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Building talent to support strong, vibrant and healthy communities – what’s next for hrcouncil.ca

April 20, 2015

With spring at our doorstep – in some areas of the country more than others - the work of figuring out what’s next for hrcouncil.ca is in full bloom.

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), with contributions from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is hosting two conversations to explore how best to support talent in the nonprofit sector. We are talking about the talent at work today, and the talent we need for strong, vibrant and healthy communities tomorrow.

We are exploring in a changing landscape. Developments in crowd funding, social enterprise and private-public partnerships are entwined with demographic, economic and social trends. Many moving parts are reshaping how we see community needs and altering the way we engage talent in community-wide efforts.

Our first conversation, being hosted in March, will bring together a small thoughtful group of younger professionals from across Canada for a foresight exercise to create ideas about talent for 2040. What will a strong and vibrant community of the future look like? What structures, partnerships and collaborations will take us to this future, and what talent will make it happen?

Our second, National Conversation: Supporting the vitality of nonprofit talent, in April, will bring together over 60 people from a wide array of organizations and initiatives within and outside the nonprofit sector. Participants come to this conversation with wide-ranging experience, knowledge and perspectives on human resources management, research and strategies. Our aim is discover together the synergies in combined wisdom that will meet the talent needs of the nonprofit sector.

Above all, these two conversations are stepping stones for collaborative action writ large. Closer to home, they will inform next steps for hrcouncil.ca and help CFC discover an ongoing and meaningful role.

Stay connected!! We are on Twitter and more updates are on the way later this spring.

A shout out to all those who have been involved

Tanara Ferguson
Manager, Human Capital

Bonnie Shiell
Manager, Research


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Here are a couple of other great opportunities from the Community Foundations of Canada that you should check out.


Discover your "Why" in Calgary this May

Community Foundations of Canada is bringing together 600 community champions and philanthropic leaders from across Canada and around the world to Calgary – a hub of energy and innovation – for The Wild, Wild, Why, a chance to explore the purpose and passion behind why we do what we do.

Taking place from May 7 to 9, this conference will offer more than 30 hands-on learning sessions on everything from community knowledge to impact investing to to the future of philanthropy, not to mention a wealth of networking opportunities and cultural activities to experience.

Start With Why expert David Mead of author Simon Sinek’s team will dive deep to help you discover your ‘Why’ and Canada’s space hero Colonel Chris Hadfield will close out the conference with what it means to dream big and reach for the stars – drawing on stories of courage, collaboration and ingenuity from his journey beyond earth’s atmosphere.

Register at the early-bird rate before March 31 >


What’s your vision for Canada in 2017?

The 150Alliance is an open network that will support engagement and action leading up to Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The 150Alliance is inviting organizations mobilizing around 2017 to join us in Toronto (April 2) and Vancouver (April 10) to share information, opportunities and resources.

Share the invitations with your network and RSVP if you’d like to attend.