Events

Featured Events

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Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty

Vancouver, Canada | June 12-13, 2018
This event will also be offered in eastern Canada Fall 2018

We welcome you to join us for the Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty summit, hosted by Vibrant Communities and the City of Vancouver, from June 12-13, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. This event will elevate conversations from our previous national summits in 2015 (Ottawa), 2016 (Edmonton), and 2017 (Hamilton).

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Community Change Festival

Toronto, Canada | October 1-4, 2018

Over 4 days, explore the 5 competencies every changemaker needs to move ideas to practice to impact. Through workshops, open space dialogue, tools, immersive tours, and peer input processes, go deep into one approach or advance your skills in each.

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Ottawa, ON - June 25 | Kingston, ON - June 26

This interactive workshop focuses on the core leadership competency of trust building, and will equip you with ideas, tools and approaches to effectively engage diverse community partners and intentionally build trusting relationships and collaborative impact. 

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Webinars 

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

 

When Collective Impact has an Impact

Join us for a series of webinars dedicated to exploring ORS Impact and the Spark Policy Institute's report When Collective Impact has Impact, the Canadian Collective Impact initiatives mentioned in the report, and implications for Tamarack's Vibrant Communities members. 

You can find the information for the final part of this series below:

 

Who Do You Choose To Be? Leadership as a Noble Profession

Speaker: Margaret Wheatley
Date: May 23, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

Cultivating Leadership Without Limits

Speakers: Phyllis Alexander, Hasshan Batts, and Oliver Reilly
Date: May 24, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

The GrandPals Project: Social Impact Through Community Connected Learning

Speaker: Marc Mailhot
Date: May 30, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

Building Community Into Neighbourhoods

Speakers: Jim Diers and Paul Born
Date: June 21, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

 

Human-Centred Design, Design Thinking and Community Change

Speakers: Galen MacLusky
Date: June 26, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 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.

 

Collective
Impact

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


Evaluating Community
Impact

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.

Community
Engagement

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.

Citizens & Emergency Preparedness

For individuals committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies.

Living/Lived Experience

For individuals who are currently living in poverty or who have lived experience of it, and who want to connect with like-minded others in a supportive, online learning community.

2018 Calendar

 

Collective Impact 3.0

Edmonton, AB | Feb 28 - Mar 2

 

Evaluation Masterclass:
Principles-Focused Evaluation for Community Changemakers

Toronto, ON | March 12
Regina, SK | March 14
Calgary, AB | March 15
Vancouver, BC | March 16

 

Asset-Based Community Development: For Healthy Neighbourhoods

Kitchener, ON | April 17-19

  

Building Authentic Engagement

St. Catharines, ON | April 27

 

Adaptive Leadership Masterclass

Vancouver, BC | May 23
Edmonton, AB | May 24
Calgary, AB | May 25
Toronto, ON | May 28
Ottawa, ON | May 29

Register Here

 

Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty

Vancouver, BC | June 12-13

 Register Here

This event will also be hosted in eastern Canada in Fall 2018.

 

Turf, Trust, and Collaboration: Practical Tools for Building Trust

Ottawa, ON | June 25
Kingston, ON| June 26

Register Here

 

Community Change Festival
Toronto, ON | October 1-4

 Register Here

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Testimonials


 

“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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