Oct
24
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara West Adult Learning Centre
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Host presentation: Arlene High, Executive Director, Niagara West Adult Learning Centre

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Oct
25
Wed
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Nov
9
Thu
Nonprofit Driven 2017 @ Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Nonprofit Driven will tap into the trends and issues, and explore opportunities and strategies to build toward a stronger sector.

What you can expect:

  • Engage with top-notch speakers and sessions on approaches to strengthen nonprofit work – from the tactical to the visionary.
  • Join strategic dialogues on key policy areas and sector trends and issues.
  • Create new connections with leaders like you.

This event is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

Nov
11
Sat
Niagara Peninsula Homes 2nd Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Niagara Peninsula Homes is hosting their 2nd annual trivia night fundraiser in support of the Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre (www.nwec.ca).

All proceeds go towards funding the valuable programs that NWEC runs to help women and youth in the Niagara Region learn sector-specific job skills to achieve gainful employment.

There will be dinner, trivia, a raffle table, 50/50 draw, a silent auction, and a bake sale featuring local bakeries. Sign up a table of 8 and get ready for some fun!

All registration must be done in advance, so email Teresa@nphcr.ca or Joshua@nphcr.ca ASAP to secure your table!

This event is hosted by Niagara Peninsula Homes.

Nov
15
Wed
Youth Employment in Niagara: Mapping the Opportunities @ Online
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has recently developed a policy brief which sheds light on the complex, multifaceted challenges of youth unemployment confronting Niagara. The brief aims to generate discussion among public officials and citizens about appropriate measures that are specific to the needs and circumstances of Niagara.

During the webinar presenters will:

  • Share Niagara asset maps in five different industrial sectors – advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, culture and tourism, goods transportation and warehousing, and life sciences – that were created during the NCO’s Binational Prosperity Initiative to illustrate locations and clusters of firms in these sectors.
  • Present a transit accessibility analysis for each of these sectors.
  • Review educational attainment and area-of-employment numbers for the 20-24-year age cohort from the 2011 National Household Survey as a means of preparing research questions for the upcoming release of Statistics Canada 2016 figures.
  • Engage participants in a thoughtful discussion about future research needs, to inform a second policy brief to be developed in 2018.

Target Audience:
This webinar will be of particular interest to the employment services community – including those who work in job-placement, job-training, and job-creation.

Research for this policy brief was funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Niagara Community Foundation.

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Connects.

Nov
24
Fri
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

In this two-part workshop series, Innovate Niagara will follow Steve Blank’s methodology and introduce startups to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and the analytical process required to validate their business model.

The workshops are highly interactive and all participants will be able to design their own business model during the series.

This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Nov
28
Tue
NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.

During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara.

For information or tickets call 905-684-8688.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
24
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara West Adult Learning Centre
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Host presentation: Arlene High, Executive Director, Niagara West Adult Learning Centre

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Oct
25
Wed
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Nov
9
Thu
Nonprofit Driven 2017 @ Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Nonprofit Driven will tap into the trends and issues, and explore opportunities and strategies to build toward a stronger sector.

What you can expect:

  • Engage with top-notch speakers and sessions on approaches to strengthen nonprofit work – from the tactical to the visionary.
  • Join strategic dialogues on key policy areas and sector trends and issues.
  • Create new connections with leaders like you.

This event is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

Nov
11
Sat
Niagara Peninsula Homes 2nd Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Niagara Peninsula Homes is hosting their 2nd annual trivia night fundraiser in support of the Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre (www.nwec.ca).

All proceeds go towards funding the valuable programs that NWEC runs to help women and youth in the Niagara Region learn sector-specific job skills to achieve gainful employment.

There will be dinner, trivia, a raffle table, 50/50 draw, a silent auction, and a bake sale featuring local bakeries. Sign up a table of 8 and get ready for some fun!

All registration must be done in advance, so email Teresa@nphcr.ca or Joshua@nphcr.ca ASAP to secure your table!

This event is hosted by Niagara Peninsula Homes.

Nov
15
Wed
Youth Employment in Niagara: Mapping the Opportunities @ Online
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has recently developed a policy brief which sheds light on the complex, multifaceted challenges of youth unemployment confronting Niagara. The brief aims to generate discussion among public officials and citizens about appropriate measures that are specific to the needs and circumstances of Niagara.

During the webinar presenters will:

  • Share Niagara asset maps in five different industrial sectors – advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, culture and tourism, goods transportation and warehousing, and life sciences – that were created during the NCO’s Binational Prosperity Initiative to illustrate locations and clusters of firms in these sectors.
  • Present a transit accessibility analysis for each of these sectors.
  • Review educational attainment and area-of-employment numbers for the 20-24-year age cohort from the 2011 National Household Survey as a means of preparing research questions for the upcoming release of Statistics Canada 2016 figures.
  • Engage participants in a thoughtful discussion about future research needs, to inform a second policy brief to be developed in 2018.

Target Audience:
This webinar will be of particular interest to the employment services community – including those who work in job-placement, job-training, and job-creation.

Research for this policy brief was funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Niagara Community Foundation.

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Connects.

Nov
24
Fri
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

In this two-part workshop series, Innovate Niagara will follow Steve Blank’s methodology and introduce startups to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and the analytical process required to validate their business model.

The workshops are highly interactive and all participants will be able to design their own business model during the series.

This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Nov
28
Tue
NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.

During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara.

For information or tickets call 905-684-8688.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

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