The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations, in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Voluntary Sector Networks and provincial counterparts from across the country, are please to announce the 2014 edition of Counterparts Conference will be held in Winnipeg June 17th-19th.Topics include: Emerging Issues in Government Non-Profit Sector Relations; What We Need to Know to Have a Stable, Sustainable Non-Profit Sector: Defining the Research Agenda; Moving the Needle: How Social Innovation Processes Address Community Resiliency  and Innovative Developments in Various Provinces: What Can We Learn?

Featured Speakers:

Katherine Scott (Canadian Council on Social Development), Dr. Elizabeth Boris (Urban Institute) and Cathy Glover (Suncor Energy Inc). This event will be facilitated by Eugene Kostyra.

Katherine Scott: Katherine Scott has worked in the social development field as a researcher, writer and advocate over >> Read More Cathy Glover: After almost 20 years with the non-profit sector, Cathy joined Suncor Energy Inc. to manage both the Suncor Energy Foundation and the >> Read More

Elizabeth Boris: In September of 1996, Elizabeth T. Boris became the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy >> Read More Eugene Kostyra: Mr. Kostyra concluded employment as the Secretary to the Community and Economic Development Committee of Cabinet (CEDC), Government of Manitoba >> Read More

Deadline to register has been EXTENDED to May 30th. Cost: $400 per person. Cheque payable to Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations. This does not include accommodations.

Rooms for the conference are available for $118 a night through Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park. Please mention you are part of Counterparts to get this rate. To book by phone, please call 1-888-332-2623 (CANAD).

Please let us know if you require any disability related accommodations or if you have any special dietary considerations.

If you are looking for more information on Counterparts, please contact the MFNPO at or 204-272-6088.

For information about visiting Winnipeg, click here.

Schedule for Counterparts

Day 1
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration + light breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Federation and Government Counterparts parallel meetings

9 am start for Government

9 am start for CFVSN

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – Community Foundations of Canada 

Speaker: Rick Frost

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Emerging Issues in Government Non-Profit Sector Relations

Speaker: Katherine Scott (Canadian Council on Social Development)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Q & A
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Facilitated discussion
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Reception & dinner
7:30 pm – 7:45 pm Welcome and Greetings
7:45 pm – 8:15 pm Keynote Address: Government of Manitoba Initiatives to Strengthen the Non-Profit Sector


Special guest: Melanie Wight (MLA for Burrows)

Q and A’s

8:15 pm to 10:30 pm Wrap up day 1 – Networking- Cash bar


Day 2
7:30 am – 8:30 am Light breakfast + registration
8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome and Introductions
8:45 am – 10:00 am What We Need to Know to Have a Stable, Sustainable Non-Profit Sector: Defining the Research Agenda

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Boris (Urban Institute)


Q and A’s – Interactive participate discussion

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Facilitated process

Interactive: all participant discussion

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch – Imagine Canada Presentation 

Speaker: Bill Schaper

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Facilitated process

Interactive: all participant discussion

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Jurisdictional updates

Participant roundtable and plenary discussion

3:00 pm – 3:15 Break
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Panel discussion: Innovative Developments in Various Provinces: What Can We Learn?
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Panel Discussion on theme developed from jurisdictional updates.
6:30 (Pick up at hotel) Community Supper at a social enterprise: Neechi Foods


Day 3
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am – 10:00 am Sector Panel : Examples of Social Innovation Through Social Finance

Participant discussion

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break and check out time for hotel guests
10:30 am – 11:30 am Moving the Needle: How Social Innovation Processes Address Community Resiliency

Speaker: Cathy Glover  (Suncor Energy Inc)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Facilitated discussion
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – MFNPO’s HR HUB and Executive Coaching Program


Speaker: Courtney Marchant

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Counterparts (Parallel sessions CFVSN and Government Colleagues)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Joint Plenary and Closing Remarks

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