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Introduction and Background

The SDP 2018 DAAG Conference will be held on April 12-13 and will be preceded by two days of  Pre-conference SDP Workshops on April 10-11 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver, Canada.

The Decision Analysis Affinity Group (DAAG) is an informal group of decision professionals who gathered annually since 1995 to share ideas on the application and practice of decision analysis. Their only organization structure was the committee that planned the following year's conference, Therefore the term "DAAG" is mostly used to describe both the event and the people that attend it. When SDP formed, a decision was made to neither duplicate nor compete with this practitioner conference. "DAAG” is now the annual conference of SDP, organized and run by SDP. It brings together decision professionals and decision makers from multiple industries to share ideas, successes, and failures. In addition, each year SDP organizes a day of workshops on the day prior to, and in the same location as the conference.

The organizing committee for the SDP 2018 DAAG Conference is chaired by Pat Leach and Len Falsone.

Conference Theme

The theme for the SDP 2018 DAAG Conference is:

Empowering Decision Makers 

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Conference Sessions

Session topics include:

  • From Data to Decisions – the Use of Big Data
  • Decision-Driven Risk Management
  • Leveraging Failure
  • Culture and Decision Quality
  • Involving Communities of Interest in the Decision Process
  • Emotions and DA: Is there a place for emotions and meaning in decision analysis?
  • Embedding Decision Quality 

There will also be a special session for those who are new to DAAG and the SDP.  Several sessions will feature embedded case studies. Details on the conference program can be found here.

Keynotes: This year’s conference includes keynotes by Hal Kvisle, former CEO of Trans Canada and former CEO of Talisman, and Eleanor Bergin, Economics and Decision Analysis Advisor for Hess Corporation. Details on the keynotes can be found here

Social Activities:  The logistics committee has done a fabulous job of preparing the conference venue, facilities, amenities, and evening activities. A conference reception on Wednesday night is included in the conference fee, as are breakfast and lunch during the conference. 

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Conference Fees, Cancellation and Registration

The SDP 2018 DAAG Conference fees (per person) are as follows:

SDP Member / Non-Member
Early Price
On or before 1/31
$500 / $750
Regular Price
On or before 3/19
$550 / $750
At the Door
After 3/19
$600 / $800

Student DAAG and Workshops Discount
Are you a full time Student in a graduate or undergraduate program that would like to attend DAAG?
We are happy to offer a special discounted Student pricing. Register for DAAG 2018 at the discounted price of $250 & attend one or more of the workshops for an additional $100.

To see if you qualify to receive the Student discount, send us an email to info@decisionprofessionals.com


Conference pricing include breakfast, lunch, and conference dinner on April 11

Welcome Reception at the Hotel on April 11
For conference attendees: Free (included)
For guests (non-conference attendees): USD 50
Conference dinner at the Teahouse in Stanley Park on April 12
For conference attendees: USD 35 
For guests (non-conference attendees): USD 50
Bus transportation to and from Thursday Networking dinner at the Teahouse in Stanley Park on April 12: USD 10

The pre-conference SDP workshops are subject to a separate fee. See the workshop section here for more details and registration.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation received in writing on/before Mar 19, 2018:
Fee refundable, less USD 100 processing fee
Cancellation received on/after Mar 20, 2018:
Fee non-refundable
No-Show: Fee non-refundable
Conference dinner & Welcome reception: Fee non-refundable

All registrations can be done via the link below:

Register Now

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All conference sessions and SDP pre-conference workshops will be held at:
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
1180 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC, V6E 4R5
Ph: 1.604.697.0202

Click here for more info, directions etc.


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Conference Sponsors

We especially want to thank our conference sponsors:




In Kind Sponsors

With Special Thanks to Intel

** Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.**

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