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A Community Engagement Thought-Leader Series (Vancouver)

Tamarack is excited to present a special one-day workshop with Max Hardy, a leading Australian Community Engagement consultant, along with Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute to learn core principles and innovative practices to better engage your community.

If you are seeking new, high-impact ways for organizations and communities to work together to create social change, this is a learning opportunity you won’t want to miss.  Drawing on case studies from Australia and Canada, as well as techniques and activities that demonstrate alternative ways to meaningfully engage communities/citizens throughout the lifespan of your project, workshop participants will leave with the confidence to design and lead efforts to generate effective solutions to address our most challenging community issues.

Register for A Community Engagement Thought-Leader Series

What Will I Learn?

Through a mix of engaging presentations, peer learning opportunities, and interactive exercises, you will learn to:

  • Establish a Common Agenda Differently – Utilizing diverse participation in the process of framing what needs to shift
  • Apply the Lens of Appreciative Inquiry – Using paired interviews, identifying the positive core of community, and framing provocative propositions about ‘desired futures’
  • Design and Facilitate Citizens Juries – Deliberative engagement can change the game. You will learn the principles and design elements of successful citizen jury processes and have an opportunity to experience the power of deliberative democracy during a compelling role play
  • Cultivate Citizen Leadership – Learn tools and approaches that create opportunities for citizens to undertake research, make sense of what emerges from that research, and offer their leadership to solutions that their research has generated

This Workshop is for:

  • Municipal Leaders – Municipal staff and elected officials who are seeking more meaningful engagement of residents and those most impacted by issues in the generation of new solutions
  • Citizen Leaders – Leaders of neighbourhood associations and those championing neighbourhood strategies
  • Social Innovators & Community Changemakers – Practitioners who want to more fully embed authentic engagement practices into their approach to addressing tough and/or emerging issues.
  • Leaders of NGOs & Community Organizations – Staff who are involved in cross-sector collaborations focused on innovation & systems change
  • Collective Impact Backbone Leaders – Anyone in a leadership role in the design and implementation of a Collective Impact initiative
  • Policy-makers, Researchers & Funders – Those who want to strengthen citizen engagement in their own work and are wanting to invest in efforts to strengthen the civic capacity of individuals and communities.

30 Years in 60 Minutes: The Story of Quebec’s Social Economy

Over the past 30 years, the social economy movement has emerged to become a major force in the socio-economic development of Quebec, at a local, regional and national level...

Nancy Neamtan newspaper articles

Over these decades, the Chantier de l’économie sociale and its partners have built strong alliances with social movements and governments and have created an ecosystem of support that has attracted interest at a pan-Canadian and international level.

What were the key steps in this process and what are the lessons learned that are still pertinent today? Nancy Neamtan, ex-CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, has completed a synthesis of the history of the Quebec social economy movement, based on her personal experience that began in the mid-80’s in the Southwest of Montreal and continues today through her on-going involvement in the social economy movement in Quebec and internationally. 

PRESENTER

Nancy NeamtanNancy Neamtan, strategic advisor for the Chantier and for TIESS

Former CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale (1996-2015), Nancy Neamtan is presently a strategic advisor for the Chantier and for TIESS (Territoires innovantes en économie sociale et solidaire), a Quebec-wide centre for liaison and knowledge transfer in social innovation and the social and solidarity economy. Mme Neamtan is active in the field of social finance in collaboration with the Chantier de l’économie Trust, a social finance institution whose mission is to make capital accessible to social economy enterprises’. Before her involvement in the founding and direction of the Chantier, Ms Neamtan worked in the field of community economic development in the southwest of Montreal.

Ms Neamtan has over thirty years experience in the field of the social economy, social finance and community economic development. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her experience in the field and is the recipient of two honorary doctorates as well as the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec.

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Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation

rural ced webinar3:00pm to 4:00pm Central Time

Access to quality services and community infrastructure are vital parts of supporting sustainable and resilient rural and small town places. A recent edited book has examined the challenges associated with renewing outdated infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services in small communities. By drawing upon contributors from Canada and New Zealand, the webinar explores innovative service and infrastructure delivery models for contemporary rural and small town places. 

Register for Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation

After a brief introduction by Sean Markey, Sean Connelly will discuss how rural health trusts in New Zealand have been formed in more resilient communities to provide the capacity for communities to take over the operations of health care facilities. However, this is not the case in communities where social capital and resourcing levels are weaker, leaving them at a structural disadvantage. Neil Hanlon will then explore upstream partnerships for primary health care reform in northern British Columbia. These partnerships with community leaders have been developed to achieve support for wellness promotion campaigns and community-based primary health care reform. Laura Ryser will then explore co-location projects to address aging infrastructure for non-profits, local government, schools, and other services in rural BC. Without well developed structures to provide support, advice, resources, and guidance, the development and operations of shared facilities encounter many challenges. Lastly, Greg Halseth will provide some reflections on the strategic policies, planning, and investments needed to support alternative service and infrastructure models.

Check out the book Service Provision and Rural Sustainability

Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference & AGM

ESAC The University of British Columbia

Each year ESAC hosts its Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Congress rotates to a different Canadian university host in a different part of the country each year. The Annual Conference is open to ESAC members and offers an opportunity for participants to share (both in a formal and informal setting) research, ideas and discussions in the field of environmental studies.

Register for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference & AGM

ESAC’s Annual Conference provides an opportunity for Canada’s leading and emerging environmental scholars to gather, network and share their research with one another. It differs from more ‘traditional’ academic conferences in its more interdisciplinary focus, its small, friendly and collegial setting. There are opportunities for standard research presentations, as well as openings for pre-organized panel sessions and special roundtable discussions.

Climate Change and Canadians: New Public Opinion Research by EcoAnalytics

EcoAnalytics’ 2017 Climate of Change Survey1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern Time

Cost: $35

*An audio recording of the webinar will be made available to all those who register. The audio recording will only be available for listening within (60) days after the webinar.

Register for Climate Change and Canadians: New Public Opinion Research by EcoAnalytics

Murderous wildfires, a 10-alarm UN IPCC report and the advent of an election year, when the result could hinge on perceptions of a newly introduced federal carbon tax, have put climate change high in the minds of Canadians, again. Yet, how can environmental organizations, governments and others keep the issue front and centre? What are the most powerful frames for talking about the transition to renewable energy, region by region? And despite polarizing debate, how can skeptical, yet receptive, Canadians be persuaded to support carbon pricing? Hear answers to these questions, and others, in this 60-minute webinar on the results of EcoAnalytics Climate of Change Survey (Oct.2018), presented by Dr. Erick Lachapelle, Université de Montréal.

History & Hope: Celebrating 20 Years of CCEDNet

1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

2019 marks CCEDNet’s 20th anniversary, but the movement for fair and inclusive economies stretches back much further...Stewart Perry: Pioneer of CED in the US and Canada

Stewart Perry is one of the pioneers of community economic development, and also CCEDNet’s first honorary lifetime member. Stewart was part of the US Office of Economic Opportunity and helped create the first federal CED support program nearly 50 years ago.

This celebratory kickoff of CCEDNet’s 20th anniversary year begins with a look back at the origins of CED, its emergence and growth, current challenges and opportunities, and a toast to the many people who have contributed to the movement we know today.   

PRESENTER

Stewart PerryStewart Perry, CED Practitioner & CCEDNet honorary lifetime member

Dr. Stewart Perry is long active in community economic development (CED) in the U.S. and Canada as both a policy adviser and a designer and manager of CED institutions. As head of the (U.S.) Center for Community Economic Development, he helped create the first finance institution for CED, the Massachusetts Community Development Finance Authority. He helped start Canada's first community development corporation, New Dawn Enterprises, and in the years 1988-1993 headed the Community Economic Development Center in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A consultant, researcher, and author, Stewart currently specializes in community and development finance. Read his resume.

HOST

Victoria MorrisVictoria Morris, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA)

Victoria joined SCA in 2006, managing the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program and co-operative education programming for several years. In 2008, she was appointed SCA's Executive Director. With 20 years of experience in community economic development (CED) and co-operatives, she has worked in northern, rural, and urban communities in many parts of Canada. Prior to joining SCA, she held several positions with CBC focusing on communications, managed a small non-profit in BC, and coordinated a two-year, Saskatchewan-wide multicultural youth project that reached 2,000 young people in 20 communities. Victoria served on CCEDNet's board for 12 years, and was a founding member of the Emerging Leaders Committee.  

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