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CCI 2010: Thought-Leaders

A dynamic array of some of North America's most renowned and respected authorities on collaboration have now confirmed their participation at CCI 2010.

Thomas Homer-DixonThomas Homer-Dixon - Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. He is author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, The Ingenuity Gap and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence. Learn more about Thomas on his website here.

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John OttJohn Ott - John Ott is co-author of the brilliant new book The Power of Collective Wisdom. John, a graduate of Stanford Law School, lives in California. He began group work as a community organizer, helping residents discern their collective voice and claim their power. For the last 15 years he has designed and led large-scale community and organizational change efforts and is a founding member of the Fetzer Institute’s Collective Wisdom Initiative. Learn more about John here.

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Brenda ZimmermanBrenda Zimmerman - Brenda Zimmerman is co-author of the best-selling book Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed, which explores real-life examples of social change through a systems and relationship lens and applies the insights of complexity theory to lay out a brand new way of thinking about making change in communities, in business, and in the world. Dr Brenda Zimmerman is the Associate Professor of Policy and Director, of the Health Industry Management Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Learn more about Brenda here.

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Anne KubischAnne Kubisch - Anne Kubisch is the founder and Director of the Roundtable on Community Change at the world renowned Aspen Institute. She is the author of two books about the work of the community roundtables and is a community policy specialist who has spent many years with the Ford Foundation at their Latin American/Caribbean, Nigerian and New York offices. At Tamarack, Anne is considered the founding thought-leader in Comprehensive Collaborative Community Initiatives. Learn more about Anne on the Aspen Institute website here.

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Mark ChamberlainMark Chamberlain - Mark Chamberlain is the CEO of Trivaris, a firm that invests in early stage technology companies. He is an entrepreneur and collaborator who received the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award in 2007 for his work as Chair of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. Mark is currently a member of the Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Learn more about Mark on the Trivaris website here.

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CCI 2010: Facilitators

Tamarack has some of the most experienced and thoughtful teachers and writers of Comprehensive Collaborative Community Initiatives 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 high participatory and informative. Specific handouts will be available in each workshop to help facilitate ongoing learning.

Paul BornPaul 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 it's 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. Vibrant Communities is now active in 12 cities and has so far reduced the impact of poverty for more than 146,000 people in Canada since 2002.

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 Cabaj - Mark Cabaj is a Principal of Tamarack and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada - a network of communities and national organizations that use collaborative, comprehensive approaches to substantially reduce poverty within Canada.

Mark’s current focus is on developing ideas and techniques for understanding, planning and evaluating policies, programs and initiatives that address complex issues, such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly involved in expanding the ideas and practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to evaluation which places a heavy emphasis on learning and design in emerging and sometimes fast-moving environments.

In the 1990s, Mark served as the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in Poland’s Ministry of Privatization and was the Mission Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe. He was also the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project – an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multisectoral approach to poverty reduction. He has provided planning and evaluation support for community economic development and regional development organizations, and served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet).

Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife Leann and their children Isaiah and Zoë.

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Liz WeaverLiz Weaver - Liz Weaver is lead coach to the Vibrant Communities Canada team and also provides coaching, leadership and support to Ontario communities. As lead coach, she helps 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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Garry LoewenGarry Loewen - Garry Loewen helped found, and has been an active leader of, Vibrant Communities since 2002. Currently, he is involved in the management and work planning of this national initiative, in addition to serving as coach to the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council in Manitoba. As a coach, he helps the initiative develop its framework of change, supports and guides its projects and helps connect WPRC to Vibrant Communities and other comprehensive community collaborations.

Early in his working life, Garry held senior management positions with Air Canada. He then served as a parish minister for five years. He has founded or led several Winnipeg-based organizations, including the North End Community Renewal Corporation, SEED Winnipeg Inc, Opportunities for Employment Inc. From 1999 to 2000, Garry was Executive Director of The Canadian Community Economic Development Network. He was also Community Economic Development Director for the Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba from 1991 to 2000. Garry is currently self-employed as a community economic development consultant and is Board Chair of Assiniboine Credit Union in Winnipeg.

Garry lives in Winnipeg with his wife Teri, surrounded by his children, grandchildren and extended family.

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Access the Communities Collaborating Institute 2010 brochure here

: Caledon Institute of Social Policy

The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Maytree Maytree

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Human Resources Development Canada

Hamilton Community Foundation


Vibrant Communities

Vibrant Communities Canada Tamarack Hamilton Community Foundation The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation The Ontario Trillium Foundation Access the Communities Collaborating Institute 2010 brochure here Human Resources Development Canada
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