Professional Development Sessions
In order to allow all of our participants to benefit from the wisdom both our presenters, we will begin in plenary where our trainers will each give a 18-minute presentation TED-style (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This plenary session will be followed by break-out sessions where participants can interact directly with our presenters, ask questions, and gain more in-depth knowledge about their topic of choice.
We live in the age of social media. In a very short time, social media channels have become the place where most people get their news, where brands compete for attention, and where anyone capturing the right moment could become a viral sensation. It is the brave new world of communications. This session will unpack social media best practices, helping to navigate the legal grey zones and inform social media policy, planning social media approaches in light of limited resources and building communities, big and small, around your ideas and initiatives
As NewCities Communications Director, Thomas tells the Foundation’s story, with a focus on digital platforms and building engagement. With the communications team, also works with the Foundation’s network of startups, social innovators, large companies and city governments to tell stories of urban innovation. Thomas is a long-time journalist turned communications strategist with extensive experience in Canadian and British media industries. Prior to joining the Foundation, Thomas was the Community Editor in the communications department of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Montreal, developing digital strategies, presenting a regular technology column, and coordinating partnerships. Previously, Thomas was a journalist, producer and digital editor for the CBC, the BBC and the Montreal Gazette. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada.
Non-Profit Fundraising 101: Thinking Outside the Box
Susan McKinnon Bell
Director of Development,
Montreal Oral School for the Deaf
You don’t have to be a professional fundraiser to raise money for your cause. Susan’s most important tools are a thank-you note, a pen and a sense of humour. In this session, she will be providing practical tools, winning strategies and sound advice that you can begin using immediately to generate more money and more support for your not-for-profit enterprise and activities. Learn how to engage board members and volunteers; how to build networks; how to approach foundations and businesses; and lots more.
Susan is the Executive Director of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf Foundation where she focusses on fund and friend raising. Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Major in Management from Concordia University, she began her philanthropic career in 2001 as the Director of Development at Weston School where her main function was to solicit donations from foundations and corporation. In 2002, she moved to the McGill Chamber Orchestra where she not only erased an accumulated deficit of $60,000, but brought the orchestra to profitable levels for the first time in a decade. Later she was Director of Fund Development at Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre and Administrative Director of Tyndale Foundation. Susan volunteers for a number of organization and is District Manager for the South-West region of Montreal for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program and is a director on the board of the Tyndale St Georges Foundation
Speed-Dating with Federal Institutions and Agencies
Federal Institutions and Agencies
June 16: Policy Plenaries
Earlier this year, the Statistics Canada presented new population projections drawn from two separate but complementary analytical reports: Immigration and Diversity: Population Projections for Canada and its Regions, 2011 to 2036 that projected results for the evolution of the immigrant population and for various ethnocultural diversity indicators; and, Language Projections for Canada, 2011 to 2036 that looked at the possible evolution of languages in Canada—the first extensive language projections produced by Statistics Canada. Jean-Pierre Corbeil, from Statistics Canada will be on hand to present selected findings from these two key studies to our community. A panel of experts, including Jack Jedwab from the Association of Canadian Studies, William Floch from the Department of Canadian Heritage, and leading demographer Joanne Pocock will then discuss the potential impact of these studies on the English-speaking Community of Quebec.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is leading the Government of Canada’s review Official Languages Regulations. These regulations are key in determining the provision of federal government services in both official languages to Canadians. For several years, the QCGN has been working with federal parliamentary and government stakeholders, the Commissioner of Official Languages, and our French counterparts to address critical issues raised by this review, including how official language minority communities are defined, and what key services must provide services in both official languages. Officials from Treasury Board’s Official Languages Centre of Excellence will brief our community on the current review process, and continue a dialogue to ensure our community’s concerns and interests are represented.
The research section in the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Branch, has developed a series of indicators that measure a minority language community’s vitality. This model has been matched to Census and other data, to produce a picture of the relative health of Canada’s English and French official language minority communities. William (Bill) Floch, the Department’s Official Languages’ research manager, will demonstrate the model to English-speaking Quebec during this presentation, having scaled the model to Quebec’s administrative regions. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Following an extensive consultation process in 2011-2012, our community produced its 2012 – 2017 Community Priorities and Enabling Strategies of the English-speaking Community of Quebec; our community development plan. The priorities within the plan were revisited every year by the Priority Setting Steering Committee (PSSC), in a process described in the 2011 Cooperation Agreement between the Department of Canadian Heritage and our community represented by the QCGN. It is time now for our community to evaluate our strategic needs, and the process we used to collect, collate, communicate, and act together on our shared priorities. And this is an excellent time to do so, in conjunction with the unveiling of the Government of Canada’s new Action Plan for Official Languages’ later this year, and a growing community!