UPHEAVAL: Leadership in Times of Change

The 2020 Community of Learning Virtual Conference

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific (Noon to 6:00 p.m. Atlantic)

Join us on October 7, 2020, for our Annual Community of Learning conference. Our two keynote speakers will offer perspectives on team leadership and engagement.

Keynote Speakers

Dan Pontefract is a leadership strategist, thinker, keynote speaker and best-selling author. With 25 years of experience helping leaders and organizations shift to higher performance levels and success, he knows how to lead through change and challenges.

Darren Eveleigh uses brain science to challenge conventional management models and build strong, resilient teams. His passion for organizational culture change and re-inventing leadership developed as he led large teams in education and government.

Member Presentations

We’re also excited about three presentations from our members

New Ways for Families Program
Kathy Jones, Family Services PEI

Human Trafficking: A Survivor Based Approach
Chuck MacLean, Family Services of Peel

Community Innovate – An Online Connection Tool
Christine Mahoney, Catholic Family Service of Calgary & Mark MacAulay, Family Services Ottawa

AGM and Networking

The one-day virtual conference will also include our AGM and several chances to connect, including BYOB cocktails, to wrap up the day.

Attend the Annual Community of Learning Conference

Community of Learners is a group of people who share values and beliefs and actively learn from one another.

The Family Service Canada community is interdependent. Each of us is responsible for receiving and sharing resources and points of view while sustaining a mutually respectful environment.

Technology makes it possible to connect across distances and throughout the year, but in-person connection is essential. Our annual Community of Learning Conference provides that connection and supports our development of trust and relationships.

Every year, one member hosts the conference—welcoming conference attendees to their city or town.

The Community of Learning Conference is Different Every Year

We build our conferences around a theme or prevalent issue. Agencies or subject matter experts facilitate learning sessions and lead discussions. In the past, content shared at the conference has included

  • Practical learning around essential non-profit functions like fund development or governance.
  • New initiatives like multi-agency collaborations.
  • Service opportunities like the F&ST program or different approaches to single-session counselling.
  • New research in areas like neuroscience and brain development that impacts how we serve families.

Every conference also includes ample opportunity to connect in smaller groups. Whether you want to discuss a specific issue or relax in your peers’ company, you’ll find it.

Dinner, drinks, and opportunities to experience some of what the host city offers are just some of the other aspects of the conference.

The Conference is Open to Non-Members

The Community of Learning Conference is a Family Service Canada offering that is open to members and non-members alike. If you’re interested in the theme or topic, you’ll find valuable information and discussion. We’ll also benefit from hearing your perspective.

If you’re considering membership, attending the conference is a great way to meet current members and experience our community.

Our next conference will be in October 2020. The event will be virtual to protect everyone’s health. We hope to return to an in-person event early next year in Vancouver.

Share your knowledge to help us understand the issues facing Canadian families!

We’ll do the same for you.

Become a Member