Rebecca Sutherns, PhD CPF
Regional Director for Canada

Thanks for your interest in what’s happening in Canada with the IAF!

With most of us switching our facilitation practices heavily toward online meetings, IAF Canada has not only done the same, but is focusing our efforts on supporting our members to upskill in digital facilitation while helping them stay connected. While local chapter work is mostly on hold, national and international connections through the IAF have been booming! We love to learn together.

Look here for a running list of digital events. One advantage of switching to virtual is that we truly can access world class talent and attend international events at the click of a button.

Upcoming IAF Canada Learning Sessions
In our conversation about value for membership, I heard that members appreciate connecting more frequently, so I am scheduling four learning sessions for the following dates:

March 9, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET – Can touch this! Integrating analog tools and techniques into virtual workshops. We all know that Zoom fatigue is setting in and keeping people engaged and energized during workshops or long meetings takes extra effort. One option to break up the virtualness of virtual workshops is by using analog tools and kinesthetic techniques. In this co-learning workshop, Tamara Eberle will share some of the ways she has been integrating the virtual and physical, and invite the group to share their practices and experiences as well. The session runs from 1-2 p.m. ET, followed by coffee and conversation. 

Click here to register.

April 15 – 3 p.m. ET – As part of a monthly global series highlighting various resources on Sessionlab that will start in February, this Canadian-hosted session will feature the Decision Making tools available to IAF members. More details to follow.

Starting in May, we’ll be starting a monthly series of Facilitation Case Studies where people can showcase learnings from recent facilitation challenges or ask the group to weigh in on the design of an upcoming session. I’m looking for people to sign up to facilitate — we’ll need two cases per month of 30 minutes each. Is this offer for you?

Watch our Twitter feed and the IAF Canada groups on Facebook and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information on upcoming events and opportunities. If you’re a member, watch your inbox too.

You don’t have to wait for an upcoming event to get connected! Suggest a meetup, volunteer your time to make our association even stronger, post a question online or contact me directly. The value of your association with the IAF increases the more you put into it.

And don’t forget to access all of the great opportunities and resources available through the IAF, such as Certification, the Facilitation Impact Awards, the mentorship program, opportunities to advertise and find facilitation work, and so much more.

I’ll look forward to connecting with you directly. In the meantime, I hope you can use and share these fabulous new Facilitation has Impact videos to promote the power of facilitation worldwide.


    For more information

    You can find out more about the IAF’s activities in Canada by contacting:

    • Rebecca Sutherns, Regional Director for Canada, for establishing a new Chapter or for anything related to IAF.

    The Canada region also shares information via Facebook Group (IAF Canada), Twitter (@IAFCanada) and LinkedIn (IAF Canada). 

    IAF Chapter(s) in Canada

    In order to establish and maintain a chapter, we need:

    • Local IAF facilitators ready to commit time to take on the Chapter Lead's role. You don't have to do this alone, this role can be shared.
    • A minimum of 5 IAF members in good standing willing to put their names forward to make and maintain a local Chapter status.
    • Local IAF members and non-members to join the Chapter, to champion, promote, coordinate and participate in local Chapter activities in order to sustain as a Chapter. Local activities are meant to provide you with networking opportunities, shared learning and personal / professional development.
    • Approval from the IAF Board to establish a new Chapter.