Connections Conference Program
The Connections Conference 2019 will include a balance of plenary and breakout sessions, ample networking time, and a resource marketplace. This year’s theme - adaptive - will support nonprofit sector resiliency and responsiveness to change. Expert speakers and thought leaders will challenge our perceptions, provide us with new skills, and build a shared understanding of how in the nonprofit sector can become adaptive in the face of unpredictable times and challenges in securing resources.
Connections Conference 2019 Program Overview
Speaker: Juan Carlos Eichholz
Our changing world requires organizations to develop an ability to adapt to change, and to do so rapidly, intelligently, and effectively. In conversation with David Mitchell, Adaptive Capacity author and expert, Juan Carlos Eichholz will share a set of practical tools and ideas that leaders can begin using immediately to understand and develop the adaptive capacity of their organization.
How can nonprofit organizations and the sector as a whole best adapt advocacy efforts in the lead-up to elections, during election campaigns, and following elections? ONN’s Cathy Taylor will share lessons learned from the recent Ontario provincial election, and Bruce MacDonald will share Imagine Canada’s approach to the upcoming federal election.
Moderator: Allan Northcott
Despite the central role of public policy in social change, nonprofit professionals often struggle with their role in policy work. Allan Northcott of the Max Bell Foundation will lead a discussion on policy making in Alberta and how it's changing in a dynamic, polarized environment. Additional speakers to be confirmed.
Speaker: Elizabeth Dozois
This session, led by Elizabeth Dozois, will reveal new ways to learn, think, care, and act in systemic-adaptive ways. You will develop a new awareness and understanding of how our natural tendencies impact our ability to learn, and the basics of adaptive learning.
Building your leadership toolkit in increasingly complex and changing environments requires considering new paths and skills needed by today’s leaders. Leadership expert, Jim Dewald will facilitate a discussion with Adam Legge and others to provide you with insights on developing the culture you want with the people you need to achieve your mission. Additional speakers to be confirmed.
Speaker: Yvonne Chenier
With the legal compliance required of charities, it can be extremely difficult for employees and volunteers to understand and focus on governance issues that are most important for charities. In this session, philanthropy consultant and lawyer Yvonne Chenier, will make sense of the compliance obligations for Canadian charities in plain language.
Complete program to be released early 2019.