Frequently Asked Questions
about Stratagem Virtual

Why did you make Stratagem a virtual conference?

While we loved gathering in person and connecting with so many amazing people at Stratagem 2019, we have made the decision to make this year’s conference a virtual experience. 


With the impacts of COVID-19 meaning that all large gatherings are cancelled and social distancing is a necessity to keep everyone safe, we have switched gears and put all of our hard work into bringing you the best possible virtual conference. 


Even though our conference is typically held in September, it is hard (even for scientists) to predict if things will be back to ‘normal’ by the fall. As a small business, we couldn’t take the risk of booking venues, catering and other conference essentials only to have to cancel at the last minute. So, we made the decision to put Stratagem online!


What happens if the lockdown ends and we can go back outside?

At the moment, there are so many differing theories around when we will be allowed to have large gatherings again. Some say by July, some say by 2021. 


If the end of lockdown coincides with Stratagem Virtual (July 2020), we will allow you to use your ticket to access a special, in-person event in the fall at no extra charge. If this is the case, we will share more information with you and ensure that you still get the most out of Stratagem.


In saying that, the benefits of a virtual conference are that you can access it anywhere and at any time (as all sessions will be available on demand) so we hope you consider sticking it out with us given the effort we have put into transitioning to an online event!


Furthermore, we perceive that there will come a time when it is acceptable for some people to re-enter the outside world and start gathering again. However, there will be many people, such as those who are elderly or immunocompromised, who will still have to take precautions around being in public spaces. In the spirit of inclusion and accessibility, we believe that until there is a readily available vaccine for COVID-19 that has been distributed equitably across the Lower Mainland, organizers should continue to prioritize accessible, digital content that people can enjoy from their homes.

Can I get a refund?

Refunds will be available until June 30th. Once the conference begins, we will not issue refunds. If there are extenuating circumstances, we are happy to talk things through with you. 


If your refund request is in relation to COVID-19 and the end of lockdown, please see the above answer.


How will you ensure privacy during virtual sessions?

Please read our privacy statement!


What if I can’t afford the ticket price?

We have a few affordability options available:


  • We have 25 scholarships available - please complete the scholarship application form

  • You can volunteer in exchange for a ticket - please apply to volunteer

  • We are offering all of our content for free for streaming in prisons, detention centres, shelters, group homes and care facilities 

  • We have a plethora of free content also available in the form of our social media, podcast and resources


What does ‘gifts from liberation’ mean?

Our theme for Stratagem Virtual 2020 is Gifts from Liberation. Liberation is a collective effort towards freedom from oppressive systems. In the search for liberation, activists across the world and throughout history have tirelessly innovated, created, designed and redesigned movements, ideas and structures that bring us all closer to freedom. As a team of activists and social justice professionals, we want to bridge the gap between activism and the professional world. We want to give and receive the gifts of liberation.  


Who is organizing this event?

This event is organized by Cicely Blain Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consulting company in Vancouver, BC. Meet the Team.


The making of this conference, and the broader work of Cicely Blain Consulting and our co-conspirators takes place on stolen, unceded, and occupied Indigenous land including, but not limited to the land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. 

© 2019-2020 Stratagem. Brought to you by Cicely Blain Consulting.

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