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Workshop Costs

Tamarack has secured sponsors to help us offer this learning event at a reduced cost. Tamarack is a charitable organization and, as such, we do this work within our means. This gathering, and the development of the learning community, represents our hope that this will be a mutual experience shared by both the learner and the sponsors. In this spirit of mutuality, the cost for participation is therefore also shared.

Attendees of previous gatherings have confirmed our own experience, that the learning from these events is better translated into action when a group of learners from the same collaborative attends together. Therefore, our costing provides subsidies to encourage colleagues to enroll together.

The registration rates (in Canadian dollars) are as follows:

  • $299 per person for groups of five or more
  • $349 per person for groups of three or four
  • $399 for a single registration

Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty members are eligible for 2 complimentary seats to the gathering. To learn more about the benefits and rewards of annual membership, please contact Alison.

Subsidies and scholarships for this event are available to people with lived/living experience of poverty, to small non-profits, to youth, and to students. For more information, see the Be a Light Scholarship section below. To apply, please submit an application online.

Registration for this event includes: 1.5 days of onsite learning (including keynotes, panels, and workshops), lunch and refreshments, an experiential learning tour of innovative poverty reduction practices across Vancouver, and a City-hosted evening session.

Register Here      


Payment Options

Payments can be made in the following three ways:

1. PayPal - to pay using your credit card via PayPal, simply register, select "Pay Online" as your payment method and follow the prompts to submit your payment online using PayPal. You will still receive an invoice for your records.

2. Credit Card - to pay using your Master Card or Visa over the phone, please register and select to be invoiced for your registration. Then, email Jana at to set up a credit card payment appointment.

3. Cheque - to pay by cheque, please choose to be invoiced for your registration. Email Jana at to let her know that you will be sending a cheque in the mail. Please include your invoice number on your cheque, make it payable to Tamarack and mail it to:

Tamarack Institute
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G6

Group Registration

We are pleased to be able to offer subsidies to colleagues who enroll together.

To register a group, please have one member of your group complete the registration form. On this form there is space to select the number of people attending and add the names of all attendees.

If you have special group registration needs, please reach out to Natasha.

Cancellation Policy

We know that you don't want to miss out on this exciting learning event, but understand that sometimes unanticipated changes can affect your plans. This is why we have a cancellation policy that allows us to refund your registration fee up to 4 weeks in advance of your workshop date (less a $150 administration charge which we need to put towards our overhead costs). Starting 3 weeks prior to the workshop, we are sorry to say we can no longer offer registration refunds, but will glady admit confirmed substitutions up to 1 week in advance of the workshop so that someone else can benefit from the training.

Be A Light Scholarships

Tamarack's learning events are designed to provide community change leaders with theoretical knowledge and practical tools that they can apply to their work. To help reduce financial barriers for people with lived/living experience of poverty, Tamarack's Be a Light Scholarships support individuals and/or groups to participate in our Learning Events.

For Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty, priority will be given to applicants with lived/living experience of poverty. Applicants from small non-profits engaged in poverty reduction work and students are also invited to apply.

Scholarships can only be applied to the registration portion of the Learning Event. Any additional costs incurred, including travel, hotel, and incidental costs, must be covered by the individual and/or their sponsoring organization.  

To apply for a scholarship, please submit your application online.

The scholarship deadline has been extended to: June 8, 2018.

If you have any inquiries relating to scholarships, please reach out to Leena.

Event Location

Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty will be held in beautiful downtown Vancouver. Venues for the event are as follows:

Tuesday June 12th

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre
515 West Hastings Street

Wednesday June 13th 

Library Square Conference Centre
Alice MacKay Room
350 West Georgia Street

Accommodation Information 

Tamarack has secured two hotel blocks which are available to Summit registrants.

Please note that the deadline for accessing group rates has now passed. Please contact the hotels directly to inquire about continued availability.

Sandman City Centre

180 W Georgia St, Vancouver (750m from Harbour Centre)

Reserve by phone 1-800-SANDMAN (726-3626) or call the hotel directly at 604-681-2211.

Group Name: Tamarack | Group Number: 1033839

Holiday Inn & Suites: Vancouver Downtown (Deadline for reduced rate: May 15)

1110 Howe Street, Vancouver (1.4km from Harbour Centre)

Reserve by phone 1-604-623–6866 (toll free: 1-800-663-9151) or use this direct booking link.

Group Name: Tamarack | Group Code: TAM

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be there?

This event will bring together a diversity of individuals from a variety of sectors. We encourage participants to enrich this gathering with their own unique experiences, gifts, issues, and ideas that matter to them the most. More than 25 cities from Western Canada and beyond that have or are developing poverty reduction strategies will be in attendance. Community organizations, associations, businesses, funders, researchers, city staff, elected officials from national, provincial/state, regional and local governments, and people with lived/living experience of poverty will all be presenting and learning together.

How can I prepare? 

We will send you pre-reading materials before you arrive and we will update the site regularly with new resources and related learning opportunities prior to the event. 

Who is taking care of my travel and accommodation?

Participants are required to book and pay for their own travel and accommodation in Vancouver. Here at Tamarack, we're working hard to make sure your experience at the gathering is an enjoyable one. If you have any questions, contact Natasha.























Have questions? Email or set up a call with Alison.


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