Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Forum Agenda



5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

  • Conference Registration

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Opening Reception
  • Keynote: Connected North – Transforming Lives Through Technology
    In 2014 Cisco Canada, in partnership with over 35 corporate and NGO partners, launched Connected North. A high definition Telepresence video network, Connected North brings northern communities together and links them with organizations, experts, teachers, students, doctors, mental healthcare providers and many others across Canada and around the world. Connected North has two main goals: to make the classroom more dynamic and engaging and to provide virtual Youth Mental Health services on-demand. Connected North began with one pilot school in Iqaluit and scaled quickly to schools in Nunavut, Ontario, the North West Territories, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This year over 30 schools will be part of the Connected North network.  Willa Black will tell the Connected North story, and explain how many partners came together with a shared vision for capacity building in communities across Canada’s north.


7:30 am – 8:30 am

  • Conference registration and buffet breakfast

8:30 am – 9:15 am Opening Plenary   

  • Setting the Context: Building parallel capacity in the business and non-profit sectors  

9:15 am – 9:30 am


  • Nutrition and Networking Break + Exhibitors

9:30 am – 11:00 am Breakout sessions

  • Workshop  Stream 1:  People – Retiree and Alumni Volunteers
  • Workshop Stream 2: Activation  Pro Bono Volunteering
  • Workshop Stream 3:  Impact – Evaluation and Impact of ESV programs 

11:00 am – 11:15 am

  • Nutrition and Networking Break + Exhibitors

11:15 am – 12:30 pm Breakout sessions

  • Workshop Stream 1: People – Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs): Connected to Community
  • Workshop Stream 2: Activation – Group Volunteering: trends, tips and new directions in group volunteering 
  • Workshop Stream 3: Impact – Using technology to improve employee engagement in ESV programs

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

  • Lunch  

1:45 pm –3:15 pm Breakout sessions

  • Workshop Stream 1: People – Ages and Stages: engaging today’s multi-generational workforces in your ESV programs
  • Workshop Stream 2: Activation  Mobilizing employee volunteers for disaster and emergency response 
  • Workshop Stream 3: Impact – The Transformational Company: Qualities in Action 

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Nutrition and Networking Break + Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Plenary and Remarks

  • Community Investment Through a Policy Lens
    As a springboard to this closing round table discussion, leadership organizations in the broader field of community investment will provide a brief snapshot of their respective roles. Participants will then explore at their tables how the public, private, and non-profit sectors can better collaborate on addressing pressing social, economic, and environmental public policy issues. We will end with a plenary discussion on what we all need to do to make that happen.