Confluence: Where Leaders in International Cooperation Meet


ACGC is excited to host the Confluence, Where Leaders in International Cooperation Meet, in Spring 2022, a leadership program designed for executive directors and senior leaders working within Alberta’s international development sector.

Leaders are experts. Together, they have a wealth of knowledge and information that drives the international development sector forward. Through a co-creative process, the facilitators of the Confluence leadership program will guide leaders to strategize on topics and issues most pressing for them in these uncertain times. 

Applications for Confluence 2022 are now closed; check back next February to apply for Confluence 2023!


The first Confluence program took place in September 15-17, 2021 with 8 senior leaders.  
View photos from the retreat in Banff at the Juniper Hotel. 

Confluence is an in-person program designed by leaders, for leaders.  Participants in Confluence bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and information, which will be drawn upon by expert facilitators to co-create the learning experience. A highly interactive and participatory program, Confluence will use a range of approaches, including small group/cohort sharing, large-group discussions, structured activities, and subject matter expert presentations, to create a rich and meaningful experience.  Specifically, Confluence aims to:

Leaders will come together:

  • to address opportunities and challenges leaders within Alberta’s international development sector face;
  • to identify, share and collaborate best practices that build on personal and organizations’ capacity;
  • to build community that fosters longer-term connection and support;
  • to recharge and find inspiration from peers, from guest subject matter experts, and from the space around you.
Confluence, Where Leaders in International Cooperation Meet  will be consist of 1 virtual orientation meeting in May 2022, followed by a 2.5 day in-person program from 14 – 17 June 2022 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta. 
Learn more about the Banff Centre at

Key Dates

Online Orientation Meeting: 

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022:             9:00- 10:30am
Tuesday, June 14th:  
  • Arrive in Banff after 4pm. Check into your room.
  • 7pm:  Relaxing evening with other participants, reception and meet-and-greet 
Wednesday, June 15th:
  • Morning:  Program start: Introductions, and nature based activity
  • Afternoon:   Regular program
  • Evening:     Guest speaker and group formal dinner at the Banff Centre
Thursday June 16th:  
  • Morning/Afternoon:  Programming and Guest speaker
  • Thursday Evening:  Free evening. Relaxing evening in Banff townsite.  Dinner alone or small groups
Friday June 17th
  • Morning:  Program wrap up with guest speaker 
  • Final group lunch
  • Departure at 1pm.
The program is an initiative of ACGC’s Inspiring Action for Global Citizenship Program, funded by Global Affairs Canada. Thanks to the partnership with GAC, the following costs are covered:
3 nights accommodation (June 14, 15, 16th) at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Learn more about the Banff Centre at
1.  Breakfast, Lunch and dinner formal dinner on Wednesday, June 15th
2.  Breakfast, lunch on Thursday, June 16th. 
Free evening for dinner on your own in Banff townsite.
3.  Breakfast, Lunch on Friday, June 17th.
A limited number of travel subsidies are available to help offset travel costs for participants with greatest need.  Mileage would be based on ACGC’s rate of 0.33c/km.  If this is required, please speak to the program coordinator upon acceptance to the program. 
Other costs:
Banff is within Banff National Park.  As such, a valid national park pass will be required to enter and stay.  This can be purchased upon entrance into the park. This cost will be the responsibility of the participant.  If this is a barrier to participation, please speak to the program coordinator upon acceptance to the program.

Participants will be expected to commit to the virtual orientation meeting, as well as the full 2.5 day in-person retreat in Banff, Alberta. 

Acceptance to the program is unique to you as a leader, and substitutions from your organization will not be accepted for either the online sessions or the in-person event.  

If you are a leader (executive, staff, volunteer or board) with decision making power in your international cooperation organization who is: 

  • seeking a safe space to vision, identify and share best practices that build your personal and your organization’s capacity
  • interested in strategizing and collaborating with your peers
  • wanting to build a supportive community that fosters longer term connections and supports you as you navigate future challenges
  • able to commit to a 90-minute online session on May 19, 2022 from 9-10:30am; and to a 2.5 day in-person retreat from 14-17 June, 2022 in Banff.
we invite you to apply for the program using the link in the “How to Apply” section below!
The program is limited to 30 selected participants in 2022.

ACGC prioritizes the safety and security of our participants, staff and facilitators. At a minimum, the following risk-mitigation measures are planned to ensure a successful and safe gathering

  • Health and Safety Measures:
  • All applicable Alberta Government health and safety requirements in force at the time of the program will be adhered to and enforced.
  • All participants will be required to present proof of full vaccination
  • ACGC will have Covid-19 rapid tests available for participants and facilitators for use during the program upon request
  • Use of outdoor space will be maximized

ACGC is always committed to open communication with participants, and will seek to continually monitor the health situation, seeking input, feedback from participants. ACGC reserves the right to alter or cancel the program to ensure compliance with public health measures. ACGC also will not penalize any participant who may wish to withdraw their participation at any time due to health and safety concerns. Should you have any concerns, or wish to discuss the protocols more fully, please do not hesitate to contact ACGC’s Executive Director at

Applications for the 2022 program are now open, with rolling acceptance.  Selected participants will be notified on a rolling basis, with a deadline 15 April 2022. You may click the ‘Apply Now’ button below to fill out the application form.  It should take no more than 20 minutes to apply. 

Should you wish to learn more, please reach me at or call 780 988 0200. 

Meet the facilitators

ACGC is pleased the welcome back the duo consulting team from Highwatermark Strategy and Communications and KEA Canada, Jenn Hoffman and Kathy Arney to facilitate Confluence 2022.

Based on the co-design of leaders in the 2021 pilot program, the team has prepared a highly interactive and participatory program, using a range of approaches, including small group/cohort sharing, large-group discussions, structured activities, and subject matter expert presentations.  

Jenn Hoffman 

Highwatermark Strategy and Communications

With twenty five years experience as a strategist, development and communications specialist, and instructor in the education, community resiliency and environmental sustainability sectors, Jenn is well positioned to help groups deliver on their mission-driven work. 

Jenn holds an MA in Education (curriculum and instruction) and an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management (community resiliency and risk reduction) and has extensive experience in project management and as a facilitator, trainer and coach. She has completed formal training in facilitating online learning and holds extensive experience in developing and delivering learning experiences, presenting at professional workshops, and creating resources on a wide range of topics including organizational risk and resiliency, fundraising and advocacy. 

Jenn has held senior positions with leading conservation and climate-resiliency organizations, including the Sierra Club, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and the Academy for Sustainable Innovation. Through her current work at Highwatermark Strategy and Communications, Jenn helps non-profits and social values-driven businesses build their capacity to create positive change. Her areas of expertise include capacity strengthening, communications and strategic planning, fundraising, risk reduction and non-profit management. 


Since 2005 Highwatermark Strategy and Communications has helped clients build their capacity, engage their community more effectively and share their learnings with the broader community, The company is passionate about social justice, environmental sustainability, and community resiliency- and about working with those who share that passion. 

They bring to their work a deep understanding of the various dimensions that both build and erode community resiliency, particularly for woen and girls. 

With a strong working understanding of the humanitarian and development landscape, the enabling philanthropic sector, and key national and international frameworks and policies that serve to guide programs and projects dedicated to eradicating poverty, championing gender equality, and globally empowering women and girls, the Highwatermark team is well aware of the challenges and opportunities that Canada’s sustainable development SMOs face as they strive to advance their mission-driven work. 

Kathy Arney

President, KEA Canada Ltd

Kathy Arney has spent her career growing organizational capacity, improving results and enabling people to reach their full potential.

Kathy’s business degree and CPA designation combined with her executive background and two decades working in philanthropy support her work helping clients strengthen their organizations and improve their impact. 

Kathy’s experience includes Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Banff Centre Foundation, Director, Faculty Development and Major Gifts at Carleton University and various leadership positions at UBC and Queen’s University. She has consulted with other leading universities, arts organizations, community and social service organizations, on advancement structuring, strategic and operational planning, and campaigns. She has presented at regional, national and international conferences and has a commerce degree from Queen’s University (1989), obtained her ARCT in piano performance in 1985 and obtained her CA in 1981. 

Through KEA Canada her team provides services in a variety of areas including resource development, capacity building, strategic planning, board development, campaign planning and management, coaching and interim leadership. 


KEA Canada’s mission is to contribute to a better world through nurturing generosity and philanthropy. The team provides clients with access to senior level professionals to help to build organizational capacity. 

KEA Canada also provides support in a variety of areas including resource development, strategic planning, board development, coaching, and services for families and organizations looking for advice in strategic philanthropy.

Kea Canada’s area of expertise is helping organizations build sustainable capacity.We all know that to be as effective as possible organizations must have capacity. But what does it mean to have sustainable capacity and why is this a game-changing approach that the top non-profits are adopting? 

So many non-profits focus on survival or the pressing challenge in front of them. This is important but its short-term approach can trip them up, possibly preventing mission fulfillment. 

Sustainable capacity combines meeting near-term goals while mapping long-term tactics and strategies to ensure a healthy, strong, and impactful future. Sustainable impact focuses on leadership development, financial and fundraising systems design, social media and web strategies and critical tools to create manageable growth and expansion. 

This is Kea Canada’s area of expertise.