It's more than just money. Collective impact is a longer-term focus on moving the needle on community change. How do you sustain the energy, outcomes, human and financial resources to get to impact?

This online training will explore different strategies that can be employed from the onset to move the collective effort forward and gain momentum as you go.

Training Materials: Download the training presentation, assessment tool, and worksheet at the links on the left of this page. (Logging into your CIF member account will be needed to download resources.)

How to watch: To participate in this training, please register ahead of the training time of 2pm ET on November 13, 2017. A recording will be shared with registrants 24-48 hours following the event. Register now.

For those undable to register ahead, the video of this training will be made broadly available in early 2018 on the Collective Impact Forum.


  • Liz Weaver, Vice President and Director of Operations, Tamarack Institute
  • Cathy Wright, former Executive Director, Living SJ


Liz Weaver

Liz is Tamarack’s Vice President and Director of Operations. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. She is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change, and social media for impact and engagement.

Prior to this role, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables to develop their frameworks of change, supported and guided their projects, and helped connect them to Vibrant Communities and other comprehensive community collaborations.

Liz was the director for the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, which was recognized with the Canadian Urban Institute's David Crombie Leadership Award in 2009 and was a collective impact initiative. In her career, Liz has held leadership positions with YWCA Hamilton, Volunteer Hamilton, and Volunteer Canada. In 2002, Liz completed a Masters of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders through McGill University. Liz was awarded a Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her leadership in the voluntary sector, was an Athena Award finalist, and in 2004 was awarded the Women in in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.

Cathy Wright

For the past thirteen years, Cathy Wright has been a key catalyst in the poverty reduction efforts in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Prior to moving into semi-retirement, she served as executive director of Living SJ, a dynamic network of leaders from business, government, non-profits and low income neighbourhoods, focused on ending generational poverty.  She supported the development and implementation of this growing network as it applied a collective impact approach to four game changing priorities - education, health, employment and neighbourhoods -  impacting the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.

As both a professional and a volunteer, Cathy has contributed to changing social issues at the local, provincial and national levels.  Her work, primarily in the non-profit sector in poverty reduction, social planning, and adult literacy, is guided by the necessity of building the collaborative efforts of partners working and learning together.

Cathy is a recipient of the 2017 Vibrant Communities Canada Legacy Award, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canada Volunteer Award and a CIDA (learning re International Development) Award.  She has a Master’s in Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa.

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