The Leveraging our Strengths Conference brought together over 190 participants from a cross-section of senior-level practitioners from various sectors, front-line staff and community members to explore the challenges and opportunities to multi-sector collaboration.

The Conference was held on June 13 and 14. Paul Born from Tamarack and Tim Brodhead from Social Innovation Genera were engaged for an introduction to the Collective Impact framework.

The opening plenary was held at Bronson Centre, followed by community conversations on June 14.

Michael Allen, the President and CEO of United Way Ottawa, welcomed the participants, organizers and sponsors of the conference.

City of Ottawa police Chief, Charles Bordeleau [pronunciation: Bordalo] opened the conference.

Tim Brodhead provided a global view of the economic uncertainties and shifting political grounds that have created many challenges for the community service agencies.

Tim’s keynote address highlighted the challenges and how the community sector could respond by moving beyond traditional, short-term coping strategies to making themselves and the communities they serve more resilient, adaptable, and creative.

Paul Born discussed John Kania’s groundbreaking work on multi-sector collaboration – a fabulously fresh paper from The Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Paul engaged the participants in:

  • Developing  an understanding of collective impact
  • Exploring the five pre-requisites for Collective Impact

Understanding the role of catalytic donors in facilitating systemic change

LOS Conference June 13 and 14, 2012


Key Note speaker, Tim Brodhead’s Power Point Slides

On Not letting a Crisi Go to waste: an innovation agenda for canada’s community sector.

Past President of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation and Philanthropic Foundations; and Executive Director of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), Tim Brodhead delivering keynote address at the Conference.

Part II

Paul Born

Paul directs Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, a ten year journey and partnership with Alan Broadbent of the Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree Foundation to advance place based solutions to entrenched problems like poverty. He introduced the concept and approach of Collective Impact at the opening plenary of the Conference. Paul’s Power Point Slides