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Connecting prevention and safety communities to increase resiliency and promote educational efficiencies and implementation.


Safer communities start here.

Survival 2020 is Canada’s largest conference promoting first aid and swimming and water safety—this biennial event connects community leaders, academics and prevention and safety trainers from around the world. This year’s conference will focus on increasing the rates of good health and survival across communities in Canada and around the world.

Join us at Survival 2020 to learn about the evolving world of prevention and safety while building strategies for promoting safer living in your communities. The Canadian Red Cross has been protecting vulnerable communities and promoting safety since 1896, and is honoured to host Survival 2020.

Save the date and get ready to join us in Calgary, Alberta, October 4-7, 2020!

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Cutting-edge thinkers

A tremendous lineup of speakers and exhibitors will explore the latest evidence-based science and strategies.

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Bringing it home

Learn how to support businesses, organizations and people within your community to create safer environments, reduce risk, and respond to emergencies. Attendees will learn to tailor prevention and safety practices to meet the needs of individual communities.

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Building relationships

Survival 2020 attendees are industry and community leaders, passionate about their life-saving work. Network with practitioners, educators, and leaders on improving health and resiliency.

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Looking to the future

This conference will change the way you think about prevention and safety—you won’t want to miss it.

“I love the format—the opportunity to share ideas, issues and friendships with instructors from all over was just terrific!”
Virginia Labelle, Yukon

Our Speakers

An international cast of luminaries in their fields will be presenting at Survival 2020.

Our keynotes and plenaries will help delegates reflect on our theme: Increasing survival through local implementation. Our presenters share how our local communities implement education interventions and continue to innovate—with the goal of increasing resiliency and building readiness!

Each track sessions will be interactive and focused on a partner-based approach to advancing the work. They will provide an opportunity to share ideas and presenters will explore how this work can be carried forward in the delegates’ own professional practice following the conference.

Check back for our growing list of presenters!

Agenda at a glance

The main learning streams which compose our program include:

Assisting communities to identify and prepare for risks
Learning interventions that are meaningful and timely to support communities
Creating connections between people and communities
Growth and business development strategies for safety education
Leaders influencing change in communities to reduce injuries
Technology and innovations impacting local connections

Conference schedule

Below is a schedule outline. Keynotes, Plenary and Track Sessions presentations and presenters will be announced when registration opens.


Sunday October 4, 2020

First Aid Competitions

Teams from First Responders and others to compete with their peers for the bragging rights of top First Aider.

Instructor Course / Workshops

Two Instructor Development Course options will be offered.

Day 1

Monday October 5, 2020


Welcome and Opening Keynote


Track Sessions with a focus on Environment


Plenary Session with 3 mini Keynotes


Track Sessions with a focus on Youth Engagement and Thought Leadership sessions


Welcome Reception

Day 2

Tuesday October 6, 2020


Plenary Session


Track Sessions with a focus on Aging Populations


Plenary Session with 3 mini Keynotes


Track Sessions with a focus on Vulnerable Populations and Innovations in Prevention, Health and Safety


Gala Banquet

Day 3

Wednesday October 7, 2020


Track Sessions with a focus on Disaster/Crisis


Closing Keynote and Closing Remarks


Call for Survival 2020 conference abstracts

Submit your abstract by Feb. 15, 2020

Survival 2020 is less than a year away and we are now accepting abstract submissions!

We invite you to share work which improves community readiness and resilience through education and innovation.

Solid evidence-based science + educational efficiencies + local implementation = better outcomes for health and survival rates through connecting communities.

Survival 2020 will offer attendees an opportunity to share, learn, and network with community leaders, clinical and educational experts—all with the goal of creating safer environments, reducing risk, and responding to emergencies.

How to submit your abstract for consideration:

  1. Click here to review the criteria for abstracts.
  2. Complete the submission form.
  3. Send the submission form and all supporting files to: survival2020@redcross.ca.

About Survival 2020: An evolution of the conferences held in 2016 and 2018, Survival 2020: International Red Cross First Aid, Injury Prevention, and Aquatics Education Conference, will explore increasing resiliency through connecting communities. Six streams of sessions will ensure there is content for every area of interest. And you don’t want to miss the keynote speakers and social events!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Become a sponsor or exhibitor

Survival 2020 provides unique opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to promote products, services, and publications.

  • Position your company as a leading supporter of first aid and swimming and water safety.
  • Associate your brand with the Canadian Red Cross; a top brand in Canada and Internationally.
  • Showcase your products and services to your target market.
  • As a sponsor or exhibitor, Survival 2020 provides you with unique opportunities to promote your products, services and publications.
  • Help grow your market presence and generate new customer leads.
  • Link to your website from the conference website.
  • Exhibitor listing in the final program and on the conference mobile application.

Azza Taha
Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Canadian Red Cross
T +1 416 480 0195 ext 2229
C +1 416 970 8547

Angela Hart
Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Canadian Red Cross
T +1 416 480 0195 ext 2505


Our incredible venue

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino is one of Calgary’s newest hotel and entertainment destinations, located on the Tsuut’ina First Nation in Calgary, Alberta. The Grey Eagle Conference Centre is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose conference and convention venue. The Resort has contemporary rooms, a fitness centre, two restaurants and two bars.

Located on the beautiful Tsuu T’ina First Nation, nestled on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, at the convenient location of 37 Street & Glenmore Trail S.W. The street address is 3777 Grey Eagle Drive.

Resort is approximately 30 km from Calgary International Airport.

Click here to book online.

Additional off-site hotels

Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta T2J 5X5

A preferred rate of $142 plus taxes, inclusive of hot breakfast vouchers, is in place for Delta rooms with two queen beds.

Reservation Process
The special group rate is available until Thursday, September 3, 2020. You may wish to reserve your room via this link: Book your group rate for Canadian Red Cross Survival 2020 Conference Attendees Room Block. Alternately, please call in-house Reservations at 403-225-8627 or email shernandez@deltacalgarysouth.com and identify yourself as being with the Canadian Red Cross Survival 2020 Conference group in order to qualify for the rate.

Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B5

Booking Link: Click here to book online.

Booking ID: 22062

Booking Event Name: 2020 Survival International Conference

Reservation Process
Guests can call (403) 252-2253 or 1-800-661-1151 and quote the Booking Event Name or the Booking ID. If they use the link they can just follow the directions and book online.

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