This three-day intensive workshop will be led by leading experts in Canada involved in the practice of collective impact.
Mark Cabaj is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.
Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues (e.g. neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health). He has first-hand knowledge of using evaluation as a policy maker, philanthropist, and activist, and has played a big role in promoting the merging practice of developmental evaluation in Canada. Mark has worked on over two dozen evaluation projects over the last two years in the following areas:
Providing real time feedback into groups developing new models and programs (e.g. Aboriginal anti-gang programs, social marketing campaign for healthy lifestyles, a new provincial-wide, tri-Ministry supported, regional service delivery model, a national sustainability transition labs).
Learning, Outcome & Measurement frameworks for Collective Impact initiatives (e.g. community safety, high school completion, poverty reduction, and educational achievement).
Strategic Learning Frameworks for Funding Organizations (e.g. a foundation of a large energy company, an association for museums, a large utility-based trust, and government programs)
While studying the Solidarity movement in Krakow, Poland, in mid-1989, Mark experienced a variety of tumultuous events that signalled the end of communism in Eastern Europe. He stayed to experience the rebirth of the region and worked as an Investment Advisor in Poland’s Foreign Investment Agency, the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the new Ministry of Privatization, and the Mission Coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.
Back in Canada, Mark was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. He served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in 2001. From 2002 to 2011, he was Vice President of the Tamarack Institute and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada.
Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with his wife Leann and their children Isaiah and Zoë.
Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this 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 and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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 and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change, and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact.
From 2006 – 2009, Liz was 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 and in 2004 was awarded the Women in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.
Sylvia Cheuy is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer. Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.
Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. This experience gives Sylvia practical knowledge and first-hand experience of what it takes to engage and mobilize positive community change. Her work with HCIA was published as a chapter entitled, A Citizen-Led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being in the newly published Handbook of Community Well-Being Research.
Sylvia completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems. An active volunteer in her community, Sylvia serves as a member of HCIA’s Leadership Council. She also served for nine years on the Board of Community Living Dufferin where she was instrumental in securing $2.8 million in funding for CLD's shared home with Theatre Orangeville, the community's professional theatre company. Sylvia lives in Caledon, Ontario with her husband John Graham and their three children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean.
We believe in peer learning! The Collective Impact 3.0 workshop will feature the following Peer Presenters as part of the curriculm in order to showcase and learn from practical examples and case studies of Collective Impact in action around the country. The Peer-led workshops will be as follows:
- Healthier Together Through Community Engagement - Joanna Peluso & Kirsten Sleeman from Healthier Jupiter
- RISE Athlete Peer Mentoring Program - Tammy Copp from Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
- CI TRRUST's Life Span - Lucie Honey-Ray from TRRUST Collective Impact Vancouver
- Setting Community Priorities after the Wild Fire: Collaboration in Fort McMurray - Bernie Lalor-Morton & Iain MacDonald from FuseSocial
- New Horizons for Seniors Program - Collective Impact to reduce Seniors Isolation - Sharon Mason from ESDC
- Environmental Scan for Asset Mapping - Brenda Taylor from University of Saskatchewan
- A Way Home Canada: Transforming our Response to Youth Homelessness with CI – Mary-Jane McKitterick & David French from A Way Home
- Integrated Crisis Diversion: Just Call 211! - Lindsay Daniller from REACH Edmonton
- Inspired Communities Model to End Gender -Based Violence and Abuse – Christie Lavan from ACWS
- Tackling Racism through a Collective Approach - Edmonton Shift Lab Stewards
- Our High River 2018: Tools of Engagement - F. Bews, J. Seely & K. Mosig from Our High River
- The 7th Inning Stretch … Making the Last 2 Innings Count – Dina Sears-Graves from United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
- Whole System, Collaborative Outcome Mapping & the Zone Map Canvas: R. Keith Jones