Oct
30
Tue
Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing.

EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends

PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd.

This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances.

Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.

Oct
31
Wed
Application Deadline: Niagara Investment in Culture Program @ Online
Oct 31 @ 4:30 pm

The Niagara Investment in Culture program promotes culture in Niagara by funding a range of innovative and collaborative projects.

Applicants from the following two categories are eligible for the program:

  • Any one of Niagara’s 12 municipalities
  • Non-profit Niagara cultural organizations

Submit your completed application form by email or mail/drop-off to Bonnie Dewar at Niagara Region (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold).

Nov
2
Fri
Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Diversification for Prosperity

The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration. Participants from academy, senior ranks of government, economists, organizational leaders and business owners explore the importance and opportunities presented by diversification.

Topics:

A Blueprint to Attract New Industries
A series of initiatives offered by experts to enhance our economy, leveraging partnerships and specialized resources. This bottom-up effort turns regional feedback on local economic needs into a catalyst for economic growth.

1+1=3: Together, We Are More
Exploring the synergies between private, public and non-profit organizations and their opportunity to be a force for the good of all.

Tomorrow’s Reality – Trends to Watch For
Analyzing contemporary global demographic and economic trends and considering their implications for Niagara, most importantly their effects on our competitiveness in the global market.

This summit is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Nov
3
Sat
Join the WAVE – Walk for Women’s Place @ Seaway Mall
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Surf’s up on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Seaway Mall in Welland! Join a wave of men, women, youth and children as you walk to WIPE OUT domestic violence in support of the local women’s shelters operated by Women’s Place.

Put on some beachwear, come in from the cold and join for a 5 km mall walk and beach party. By raising pledges and walking, you will be helping women and children to transition to lives free of abuse.

The event is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to put on some sunscreen and register for this fun event!

This event is hosted by Women’s Place of South Niagara.

Nov
7
Wed
Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

Niagara Connects is pleased to invite you to save the date to attend the 5th annual Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), which will be held in Niagara Falls! The Summit is THE annual event bringing together open data leaders from across Canada, to share best practices and local experiences, learn from top international experts, and grow the community strategically and collaboratively.

Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, will focus on making it easier for people and business to interact and engage with their government through the power of digital technologies.

Confirmed panel topics include:

  • Digital Rights
  • Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data (with participation from Dun & Bradstreet, The Weather Channel, Teranet, Thomson Reuters)
  • Community Open Data Portals
  • Open projects (open data, software, code, standards & project management tools)
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part One
  • Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Data
  • Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part Two
  • Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through intergovernmental collaboration

Annually, the Canadian Open Data Summit draws a diverse range of individuals from:

  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Technology/Startup Community (including Civic Tech)
  • Academia
  • Non-Profit
  • Communities
  • Media

GREATER THAN THE SUM – A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION

2018 SUMMIT STREAMS INCLUDE:

  • Easing Collaboration: Standards, Precedents, Mutuality
  • Effective Collaboration: Impactful, Fruitful, Authentic
  • Excellent Collaboration: Innovating, Trend-Setting, Thought-Provoking

Visit the Canadian Open Data Summit website to view the full program.

Nov
13
Tue
Innoweave Impact Accelerator: Niagara Falls @ Spark Niagara
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Since its launch in 2012, Innoweave has leveraged social innovation tools to help hundreds of organizations advance their mission and generate greater impact. They have used that experience to develop the Innoweave Impact Accelerator, a mini-workshop that helps organizations and collectives clarify the impact they are working to achieve. A clear impact focus helps organizations and collaboratives more easily identify which social innovation approaches (such as developing a social enterprise) they can leverage to achieve and accelerate their impact.

The Impact Accelerator will:

  • Provide leadership teams and collectives an opportunity to step away from their day-to-day activities and think critically about the impact they are trying to achieve through their work.
  • Guide organizations and collectives through activities that will help them translate their aspirational mission into specific achievable impact goals. The session also introduces Theory of Change: a clear and actionable hypothesis of how an organization will achieve its intended impact.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to engage with and learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented social innovation tools to achieve their impact.
  • Highlight supports available through the Innoweave process, including opportunities to access coaching funding through Innoweave.

Organizations and collectives are encouraged to bring a team of 2-3 people to the workshop (e.g., members of their leadership team, members of their collective, board members, and in some cases key stakeholders/advisors).

This event is hosted by Innoweave in partnership with SPARK Niagara and Niagara Region.

Nov
21
Wed
Clear Writing Series for Not-for-Profit Agencies
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Presenter: Ashley Hoath-Murray, Co-Executive Director, Literacy Link Niagara, Certified Clear Writing Consultant, Learning Networks of Ontario

Clear Writing is about getting your message across clearly the first time. In these workshops you will learn general clear writing tips and techniques that will help you communicate your ideas and messages to clients, co-workers and partners.

You will also learn specific strategies related to communicating with different groups depending on which workshops you take. In Communicating Clearly with your Colleagues and Team, you will learn how to create documents that are focused on internal staff communications. In Getting your Message to your Client, you will learn how to create materials that focus on external communications to potential and current clients.

Workshop 1: Communicating Clearly with your Colleagues and Team
November 21, 2018

The focus of this session is to learn the basics of clear writing so you are able to send clear messages to your colleagues. At the end of this session you will:

  • understand the basics of clear writing
  • be able to send clear emails
  • know how to write instructions/directions to staff so that everyone understands what to do
  • know how to provide the right information in documents to reduce questions as well as information overload
  • be able to create clear presentations for training and beyond

Workshop 2: Getting your Message to your Client
January 25, 2019

The focus of this session is to learn the basics of clear writing so you are able to write clear messages for clients. At the end of this session you will:

  • understand the basics of clear writing
  • be able to write clear marketing materials including flyers and brochures
  • know the basics of how to write clear website content to attract new clients
  • know how to provide the right information in documents to reduce questions as well as information overload

This workshop series is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
30
Tue
Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing.

EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends

PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd.

This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances.

Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.

Oct
31
Wed
Application Deadline: Niagara Investment in Culture Program @ Online
Oct 31 @ 4:30 pm

The Niagara Investment in Culture program promotes culture in Niagara by funding a range of innovative and collaborative projects.

Applicants from the following two categories are eligible for the program:

  • Any one of Niagara’s 12 municipalities
  • Non-profit Niagara cultural organizations

Submit your completed application form by email or mail/drop-off to Bonnie Dewar at Niagara Region (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold).

Nov
2
Fri
Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Diversification for Prosperity

The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration. Participants from academy, senior ranks of government, economists, organizational leaders and business owners explore the importance and opportunities presented by diversification.

Topics:

A Blueprint to Attract New Industries
A series of initiatives offered by experts to enhance our economy, leveraging partnerships and specialized resources. This bottom-up effort turns regional feedback on local economic needs into a catalyst for economic growth.

1+1=3: Together, We Are More
Exploring the synergies between private, public and non-profit organizations and their opportunity to be a force for the good of all.

Tomorrow’s Reality – Trends to Watch For
Analyzing contemporary global demographic and economic trends and considering their implications for Niagara, most importantly their effects on our competitiveness in the global market.

This summit is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Nov
3
Sat
Join the WAVE – Walk for Women’s Place @ Seaway Mall
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Surf’s up on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Seaway Mall in Welland! Join a wave of men, women, youth and children as you walk to WIPE OUT domestic violence in support of the local women’s shelters operated by Women’s Place.

Put on some beachwear, come in from the cold and join for a 5 km mall walk and beach party. By raising pledges and walking, you will be helping women and children to transition to lives free of abuse.

The event is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to put on some sunscreen and register for this fun event!

This event is hosted by Women’s Place of South Niagara.

Nov
7
Wed
Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

Niagara Connects is pleased to invite you to save the date to attend the 5th annual Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), which will be held in Niagara Falls! The Summit is THE annual event bringing together open data leaders from across Canada, to share best practices and local experiences, learn from top international experts, and grow the community strategically and collaboratively.

Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, will focus on making it easier for people and business to interact and engage with their government through the power of digital technologies.

Confirmed panel topics include:

  • Digital Rights
  • Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data (with participation from Dun & Bradstreet, The Weather Channel, Teranet, Thomson Reuters)
  • Community Open Data Portals
  • Open projects (open data, software, code, standards & project management tools)
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part One
  • Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Data
  • Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part Two
  • Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through intergovernmental collaboration

Annually, the Canadian Open Data Summit draws a diverse range of individuals from:

  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Technology/Startup Community (including Civic Tech)
  • Academia
  • Non-Profit
  • Communities
  • Media

GREATER THAN THE SUM – A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION

2018 SUMMIT STREAMS INCLUDE:

  • Easing Collaboration: Standards, Precedents, Mutuality
  • Effective Collaboration: Impactful, Fruitful, Authentic
  • Excellent Collaboration: Innovating, Trend-Setting, Thought-Provoking

Visit the Canadian Open Data Summit website to view the full program.

Nov
13
Tue
Innoweave Impact Accelerator: Niagara Falls @ Spark Niagara
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Since its launch in 2012, Innoweave has leveraged social innovation tools to help hundreds of organizations advance their mission and generate greater impact. They have used that experience to develop the Innoweave Impact Accelerator, a mini-workshop that helps organizations and collectives clarify the impact they are working to achieve. A clear impact focus helps organizations and collaboratives more easily identify which social innovation approaches (such as developing a social enterprise) they can leverage to achieve and accelerate their impact.

The Impact Accelerator will:

  • Provide leadership teams and collectives an opportunity to step away from their day-to-day activities and think critically about the impact they are trying to achieve through their work.
  • Guide organizations and collectives through activities that will help them translate their aspirational mission into specific achievable impact goals. The session also introduces Theory of Change: a clear and actionable hypothesis of how an organization will achieve its intended impact.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to engage with and learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented social innovation tools to achieve their impact.
  • Highlight supports available through the Innoweave process, including opportunities to access coaching funding through Innoweave.

Organizations and collectives are encouraged to bring a team of 2-3 people to the workshop (e.g., members of their leadership team, members of their collective, board members, and in some cases key stakeholders/advisors).

This event is hosted by Innoweave in partnership with SPARK Niagara and Niagara Region.

Nov
21
Wed
Clear Writing Series for Not-for-Profit Agencies
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Presenter: Ashley Hoath-Murray, Co-Executive Director, Literacy Link Niagara, Certified Clear Writing Consultant, Learning Networks of Ontario

Clear Writing is about getting your message across clearly the first time. In these workshops you will learn general clear writing tips and techniques that will help you communicate your ideas and messages to clients, co-workers and partners.

You will also learn specific strategies related to communicating with different groups depending on which workshops you take. In Communicating Clearly with your Colleagues and Team, you will learn how to create documents that are focused on internal staff communications. In Getting your Message to your Client, you will learn how to create materials that focus on external communications to potential and current clients.

Workshop 1: Communicating Clearly with your Colleagues and Team
November 21, 2018

The focus of this session is to learn the basics of clear writing so you are able to send clear messages to your colleagues. At the end of this session you will:

  • understand the basics of clear writing
  • be able to send clear emails
  • know how to write instructions/directions to staff so that everyone understands what to do
  • know how to provide the right information in documents to reduce questions as well as information overload
  • be able to create clear presentations for training and beyond

Workshop 2: Getting your Message to your Client
January 25, 2019

The focus of this session is to learn the basics of clear writing so you are able to write clear messages for clients. At the end of this session you will:

  • understand the basics of clear writing
  • be able to write clear marketing materials including flyers and brochures
  • know the basics of how to write clear website content to attract new clients
  • know how to provide the right information in documents to reduce questions as well as information overload

This workshop series is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

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