Tips for Delegates

EELF & GLOBE 2016 on a Budget

Leading Change recognizes the financial planning often required to attend the Forum. We understand that as a student, recent graduate, or young professional, acquiring the means to participate at the Forum can be heavily contingent on sponsorship or alternate sources of funding. This document provides some tips and advice, based previous delegates’ experiences, on how to attend EELF and GLOBE 2016 on a budget.

Getting Here

Out of town delegates who are full-time students are automatically considered for travel bursaries. If you are a recent graduate or young professional, there are a few ways you could reduce your overall travel costs:

Flights: Sign up for WestJet’s Blue Tag and Air Canada Flight Offers (or follow them on social media) to find out about seat sales as soon as they are announced.

Train: VIA rail sends special offers and last-minute deals to their mailing list subscribers every Tuesday.

Ride-Share: Consider searching ride share websites to get to Vancouver by arranging a carpool.

Many companies offer student and/or alumni discounts – be sure to check with student services or your alumni office for discount codes.

You could also consider approaching your employer to sponsor the Forum (and your attendance at EELF). Download our Sponsorship Prospectus to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship and the opportunities available for your employer.

Staying Here

There are multiple accommodation options you can consider for your stay in Vancouver.

  • Leading Change is offering special rates at several downtown Vancouver hotels for the duration of EELF and GLOBE. Please call these hotels directly to make a booking, and refer to “Leading Change” when making your reservation.
    • There is a room block at the Regis Hotel (602 Dunsmuir Street) with prices ranging from $139-$229 per night for dates Feb. 29-March 4th.
    • Delegates are also welcome to book discounted rooms at any of GLOBE’s official hotels, whether attending GLOBE or not. Leading Change has reserved sub-blocks at the Days Inn, Executive Hotel Le Soleil, and Pinnacle Hotel, with hotel information and contact details all included in the link below.
  • If you would prefer to split the cost by sharing a room with another delegate, we can offer to introduce you other delegates seeking a roommate at which point you can arrange accommodations amongst yourselves.
  • Another option to consider is Airbnb. Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging anywhere in the world – you could rent a room or an entire apartment within walking or transit distance to EELF and GLOBE depending on your budget.

Attending GLOBE

When you register to be a Leading Change delegate, you will automatically be considered to receive one of a limited number of GLOBE passes, allowing you the unique opportunity to attend the entire GLOBE conference (March 2 – 4) for free.

Because we only have a limited number of GLOBE Conference passes, we are encouraging all delegates to explore alternative options to reduce travel expenses and eliminate the personal cost to purchase a GLOBE pass in the event that we cannot provide one.

  • Volunteer at GLOBE: Every year, Globe Series relies on 100 to 200 volunteers to fill 4-hour long shifts supporting the direction of GLOBE participants, supervising and assisting with operations, and providing translation services during the conference. If you are unable to acquire a GLOBE pass through Leading Change, on your own or through your employer, volunteering for a few hours at GLOBE would be a cost-effective way to gain access to the event. Learn more about volunteering at GLOBE
  • If you are a student, contact your faculty advisor and program advisor – there may be some funds (leftover grants, private donations, etc.) available for student travel to conferences.
  • If you belong to a professional or discipline-specific organization, many often have student stipends available for students and / or early career individuals. Consult the individual websites for information on membership benefits for professional development, accommodation, and travel.
  • If you are working in a sustainability-related field, build a business case and approach your employer about funding your registration for EELF and GLOBE. Provide a list of high-value themes and sessions you plan to attend and outline how they will provide value to your employer and the business or organization.

If you are independently able to secure funding for the GLOBE pass and/or travel expenses, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Warren Greeves, Director of Future Leader Engagement, so we can allocate passes to those who need them the most.

Leading Change Canada and affiliated organizations do not officially endorse any companies listed above, and cannot accept responsibility for any losses or damages associated with travel or accommodations.