Data Professionals of Niagara

DPN (Data Professionals of Niagara) is an informal association for professionals, students, and enthusiasts of Data-related subjects. DPN is focused on community building, education, and advocacy. The group currently hosts a monthly event called Data Cafe where members can network and learn from each other. Membership is free.

Maira Bay de Souza
Data Professionals in Niagara

Phone: 289-805-7702

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Be Our Guest at Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters @ Niagara College
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you would like to give presentations with confidence, become a leader in your organization or learn how to communicate more effectively, this is the time and place for you! Toastmasters is proud to announce that they have started a new club in Niagara-on-the-Lake and they’re inviting you to come for a visit. Toastmasters is the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.

It’s time to get that job, ace that interview and advance your career with confidence. Toastmasters has the tools to help you whatever your personal and professional goals are. Please visit the club’s website for parking and meeting room directions.

This event is hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters.

Charity Culture: Five Tips to Achieve Positive Culture Change @ Online
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Charities, once seen as the most trusted and cherished institutions in Canada, now are constantly under scrutiny for their impact, use of funds, even their ethics. And as charities are rushing to respond, businesses are pulling ahead – attracting talent with promises of amazing cultures, and in the case of purpose-driven businesses, generating positive social impact too.

So what can you do, without huge salary offers, or swanky office spaces, and how can you continue to attract and retain the best people out there? The answer is investing in culture. Join behaviour and culture change experts Kin&Co as they provide 5 top tips for using culture to your advantage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why is culture relevant to the charity sector and why do we need to invest now (the business case)?
  • Reviewing your culture – how do you know if you have a strong or weak culture? How do you know if your culture needs to change?
  • Transforming your culture, or making more of your existing culture – sharing our top 5 tips to effective culture change.

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Thriving in Action, From There to Here to Next: The Story of a Ryerson Resilience Intervention @ Online
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From a pilot cohort of 16 to a community of over 200 students at Ryerson.
From two instructors to a national Community of Practise of over 50 educators.
From feedback forms to three formal research projects.

What is Thriving in Action (TiA)? Borne from a belief in learnability, practised from a focus on what’s ‘right’ with people, taught from a stance of benevolence, revolving around a priority of belongingness, TiA is helping to address the hunger shared by educators across Canada as to help bolster student resilience. A 10-session, non-credit intervention for struggling students, TiA entwines essential Positive Psychology skills like optimism, self-compassion, grit, and gratitude with progressive learning strategies, from mindful time management to collaborative group work to more efficient and spacious studying. TiA has also come to serve as an Early Alert intervention, retention program, and post-orientation offering for students in their middle- and later-years.

Webinar participants can expect to learn about our compelling pre- and post-research findings exploring the impacts of Thriving in Action upon students’ agency, our Thriving in Action Training Institutes and growing community, the arts-based mentorship and peer support TiA initiatives, and the Thriving in Action Online project, soon to be launched and shared.

Join us as we share how TiA’s innovative curriculum, care-based pedagogy, and equity focus are helping students bounce back, persist, feel connected, find purpose, and ultimately thrive!

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Newcomer Financial Literacy Facilitator Training Course @ Online
May 27 all-day

This online course prepares frontline staff of non-profit organizations serving newcomers to Canada to deliver an easy-to-use curriculum that covers a range of financial topics.

The course provides an orientation to the content, facilitation basics and explores how to adapt the Prosper Canada Centre for Financial Literacy’s curriculum to the needs, context, interests and learning styles of the specific newcomers that you serve.

Registration deadline: May 17th, 2019

Register early as space is limited.

This training is hosted by the Prosper Canada Centre for Financial Literacy.

Port Colborne/Wainfleet Mayor’s Update Breakfast @ Jericho House
May 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join the PCW Chamber at our Annual Mayoral Update at the Jericho House. It’s a great opportunity to hear from our Mayors about what’s happening in the Township of Wainfleet and City of Port Colborne and what will be happening over the next four years.

This event is hosted by the Port Colborne/Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce.

IT Challenges Faced By Organizations and Understanding a Move to the Cloud @ A Child's World
May 28 @ 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: IT Challenges Faced By Organizations and Understanding a Move To The Cloud

Presenter: Joan Navin-Barber of Venture 2000 and Glen Walker of Positive Living Niagara

In this session we will examine the challenges faced by managing with an in-house server and data system and the move to cloud based services.

Joan Navin-Barker, the president of Venture 2000, will talk to the challenges and benefits of transition into the cloud from the perspective of cost benefits to the organization and changes in hardware needs. She will also talk to the costing and benefits to organizations from an IT perspective.

We will also explore the reasons to transition, impacts on staff and how the transition has impacted operations. This interactive workshop will look at what challenges your agency is trying to tackle and discuss how a cloud based system could meet those needs.

WINpowerment @ Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is WINpowerment?

It’s an opportunity to grow mentorship, leadership and opportunities for women in business in Niagara.

Ask the Experts night will feature these outstanding experts:

Accounting & Grants:

  • Candy Ashbee, YMCA of Niagara
  • N’ora Kalb, Innovate Niagara
  • Liz Isaak, Deloitte LLP
  • Carolyn MCConville, Grant Thornton LLP


  • Jenn Harper, Cheekbone Beauty
  • April Mitchell- Boudreau, BeadQueen

Leadership Coaching:

  • Lesley Calvin
  • Ruth Unrau


  • Allie Hughes, H&C Inc.
  • Patti Aubry, Wine Marketing Association of Ontario
  • HR & Law:

  • Vita Gauley, Lancaster, Brooks & Welch
  • Marcey Saunders, HR Business Consultant
  • Social Media:

  • Janice & Robin Digital Communications
  • Lemon Collective
  • This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.


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