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Liz Weaver

Co-CEO and Director, Learning Centre

Remote Office: 
Hamilton, Ontario

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About Liz

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts 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.   

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 assisting place-based collaborative tables to move their work from idea to impact.

Liz has also worked at the community level as 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. 


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 

  • The Landscape Diagram
  • 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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