This Registration Guide is designed to provide an overview on the program, format, and registration fees for the 2018 Banff Forum in Yellowknife, NWT.


The 2018 Banff Forum will be held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Situated on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife or Somba K’e in the local Tlicho language, has its origins in gold mining and was designated the territorial capital in 1967. Since then the city has grown to around 20,000 residents and has become a cultural, economic and government services hub for the territory. This multicultural city is home to 50% of the population of NWT, with a blend of Dene and Métis from across the territory, Inuit and Inuvialuit from the north, and Southern Canadians, as well as a growing group of recent immigrants from different parts of the world. 

Conveniently located in downtown Yellowknife, five kilometers from the airport, Chateau Nova Yellowknife serves as the main conference venue located at 4571 48 Street in Yellowknife. For more information about the hotel and available services, please visit the Chateau Nova website


The 2018 Banff Forum conference registration fee includes three nights of accommodation at Chateau Nova. You will be asked to present a credit card upon check-in at the hotel. Any additional room-nights, room upgrades, charges for having more than two people in your room, as well as any incidental, personal or business expenses you incur while you are staying at Chateau Nova, will be charged to your credit card, as they are not included in your registration fee. Additional room-nights, should you wish to stay longer than three nights, are available at a special rate of $169 per night for a standard room (single or double occupation).

Schedule at-a-Glance

Wednesday, September 26 (6:00 – 22:00)

All-Day: Optional pre-conference excursion to Inuvik, NT

Thursday, September 27 (19:00 – 22:00)

Day: Optional pre-conference excursion to Inuvik, flight to Yellowknife.
Evening: Conference sign-in, welcome reception and opening keynote    

Friday, September 28 (07:00– 22:00) 

Day: Conference sessions                 
Evening: Fireside chats, dinner reception
Late-evening: Optional Aurora Borealis  excursion (22:00 – 02:00)

Saturday, September 29 (08:30 – 21:00) 

Day: Conference sessions                 
Evening: Closing banquet dinner and keynote

**Your registration fees **include** accommodations the night of Saturday, September 29.**

Pre-conference Excursion to Inuvik, NT

On Wednesday, September 26, we are offering our conference participants an incredible opportunity to experience to Inuvik, NT. Located on the Mackenzie River, Inuvik, which means “Place of Man” in Inuvialuktun, is known as the hub of the Western Arctic. This bustling Northern town was engineered in the late 1950s as the territory’s first “planned” community. Today it’s a vibrant mix of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and non-Native residents, all gathered on the boreal flats along the easternmost channel of the Mackenzie Delta…only 200 kilometers from the Arctic Circle! Pre-conference sessions and presentations will introduce participants to local cultures and the realities of life in a remote community, while showcasing current economic development efforts in the region. Banff Forum participants are invited to experience this destination of multiple extremes, departing from Edmonton, AB the morning of Wednesday, September 26, proceeding to Yellowknife the evening of Thursday, September 27. 

How to register for the pre-conference day

To register for the pre-conference trip, you are required to pay a deposit of $250.00 to secure your spot. The pre-conference spots are limited due to cost and capacity and therefore available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Registration fees

•    All participants (regardless of age or occupation): $599.00
•    Deposit payable at registration: $250.00

Remaining fees are due by July 31, 2018.

These fees include:

•    The flight to Inuvik from Edmonton or Yellowknife on September 26;
•    The return flight to Yellowknife on September 27 and airport transfer to Chateau Nova;
•    Overnight accommodation on September 26 at the Hotel Mackenzie;
•    All presentations and group activities in Inuvik;
•    Lunches on both days and breakfast on September 27.

These fees DO NOT include:

•    Accommodation in Edmonton the night of September 25;
•    Airport transfers to the Edmonton airport;
•    Any incidentals or personal or business expenses;
•    Dinner on September 26.
•    Meals and/or activities for non-registered partners;
•    Childcare services, children’s meals, or any activities for children.

Conference Overview

The theme for the 2018 Banff Forum is Canada in the World 2.0.  

Canada is in an enviable position. With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Canada consistently ranks as one of the best countries in the world to live. While other countries have succumbed to inward looking politics and policies, Canada is a global champion of liberalised trade and multilateral cooperation. 

At the same time, there are worrying signs that Canada’s long-term prosperity may be at risk. According to the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness rankings, Canada made only the slimmest of gains last year, moving one place forward to 14th – still behind the 13th spot our country achieved in 2015/16. Recent moves in the US, our largest trade and investment partner, to lower tax rates and increase protectionism will only serve to exacerbate Canada’s economic competiveness problem. 

The 2018 Banff Forum will explore Canada’s role in the world, our relative economic competitiveness and resiliency, opportunities for long-term prosperity and governance and decision-making models to position Canada for next-level success. Taking place in Yellowknife, Northern views and perspectives will be integrated throughout our discussions. What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian economy? How can Canada play a bigger role in the world? What can be done to enable vibrant communities in the North? These are just some of the questions that will be explored at the Forum this year. 

Conference registration limits, age considerations and participation commitment

Registration Limits

Due to the capacity of venues available spots for the 2018 Forum are very limited. We strongly encourage you to register as quickly as possible, as spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep in mind that all spaces sold-out within a month in 2017! 

Age Considerations

In keeping with our mission to bring together young leaders, please note that we have reserved approximately half of our spaces this year for participants under the age of 40.

Participation Commitment

The Banff Forum is committed to delivering an exceptional Conference to all of its participants. Our aim is to provide you with a unique opportunity to learn about topics of national importance and to engage with thought-leaders from around the world. In return, we ask that our participants make a commitment to attend the entire Conference (from the evening of September 27 until the end of the conference in the evening of September 29) out of respect for our speakers, all of whom have agreed to take part in our event free of charge.

If you are not able to participate fully in the Conference, from start to finish, we ask that you leave your space for another potential participant who wishes to do so.

Conference Registration Fees

As part of our ongoing efforts to engage a new generation of young leaders and to make our Conferences more financially accessible to people working in the not-for-profit sector, the Banff Forum’s registration fees are tiered as follows (prices do not include any applicable taxes): 

Participants under age 40

•    Tier 1: Not-for-profit sector employees; students; junior academics and junior government employees: $799.00

•    Tier 2: For-profit sector employees; senior academics and senior government employees: $1,299.00
Participants aged 40 and over

•    Tier 3: Not-for-profit sector employees; students; junior academics and junior government employees: $1,299.00

•    Tier 4: For-profit sector employees; senior academics and senior government employees: $1,799.00

Note: The actual cost per participant is approximately $3,000. If your financial situation allows, please consider topping up your registration fee with a donation. Your support will help us grow and improve the Banff Forum. We are pleased to issue you a charitable tax receipt for the full amount. 

All registration fees quoted above are stated in Canadian dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

What is included?

Conference registration fees include:
•    Participation in all Conference sessions;
•    Three nights of accommodation at the Chateau Nova Yellowknife (double or single occupancy);
•    Two group breakfasts (Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29);
•    Two group lunches (Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29);
•    Three group dinners (Thursday, September 27, Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29);

Conference registration fees DO NOT include:
•    Registration for the pre-Conference trip;
•    Optional Aurora Borealis viewing excursion;
•    Meals and/or activities for non-registered partners;
•    Childcare services, children’s meals, or any activities for children;
•    Fees charged by the Chateau Nova for having more than two people sharing a hotel room;
•    Any incidentals or personal or business expenses;
•    Travel to / from the Chateau Nova Yellowknife;
•    Parking at the Chateau Nova Yellowknife.

Method of Payment

Registration fees must be paid online using our online registration form. Payment is by credit card only.

Optional Aurora Borealis Excursion 

An optional excursion to experience the Aurora Borealis is available for participants following the dinner reception on the evening of Friday, September 28:

“Come enjoy the warm comforts of Aurora Station to witness the beautiful Aurora Borealis. The newly built Aurora Station features a large sky deck with benches so you can sit back, relax and take in the dancing Aurora overhead. The station is heated inside, and offers complimentary hot beverages or fresh soup and traditional bannock.” 

This 4-hour excursion runs from 22:00 to 02:00 and includes transportation to/from Chateau Nova. Limited spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Excursion fees are payable at registration.

Optional Aurora Borealis excursion fee: $125.00 (plus 5% GST).

Partners and the Banff Forum

We welcome the participation of partners at the Banff Forum. Due to limited capacity for the 2018 Banff Forum, a lottery will take place for these spots. If you wish to register your partner for the full conference, please indicate their name on your registration form. The lottery will take place after registration closes.

A partner who registers for the entire Conference is considered a full participant and may therefore take part in all Conference sessions and meals. A partner who does not wish to take part in the Conference is welcome to sign-up to attend the banquet dinner and keynote address on Saturday evening. Partners are also welcome to register for the optional Aurora Borealis excursion on September 28.

Partner registration fees (regardless of age)

•    Option 1: Full Conference participation: $799.00
•    Option 2: Participation in the Saturday night banquet and keynote only: $99.00

All registration fees quoted above are stated in Canadian dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Children and the Banff Forum

Children are welcome to accompany their parents to the Welcome Reception on the evening September 27 and to the breakfasts on September 28 and 29. However, children are NOT permitted to attend any Conference sessions, lunches, or dinners, nor may they participate in pre-conference trip. 


Banff Forum will make childcare arrangements based on interest/numbers. You will be asked if you are interested in using a childcare provider when you register online for the 2018 Banff Forum. We will then send you additional details about childcare, including the name of the Chateau Nova’s preferred service and the names of other parents with whom you may wish to share a babysitter.

How to Register for the 2018 Banff Forum 

We invite you to register online for the 2018 Banff Forum as of April 13 at 3PM eastern on this page.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to complete your registration unless you provide a biography and photo to be included in the participant guide. Please make sure that you have these handy to upload when you register.

If you experience any difficulties registering online or if you have any questions, please contact the Banff Forum team at

Registration Deadline

Registration for the 2018 Banff Forum is now sold out.

Conference registration fee discounts – subsidy and scholarship programs

The Banff Forum is pleased to be able to offer participants two options for financial assistance: 

1)    A significantly discounted Conference registration fee for a limited number of participants;
2)    A limited number of fully-paid scholarships (covering registration and travel costs), made possible with generous support from the Banff Forum’s sponsors and partners. 

Our aim in offering these opportunities is to:

•    Facilitate the participation of individuals who may otherwise not be able to attend the Conference for financial reasons; 
•    Ensure the diversity of our membership base; and
•    Encourage a new generation of young leaders to participate in the Canadian public policy debate.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance to attend the Banff Forum, please complete the scholarship request section of the registration form. Requests should address the questions of why you should be considered for a scholarship or subsidy, and if awarded one, how you will continue to contribute to the betterment of Canada and the Banff Forum community beyond the Conference. All requests for financial assistance will be reviewed by the Board’s Admissions Committee. 
Selection Criteria

1.    An applicant must demonstrate the need for financial assistance, based on his/her current financial situation.

2.    Priority will be given to students, employees of not-for-profit organizations, to individuals who are under the age of 40, and to individuals whose participation contributes to the diversity of the Banff Forum’s membership base.

Conditions and Details

•    If you plan to apply for financial assistance, you must first register for the Conference, to secure a space;
•    If you are granted financial assistance, you will be reimbursed for the approved subsidy or scholarship amount you paid;
•    A participant may benefit only once from a subsidy (do not apply if you have previously received a subsidy);
•    The subsidy does not apply to the pre-conference session or optional excursions.

Registration and Cancellation policies

NB: the following policies apply to both the Conference and the optional pre-conference excursion.

Banff Forum registration policies:

1)    Participation in Banff Forum is by invitation only. 

2)    Invitations to the Banff Forum are personal and are not transferable.

3)    Registration for the Banff Forum is not considered complete until payment of all applicable registration fees has been received. A space will not be saved, nor will hotel reservations be made, until applicable fees have been received in full.

4)    Registrations for the Banff Forum will be accepted:

A)    Until all available spaces have been sold-out; or
B)    If all available spaces have not yet been sold-out, until 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

5)    These policies apply to all registrations: main participant and partner.

Banff Forum cancellation policies:

1) Cancellations made up to June 30, 2018: a full refund, less a $150 administration fee.

2) Cancellations made between July 1 and Aug 16, 2018: a refund equivalent to 50% of the applicable registration fees.

3) Cancellations made after August 16, 2018: no refunds will be granted.

4) It is not possible to carry forward registration fees to a future Banff Forum, nor is it possible to redirect a registration fee to another Banff Forum participant.

5) These policies apply to all registrations: main participant, partner, and optional excursions.

Apply to give a BanffTalk

Like TED, we believe that good ideas are worth spreading. If you have an idea that you would like to share at the 2018 Banff Forum, in the form of a compelling, eight-minute presentation, please apply by sending us the following:

1.    A brief (maximum one-page) description of what you would like to say and why it is important to share;
2.    Optional: a link to a one-minute video of yourself summarizing your talk.

Submit your proposal by June 25, 2018 on our website here.


•    A BanffTalk can be about any topic; it does not have to be related to the Conference theme.
•    A BanffTalk must not promote a product, service, organization or individual, although it may promote an idea that an organization or individual is exploring.
•    As BanffTalks are modelled on TEDTalks, we will ask that you follow the infamous TED Commandments.

Questions? Please contact the Banff Forum team at