About Liz

Liz Weaver

Vice President & Director of Operations

Contact Details:
e. liz@tamarackcommunity.ca
p. 519-647-2963 

Remote Office: Hamilton, Ontario

About Liz

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Vice President and Director of Operations. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

Prior to this role, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables to develop their frameworks of change, supported and guided their projects and helped connect them to Vibrant Communities and other comprehensive community collaborations.

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 2009 and was a collective impact initiative. In her career, Liz has held leadership positions with YWCA Hamilton, Volunteer Hamilton and Volunteer Canada. In 2002, Liz completed a Masters of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders through McGill University. Liz was awarded a Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her leadership in the voluntary sector, was an Athena Award finalist and in 2004 was awarded the Women in in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.

Area of Expertise
  • Collective Impact
  • Evaluating Community Impact
  • Community Development
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

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The Latest From Liz

Going Deeper – Building our Trust Account

In a previous blog, I explored the components of trust including Stephen M.R. Covey’s 5 waves of trust from his book The Speed of Trust. This blog will go a little deeper, exploring how to build a...Read More

Three Keys to Building Trust

A Harvard Business Review article describes that to build trust you need to align your interests and motivations with those of the person you are working with or collaborating with. Read More

Thinking About Scallops

A few years ago, John Ott, author of The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly spoke at a Tamarack Community Change Institute and talked about scallops. Now I have not really...Read More

Systems Thinking is a Mindset

Last week two books I had recently ordered arrived:  Systems Thinking for Social Change by David Peter Stroh and The Systems Thinking Playbook by Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows. For at...Read More

A Learner’s Journey

Bill Fulton, CEO of The Civic Canopy in Denver, Colorado recently said ‘the last day of a conference is the first day of a learner’s journey’.  These are wise words indeed.  How often do...Read More

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