Telelearning Opportunity

Telelearning opportunity

Collective Impact & Community Change – Windsor, ON
Speaker: Liz Weaver
Date: May 22, 2014
Location: Windsor, ON

Advance your community’s agenda with tools and techniques that move beyond impact.

Join internationally recognized trainer and community builder, Liz Weaver, for a workshop that dives into the collective impact approach and how it can enhance the impact of community change efforts.

  • Learn how collaborative tables can organize for change.
  • Explore how the application of the three preconditions of collective impact and the five conditions for community change can enhance your local efforts.
  • Advance your community’s agenda with tools and techniques that move toward impact.
  • Embrace the power of citizen engagement and collective impact.

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Rigour in Methods and Evaluation of Community Engagement

Early in the CFICE project PhD candidate Chris Yordy took on the task of exploring evaluation of engagement options.
Topics include:

  • Rigour and the Multiple levels of quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Rigour in methods and post-positivist paradigm shifting, and evaluation and
  • Rigour in defining theory of change

Please view the full article here

Call for Papers: University Engineering Programs That Impact Communities: Critical Analyses and Reflections

The editors of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (IJSLE) are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a Special Edition of the Journal entitled:

University Engineering Programs That Impact Communities:  Critical Analyses and Reflections

Purpose and Scope

The editors seek to promote the scholarship of engagement through the special issue.  The goal is to provide readers a ‘snapshot’ of the structure, practices, and methods employed by the various existing programs around the country, including:

a)   A description of the model employed by each university (curricular and/or extracurricular)

b)   Lessons learned:  hurdles, pitfalls

c)   Best practices

d)   Description of programmatic assessment efforts and the status of such.

Assessment data, research findings, critical analyses or reflections on current programs and/or future directions are encouraged as part of papers.  A more detailed list of suggestions for possible manuscript outlines and content can be found by logging on to

The target audiences for the issue are faculty, administrators, and others at universities who:

a)   are interested in developing a program in service learning in engineering, learning through service, humanitarian engineering, community-based engineering, tech-based entrepreneurship, etc., or  those that

b)   seek to adapt/improve their current model of community engagement in engineering.

Manuscript submittal deadline is September 15th, 2014 – with publication planned for December, 2014.

New CES Hub Research Assistants

Introducing Two CES Hub Research Assistants for Year 2.

Magda Goemans                                      Michael Lait

Magda GoemansMichael Lait
The Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Hub of the CFICE project aims to promote local actions that reduce carbon and ecological footprints, mitigate climate change, and lead to greater community resilience. For CES Academic Co-lead, Patricia Ballamingie, several skilled research assistants have helped her engage with community and not-for-profit groups on their sustainability projects and initiatives. “I help to connect the talents and expertise of my graduate students to groups within civil society seeking to advance sustainable community development,” says Ballamingie. What any given research assistant actually does is quite varied, and Magda Goemans and Michael Lait are two CES Hub research assistants that illustrate this point well. Both Magda and Michael have been involved in organizing projects related to environmental sustainability, but in different capacities.

Magda recently assisted a local neighbourhood organization, Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE), in the planning and facilitation of its Deep Green Experts Forum. This event brought a wide variety of experts together to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with developing a prime area of urban greenspace in Old Ottawa East. SLOE is attempting to persuade developers to adopt more sustainable options for the site, including alternatives such as shoreline restoration, local connectivity, renewable energy, and affordable and seniors housing.

For Magda, organizing the forum has been a very intense but fulfilling experience. “I realized, when telling people about what I’ve been doing to prepare for the forum, how proud I am to be a part of this effort,” Magda says. “A great deal of energy has gone into making this event happen, but I think it can provide real inspiration to other neighbourhoods that are facing similar development issues.” Magda hopes to continue working with SLOE members into the summer months and beyond, as this RA work complements nicely with her doctoral research on community sustainability within Carleton’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (Magda’s research focuses more specifically on sustainability as it relates to climate change adaptation). As she explains: “I’ve worked with great community-based efforts as part of my professional background before returning to school, but in this case it’s been a particular thrill for me to observe the work of such a motivated and effective group.”

Michael’s role in the CES Hub is twofold. First, he is helping in the organization of the Ottawa Eco-Talent Network (OETN). The OETN is a start-up volunteer organization that provides pro-bono research and consulting services to community and not-for-profit groups on their sustainability projects and issues. Working as a CFICE RA for the OETN, Michael was mentored by an OETN advisor, Norman Moyer, a past Government of Canada Assistant Deputy Minister. Norman guided Michael through the preparation and delivery of the OETN’s business case, which was recently adopted by the OETN steering committee. “I didn’t go into sociology ever thinking I would produce a business case, but working with Norman has easily been one of the best experiences of my PhD so far”, Michael says. In the development of the business case, Norman and Michael facilitated a focus group with the client, the OETN steering committee, from which the organization’s goal, strategies, and plans were derived. Afterwards, Michael produced a report summarizing key themes and issues remaining in the OETN’s development. “The brainstorming session—held at Norman’s suggestion—was of immense benefit to the group’s formation and maturation: not only did it tease out subtle differences of opinion, but also showed the issues where consensus had been reached,” Michael added.

The second role Michael occupies in the CES Hub is that of a Knowledge Mobilization consultant, where he will profile community events, campus initiatives, and local issues on the CFICE KM blog. “I think that my doctoral research and work as a CFICE RA are actually linked through knowledge mobilization.” Michael’s research charts the formation of a conservation group, which contested the federal government’s planning and development of Gatineau Park in the late 60s. “I wonder if the Occupy Gatineau Park movement would have had more success if the earlier struggles of conservationists against the highway development were better known.” Michael went on to explain that, before road construction was underway in the mid-70s, conservationists had tried to convince the National Capital Commission of an alternate route, presenting the federal agency with a realignment plan prepared by a road engineer. “Scientific evidence and expert opinion often don’t influence official plans and policies, and I’d like my research to help identify political and institutional blockages to knowledge mobilization, and seek out ways of overcoming them,” Michael said.

Emerging Health Leaders – Women in Leadership

Join Emerging Health Leaders Ottawa on Wednesday, April 16th 2014 at 6.30-8 pm  for an educational workshop on:

Women in Leadership

Featuring Dr. Angela Workman Stark

Director General of Re Engineering at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Instructor at Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.

In this workshop you will learn essential skills:

  • Factors that inhibit good leadership – what to avoid
  • How to develop management and leadership skills to attain elected and appointed positions in the public sector
  • Gender differences in leadership within industry
  • Experiences on leading large scale organizational change
  • And much more!!!

Join us on Wednesday, April 16th 2014 at 6.30-8 pm

University of Ottawa campus, Faculty of Social Sciences Building

120 University, FSS 1005, 1st floor

Free admission




REMINDER: Proposals due April 18th, 2014

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to send out a wee reminder about the upcoming deadline for the Call for Proposals for presentations, workshops, and other ideas for the Food Secure Canada Assembly in November 2014.

Call for Proposals (due April 18, 2014) – we’re seeking presentations, workshops, and other ideas! We invite you to submit a workshop or presentation and encourage you to share this Call for Proposals with your colleagues. With an anticipated attendance of over 350 people from across Canada, the event offers an exceptional opportunity to share experiences, deepen dialogue, gain access to cutting edge research and ideas, and sharpen our skills in order to advance our collective work. Submissions are welcome on any area related to food. For more information, and to submit a proposal visit

There are different format options: interactive workshops, presentations, pecha kucha, and an Exploration Gallery! You can also check out the community bulletin board for other ideas –

About the Assembly
The theme – Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All – reflects the need to place questions of long-term sustainability at the centre of how we think about, produce, and eat our food. It also reflects the growing strength and complexity of the food movement and its commitment to creative and lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, sustainable livelihoods in the food business, and the protection of our health and the environment. Waves symbolize the momentum generated when many drops of water come together as a collective power, as well as highlighting the critical role of water and water-based food. Each of us has an important role to play in making waves to build the kind of food system we would like to see.

Partners include Food ARC at Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia Food Security Network, and the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN). ACORN’s annual conference (their 15th) will immediately precede the Assembly, and takes place at the same hotel, providing a great opportunity for joint events and conversations. We are also working in collaboration with the other Atlantic Provinces through each of their provincial food security networks.

Please Save the Date and consider attending this exciting event.

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