About Liz

Liz Weaver

Co-CEO Tamarack & Strategic Lead, Tamarack Learning Centre


Contact Details:

e. liz@tamarackcommunity.ca
p. 519-647-2963 

Remote Office: 

Hamilton, Ontario

About Liz

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change, and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact.

From 2006 – 2009, Liz was the Director for the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, which was recognized with the Canadian Urban Institute's David Crombie Leadership Award. In her career, Liz has held leadership positions with YWCA Hamilton, Volunteer Hamilton and Volunteer Canada. In 2002, Liz completed a Masters of Management, McGill University. Liz has been awarded Queen's Jubilee Medals in 2002 and 2012 for her contributions to volunteerism in Canada and in 2004 was awarded the Women in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.

Area of Expertise

  • Collective Impact
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Building Trust, Building Community
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Evaluating Community Impact
  • Volunteerism and Community Change 

Recent Work

Seminars and Workshops

  • All about the Backbone
  • Collective Impact - Backbone Structures and Governance Strategies
  • A Conversation About Working Differently
  • Embracing Emergence and the Collaborative Eco-Cycle
  • The Policy Dilemma: How Large Scale Impact Happens
  • Collaborative Governance:  10 Tools to Increase Impact
  • Collective Impact 3.0
  • Evaluating Community Impact

Specialized Tool Sessions 

  • Building a Journey Map
  • Engaging the other through the Empathy Map
  • Planning Forward: The Eco-cycle of Community Change
  • Stories of Impact: Most Significant Change

Connect with Liz 



The Latest From Liz

MH Masterclass Square

Citizens at the Centre: A Community Engagement Thought-Leader Series

Tamarack is excited to present a special one-day workshop with Max Hardy, a leading Australian Community Engagement consultant, along with Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute to learn core principles and innovative practices to better engage your community.

Drawing on case studies from Australia and Canada, as well as techniques and activities that demonstrate alternative ways to meaningfully engage communities/citizens throughout the lifespan of your project, workshop participants will leave with the confidence to design and lead efforts to generate effective solutions to address our most challenging community issues.

Learn More and Register