One-Day Workshops

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Turf, Trust and Collaboration:  Practical Tools for Building Trust

Waterloo, ON | October 17
Hamilton, ON | December 6

This workshop will provide participants with simple, practical tools and approaches to building trust. Participants will be able to bring these back into their collaborative efforts and renew engagement and shared ownership. 

In August 2017, the Tamarack Institute’s Liz Weaver published a paper called Turf, Trust, Co-Creation and Collective Impact.  This ground-breaking paper explores the interconnected relationship between the act of building trust and collaborative success and impact. 

"Authentic community change moves at the speed of trust. And yet, we spend so little time and focus on intentionally building trust amongst partners."

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. 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 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 payed to actions which 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 in how to build trust.


What Will I Learn?

This day-long workshop will be filled with both content and practical tools and take-aways that participants will be able to use in their collaborative efforts or in their workplaces. 

Spend the day with Liz and experience:

  • Building Engagement and Ownership through The Four Agendas – our partners at Co-Creative Consulting have developed a useful way of building agendas differently. Learn how to build an agenda that builds trust and engagement.

  • Befriending your Nemisis: Working with Friends, Allies and Enemies – this practical tool helps participants reframe the perceived negative qualities of individuals who challenge you. 
  • Deepening Engagement through Simple Processes: Check in and Check Outs; Why is it important that I am here?; Personal Assets Inventory  participants will experience quick and useful techniques designed to bridge differences and build ownership. 
  • Building commitment through a shared story – The Journey Map is a useful tool to document progress and build a shared path forward.
  • Counterbalancing efforts through TRIZ – this Liberating Structures tool is a fun way to discover what is not working effectively and then develop appropriate change strategies.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – the Leadership Self Assessment Tool identifies six core competencies that all leaders should have including building trust. Workshop participants will focus on the trust competency and identify their strengths and challenges in this area. 

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"The City of Prince George sponsored the Turf, Trust, and Collaboration workshop to recognize, and further build, the capacity of multi-sectoral agencies to work collaboratively to address complex issues.  We had very positive feedback.  Participants enjoyed the hands-on, interactive session and reported that they intended to immediately use one or more of the resources introduced during the session.  We didn’t experience the “post-lunch slump” or participant drift in this fast-paced, fun session.  Liz Weaver did a great job!"



Liz Weaver

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Co-CEO and Strategic Lead. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

Prior to this role, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables to develop their frameworks of change, supported and guided their projects and helped connect them to Vibrant Communities and other comprehensive community collaborations.

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 2009 and was a collective impact initiative. In her career, Liz has held leadership positions with YWCA Hamilton, Volunteer Hamilton and Volunteer Canada. In 2002, Liz completed a Masters of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders through McGill University. Liz was awarded a Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her leadership in the voluntary sector, was an Athena Award finalist and in 2004 was awarded the Women in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.

Learn more about Liz


Waterloo, ON - October 17, 2019

The session will take place at Conrad Grebel Centre for Peace Advancement, Great Hall, 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 - more details to come in the week leading up to the session

Register for the Waterloo workshop

Hamilton, ON - December 6, 2019

The Hamilton session will take place at CityLAB Hamilton, 58 Jackson St. W, Hamilton ON - more details to come in the week leadin up to the session.

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Registration will open at 8:30am where coffee and tea will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.

Bring this workshop to you!

Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Stephanie about bringing this workshop to your hometown. 


$199 for single registration

The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. Also enjoy a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.


Prepare for the workshop by reading Liz's paper Turf, Trust, Co-Creation, and Collective Impact


Register for Turf, Trust, and Collaboration 

Waterloo, ON - October 17, 2019

Register for the Waterloo Workshop

Hamilton, ON - December 6, 2019

Register for the Hamilton Workshop

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