Place-based Quebec Webinar Series

This series builds on the province’s rich tradition of infrastructure for local collective action to explore innovative pathways to place-based community change: Place-based Neighbourhood Roundtable Model in Montreal, Place-based Social Innovation through Living Labs, Place-based Philanthropy for City-Wide Change, and Place-based Participatory Evaluation for Strategic Learning. Speakers will provide participants with inspiration and practical takeaways to deepen their own place-based practices. 

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1. Place-based Neighbourhood Roundtable Model in Montréal

Date: September 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12 pm MT

Speakers: Layla Belmahi, Alena Ziuleva, Vanessa Sykes, Ramana Zanfongnon and Myriam Bérubé

Recent times of crisis have shown us once again that where we live matters. The power of place-based creative problem-solving has proven to be more effective in areas where long-standing multisector collaboration has prevailed. Montreal’s 30 roundtables are at the heart of the current recovery, acting as a catalyzer of social and economic vitality at the neighbourhood level, building an infrastructure for collective action.


Join us to learn more about Montreal’s experience from different stakeholders’ perspectives. Layla, Alena and Vanessa will share their learnings from the Neighbourhood Round Table model, their impact to solve complex issues and their hopes for how this place-based work can help rebuild our communities.



2. Place-based Participatory Evaluation for Strategic Learning

Date: October 13, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12 pm MT

Speakers: Myriam Bérubé - Tamarack Institute, Jean-Marie Chapeau - Tamarack Institute - Stay tuned for more speakers

Shifting away from mechanical accountability to community learning, Québec’s community sector has been reframing evaluation for many years. The intention is to be more participatory and collaborative, leading to higher levels of learning, strengthened community relations and greater transparency.

Indeed, who said Festival and Evaluation do not go together? Join us to learn more about how the Centre-South neighbourhood in Montréal has experimented with new and exciting data collection methods and creative ways of sharing analysis and narratives like the “Fest’ Eval”. The community has been successful in engaging participation, diversity and contributions from people coming from all walks of life to take ownership of the evaluation processes and outcomes in their community.

Capacity-building, empowerment and community ownership are instrumental in place-based participatory evaluation. Over the last decade, Dynamo, a Québec-based capacity-building organization, has been pioneering this field of practice, working alongside communities to explore new ways of measuring change that can keep up with the fast-moving pace of community initiatives and focusing on strategic learning to constantly improve the course of action.

Join Myriam Bérubé as she invites Diana Hor (Community leader, Center-South neighbourhood), Mijail Raigorodsky (Strategic advisor- evaluation, Dynamo) and Jean-Marie Chapeau (Evaluating impact Director, Tamarack Institute) to share highlights and lessons learned from Québec in the practice of participatory evaluation and how it can lead to new thinking, better strategies and deeper impact.




3. Place-based Philanthropy for City-wide Change

Date: November 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12 pm MT

Speakers: Rotem Ayalon, Patricia Rossi, Tasha Lackman and Myriam Bérubé

The funding landscape in Québec – and Montréal in particular- has seen increased willingness for collaborative philanthropy and a renewed interest in place-based work. Both of these trends have accelerated through the pandemic, showing once more the power of place and the importance of collaboration.

How are place-based funders working together to advance community priorities? Join us to learn more from a funder’s perspective about why and how three leading philanthropic actors in Québec are supporting place-based approaches: Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, Centraide of Greater Montreal and Foundation of Greater Montreal.

These funders will also share insights from their collaboration on Montreal’s Collective Impact Project (CIP), an innovative and inspiring example of place-based philanthropy, drawing upon the tradition of comprehensive community change initiatives and influenced by the Collective Impact framework. By embracing a placed-based focus at the neighbourhood scale and a clear long-term goal of reducing poverty, the CIP empowers local neighbourhoods to generate changes that are designed by and for their own community.

Join Myriam Bérubé as she invites Patricia Rossi (Vice-president Partnerships of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation), Rotem Ayalon (Lead on the Collective Impact Project operated by Centraide of Greater Montreal) and Tasha Lackman (Vice-president of the Foundation of Greater Montreal) to share their diverse experiences in the practice of place-based philanthropy and how it can lead to deeper impact and greater learnings.




4. Place-based Social Innovation Through Living Labs

Date: December 9, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12 pm MT

Speakers: Hugo Steben, François Jasmin and Myriam Bérubé

Today, communities are facing an array of complex social and environmental challenges. The programs we have created to address these challenges have been unable to impact in a significant way. New solutions are required. The results that are urgently needed cannot and will not be found by simply making incremental changes to our current approaches. The breakthroughs that community changemakers seek require new approaches. Social innovation has become imperative to effectively address our society’s most significant issues.

Unfortunately, inventions are many, but innovations that are successfully adopted are few, and breakthrough innovations are disruptive in nature, sometimes leading to actions meant to solve old problems ending up generating new ones.

Thus, community innovation requires not only an appreciation of the issue one is hoping to address but also a deep understanding of the unique characteristics of the community. The place and the people within it, where the innovation will be implemented.

Within promising community innovation practices targeting successful adoptions within communities, Living Labs are generating more and more buzz and yet there is confusion about what they are; when to use them; and what they can help us achieve.

Join us to gain a clearer understanding of Livings Labs as Myriam Bérubé invites Hugo Steben (Maison de l’innovation sociale) and Jean-François Jasmin (Living Lab en innovation ouverte (LLio)) to share their experiences and insights from two Québec-based organizations with an approach that yields a huge potential for transformative change.

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