Community Change Festival 
Be The Changemaker

Vancouver, Canada | Sept 30 - Oct 3


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The premise of collaborative leadership says: If you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization and community.

The traditional concept of leadership is that of the heroic leader – they have a vision, they assert it, they persuade us, and they gain followers. Collaborative leadership turns that concept upside down simply by saying that if we bring good people together in constructive ways, we will be able to make conscious, inclusive decisions.

Collaborative Leadership Workshops

Monday, September 30 | Building Your Planning Canvas

Transformative community change requires skilled changemakers.  It’s not just about one leadership pathway but rather engaging with multiple ways of understanding leadership and determining how to adapt your leadership style and skills to the current context.  It’s also about engaging other leaders in your network and inviting them to step forward.  This action builds a shared ownership approach to community change.   

Session goals:   

  • Understand the multiple faces of leadership  
  • Assess your collaborative leadership strengths  
  • Develop a path for leveraging your collaborative leadership strengths  
  • Learn about the adaptive leadership approach and how to leverage change  


Tuesday, October 1 | Innovative Stories and Case Studies

We are all on a collaborative leadership journey.  Listen to the stories of community change practitioners who have struggled and have overcome challenges and continue to deepen their commitment to community change.  Dr. Tom KlausTenacious Change and Lindsay DanillerDaniller Associates will share their stories of collaborative leadership – the good, the bad and the challenging.   

Session goals:   

  • Be inspired by seasoned leaders who have navigated collaborative leadership opportunities and challenges  
  • Share your own reflections about collaborative leadership and leadership choices  
  • Collaboratively build a framework for leadership for collaborative and community leadership


Wednesday, October 2 | Methods to Put Theory Into Practice

Stepping into collaborative leadership is about building trust and relationships.  This workshop session will provide participants with practical skills and tools to put their leadership into practice.  This fast- paced session will explore trust, leadership and the contract we make with community when we chose to lead.   

Session Goals:   

  • Explore practical strategies for building trust and meaningful relationships  
  • Develop a leadership contract which will build your path forward  
  • Engage in the dark side of collaborative leadership – learn how to deal with turf issues and disappointment 


Meet Liz, your festival faculty member

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Liz Weaver

Co-CEO & Consulting Director, Collaborative Leadership
Tamarack Learning Centre

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 both collaborative leadership and 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.