Open to all educators in Canada interested in equity and allyship, anti-racism in STEM, Indigenous STEM education, and inclusive activities in maker and coding education.

We are excited to announce Actua’s IDEAS Summit: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in STEM!

Hosted by Actua, Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization, this free event will be held Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, 2021 (check out our schedule!). IDEAS is Actua’s first-ever virtual event dedicated to educators from across Canada.

The IDEAS Summit will create an empowering space for educators – nationwide- to connect, get inspired and learn from diverse voices, perspectives and expertise in STEM fields and education. We’ll tackle questions such as:

  • How can we build more inclusive STEM education opportunities for all youth?
  • How can we adapt equity, diversity and inclusion practices for different teaching contexts?
  • What does inclusivity look like to you?

With prominent keynote speakers, panelists, and hands-on workshops, we hope you will join us to build on the meaningful conversations many of you are already having on these topics, and gain even more tools and resources to create positive change in STEM education.

Who is invited?

The Summit is open to all educators nationwide, including pre-service teachers, K-12 educators, postsecondary faculty members, policy makers, education outreach groups and Actua’s network members. If you are interested in diversity in STEM, please join us!

Note: Actua has a limited number of registrations available to youth delegates (students) under the age of 18. If you have a student or student group you would like to nominate to attend IDEAS, please email our team at and we will provide further information.

Excited to continue these important conversations and work? Register for IDEAS by April 27 (note the extended deadline!) and read on to discover more about our speakers.

What to Expect?

Virtual to Reality

IDEAS is a virtual space, but is designed to put theory into action. IDEAS will spark discussion and build spaces to share how to take direct action towards creating inclusive STEM classrooms.

Hands-On Resources

Workshops at IDEAS present STEM professional development through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. Come away with classroom-ready resources for an equitable STEM classroom.

National Community

IDEAS will forge connections with leaders in education from across Canada. Actua’s network members and partners from coast to coast offer locally relevant experience and expertise.

Impactful Dialogue

IDEAS will explore the many facets of inclusion and empowerment - learn from educators with diverse identities, including BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, individuals with disabilities, and more.

Language & Accessibility

Our team strives to be as inclusive as possible. We’ll work with you to accommodate your needs. IDEAS will have accessibility options including seizure safe settings, and settings for visually impaired, and cognitive disability, as well as French translation.