A number of years ago, a group of energetic and visionary leaders in the social profit sector came together with the idea of creating a new conference – a confluence of leaders from the sector, community, government, business and industry. Dubbed ConvergenceYMM, the inaugural event was bright (the colour green was everywhere), well attended, and exciting. It proved to be an ideal opportunity for the sector to hear from various leaders about where we were going as a region and as a province.
Conversations that happened during those magical few days seemed to bring the social profit sector closer together and fostered a better understanding of the enormous changes that seemed to be on the horizon.
The second Convergence focused in on cultivating the collective voice. More conversation and learning took place that took us further down the path of being more cohesive, resilient and collaborative.
ConvergenceYMM 2015 is coming up February 11th and 12th. Hosted this year at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, the gathering will widen the circle to not only include the leaders in the sector, but emerging leaders as well.
“A strong committee of volunteers from many organizations have designed a conference that will facilitate new connections and strengthen existing ones,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director, The United Way of Fort McMurray, and a member of the Convergence Advisory Committee. “The goal is to reinforce our commitment to each other and to the sector overall and ultimately, to be able to collaborate and increase engagement in the valuable work of the community benefit sector.”
In addition to having strong representation from government – two provincial ministers will be attending in addition to our MLA, Mayor and several Councillors – ConvergenceYMM will welcome Cathy Taylor, Executive Director of the Ontario Non-profit Network and Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada.
“These two exemplary leaders will open and close the conference,” said Shannon. “Cathy has an impressive background and is particularly passionate about collaboration and leadership in the sector. Meanwhile, Bruce has a long history of leadership with national organizations and building innovative partnerships.”
The conference will also feature concurrent learning sessions, numerous plenary activities and networking segments.
And much like the first and second ConvergenceYMM events, the 2015 edition is made possible thanks to great sponsors and many volunteers who are working hard to pull it all together. It’s not too late to register. You can do so by clicking here. You can also visit the ConvergenceYMM website at www.convergenceymm.ca.