaw at: [email protected].

Please note that we have reached our subsidy limit and are no longer accepting subsidy requests.



All conference spaces are wheelchair accessible. Accessibility is an important priority, so please drop us a line if there’s anything we can do to facilitate inclusion.


Conference hotel

Radisson Vancouver Airport
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3X9

Book your room by emailing: [email protected]

Please note that the ABLE room block has been filled and the conference rate is no longer available.

Who should attend?

Non-profit organizations, researchers, the private sector and government stakeholders active or interested in the field of financial empowerment.

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