Leveraging Our Strengths

Ottawa, Ontario

2017-09-14 08:00:00

Building Capacity of the Non-pofit Sector

A day full of learning, inspiration, and action

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Coming together to share experience and knowledge and meet leaders and professionals from a cross sector audience to build a common agenda for the future of doing good in our community.

The LOS partners welcome you to the 6th annual Community Conference. The one day conference is an excellent and affordable opportunity to draw upon and share in the strengths, best practices and capacity of Ottawa’s non-profit sector. Participate in workshops that develop skills and knowledge, highlight innovative models of practice, identify emerging issues and raise awareness of available resources for local community agencies and partners – suitable for frontline-staff, managers, volunteers, executive directors and board members.

The objectives are:

  • Learning new skills and building understanding and awareness of social social enterprise, business mapping, effective use of social media, economic development through social enterprise, leadership strategies, volunteer management, building a culture of philonthropy, developing community, using fundraising analytics, and the evolution of social enterprise.
  • Exploring creative ways to diversify and increase funding for your mission
  • Building a social enterprise as a means of generating income
  • Ensuring diversity on boards and
  • Building other necessary skills for doing good in our community.

Why Attend?

Join us, Thursday Sept 14, for a day full of learning, inspiration, and action as we bring together over 150 local leaders and professionals from a cross sector audience to learn from our successes for the future of doing good in our community. This year’s agenda will include a range of workshops on various themes related to organization capacity building and identifying opportunities and shared goals through interactive workshops including:
  • Strategic building mapping
  • a range of workshps on learning about and undertaking social enterprise
  • how to succeed in local and traditional media
  • Community Economic Development
  • Fundraising strategies
  • Building partnerships for strong communities

What's in it for you:

This conference is your "how-to" guide to social finance and social enterprise:
  • Not for Profit/Charitable Organizations: Gain a better understanding of new tools to leverage for sustainability of your organization, including leadership strategies, social finance, new business model ideation, and change management.
  • For Profit: Be part of the movement for impact and gain an understanding of integrating social impact measures into your organizational decision making processes.
  • Public Service: Learn how the public sector can contribute to supporting non-profits in innovation through social enterprise, building strong organizations, policy and more.

Who Should Attend?

To be successful in reaching our objective, a diverse network of attendees is needed including representation from
  • Non-for-profits, charities
  • Foundations
  • Public Sector
  • Social Ventures, Co-ops,
  • For-Profit & Nonprofit Entrepreneurs
  • Market Builders, Financial Institutions & Corporations

About LOS Community Conference

Leveraging Our Strengths is led by a group of partners including the City of Ottawa, United Way, Community Foundation of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Volunteer Ottawa, and Trinity Development Foundation. In 2016, the LOS has partnered with Impact Hub Ottawa to start focusing on the new theme and gather ideas for a longer term engagement for learning and awareness about social fiance, social enterprise and social innovation in Ottawa.

Leveraging Our Strengths has for the past four years been raising the understanding and offering skill development opportunities in the not for profit and charitable sector in Ottawa.

Now in its 5th year, Leveraging our Strengths, is taking the conversation forward from the theme of Collective Impact to putting the wheels in motion for cross sector action and leveraging tools for the growing social enterprise and wider social innovation sector.

The 2016 theme is the result of growing realization that, along with philanthropy and government aid, private enterprise can contribute to solving social and environmental problems.

At the same time, a growing number of investors are expressing a desire to take a different approach to community investment. Together, we'll create a common understanding about the social finance and social enterprise needs and opportunities in Ottawa through a series of practically focused presentations and interactive sessions.


The Conference fee is $90 per registration includes parking and lunch.

Limited financial assistance available. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact to inquire into receiving a subsidy for eligible participants.

Agenda & Sessions

Thursday Sptember 14, 2016
08:00 —8:30 am


Morning Group Session
08:30 — 9:00 am

Welcome and Keynote

09:15 — 10:30 am

First Round of Concurrent Workshops

Coffee Break - 10:30 - 10:45 am
10:45 — 12:00 am

Second Session of Cuncurrent Workshops

12:00 - 1:00 pm


01:00 - 2:15 pm

Afternooon Workshops session 1

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Coffee Break

Concurrent Workshops: 2:30 - 03:45
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Contact us



Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Pkwy,
Ottawa, Ontario

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