Celebrating Neighbours
Measuring the Impact of ABCD


June 7-9 | London, ON





Community Leaders


Thought Leaders
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Meet Our Keynotes 


Measuring the Impact of Neighbourhood Development

Over the past three decades, there has been a shift in how we connect. Today, people report fewer social connections, a decreased intolerance and trust, compounded by an eroding political and civic engagement atmosphere in our communities. Building communities that bring residents together and provide a sense of belonging and connection leads to residents being happier, healthier, more likely to live longer and more willing to act for the common good.

While municipalities have traditionally focused on the physical components of a neighbourhood - paving sidewalks and roads or building houses, parks and arenas - cities across Canada are now realizing that they need to do more. They need to support the residents who live, work and play in the neighbourhoods to create a sense of belonging and connection. This is how vibrant cities are built.

Who should attend? 



In the spirit of ABCD, this workshop is open to everyone. We will learn together, enjoy a sense of community, celebrate and explore the gifts we each bring to community life. Professionals working in neighbourhood development, community building and community health will find this workshop indispensable. ABCD is considered a core practice and is recognized around the world as essential knowledge for anyone working to improve their communities. 

Meet Our Top Thought Leaders

Throughout the three-day event, several Thought Leaders from the field will share their experiences in building community and inspire group conversation to share our own experiences.

Stay tuned as we grow our list of experts and diverse voices. We plan to pair global leaders in the field with emerging leaders to create a synergy of voices.

De'Amon Harges

The Learning Tree and ABCD Institute Day 1 Indianapolis, Indiana

Gil Penalosa

8 80 Cities and World Urban Parks Day 2 Toronto, Ontario

Mary Rowe

Canadian Urban Institute Day 2 Toronto, Ontario

John McKnight

ABCD Institute Day 1 Chicago, Illinois

Julie Forrester

Pillar Nonprofit Network Day 3 London, Ontario

Jon Morgan

Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues Day 3 Edmonton, Alberta

Mike Davis

Davis Pier Consulting Day 2 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jean-Marie Chapeau

Tamarack Institute Day 2 Montreal, Quebec

Emilie de Rosenroll

South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) Day 2 Victoria, British Columbia

Al Day

Oneida Nation Council of Chiefs Day 3 Oneida Settlement

Hailey Claxton

Prince Edward County ROC Youth Centre Day 3 Picton, Ontario

Zita Cobb

Shorefast Day 2 Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ayo Owodunni

Black Professionals In Tech Network (BPTN) Day 1 Waterloo, Ontario

Michelle Quintyn

Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes Day 2 London, Ontario

Mariam Waliji

Pillar Nonprofit Network Day 3 London, Ontario

Rudi Wallace

Hamilton Community Foundation Day 2 Hamilton, Ontario

Laura Cunningham-Shpeley

Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues Day 3 Edmonton, Alberta

Lisa Attygalle

Tamarack Institute Day 1 Waterloo, Ontario

Paul Born

Tamarack Institute Day 1 Waterloo, Ontario

Jennifer Angel

Develop Nova Scotia Day 2 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Pete Bombaci

GenWell Project Day 2 Toronto, Ontario

Sarah Michel

Prince Edward County ROC Youth Centre Day 3 Picton, Ontario

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We have organized the workshops into three themes, and these workshops will be small interactive workshops that will help build your knowledge and skills to deepen your community.

Emerging Topics

• Participatory Evaluation – When the community is the Evaluator with Jean Marie Chapeau, Consulting Director of Evaluating Impact, Tamarack
• Making the Case for Place: Measuring the benefits of social infrastructure using well-being with Mike Davis, CEO, Davis Pier Consulting and Jennifer Angel, President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia
• Communicating Impact with Lisa Attygalle, Consulting Director of Community Engagement, Tamarack Insitute
Building Local Collaborations for Community Economies with Jaime Smith, Director of Social Innovation, Coady Institute, Martha Fanjoy, Director of Programs, Coady Institute and Dor Assia, Project Manager of Community Economies Pilot, Shorefast
Shaping Policy to Support Impacts for Deepening Community with Justin Williams, Manager of Policy and Development, Tamarack Institute


Building blocks of Community

• The Art of Using Social Currencies with De’Amon Harges, Community Organizer, Creator of The Learning Tree
• Deepening Community - Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times with Paul Born, Founder and Coach, Tamarack Institute

• The 2022 Canadian Immigrant: A potentially loaded asset in a caged environment with Ayo Owodunni, Diversity & Inclusion Trainer and Life Coach
• Authentic Engagement with Lisa Attygalle, Consulting Director of Community Engagement, Tamarack Institute
• Breakthrough Community Change with Paul Born, Founder and Coach, Tamarack Institute


Building Blocks of Asset Based Community Development

• Building the Community Table - ABCD 101 with Heather Keam, Association Director, Cities Deepening Community, Tamarack Institute & Jonathan Massimi, Supervisor, Community Centres at the City of Kitchener
• Using ABCD to Create Connections with Heather Keam, Association Director, Cities Deepening Community, Tamarack Institute and Cathy Urquhart, Professor in the Social Work Department at Fanshawe College
• Power of Human Connection• Community COVID-19 recovery with Pete Bombaci, Founder and Executive Director, GenWell Project
• Neighbourhoods to Live Older, Healthier, Happier with Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities, Ambassador, World Urban Parks, President, Gil Penalosa & Associates, Creator & host, A Walk in the Park with Gil


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“The City of Red Deer contingent was very impressed with the content and learning shared during the event. We are even stealing some of your great ideas for our next large community event." 

" Thanks so much for all that you and everyone involved to help us all feel welcomed and part of a movement. I will recommend next year’s conference to others.”

- Past Participants

Meet Our Local Sponsors

Our lead sponsor and host of the gathering is Fanshawe College located in beautiful London, ON Canada. Fanshawe College is located about 15 minutes from downtown London. During the event, you will have a chance to be immersed in campus life as we connect, learn and have fun all on campus. Fanshawe College strives to build community on and off-campus. They value students, involve communities, utilize resources, embrace change and engage each other.

Stay tuned for more details about Fanshawe College


Meet Our Event Partners 

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Meet Our National Sponsors 

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