A dynamic array of some of North America's most renowned and respected authorities on community innovation and impact has now confirmed participation at the CCI 2013.
Adam Kahane is an author and leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which business, government and civil society leaders can work together to address their toughest, most complex challenges. He has worked this way in more than fifty countries, in every part of the world, with executives and politicians, generals and guerillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and United Nations officials, clergy and artists. In 1991 and 1992, Adam facilitated the Mont Fleur Scenario Project in which a diverse group of South African leaders worked together to contribute to their country's transition to democracy. An author of three books, including Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future, Adam is a partner in Reos Partners and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford's Said Business School.
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Ratna Omidvar is president of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs. She is founder of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project and ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies). Maytree is best known nationally and internationally, for the Cities of Migration project. Ratna serves as a director of CivicAction (formerly Toronto City Summit Alliance), is Chair of the Board of Directors of TRIEC, and a director of Connect Legal. In 2010, the Globe and Mail profiled Ratna as it’s Nation Builder of the Decade and in 2011 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
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Stephen Huddart is the President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Stephen worked with children’s singer Raffi as Executive Director of Troubadour Music Inc. and the non-profit Troubadour Institute. He also co-founded and operated the Alma Street Café, a community-oriented business that for many years was Vancouver's jazz café of record. Stephen, a graduate of McGill University, has held several executive positions with the BC SPCA, where he introduced innovations in humane education, animal-assisted therapy, and food labeling. He has volunteered with Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies, ArtsSmarts, and the Canada Council.
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Tom Kelly is on the cutting edge of advocacy evaluation. We know him as one of the key promoters of the Theory of Change Methodology, a process we consider to be one of the most significant for understanding to large scale collaboration. A graduate of Harvard University he is an evaluation trainer, coach, coordinator, facilitator, investor, and more often translator and broker between foundation program officers and evaluators. He is the Vice President-Knowledge, Evaluation & Learning at Hawaii Community Foundation and prior to that managed evaluation investments and capacity-building at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national philanthropy focused on achieving better outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and families.
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Tamarack has some of the most experienced and thoughtful teachers and writers of Community Innovation and Collaborative Leadership on staff. The role of the workshop faculty will be to provide some of the latest thinking on the topic and to lead the workshop participants in an energetic discussion. The workshops will be both highly participatory and informative. Specific handouts will be available in each workshop to help facilitate ongoing learning.
Paul Born - Paul Born is the President of Tamarack which he co-founded with Alan Broadbent of Maytree and the Avana Capital Corporation. Tamarack has more than 10,000 subscribers in its Learning Community. Vibrant Communities - an initiative established in collaboration with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Caledon Institute of Social Policy - is Tamarack's signature work.
Paul was the founder of The Community Opportunities Development Association (CODA) where he served as Executive Director for 12 years. CODA, one of Canada's most successful community economic development organizations, is where Paul also founded Opportunities 2000, a millennium campaign to reduce poverty in Waterloo Region to the lowest in Canada. This campaign received provincial, national and international awards. Paul's work has been recognized with awards from the United Nations, the Conference Board of Canada, Imagine Canada and the Governor General of Canada.
An author of three books including the best-selling Community Conversations, Paul is a motivational, inspiring and humorous speaker who loves the power of stories. He is also a consultant with extensive experience in helping organizations and communities to develop new and sustainable ideas that motivate people to collaborative action. His current area of study (a new book is in the works) is to understand the importance of a sense of community as the foundation for group or collective altruism.
Paul holds a Masters degree in Leadership, is a Mennonite inspired by Yoga and Buddhism, and a dad who loves to cook. Learn more about Paul on his page at the Tamarack's website www.paulborn.ca.
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Mark Cabaj - Mark is an Associate of Tamarack and Vibrant Communities and the President of the company Here to There.
Mark's current focus is on developing practical ways to assist groups understand, plan and evaluate policies, programs and initiatives that address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly focused on expanding the ideas and practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to evaluation which emphasizes learning and design thinking in emerging and sometimes fast-moving environments.
Mark brings experience from a variety of sectors. In the 1990s, he served as the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in Poland's Ministry of Privatization, was the Mission Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program's first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe, and worked with International Privatization Group-Price Waterhouse. In Canada, he was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region's Opportunities 2000 project – an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction – and served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). From 2002-2010, he was the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada and a Director at Tamarack. Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife Leann and their children Isaiah and Zoë.
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Liz Weaver - Liz Weaver is leading the Vibrant Communities Canada team and also provides coaching, leadership and support to Ontario communities developing comprehensive poverty reduction strategies. She helps collaborative initiatives develop their frameworks of change, supports and guides their projects and helps connect them to Vibrant Communities and other comprehensive community collaborations.
Prior to this position, 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. 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 and her thesis ‘Storytelling and the Voluntary Sector' was published. 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.
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Michael Jones is a Juno Award Nominee pianist and composer (12 albums) and leadership educator who will inspire our mind with his words and our souls with his music. He is the author of two books; the award winning Creating an Imaginative Life and Artful Leadership; Awakening the Commons of the Imagination. He is well known for his innovative work in bringing together authentic leadership with creative artistry to inspire personal transformation and collective learning. Michael has been a Senior Fellow with the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, the MIT Dialogue Project, and Associate Faculty with the Executive MBA programs at The University of Texas, San Antonio.
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