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Webinar – Intersections & Innovations: Perspectives on the State of the Canadian Voluntary Sector

September 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Description: Canada has a deep and rich history of voluntary sector leadership and engagement. Intersections and Innovations captures the history and context of the charitable and voluntary sector and looks at the unique attributes of the structures, collaborations and people that are engaged in this work of enabling change. The publication highlights the history of the voluntary sector in Canada and through the perspectives of different authors, provides a compelling future path.

Dr. Susan Phillips, School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University, Join Bob Wyatt, Executive Director, The Muttart Foundation, in conversation with Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute. The trio will discuss the unique roots and history of Canada’s charitable sector and how this history shaped the current state of the sector. They will also discuss the dynamic and shifting challenges that organizations and the sector will face in a post-pandemic world.

Social innovation, impact investing, leadership, community wealth building, policy capacity and digital transformation are some of the many future-focused topics explored in Intersections and Innovations. The conversation will highlight the opportunities and challenges facing organizations, collaboratives and the sector as it continues to drive transformational change in Canada.




Dr. Susan Phillips

Susan Phillips is Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University and director of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) – Canada’s only graduate program in this field. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal on nonprofits, philanthropy and civil society. Susan’s research focuses on place-based philanthropy and public policy/regulation of charities and nonprofits. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (Routledge, 2016), and is currently co-editing a book on disaster philanthropy and leading a study team exploring the question: ‘what makes some charities more resilient than others?’ Her work in advancing research in nonprofit studies has been recognized by a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) and in public management from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA).

Bob Wyatt

Bob Wyatt joined The Muttart Foundation in 1989 after a career in journalism, public relations and government relations. Over the years, his primary foci have become capacity-building of Canada’s charitable sector and the regulation of charities. He has served on the boards of Imagine Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada and a variety of charities in Edmonton and Alberta. His service to the sector has been recognized by an honourary doctor of laws degree from Carleton University, as well as the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum. 


September 29, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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