THE COHORT

The co-development cohort on the culture of change and social innovation was born out of a need expressed by organizations to go beyond training workshops. Since 2014, organizations eager to explore new possibilities join forces to lean, reflect, get inspired and experiment.
Caution: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the next cohort will begin in January 2021. The registration process will take place from October 15 to November 16, 2020

Over a period of 8 months (6 months this year), a dozen NPO executive directors meet to deepen and exchange their knowledge on various issues they encounter in their daily professional lives. New models of management, storytelling, financing, communication, governance, impact… the topics are diversified and adapted to the expressed interests and needs of each cohort.

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6th cohort 2019-2020: Julie Mercure (Milieu éducatif la Source), Frédéric Loury (Art Souterrain), Katty Taillon (Fondation Véro&Louis), Estelle Huard (Espace-Famille Villeray), Marie-Krystine Longpré (Fondation du cégep Édouard-Montpetit), Caroline Target (Le Moulin à Musique), Rachel Guidet (CODEM), Barry McCullough (Morrin Centre), Benoit Mercille (Fondation Monique-Fitz-Back), Benoit Delage (CREDDO), Nicolas Zorn (Observatoire québécois des inégalités)

Organizations wishing to initiate a change; they feel they need to be accompanied in order to meet the new requirements of funders in terms of innovation; they would like to facilitate the implementation of new ways of doing things within their team.

The 7th cohort will run from January to June 2021. Several encounters are programmed. The sessions and teaching supports are mainly in French. 

This year, a contribution of $ 500 (instead of $ 1,000) and a resolution of the Board of Directors are requested.
These registration fees include:  

  • The sessions of training
  • Fees for external speakers and trainers 
  • Teaching materials 
  • Meals and meeting rooms, if applicable
  • Personalized support, according to the needs of each organization

Various actors contribute to the cohort.

The Foundation’s philanthropic activities team acts as host, and liaison with the various stakeholders who share their knowledge.

André Fortin, the Foundation’s social innovator in residence*, leads the sessions, delivering theoretical content as well as concrete exercises and tools to be put into practice within the organizations.

*Inspired by the Artist in Residence, who designs a creation by integrating a place and obtaining more resources, the Social Innovative in Residence supports the teams in moving the organization toward best practices: designing work processes that favour relationships and avoid compartmentalized approaches, enhancing the employees’ dormant competencies, developing a culture of innovation and the reflexes to deal with change and complexity.

Please note :  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the sessions will initially be virtual. In order to offer participants the best experience possible, two virtual workshops have been planned monthly, instead of a the habitual full day. Some dates have however been identified in bold for possible full days in person, if public health measures allow it. If, for any given month, a full day was to take place in person, the second (virtual) workshop would be cancelled.

In person meetings would take place in Montréal.

  • January 21 and 22: from 9am to noon (in remplacement of the usual retreat)
  • February 4: from 9am to noon
  • February 18: from 9am to noon
  • March 11from 9am to noon or 9am to 4pm, in person
  • March 25: from 9am to noon
  • April 8: from 9am to noon
  • April 22from 9am to noon or 9am to 4pm, in person
  • May 6: from 9am to noon
  • May 20from 9am to noon or 9am to 4pm, in person
  • June 3: from 9am to noon
  • June 17: from 9am to noon
  • June 29from 9am to 2pm, with lunch, or 9am to 4pm, in person

Registrations are open until November 16, at noon. Here is the application

You need to convince the members of your Board that your participation in the cohort is a well-worth investment?
We thought of you! Here is a series of arguments that convinced us to launch the cohort! (available in French only)

For more information, please contact us at 514-876-4555.

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