ABLE is a national conference for all stakeholders interested in fostering financial empowerment for people who live on low incomes.

Missed ABLE 2013? No problem - explore the ABLE Post-Conference package to view videos and presentations from the conference. The national Asset Building Learning Exchange in Calgary, AB gathered researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the field to share their resources and innovations. This year's conference featured a range of financial empowerment initiatives, a closer look at the role of financial institutions as well as emerging research and policy.

Highlights inside the post-conference package include videos of Michael Sherraden, Jonathan Mintz and the insightful participant panel on fringe financial institutions.

"Lack of income means you don't get by; lack of assets means you don't get ahead."
- Ray Boshara, The New America Foundation, New York Times, Sept 29, 2002 A.B.L.E  Day One   032A

ABLE is a forum where:

  • Non-profit organizations, researchers, the private sector and government can gather, learn together and share best practices on asset building, financial literacy and financial empowerment
  • New research and policy developments can be showcased and explored
  • A national community of practice can be strengthened, expanded and formalized

Innovation, Tools _ Partnerships

We will explore highly successful strategies, lessons and best practices for asset building and financial literacy in Canada. Come expecting to teach, to learn, to connect and to partner.

Financial Institutions

A key topic is the role of financial institutions in financial empowerment efforts. We will host conversations on the benefits and challenges faced by financial institutions and community builders as we collaborate.

Research_ Policy

Researchers will share their findings on asset building, financial literacy and municipal financial empowerment. The dialogue will seek to develop a common national research and policy agenda.

A Community of Practice

The Asset Building Learning Exchange will deepen our community of practice, provide important pathways to share program innovations, identify promising practices, and catalyze the action needed to expand the impact of asset building as a poverty reduction strategy on a national scale.

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Financial Futures Calgary is a group of people representing over 40 social service organizations, government institutions, businesses and financial institutions. Explore the full list of Financial Futures Calgary members and connect with us.

United Way Calgary and Area / Momentum / BMO Financial Group  TD Financial Group  / First Calgary Financial / Government of Alberta / Money Mentors / ATB Financial / Calgary Public Library / Bow Valley College / SAIT / RBC Royal Bank / Enmax Corporation / CanLearn Society / Calgary Catholic School Board / Scotiabank / Catholic Family Services / Frog Skin U / City of Calgary / Junior Achievement Southern Alberta / Aspen Family Services / The Mustard Seed / Calgary Counselling Centre / University of Calgary / Canadian Immigrant Women's Association / Women In Need Society Vecova / Women's Centre / Prospect Human Services Calgary John Howard Society / Bromwich and Smith / Canadian Youth Business Foundation / Mt. Royal University / Literacy Alberta / Centre for Newcomers / Champions Career Centre / Imagine Calgary / Servus Credit Union / Vibrant Communities Calgary / Calgary Local Immigration Partnership / Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary 

Financial Futures Calgary also partners with the Alberta Asset Building Collaborative consisting of the City of Edmonton, United Way of the Alberta Capitial Region, Momentum, The Home Program and United Way of Central Alberta.

Financial Futures Calgary also partners with a National Community of Practice in Asset Building called ABLE. This Community of Practice is lead by Community Economic Development organizations such as The SEED Winnipeg, Momentum Calgary, The Alberta Asset Building Collaborative and Social Enterprise Development and Innovation, Toronto.

Financial Futures Calgary and its collaboration partners make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy and validity of the information provided on its web pages. However, as policies, price points, dates, conditions, and information are continually changing, Financial Futures Calgary and its collaboration partners reserve the right to change at any time without notice, information contained on this website and makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy.