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Partnering for Community Engagement

Partnering for Community Engagement

This graduate-level professional development course was offered in a 3-day, executive style training format.  Through the lens of employer-supported volunteering, participants examined topics: leading multi-sector collaboration, risk management, negotiating and managing partnerships, and impact measurement. Combining theory and practice, its aim was to develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between the public, private, and non-profit sector, within the context of community engagement.

Below are the presentations and resources shared at the course.




Volunteering in Canada: The Landscape of Business-Community Engagement

Paula Speevak, President & CEO, Volunteer Canada  

Partnering for Community Engagement

Michael Bassett, Associate Director, Governance, Compliance and Risk, Conference Board of Canada


The Evolving Roles and Relationships between the Sectors

Partnerships: The Theory

Evaluation, Benchmarking, and Impact Measurement

Susan Phillips, Professor, Carleton University


How does a business engagement strategy align with organizational values and objectives?

Judy Leroux, Development & Engagement Manager, Youth Without Shelter


How does a community investment strategy align with and support business objectives?

Sample strategy placemat template

PwC Canada Foundation Volunteer Continuum

Fondation PwC Canada La chaîne du bénévolat

James Temple, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PwC Canada


Transformational Companies

Steven Fish, Executive Director, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)


Principles of Partnership

Jocelyne Daw, Founder & CEO, JS Daw & Associates


Brokering Business-Community Engagement Partnerships

Brad Offman, Founder and Principal, Spire Philanthropy


Disrupting the Sector Boundaries – Enterprises with Social Benefit

Allyson Hewitt, JW McConnell Family Foundation, Senior Fellow, Social Innovation @MaRS


White Board Overview


Resources and Readings:


Volunteer Canada resources

Canadian Code for Employer-Supported Volunteering  (CCESV)

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI)

Corporate Citizenship Resources

Employer-Supported Volunteering: The Practice and the Promise of Community Engagement

Group Volunteering Toolkit

Leading with Intention


Additional resources and readings:

Business in the Community Case Studies

Corporate Support for Employee Volunteerism Within Canada: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Mapping corporate philanthropy and engagement in east London: A research report

Partnering and Shifting the Power

Principles not Playbooks Drive Partnerships:

Youth Without Shelter Corporate Partner Evaluation Tool