Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead | Event Resource Library

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These resources are shared by participants of the Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead summit, for you to learn more about the theories, tools, and strategies for poverty reduction. Click on the links to learn more about each resource, and continue to check back as our sharing library grows.

Dr. Cindy Blackstock
-First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis 

Living SJ
-Social Renewal Strategy (full document)
-Social Renewal Strategy Infograph
-Living SJ Draft Evaluation Plan, March 2016 

Catholic Family Service Alberta
-Program Overview: Never Too Late- Helping Aduls Succeed in School
-A Social Return on Investment (SROI) Case Study: Never Too Late 

City of London
London For All: A Roadmap to End Poverty 



DAY ONE CURRICULUM – Tuesday, April 5 


Plenary: Welcome and Opening 

Mayor Don Iveson
Hon. Irfan Sabir
Alan Broadbent
Paul Born 

Keynote Addresses: 

Poverty Reduction in Ontario
Andrea Cohen Barrack, Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy
Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, City of Toronto
Denise Andrea Campbell, City of Toronto


Panel Discussion: Mayors for Poverty Reduction

Mayor Walter Sendzik, City of St. Catharines
Mayor Jonathan Cote, City of New Westminster
Mayor Maxime Pednead-Jobin, City of Gatineau
Councillor Celina Symmonds, City of Medicine Hat 

Workshop Resources Stream A: Tuesday, April 5th from 2:00-3:30 pm

Poverty Reduction from the Funders Perspective: Mark Holmgren, Elizabeth McIsaac, Anne Smith & Andrea Cohen Barrack

This advanced conversation will focus the funders role in poverty reduction. Panel members will share stories of how they have invested in efforts to reduce poverty, whether through supporting direct services, investing in collaborations around learning and policy development or addressing homelessness. The funders will share lessons learned and their perspectives on what it will take to foster innovations that impact and reduce poverty in Canada. 

TO Prosperity: The Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy: Pam McConnell, Denise Andrea Campbell, John Stapleton, Nauman Khan, & Effie Vlachoyannacos

TO Prosperity: The Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy: The newly launched Toronto poverty reduction strategy sets out a bold vision, recommendations and actions prioritized by Toronto residents with lived experience of poverty during a 3-phase engagement process. Come learn about the strategy and the co-creation process from Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, City of Toronto Policy Director Denise Andrea Campbell and members of the Toronto Poverty Reduction Advisory Committee.

 Cities Reducing Poverty: An in depth look at the guide “TEN”: Paul Born & Brock Carlton

Based on the new publication, “TEN”, written by Paul Born and Brock Carlton, this workshop will take a closer look at how cities are shaping local poverty reduction efforts. Participants will hear about success stories from cities large and small across Canada, learn about a high impact assessment to measure your poverty efforts, and gain information about national and regional resources that can help groups with their poverty reduction strategies

Aakim miis ma ta piiks (Be Kind to People): Roy Bear Chief & Amanda Ens

This workshop is particularly applicable for individuals who are or are working with indigenous people on poverty reduction, and are interested in learning about best practices around programming or engagement strategies for indigenous populations. Special attention will be paid to the synergies between the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit worldviews and the collective impact approach to community change.

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Dealing with Disorder: The Vulnerable Persons Approach: David Veitch

In order to respond to the growing demands for service and increasing crime rates, the Edmonton Police Service introduced the Violence Reduction Strategy in 2011, which addresses the places, precipitating factors, and emphasizes work with people at greatest risk of crime and victimization. A number of initiatives have followed, including an innovative vulnerable persons approach that addresses Heavy Users of Services (HUoS). A collaboration with community and provincial service providers, HUoS identifies those people that have the highest interaction with emergency service providers, in addition to frequently accessing services and programs. Participants will be provided with a theoretical foundation to the model, follow the development and implementation of the vulnerable persons risk matrix, and explore how to create an integrated case development table.

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A Proposal In-Progress: An Open Dialogue Session on Rural Transportation from New Brunswick: 

At this workshop participants will learn about rural public transportation and dive into a transit proposal from the Southwest New Brunswick Transit Authority - a non-profit organization led by municipal leaders across a rural region. With the transit proposal still in the developmental stages and seeking funding from the provincial government, presenters will engage the room in an open dialogue, asking for feedback and ideas generated by conference attendees. This workshop is particularly suited to individuals living and/or working in rural and urban-rural mixed regions and who are working on community infrastructure issues.

Enough for All: The Development of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Strategy: Derek Cook

In 2011, The City of Calgary, in partnership with the United Way of Calgary and Area, launched the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, a multi-sectoral task force mandated to develop a strategy to meaningfully reduce poverty in Calgary. With a broad-based stewardship group and a network of over 200 stakeholders, the initiative adopted a collective impact approach to produce the report Enough for All which was unanimously endorsed by City Council and the United Way in June 2013. This workshop will provide a critical overview of the process that was undertaken to develop that strategy and participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of the practical aspects of building a broad-based poverty reduction coalition leading to collective action for long-term impact.reduction coalition leading to collective action for long-term impact.


Social Enterprise Solutions to Urban Indigenous Poverty: Shaun Loney, Michael Toye, & Nicole McDonald

This workshop will explore the growing role of social enterprises are playing to reduce urban Indigenous poverty and how municipalities benefit.  In addition to generating community economic development, social enterprises create the conditions required to increase mentorship opportunities for community members, as well as reduce crime rates and greenhouse gas emissions in urban centers. Examples of successful social enterprises in St. John’s, Toronto, Winnipeg and Brandon will be highlighted. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous Innovation Demonstration Fund; a newly established fund designed to identify Indigenous innovation and to create the conditions for social enterprises to be started and/or scaled out. 


Workshop Resources Stream B: Tuesday, April 5th from 3:50-5:20 pm

From the Mayors Perspective: Multi-sector approaches to poverty reduction: Brock Carlton, Mayor Randy Hope, Acting Mayor Marianne Alto, Mayor Matt Brown,  Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy

Attend this workshop to learn about three innovative ways municipalities are approaching poverty reduction. Learn about: Chatham-Kent Community Leaders' Cabinet (CKCLC), a multi-sector roundtable supporting great work that is already occurring and leverages assets for progress; the City of London’s Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty, which aims to develop a shared understanding of how to address poverty more effectively in London through mapping current efforts designed to address poverty, and identifying gaps and areas needing more attention; and the Mayor’s Housing Affordability Task Force in Victoria, BC which has developed a multi-sector roundtable and action plan, which consists of recommendations to City Council on innovative housing policy solutions.

Community Bridge: Lessons from a Homeless-ness Prevention Prototype: Gary St. Amand

Participants will be taken on a journey through the development of an innovative Homelessness Prevention prototype, created by Mark Holmgren (former CEO of Bissell Centre) that has demonstrated significant SROI using a person-centred approach. From the very beginning, the development of this concept has taken a build, learn and evolve approach that seeks to let the evidence form the criteria and the practice of the program. The result – some exciting lessons about preventing homelessness at a low cost compared to homelessness or housing homeless individuals, and shifting Bissell Centre’s service design and development thinking.

Collective Impact for Poverty Reduction: Paul Born

Paul is the founder of Vibrant Communities and has help dozens of cities launch their poverty reduction initiatives. This practical, hands on workshop will help early stage collective impact practitioners (and those wanting to assess their start up) to view the start-up phase through the eyes of a board chair. What you are going to do, the outcomes you will achieve, the risks you are taking and what exactly you will accomplish in your first year are all topics that will be explored. Shared by someone who has done this work in poverty reduction, this workshop takes the mystery out of collective impact and brings the work into clear focus.

Windigenous – Aboriginal Innovation in Winnipeg, Manitoba: Damon Johnston

Our social and economic context is shifting, and urban centres are learning to restructure to incorporate these changes. Explore issues, challenges, and community development solutions to poverty for urban Indigenous people living in Winnipeg. Participants who join this discussion will learn from the experience of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg and the newly formed Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle on their approach to building stronger relationships amongst members of the community, with the municipality and the province, and how the collective impact model is informing their work.

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Upside Down Thinking: Disrupting the Status Quo: Mark Holmgren

Explore Upside Down Thinking – a method that utilizes unconventional propositions to allow people to think and problem solve creatively and collectively. This way of thinking challenges habitual thinking, sacred cows, cognitive biases, decision-making protocols and the core elements of an organization’s or community's work, motivating us to redefine how we currently think and how we see our own identities in our work. This session will help participants explore complex issues and move groups toward transformational change around poverty reduction. 

Financial Empowerment for Poverty Reduction: Adam Fair, Jeff Loomis & Joanne Currie

Learn more about the ‘five pillars’ of financial empowerment and innovative, proven solutions that are helping people in poverty across North America to boost their incomes, stabilize financially, and build their wealth. Explore how collective impact approaches are being used to mobilize municipal governments, funders, the private sector, community agencies and other stakeholders to improve financial health and reduce poverty in Canadian households.

Adam Fair Presentation
Jeff Loomis Presentation
Joanne Currie Presentation

Aligning Efforts to End Generational Poverty: Cathy Wright

In Saint John, child poverty remains stubbornly high and generational poverty is concentrated in five neighbourhoods. Fifteen months into their renewed poverty reduction strategy, and using a collective impact approach, Living SJ is taking stock of its efforts and impact. This workshop will discuss how the collective impact approach fundamentally challenges us to achieve different results, how the group is leveraging collective leadership to align their efforts, and what is needed to achieve lasting solutions.  

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Social Enterprise Solutions to Urban Indigenous Poverty: Shaun Loney, Michael Toye, & Nicole McDonald

This workshop will explore the growing role of social enterprises are playing to reduce urban Indigenous poverty and how municipalities benefit.  In addition to generating community economic development, social enterprises create the conditions required to increase mentorship opportunities for community members, as well as reduce crime rates and greenhouse gas emissions in urban centers. Examples of successful social enterprises in St. John’s, Toronto, Winnipeg and Brandon will be highlighted. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous Innovation Demonstration Fund; a newly established fund designed to identify Indigenous innovation and to create the conditions for social enterprises to be started and/or scaled out. 

Networking Reception


DAY TWO CURRICULUM – Wednesday, April 6 


The Learning Center Reconvenes: Welcome & Reflection 

Brock Carlton & Elizabeth McIssac

Inspiration: If I were Mayor

Mayor Celeste Licorish, Hamilton Community Foundation 

Keynote: Our Dreams Matter Too - Ending Poverty for Aboriginal Children Transforming the TRC Calls to Action into Reality

Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

- Presentation  

Workshop Resources Stream C: Wednesday, April 6th: 10:45 - 12:15

Up Close and Personal: Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Dr. Blackstock is a Canadian-born Gitxsan activist for child welfare and Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She played a major role in the January 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, a ruling that acknowledged the federal government’s longstanding underfunding of child and family services on First Nations reserves is a form of racial discrimination that must be stopped. Bring your questions and dive deeper into conversation with Dr. Cindy Blackstock on her work with Aboriginal communities.

A Vision, An Experiment – Creating Vibrant Communities Across Canada:  Paul Born, Mark Holmgren, & Natasha Pei

Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty is a collective impact movement aimed at reducing poverty for 1 million Canadians through aligned poverty reduction strategies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Every year, more cities join this pan-Canadian initiative, helping to strengthen a networked learning community of over 100 cities working on local poverty reduction. In this workshop, Vibrant Communities founder and Tamarack President Paul Born will highlight the history of Vibrant Communities as well as lessons learned during its first decade. Vibrant Communities Director Mark Holmgren and Community Animator Natasha Pei will also share ways that you can engage with the Vibrant Communities online learning community, where poverty reduction practitioners learn from one another. In addition, you’ll hear details on how your community or city can join the national Cities Reducing Poverty network and current Vibrant Communities members who attend this workshop will have the opportunity to provide input on the Vibrant Communities agenda and offered learning supports. Membership benefits through joining Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty include access to professional coaching, fundraising and evaluation support, inclusion in a shared evaluation framework, access to poverty indicators, numerous online and face to face opportunities for learning and much more. 

Ending Poverty the “Rights” Way: A Human Rights Approach for Local Communities:  Elizabeth McIsaac, & Effie Vlachoyannacos

Access to shelter, healthcare, food, income and political decision-making are some of our basic human rights — rights often denied to people living in poverty. However, much of the work being done today to reduce poverty focuses on scarcity and needs alone and rarely addresses people’s rights. Participants of this workshop will learn about what human rights are, what the commitments of federal, provincial and municipal governments are, and how to embed principles of human rights into strategies on poverty reduction.

Collaborative Governance for Poverty Reduction: The Whitehorse Story: Dan Curtis, & Chief Doris Bill 

Relationship building, trust, and collaboration are key to creating successful community change initiatives, but this work can often be challenging.  In this workshop, City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis and Chief Doris Bill of Kwanlin Dun First Nation will share how they have worked together to improve their inter-governmental relationship, based on a shared vision for a healthy and vibrant Whitehorse

Youth Action Project on Poverty in Edmonton: Reconciling with Poverty: Renée Vaugeois, & Solon Birch Hiro

In 2015, the Youth Action Project (YAP) on Poverty, an initiative of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, presented four hard-hitting recommendations to the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force on Poverty. Over the next year, rather than sit and wait for the municipal government to take action, YAP mobilized to put its recommendations into action. Learn about the evolution of the Youth Action Project as a movement of young people committed to building a human rights city and how they are working to address poverty in their community and beyond. 

Working to Live or Living to Work: How the Living Wage Can Create More Vibrant CommunitiesAdam Vasey, & Tom Cooper

This workshop will explore the living wage as a poverty reduction strategy. Participants will learn about the origins of the living wage, how to calculate a living wage, discuss what the current uptake of the living wage looks like across Canada, and explore how municipal staff and elected officials can get involved in supporting decent work policies for cities. 

Meaningfully Including the Voices of Lived Experience at the Decision-Making Table: Celeste Licorish

This workshop will explore how we can more deeply and meaningfully engage people with lived experience at policy decision-making tables, to have real collaborative impact for poverty reduction. Presented through story-telling, a retrospective look at the success of Hamilton’s Speak Now! Speakers bureau, and an open dialogue, participants will unpack and consider solutions to the challenges we are facing in engaging and sustaining participation of citizens across Canada

Evaluating Community-wide Poverty Reduction Efforts: Mark Cabaj

Join Mark Cabaj to discuss how to effectively evaluate community-wide poverty reduction efforts and their impacts on communities. Mark was the first Executive Director of Vibrant Communities initiative (2002-2001) and was instrumental in leading the evaluation of its first phase. He will explore some simple rules for evaluating complex community change efforts as well as highlight several key techniques and methods.

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Ideas to End Poverty Panel

Moderator: Paul Born


Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Ruth Kelly
Art Eggleton


Innovation-In-Action Experiences



Edmonton City Hall



DAY THREE CURRICULUM – Thursday, April 7 


The Learning Community Reconvenes: Welcome & Reflection

Brock Carlton & Elizabeth McIssac

Cities Reducing Poverty: Success Stories

The Winnipeg Story

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The Hamilton Story 


The Saint John Story

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