About DEAM

The CEFN is proud to celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month every October.  It is important to us to recognize and celebrate the outstanding inclusive employers and diverse employees that we work with.  Our DEAM 2019 events wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic community partners.  We’d like to thank the following DEAM 2019 partners for their commitment to inclusive workplaces: Government of Alberta – Ministry of Community and Social ServicesPan Disability Connection, EmployUs YQL, City of CalgaryBest Western Premier Calgary Plaza, and Arts Commons.


DEAM 2019 Events

City of Calgary DEAM Proclamation

Wednesday October 2, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
City Hall Atrium, 800 Macleod Trail SE
In partnership with the City of Calgary


DEAMWorx Conference: The Future of Inclusive Work

Thursday October 17, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 1316 33 St NE
In partnership with Prospect Human Services and Alberta Works

Join us for this unique conference featuring presentations on the new federal accessibility legislation, a self-advocate panel, assistive technology and promising leadership practices.  This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with industry experts and network with employers who are passionate about creating inclusive workplaces.  If you’re a diversity and inclusion champion you won’t want to miss this! 

Get Your Conference Tickets Here!

Accessibilty Considerations

DEAMWorx Career Fair: The Future of Inclusive Work

Thursday October 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 1316 33 St NE
In partnership with Prospect Human Services and Alberta Works

Are you an inclusive employer? You don’t want to miss out on having a table at DEAMWorx career fair. This career fair is at no cost to employers. We are looking for employers who will be actively recruiting in Q4 and have a track record of diversity and inclusion hiring persons with disabilities.  Join us in the morning for the DEAMWorx Conference and meet your newest team member at the Career Fair in the afternoon!
* This event is free and open to all job seekers with disabilities.

Register Your Company Career Fair Table Here! 

Accessibility Considerations

#DEAMEmployer Awards Gala

Wednesday October 23, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall lobby, Arts Commons, 205 8 Avenue SE
Hosted by the CEFN

During DEAM we’re proud to recognize the exceptional work of inclusive employers in the Calgary business community.  We celebrate all nominated employers and can’t wait to award 6 DEAM Employer Awards this October. This event is an invite only event.  

*See below to nominate a business for a 2019 DEAM Employer Award.

Accessibility Considerations 

#DEAMEmployer Awards

Inclusive Employment wouldn’t be possible without the incredible employers who champion diversity in their workplaces.  Nominated inclusive employers have a chance to be 1 of 6 #DEAMEmployer Award Recipients at our DEAM Employer Awards Gala. Nominations have now closed.  Award winners will be announced at the Gala on October 23, 2019. 

2018 DEAM Employer Award Recipients

EMCO Corporation

Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

Hop Compost



Village Brewery

Celebrate With Us!

We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Check out our DEAM Resources below to start celebrating #DEAM in your region.

DEAM 2018 Highlights
DEAM Red Shirt Day Poster
DEAM Icon (Plain Red)
DEAM Icon (Red, Facebook Profile)
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Employment Inclusion Fact Sheet



#DEAM Social Media Campaign

What is your #DEAMjob? If you’re an inclusive employer, tell us about your #DEAMemployee of the month. If you’re an employment service provider, tell us about your #DEAMteam. Tweet us @YYCEFN.

DEAM 2019 Events in the Community

Looking to promote your community #DEAM event? Fill out the Community DEAM Event Form below, email it to us, and we’ll list it on our DEAM in the Community page!

DEAM 2019 Sponsors

We'd like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions: