SPT 2013 Symposium

“Happily Ever After? ‘Shotgun Weddings’, ‘Arranged Marriages’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’: Evolving Relationships in the Community Services Sector”

SPT 2013 SymposiumSocial Planning Toronto (SPT), in partnership with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres and the City-Wide Agency Network and supported by United Way Toronto and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will hold its 2013 Symposium at the Metro Central YMCA. This year’s Symposium, “Happily Ever After? ‘Shotgun Weddings’, ‘Arranged Marriages’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’: Evolving Relationships in the Community Services Sector”, will focus on responses and alternatives to consolidation and standardization in the community services sector.

We will clarify the implications of mergers, consolidations, rationalizations, and integration across the sector. We intend to create a safe environment within which sector leaders can learn more about and critically evaluate these pressures,
 as well as access and develop tools and strategies to respond to them. Speakers will provide a wide range of perspectives and include keynote presenters Sheldon Levy (President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University), Mitzie Hunter (CEO, Greater Toronto CivicAction Network), and Camille Orridge (CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network).


When: February 26th (9-5pm) and 27th (1-8pm), 2013

Where: Metro Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street) Registration Information (prices include all meals):

Regular Tickets (after February 14th, 2013) Full Symposium

  • $150 – Members of SPT or Symposium partner organizations
  • $225 – Non-members

Single Day

  • $100 – Members of SPT or Symposium partner organizations
  • $150 – Non-members

Board Member Special Single Day (February 27th, 2013 only)

  • $50 – Community services sector Board members

Please RSVP online  or call Mary Micallef at (416) 351-0095 x251

Please register by February 24th, 2013

Preliminary Program

(More speakers will be added)

Day 1 – February 26th, 2013


Registration & Light Breakfast


Welcome & Introductions


Keynote Address: The Importance of a Thriving Community Sector

  • Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance


Table Talk: Taking the Pulse – What’s Happening from Your Vantage Point?


Refreshment Break


Panel: Assessing the Evidence: What’s Worked and Not Worked in Sustaining a Diverse and Dynamic Community-Based Sector?

  • Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Researcher – Not-for-profit Policy, The Mowat Centre
  • Steve Lurie, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch
  • Paulos Gebreyesus, Senior Director – Health Promotion and Community Services, Unison Health and Community Services
  • Janet Fitzsimmons, Coordinator – Resident Leadership Strategies, East Scarborough Storefront


Table Talk: Observations and Commentary


Questions for Panel Members




Panel: What Makes the Dominant Narrative Tick?

  • Tony Dean, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
  • Susan Pigott, Vice-President – Communications and Community Engagement, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Camille Orridge, CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
  • John Shields, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University


Panel: Digging Deeper

  • Susan McIsaac, President and CEO, United Way Toronto
  • Tracey Vaughan Barrett, Director of Recreation and Culture, Town of Ajax


Refreshment Break


Table Talk: What is This Telling Us?


Questions and Commentary


Wrap Up and Framing for Day 2


Day 2 – February 27th, 2013


Lunch & Keynote Address

  • Angela Robertson, Director of Equity and Community Engagement, Women’s College Hospital


Welcome, Introductions & Recap of Day 1


Panel: What Have We Got? Profiling Existing Tools and Strategies

  • Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
  • Rob Howarth, Executive Director, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
  • Dan Wilson, Manager of Policy, Research and Evaluation, Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Thomas Hofmann, Chair, WoodGreen Community Services Board of Directors


Panel: What Do We Need?

  • JoAnne Doyle, Senior Vice President – Community Impact, United Way Toronto
  • Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network
  • Becky McFarlane, Co-Director, Ontario Council of Alternative Business


Panel: What Can Be Said?

  • Trish Hennessey, Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Robert Fox, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada


Refreshment Break


Table Talk: What Should We Do?


Plenary & Next Steps




Dinner & Keynote Address: Realizing Big Ideas: Engaging Place, Space, & Community

  • Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Discussion Period

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