building a more inclusive Canada

JOIN US TO contribute to the advancement of a robust National Autism Strategy and to strengthen our collective voice


A huge thanks to the following organizations for supporting the 9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit! If you would like your organization to be listed as a CALS2023 supporter, view our Support Proposal by clicking here.

In 2021, Autism Alliance of Canada created The Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award, in recognition of the unflagging determination and leadership shown by The Honourable Jim Munson, former member of the Senate of Canada, and his wife, Ginette Munson.

This annual award underlines the Munsons’ longstanding commitment in the pursuit of a better Canada for Autistic persons, their families and communities. Each year, this award will be presented to someone living in Canada who has demonstrated the leadership, determination and values that reflect the Munsons’ commitment to the creation of a National Autism Strategy.

Hear from Whitney Hodgins, the recipient of the inaugural Jim and Ginette Munson Autism Leadership Award on our podcast, Across the Desk!


The Canadian Autism Leadership Summit is organized primarily by Autism Alliance of Canada, and guided by volunteers who are dedicated to creating a memorable and engaging event. Each year, we draw on the perspectives of:

  • Our lived-experience Selection Committee, responsible for determining the content and approving decisions to ensure an autism-friendly environment.
  • Our Summit Planning Committee, responsible for the broader organization of the event.

If you are interested in getting involved and making your mark on CALS, consider joining the CALS2023 Planning Committee. For more information, reach out to us at summit@autismalliance.

Support the Summit

Supporting the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit not only allows you to be part of facilitating this memorable exchange but also grants another level of exposure for your organization to Summit attendees. In addition, your support provides the unique opportunity to show your support for a National Autism Strategy. See below for our proposal for organizations interested in financially supporting the Summit.

For inquiries, please reach out to summit@autismalliance.


The Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS) is one of Autism Alliance of Canada’s key annual initiatives. It is a platform where Autistic persons, leaders, politicians, and stakeholders come together to discuss, debate and develop recommendations for policies and strategies that benefit Autistic people in Canada. Past notable achievements include creating the Pan-Canadian Autism Data Collaborative and continuing to expand the Ready, Willing and Able National Employment Program.

Click below to get a sense of previous editions of the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit.