Turf, Trust and Virtual Collaboration:
Practical Tools for Building Trust

Virtual Workshop

 July 20, 2023 | August 17, 2023 


70 Learners

3.5-hour Workshop

1 Coaching Call

Collaborative success requires the engagement and commitment of partners to the common cause

Increasingly, communities are using collaboration to tackle some of their most complex issues. We often dive into collaboration without truly understanding or embracing the human side of this work. This is even more challenging in a virtual environment. We focus more on the output or outcome rather than the process which is to the detriment of all of us. In managing complexity, we know that we must bring different voices and experiences to the table. How can we do this effectively when we don’t build practices which engage others and build trust?

This interactive virtual workshop focuses on the core leadership competency of trust-building. Collaborative success requires the engagement and commitment of partners to the common cause. Lack of trust can take collaborative efforts off track. But little attention is paid to actions that build trust, create connections and deal with mistrust. Participants in the workshop will walk away with ideas, tools and approaches to effectively engage diverse community partners and intentionally build trusting relationships and collaborative impact. Come prepared to share your experiences and insights on how to build trust.

Learn more by reading Liz's paper Turf, Trust, Co-Creation, and Collective Impact.

Workshop Breakdown

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning 

Prior to Attending Workshop
  • Review the participant workbook sent in advance to prepare you for the the workshop
  • Assess your trust-building skill set by completing a self-assessment tool 
  • Clarify your learning goals and come prepared to learn 

3.5-Hour Virtual Workshop 

  •  Learn to use practical tools and approaches to build trust and deal with turf issues when they arise 
  • Renew engagement and shared ownership within your organization or collaborative - learn to build deeper relationships 
  • Explore the intricacies of trust, how to build it and what to do when trust is broken

1-Hour Coaching Session with Fellow Learners 

One Month Post-Workshop

  • Bring your questions and experiences and learn from your peers in small group conversations 
  • Deepen your understanding of the workshop content
  • Receive personalized support to translate your knowledge into action

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed specifically for individuals who:

  • Convenors or facilitators of collaborative tables where building trust is an imperative 
  • Individuals who are members of organizational or collaborative teams seeking to build trust in your team
  • Individuals or teams experiencing broken trust and would like to work better together
  • Individuals or teams who are intrigued by the idea of trust and are seeking practical approaches to build trust.


Single Registration


Group Registration


Tamarack Member


Ending Poverty, Deepening Community or Building Youth Futures memberships


Registration for this session is now open and limited to 70 learners to ensure a dynamic learning experience. Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance and after the event, all participants will receive an email to register for a follow-up coaching session one month after the event.

Registration includes pre-workshop learning and self-assessment package, one 3.5 hour virtual workshop, a one-hour small group coaching session with participants. It also includes membership into the Tamarack Institutes Learning community.

Post-workshop, participants will be invited to register for a post-event coaching session. At this interactive session, small groups of workshop participants will be encouraged to share their emerging questions and receive further support in translating the workshop’s learning into action.

Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Isaac to learn more about how you can bring a custom version of this workshop to your organization or collaborative.

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please reach out to Duncan if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please fill out this form or reach out to Stephanie if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt. Please contact Stephanie if you have any questions or concerns. 

Meet the Workshop Facilitators

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver

Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute and Director Tamarack Learning Centre

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts 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.

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 assisting place-based collaborative tables to move their work from idea to impact.

Learn more about Liz

Natasha Pei headshot

Natasha Pei

Associate Director, Tamarack Learning Centre

Natasha Pei is an Associate Director with Tamarack’s Learning Centre. In this role, she supports large-scale projects through co-facilitating and co-creating deliverables, as well as creating open-access knowledge products that help practitioners learn about and apply emerging ideas and evidence-based practice.

Joining Tamarack in 2015, Natasha’s previous role as a Manager of Cities for Tamarack’s Communities Ending Poverty has given her a deep understanding of the inequities facing people and communities across Canada, root causes of and pathways out of poverty, as well as critical ways of thinking, collaborating, innovating to solve wicked problems. Natasha brings eight years of facilitating shared learning, problem-solving and co-coaching from the poverty reduction sector to the Learning Centre.

Learn more about Natasha

Workshop Testimonials

Incredibly helpful session!

I coordinate a large multi-disciplinary group which means they all come to the table with different expectations, goals and perspectives. I found this session incredibly helpful around thinking about building trust, addressing turf issues and helping us all work together effectively.

Liz has such a wealth of knowledge!

Discussions in the break out groups were valuable, and the large group presentations were very informative. 

I would highly recommend this workshop!

I learned some new knowledge, and the reflection and dynamic of the workshop helped me to re-think my approach to building trust in my work.