About Liz

Liz Weaver


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

Connect with Liz 



The Latest From Liz

Of Recipes and Principles - A Musing about Collective Impact

If we are in the work of community and systems change, which is where collective impact is best suited as a framework, then we should privilege the idea of principles versus the implementation of...Read More

Hidden Assets

The movie Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women who made a significant difference to the US space industry.  Their untold, until recently, story has many lessons...Read More

Trust and Time

What if we had all the time in the world?  Would we use this time to build trust or would we fill the time with all the things that we do now, and still be no further ahead? Read More

A Collective Impact Tool:  Building a Plan on A Page

Collective impact efforts are complex and challenging because there are so many moving parts.  This presents a communications challenge.  There are some emerging examples of collective...Read More

Planning for Collective Impact: A Practical Tool

Collective Impact is a framework that is being used by many communities to tackle complex problems.  At the heart of the framework is the notion of bringing together diverse voices (business,...Read More

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Join us for the 2017 Community Change Institute - Cities of the Future: Co-Creating Tomorrow taking place in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Learn through inspiring keynote speakers, peer discussion, design labs, arts and creativity, community tours, and over 30 workshops.

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