Leveraging Our Strengths Conference

An annual community conference organized by Impact Hub Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation, United Way Ottawa and Volunteer Ottawa.

2019: Impact Investing

with Bill Young from Social Capital Partners

Leveraging Our Strengths Conference

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Taking place at Saint Paul University

223 Main St, Ottawa, ON

From 8:15 AM – 3:15 PM

The LOS partners welcome you to the 8th annual conference. Our keynote sessions will provide you with essential information on impact investing while the breakout sessions will explore hands-on content. Impact investing is a powerful tool that actively seeks to create positive and sustainable social, economic, or environmental impact in addition to financial gain. This type of investment provides capital to tackle issues such as renewable energy or accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education. Bill Young, the founder and president of Social Capital Partners in Toronto, will be giving our keynote address on impact investing. Kate Ruff, co-director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) at Carleton University, will share how organizations measure and report their impacts on society, which will be followed by a Q & A. Come join us and meet leaders from a cross sector audience to build a common agenda for the future of doing good in our community!

About Us

History of LOS

From 2001, United Way organized the Sharing of Our Strengths (SOS) conference for nine years with the broader objective to building capacity of the community organizations and partners. The conferences were held to provide an effective and affordable opportunity for staff and volunteers of community-based and not-for-profit organizations to enhance their skills, exchange information and share good practices that draw upon and celebrate our collective strength as a community. The conference was paused in 2010 to engage more partners in organizing the event and to make it more effective for the participating community service agencies. The City of Ottawa, Community Foundation of Ottawa, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Volunteer Ottawa were brought on board to review the past events. In 2012, the conference was re-branded and called Leveraging Our Strengths Conference. The focus was to promote the concept of Collective Impact as we believe that many of our community’s most pressing and complex social problems can be resolved when nonprofits, foundations, governments, and businesses coordinate their efforts to focus on a common agenda. The 2013 Leveraging Our Strengths Conference was directed at community development leaders. It was intended to assist all stakeholders to partner more effectively and better demonstrate impact. In 2014, Mark Friedman from Fiscal Policy Institute was invited to provide a one day session to introduce the concept of Results Based Accountability and how it can support Collective Impact initiatives. In 2015, the LOS Conference looked at the experience over the past four years to identify critical learnings about what makes a Collective Impact approach work, particularly from a Canadian perspective, and to suggest some of the challenges to success. Leading figures such as Andrea Cohen, CEO OTF, Hilary Pearson, president and CEO Philanthropic foundation of Canada, and Dan Clement, VP United Way Canada were invited to share their views with the participants. In 2016, the conference was organized around the theme of social enterprise and in 2017 the conference was re-structured to offer a variety of workshops and presentations related to capacity building of non-profit sector for a deeper impact.

Speakers

Bill Young

Bill Young

President at Social Capital Partners - KEYNOTE
Kate Ruff

Kate Ruff

Co-Director at Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci)
Derek Ballantyne

Derek Ballantyne

Managing Partner at New Market Funds
June 14, 2018

Conference Schedule

Bruce MacDonald

President & CEO Imagine Canada

Fostering Inclusion and Leveraging the Strengths of Diversity

Learning from each other: A discussion of our collective stories, practice, and tools that enable transformative systems change

Building Bridges with Purpose

Telling Your Story Using Community Data

Creating Corporate Culture

Healthy Tensions in Social Enterprise: Youth Active Media

Blockchain – What Can It Do For You

Digital Marketing for Non-Profits on a Shoestring Budget

Paul Whitney & Liz Connell

African Bronze Honey Company

Building a Great Board of Directors

Could this be the answer to your organization’s success? Advancing Social Enterprise Development in our City One Example at a Time

Partnerships, a key ingredient for developing community

Using the ONS as a Tool for Community Needs Assessments

Volunteer Management 101

From Pilot to Procurement: Enabling Social Enterprise Growth in Ottawa

An Experiment in a Collective Impact approach: the Ottawa Street Violence and Gang Strategy

Storytelling for the win! Tips and tricks to share stories for the public and media in easy ways…

Ticket Pricing

Early Bird, Group and Regular

Early Bird
$ 68 /day
  • CLOSED
  • 20% off Regular Price
  • Keynote Address
  • Presentation
  • Choose your workshops
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Networking Opportunity
Group
$ 68 /day
  • May 7 - June 13
  • 20% off Regular Price
  • Keynote Address
  • Presentation
  • Choose your workshops
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Networking Opportunity
Regular
$ 85 /day
  • May 7 - June 13
  • Keynote Address
  • Presentation
  • Choose your workshops
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Networking Opportunity

Subsidies available upon request – please contact Leveraging our Strengths secretariat for more information on subsidies.

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LOS 2019 will be held on Thursday, May 30th at Saint Paul University

Workshops and activities to be updated early spring 2019!

Saint Paul University

Workshops

Contact Us

sfelsing@unitedwayottawa.ca
613-228-5782