Collaborative Leadership & Governance


February 23, 2023 | Virtual Workshop

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Governing collaborative efforts is challenging.

This workshop will dive into the both the governance and leadership components required to support the collaborative process.

At Tamarack, Collaborative Leadership is considered a critical element of the 5 practices of community change. Collaborative Governance and Leadership weaves together the process and people aspects of effective collaboration. Practitioners will learn that it is a fine balance, requiring a deep investment in building connections and engagement while also ensuring that the practice, structure, and decision-making approach defined and effectively implemented.

Join Liz Weaver for a new virtual workshop designed to provide you an opportunity to explore the key theories related to collaborative governance, tools, and approaches. This workshop will also focus on the impact and engagement of leaders in the process of co-design and working collectively toward a shared and common goal. Participants in this interactive learning session will deepen their understanding about what is required to create the conditions for collaborative efforts to achieve their full potential. Participants will also have access to tools and resources which can be used to support and sustain collaborative efforts from idea to impact.

Learners will walk away with ideas, tools, and approaches that they can use to enhance the effectiveness of existing and new collaborative efforts. From navigating the collaborative spectrum to understanding different forms and expressions of collaborative leadership, this workshop will weave together different concepts. Come prepared to share your experience and insights as we learn together.

Tamarack values small group interactive and workshop environments. We are intentionally limiting each virtual workshop to 70 participants to ensure that you can maximize your learning and connection. In 2022 this workshop regularly sold out, so we encourage you to register early to confirm your place.




Workshop Pre Learning


Virtual Workshop Session

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning 

Prior to Attending Workshop

  • A 1-hour individual pre-learning exercise designed to help you reflect on the topics which will be addressed during the Collaborative Governance and Leadership workshop.
  • You will be asked to complete the Wilder – Collaboration Factors Inventory and reflect on the strengths and challenges currently facing your collaborative effort.

3.5-Hour Virtual Workshop

February 23, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm ET

  • A 3.5-hour virtual workshop that introduces you to the core ideas, principles and tools used in the practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership
  • Explore how the core ideas and tools can be applied to achieve improved outcomes.


Coaching Session

1-Hour Coaching Session with Fellow-Learners

One Month Post-Workshop

  • Deepen your understanding of the workshop content
  • Receive personalized support to translate your knowledge into action

What Will You Learn?

Collaborative Governance and Leadership weaves together the two aspects critical to impactful collaboration. Many of us understand the importance of and the hierarchical nature of organizational governance. Collaborative governance is different. It is an approach where partners work collectively on a commonly held objective. Governance and decision-making are often shared. As leaders, we are asked to commit ourselves and our organizations to achieving shared outcomes.

But collaborative leadership and governance is often fraught with questions and challenges. Who to involve? How to get agreement and ownership of the shared goal? How to keep momentum and engagement? What to do when the process goes off the rails? How to define shared outcomes and success measures?

Determining the answers to these questions are critical to ensuring effective collaborative efforts achieving their goals.

The practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership focuses on building our capacity to understand people and forge new and purposeful relationships. It also asks that we engage in a new approach to governance, one that is co-designed, shared and builds toward co-ownership.

The workshop curriculum blends theory, practice and stories with useful tools and resources to provide participants with a solid understanding of the practice of Collaborative Governance and Leadership. As well, during the workshop small group conversations will enable participants to share their personal experiences, challenges, and successes. Peer learning is a critical component of Tamarack workshops.


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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, Three 3.5 hour virtual workshops, 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 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.

Please contact Duncan if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Meet Your Workshop Facilitator

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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.

Liz has also worked at the community level as 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.

Learn more about Liz

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Collaborative Leadership & Governance Series


Collaboration is at the core of Tamarack’s approach to community change. From our inception as an organization, our community-based partners were encouraged to build their change efforts to include multi-sector partners, collaborating across traditional and non-traditional leaders in the community. 

To help equip you in your own leadership journey, Co-CEO Liz Weaver is launching the Collaborative Leadership & Governance series. This collection of articles and papers will help inform both the process and people aspects of effective collaboration, and provide you with a wide range of practical ideas and resources for pushing your own work forward. We'll be releasing over 20 short papers over the next six to eight months as part of our effort to equip changemakers to make their collaborative work more inclusive.

Learn more and sign-up for early access to new Collaborative Leadership & Governance Resources