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Biography of Paul Born

Paul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism. He holds a Masters degree in Leadership is considered a global leader in helping organizations and communities to develop innovative ideas that motivate people to collaborative action.

Paul is the President and cofounder of the Tamarack Institute which since 2001 has provided leadership in Canada on issues of citizen engagement, collaborative leadership and community innovation. More than 12,000 subscribers engage in Tamarack’s learning communities. Tamarack also sponsors Vibrant Communities Canada, active in cities across the country and that has so far reduced the impact of poverty for more than 200,000 people.

Prior to Tamarack, Paul was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Opportunities Development Association one of Canada’s leading community economic development organizations that was recognized by the United Nations as one of the top 40 projects in the world. Paul was elected into the world’s largest network of social innovators, as a Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2013.

An Author of four books, Paul is a motivational speaker who loves the power of stories.

Learn more about Tamarack at www.tamarackcommunity.ca or about Paul at www.paulborn.ca.

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Paul and the organizations that he has led have received the following Awards:

  • ITAC Voluntary Sector Awards, Showcase Ontario
  • Community-Based Learning Opportunities Award , Conference Board of Canada
  • Imagine A New Spirit of Community Award, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now Imagine Canada)
  • 40 Urban Best Practices Worldwide, United Nations                     
  • Caring Community Award, Trillium Foundation for Waterloo Region
  • CED Organization of the Year Award (CODA), CEDNET
  • Governor General Canadian Study Tour, Co Chair
  • Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Governor General of Canada

Media Coverage

Paul has appeared in Maclean’s Magazine, CTV News, W-5, CBC – The Alive Show, the Toronto Star and The National. Watch video footage of Paul on his Media page here.

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