One Day Events


Deepening Community for Collective Impact

September 19, 2017
Caledon, ON

Join Paul Born for a one day workshop where you will learn how to engage and deepen your community in order to build a common agenda for large scale change.  Paul will share not only the fundamental principles of Collective Impact, he will provide key insights as one of North America’s top Community Engagement leaders on how Deepening Community can sustain us as leaders and produce the outcomes we so desire.

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You're It! - Waterloo Book Launch with Alan Broadbent & Franca Gucciardi

May 25, 2017 | 4:00-6:00pm
Waterloo, ON

Join Tamarack Institute and partners for a stimulating conversation and the launch of You’re It! Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading Organizations from Both a Seasoned and a First-Time CEO

Authors Alan Broadbent, chairman and cofounder of Tamarack Institute and chairman of Maytree, along with Franca Gucciardi, CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation and a University of Waterloo alumna, will talk about their new book and share their insights on what it takes to be a successful leader of a non-profit organization.

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Tamarack hosts a number of free webinars throughout the year featuring the latest ideas and thought-leaders from the field of community change. By registering for a webinar, you can participate live or gain access to the recording and presentation slides and resources after the broadcast. Click on the below links to learn more and register for each of our upcoming webinars.

Tamarack Webinars


Collaborating with the Enemy
Guest: Adam Kahane, Director of Reos Partners
Host: Mark Cabaj, President, Here to There
Date: June 15, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT 


You’re It! Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading Organizations from Both a Seasoned and a First-Time CEO
Guests: Alan Broadbent, chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation, chairman and co-founder of Tamarack Institute and Chairman of Maytree & Franca Gucciardi, CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation
Host: Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute
Date: July 17, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT 


From our Learning Communities


Measurement and Evaluation of Community Engagement
Speaker: Mark Holmgren, Director, Vibrant Communities Canada
Date: May 30, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT 


Communities of Practice

What is a Community of Practice (CoP)?

Tamarack's Communities of Practices are small, interactive groups of practitioners who connect monthly or bi-monthly through an online meeting to share their experiences, tools, ideas and challenges in order to learn ways they can grow and expand their work. The sessions are open and relevant to anyone working on a complex social issue.

Why Join a Community of Practice?

Joining a CoP can help you deepen your knowledge and professional connections around a focused aspect of your work. When you join a CoP, you will have the opportunity to influence the overall learning agenda (i.e. meeting topics) based on your own learning needs and priorities. Through actively contributing to the agendas and meeting discussions, you'll be able to access a community of like-minded peers who can help you expand and develop your own thinking and practice as it relates to your work.

How do I join?

Review the list below and click on a CoP title that is relevant to you. You will be taken to a page with more information about that CoP as well as the form to register.

Still have questions?

Review our CoP Frequently Asked Questions page.



For practitioners who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change in Canada. 

Evaluating Community

For evaluation practitioners who want to connect, share, learn about, and hone their evaluation approaches and tools.

Measuring Poverty Reduction

For individuals who want to dig deeper into evaluation-related strategies, techniques and tools that they can apply to their own poverty reduction efforts.


For community engagement leaders committed to sharing and learning from one another to enhance our engagement initiatives.

Municipal Government for Poverty Reduction

For municipal or regional government staff responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity.

Neighbourhood Strategy Leaders

For the leaders responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of robust neighbourhood strategies, policies and plans.

Living Wage

For key staff or volunteers who are actively involved in a living wage campaign or are in the early stages of considering or implementing the living wage in their Canadian community.

Local Deepening Community Initiative

For local Deepening Community partner communities to share highlights from their experiences and dialogue about the impacts of these action-learning projects.

Provincial Government for Poverty Reduction

For government representatives of all provinces and territories who are responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity.

Poverty Reduction From a FNMI Worldview

For individuals who are or are working with large populations of indigenous people on poverty reduction, and are interested in sharing best practice programming or engagement strategies.

BC Communities Reducing Poverty

For BC members to connect, collaborate, and share experiences, best practices and lessons learned pertaining to community-based poverty reduction in BC.

Vibrant Communities City Convenors

For individuals who belong to the Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty network to share ideas and information about their local poverty reduction efforts.

2017 Calendar


Multi-Day Events


Community Engagement: The Next Generation

Vancouver, BC | March 7-9
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Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged

Hamilton, ON | April 4-6

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Collective Impact 3.0

Kitchener, ON |May 9-11

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Neighbourhoods ♥ The Heart of Community: Mobilizing for Impact

Montreal, QC | June 6-8

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Community Change Institute

Vancouver, BC | Sept 25-29

Register Here


Evaluating Community Impact

Saskatoon, SK | Nov 14-16



One Day Workshops


Community Engagement: Technologies for Change

London, ON | February 27


Accelerating Community Change with Collective Impact

Regina, SK | March 15

Deepening Community for  Collective Impact

Abbotsford, BC | March 14

Caledon, ON | September 19







“I believe that Tamarack is the authority on community engagement and development. The information presented points the way but is not prescriptive, which gives us the power to figure it out ourselves.”

-2016 Community Engagement participant


"Loved being able to work with people from a very different sectors it made it less intense to share my own evaluation questions/challenges- thanks so much for a great workshop

- 2016 Evaluating Community Impact participant


"This conference has been an amazing experience! It was interactive and accessible with top notch speakers and presenters and a presence of at least 2 levels of government."

-2016 Mayors Summit participant


“Thank you for a fabulous experience! This is truly changing the direction and development of my personal objectives towards community change!”

- 2015 Collective Impact Summit participant


“This was eye opening, inspiring, and overwhelming all at the same time. So much is possible- we just need to start somewhere.  Thank you for being such wonderful hosts!”

- 2015 Neighbours: Policies & Programs participant


"This was the BEST gathering of thinkers and doers that I have been part of in 20 yrs."

- 2014 Collective Impact Summit participant


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