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 1 to October 31, 2020. 

Over a period of 8 months, 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 cohort runs from September to April. It starts with a 2-day retreat in September, followed by 6 encounters. A contribution of $ 1,000 and a resolution of the Board of Directors are requested. These registration fees include:  

  • The 8 days of training, including a wrap-up encounter with a public event to share learning outcomes
  • Fees for external speakers and trainers 
  • Teaching materials 
  • Meals and lodging during the retreat
  • Fees for field visits, if applicable 
  • Personalized support by the social innovator in residence, 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.

  • January 21 and 22: 2-day retreat (with overnight stay on January 21)
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • June 29

Registrations are generally launched in June in order to start in September. The selection of participants is announced during the month of July.

Registrations for the sixth edition are now closed.

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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