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Collaborative Governance and Leadership

This learning event includes both a virtual workshop and group coaching

June Workshop | SOLD OUT
July Workshop | SOLD OUT
August Workshop | SOLD OUT
September Workshop | SOLD OUT

Governing collaborative efforts is challenging. This workshop will dive into both the governance and leadership components required to support the collaborative process.

Tamarack values small group interactive and workshop environments. We are intentionally limiting each virtual workshop to 60 participants to ensure that you can maximize your learning and connection. There is an extensive list of individuals holding seats for this workshop, so register early to confirm your place.

At Tamarack, Collaborative Leadership is considered a critical element of the 5 practices of community change. Collaborative Governance and Leadership weaves together the process and people aspects of effective collaboration. Practitioners will learn that it is a fine balance, requiring a deep investment in building connections and engagement while also ensuring that the practice, structure, and decision-making approach are defined and effectively implemented.

Join Liz Weaver for a new virtual workshop designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore the key theories related to collaborative governance, tools, and approaches. This workshop will also focus on the impact and engagement of leaders in the process of co-design and working collectively toward a shared and common goal. Participants in this interactive learning session will deepen their understanding of what is required to create the conditions for collaborative efforts to achieve their full potential. Participants will also have access to tools and resources which can be used to support and sustain collaborative efforts from idea to impact.

Learners will walk away with ideas, tools, and approaches that they can use to enhance the effectiveness of existing and new collaborative efforts. From navigating the collaborative spectrum to understanding different forms and expressions of collaborative leadership, this workshop will weave together different concepts. Come prepared to share your experience and insights as we learn together.

What will I learn?

Collaborative Governance and Leadership weaves together the two aspects critical to impactful collaboration. Many of us understand the importance of and the hierarchical nature of organizational governance. Collaborative governance is different. It is an approach where partners work collectively on a commonly held objective. Governance and decision-making are often shared. As leaders, we are asked to commit ourselves and our organizations to achieve shared outcomes.

But collaborative leadership and governance are often fraught with questions and challenges. Who to involve? How to get agreement and ownership of the shared goal? How to keep momentum and engagement? What to do when the process goes off the rails? How to define shared outcomes and success measures?

Determining the answers to these questions is critical to ensuring effective collaborative efforts to achieve their goals.

The practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership focuses on building our capacity to understand people and forge new and purposeful relationships. It also asks that we engage in a new approach to governance, one that is co-designed, shared and builds toward co-ownership.

Workshop Resources

Over the past several years, Liz Weaver has written extensively about collaborative governance and leadership. The following papers explore the challenges collaborative efforts are facing as they engage to create purposeful and impactful efforts. Community change through collaboration can be rewarding but it takes the deep engagement of multiple partners, aligning their work into a shared purpose and committing to work collectively.

The Workshop Design
This virtual workshop is divided into three distinct parts.

A 1-hour individual pre-learning exercise designed to help you reflect on the topics which will be addressed during the Collaborative Governance and Leadership workshop. You will be asked to complete the Wilder – Collaboration Factors Inventory and reflect on the strengths and challenges currently facing your collaborative effort.

A 3.5-hour virtual workshop that introduces you to the core ideas, principles, and tools used in the practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership and how they can be applied to achieve improved outcomes.

15 Minutes

Welcome and Overview of the Collaborative Governance and Leadership workshop

80 Minutes

Collaborative Governance

  • The Collaboration Spectrum

  • The Collaborative Premise and key elements of successful collaboration Building the framework for effective governance – shared goal, values and principles, decision making, and shared ownership

  • Collaborative Governance - Structures, Models and Tools

15 Minutes

Break and Networking

80 minutes

Collaborative Leadership

  • The Multiple Faces of Collaborative Leadership

  • Navigating the tensions of collaborative leadership

  • The people side of leadership – building trust, sharing power, navigating uncertainty, and celebrating success

20 Minutes

Building Your Collaborative Governance and Leadership Plan

A one-hour, small group coaching session with fellow learners will take place one month after the virtual workshop to further support and deepen your knowledge and practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership.

The workshop curriculum blends theory, practice and stories with useful tools and resources to provide participants with a solid understanding of the practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership. As well, during the workshop small group conversations will enable participants to share their personal experiences, challenges, and successes. Peer learning is a critical component of Tamarack workshops.















This Workshop is for You If:

  • You are in the early stages of forming a collaborative effort and want to start off well.

  • You are a leader or member of a collaboration and want to enhance engagement.

  • You want to increase the focus of members on the achievement of shared outcomes.

  • You are supporting a collective impact effort as a backbone or leadership team member and want to enhance the experience for the collaborative.

The Collaborative Governance and Leadership Learning Agenda

Highlights of the learning agenda include:

  • Understand how the collaboration spectrum and the collaborative premise is essential to the early formation of collaborative efforts

  • Access to tools and approaches to ensure the identification, recruitment, and engagement of key leaders

  • Engage with different forms of collaborative governance including the Constellation Model of Governance

  • Ensure that momentum is maintained through a variety of tools including: Plans on a Page, a Key Milestone Report, and the Outcomes Diary

  • Build a Collaborative Governance and Leadership strategy to enhance your collective effort

"Just a quick note to say how much I appreciate you and the work and resources of Tamarack. You take very sophisticated theory around social innovation, collective impact, transformation change, developmental evaluation, etc. and you create short publications, communicated in plain spoken English and with great visuals. Such a superior skill and so valuable."

~Allison Ashcroft, 


Liz Weaver 1Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute, leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts through five strategic practices 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.

Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change, and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact. Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues.

Learn more about Liz


Pre-workshop Learning: Registrants will receive and complete prior to the workshop.

June Workshop: SOLD OUT

July Workshop: SOLD OUT

August Workshop: SOLD OUT

September Workshop: SOLD OUT

Registration is limited to 60 learners. There is an extensive hold the date pre-registration, so sign up early to confirm your seat. Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package ahead of the workshop. Zoom meeting details will also be sent in advance. Post-workshop, participants will be invited to a one-hour coaching session with a small group of their workshop peers.


Registration Price: $199 for single registration

Groups of 3 are eligible for a discounted price of $159 per person. 

Communities Ending Poverty, Cities Deepening Community, and Communities Building Youth Futures members are eligible for a reduced price of $159 per person. Contact Stephanie for more information.

The registration rate includes the pre-workshop package, the 3.5-hour virtual workshop and a one-hour post-workshop small group coaching session. It also includes membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.

If you are in need of assistance with your registration or have any questions, contact Stephanie. 


Get a jump on your learning with these suggested resources:

Paper | Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Paper | Making Sense of the Multiple Faces of Leadership

Paper | Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration




For questions regarding this event, reach out to Stephanie.
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Mikayla.