Leveraging Our Strengths

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

27

Professional Speakers

140

Available Seats

16

Learning Sessions
Leveraging Our Strengths Conference

June 14, 2018

Taking place at Saint Paul University

From 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM

Coming together to share experience, 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 7th 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.

About Us

LOS Partnership

History of the Conference

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.

Our Presenters And

the Keynote

Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

CEO Imagine Canada - KEYNOTE
Paul Whitney & Liz Connell

Paul Whitney & Liz Connell

African Bronze Honey Company
Ian Bingeman

Ian Bingeman

Youth Ottawa
Maria Lahiffe

Maria Lahiffe

Volunteer Ottawa
Hayley Robateau

Hayley Robateau

United Way Ottawa
Alex Hosselet

Alex Hosselet

United Way Ottawa
Carol Boeira

Carol Boeira

United Way Ottawa
Heather Hunter

Heather Hunter

Social Planning Council of Ottawa
Elizabeth Kristjansson

Elizabeth Kristjansson

Ottawa Neighbourhood Study
David Hole

David Hole

Ottawa Neighbourhood Study
Kaitlyn Carr

Kaitlyn Carr

Ottawa Neighbourhood Study
Eric Collard

Eric Collard

Ottawa Media Group
Anita James

Anita James

Ottawa Community Foundation
Hire Immigrants Ottawa

Hire Immigrants Ottawa

Hire Immigrants Ottawa
Sam Laprade

Sam Laprade

Gryphon Fundraising
Deirdre Speers

Deirdre Speers

Executive Suite Partners
Richard Plummer

Richard Plummer

Executive Suite Partners
John Rapp

John Rapp

Dovercourt Recreation Association
Alice Kubicek

Alice Kubicek

Daybreak Not-For-Profit Housing
Nancy Worsfold

Nancy Worsfold

Crime Prevention Ottawa
Saralyn Hodgkin

Saralyn Hodgkin

Centre for Social Innovation
Doug Pawson

Doug Pawson

Causeway
Michael Ditor

Michael Ditor

Canadian Council on Social Development

Natalie Bernardin

Natalie Bernardin

Association des professionels de la chanson et de la mustique
Christopher Doré

Christopher Doré

Algonquin College
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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Upcoming Events

LOS 2018 is on June 14 at Saint Paul University from 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM

Take a look at our workshops and don’t forget to register!

Saint Paul University

Workshops

Contact Us

sfelsing@unitedwayottawa.ca
613-228-5782