Paul is the Co-founder of Tamarack and for 20 years was the CEO/Co-CEO. He is also the co- founder of Vibrant Communities a national network of nearly 500 cities and communities ending poverty, deepening community, building youth futures and advancing climate transitions. Paul continues at Tamarack as a coach and trainer providing practical support to communities interested in achieving large-scale change.
Paul is a global leader and an award-winning author on issues of community. A large-scale community change facilitator, Paul is the author of four books including two Canadian best sellers (Deepening Community and Community Conversations). He is a global faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators. Paul was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2019.
Paul holds an M.A. in Leadership and in 2020 was selected as the Arts Alumni Achievement Award recipient at the University of Waterloo. He grew up as the son of refugees that worked together to survive and then thrive. This experience is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good.
Paul is on Sabbatical until October 2022.
Area of Expertise
Coaching Cities Reducing Poverty
Coaching Cities Deepening Community
Coaching Cities implementing a Collective Impact
Facilitating/hosting Community Conversations
Population Level Community Engagement Consulting
Collaborative Leadership Teaching
Supporting Movement Building Initiatives
Consulting and Teaching Fundraising for Collective Impact
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth we honour and acknowledge that our work occurs across Turtle Island (North America), which has been home since time immemorial to the ancestors of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples.
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