Community-University Partnership

The Complex Journey to Policy

Join the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families as we discuss the complex journey to policy by presenting two distinct events.  Separate registration is required for each event:

Event #1:  Annual Celebration Event
On the Road to Policy: A Journey Through the Looking Glass
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Speaker:  Lisa Lalande

Date:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (networking opportunity with lunch buffet until 12 Noon, presentation to follow) 
Location:  Edmonton City Hall


The nature of policy is that it is never permanent – it is always exposed to being changed. It is challenging, complicated, complex and sometimes messy.   If there is no straight line to policy and the roadmaps are constantly changing, how do you wade your way through it?  The journey to policy is really about understanding ‘impact’ and being able to articulate what you do and why you do it. The work is intentional and ongoing. The relationships you create and the processes you also choose are as important as the outcome.  Join us as Lisa unpacks key components of the policy journey – breaking down the complexity using practical examples.  She will share her stories and insights into what can be done to simplify and better navigate the journey to policy change.


Event #2:  Public Lecture
Policy Capacity in the Social Sector: A critical time to engage
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Speakers:  Lisa Lalande and Joanne Cave

Date:  Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time:  1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Location:  L1-490 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA), UofA Campus (114 Street and 87 Avenue)

Many of us working in the social sector have varying levels of experience in contributing to or engaging in policy conversations. Our policy capacity can be influenced by the mandate of our organization, our capacity and resources, or our comfort in the policy environment. Lisa Lalande and Joanne Cave (Mowat NFP) will draw on their experiences of engaging in social sector policy development provincially, nationally, and internationally to address the role we all play in policy. No matter what your perceived level of 'policy capacity', we all have ways we experience or interact with policy. Whether you are aware of the current context in which social policies are developed, contributing to the evidence they draw on, or engaging in emerging policy conversations, we all need to be part of the conversation. 


Speaker Bios:

Lisa Lalande is the Executive Director for the Mowat Centre’s Not-for-Profit Research Hub (Mowat NFP). The Mowat Centre is an independent public policy think tank located at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.  Mowat NFP’s research looks at long-standing structural, foundational, and systemic issues relating to how governments and the NFP sector work together from a systems-lens. Mowat NFP’s research agenda focuses on assessing the policy drivers and enabling conditions that can strengthen, accelerate and scale the NFP sector’s contributions to building thriving communities and improve well-being.

Prior to this role, Lisa was on the executive management team at Lift Philanthropy Partners, a venture philanthropy organization that helps organizations increase their accountability, establish performance metrics, and improve their overall capacity to deliver social impact.  For almost a decade, Lisa held a variety of senior management positions at Habitat for Humanity during a time of national and international strategic realignment. She led a cross-functional team in expanding the association’s domestic and international homebuilding activities, diversifying funding models and partnerships, establishing impact measurement approaches, and strengthening the Canadian association’s infrastructure. Lisa’s career also included working in retail banking and wealth management supporting proposed mergers and large-scale restructuring exercises. Lisa studied at the prestigious Glenn Gould Professional School of Music, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, and York University's Schulich Business School.  

Joanne Cave is currently completing the third year of her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Joanne has worked part-time as a Senior Policy Associate for Mowat NFP since 2016, co-authoring numerous papers on legislative and regulatory reform in the non-profit and charitable sector. She has also worked for Homeward Trust Edmonton as a research and evaluation analyst, supporting numerous agencies in the homeless-serving system in their data collection, research and policy initiatives. Joanne holds a M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (Hons.) in Women and Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto. She is a 2013 Rhodes Scholar.