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:

November 27, 11 am - 12 pm ET – We will have Kira Tchernikovsky, a fresh IAF member, ready to soak up your wisdom on how to effectively leverage facilitation skills in her marketing consultancy practice (in the making). And maybe how to develop a standalone facilitation proposition to serve clients beyond marketing. Symbolically, this will be the day she officially ends her corporate job and opens up for new endeavours. So let's cheer her on and equip her with valuable advice that will undoubtedly be useful to others too.

Kira is a strategic international marketing leader with proven execution and people skills. She brings 14 years of marketing experience in Israel and North America across B2C and B2B, in a variety of industries including banking, Fintech, gaming, media agency. Kira is a mom of three from Vaughan. She speaks English, Hebrew and Russian, and moved to Canada three years ago from Tel Aviv, Israel.

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December 17, 4:30 - 5:30 pm ET (please note change in time) – How to engage a group in co-creating Safe Space? Leslie Giddings M.Ed., OCT, CPF will provide reflections on the planning and design process. What key assumptions are necessary to examine as facilitators in order to tap the energy and wisdom of the group?

Leslie is an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator and relationship-driven educator with a unique combination of experience in the education and non-profit sectors. She designs and delivers practical experiences; working with clients towards goals they have identified. As an Educational Consultant, her approach is to enable clients to observe their own learning and take concrete steps to nurture it. She provides a scaffold of support as clients navigate challenges and experience success. 

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January 13, 4 - 5 pm ET – Ian Pettigrew is the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. He’ll lead a session called Connection Points – Making Remote Tools Meaningful.

Here’s Ian’s invitation to us:
Bring your “critical friend” lens to our 60-minute virtual work session together as we explore and play with some methods, strategies and tools than can support our facilitation practice…at a distance.

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February 8, 12 - 1 pm ET – Chris Carter will facilitate a session called Virtual Meetings That Go Wrong…and How to Make Them Right.

Digital disruption is everywhere…and facilitation is no different. I know I miss being in the same physical space as the groups I’m helping. You might think going virtual is second best, but come to this session to challenge your assumptions about what groups can do when they are not necessarily in the same place or even the same time. Chris will facilitate an expert panel discussion – that means you! – about what works and what doesn’t with virtual facilitation. Collaborate with colleagues to learn what can be done to make your next process with clients the best (virtual) experience you’ve ever facilitated. 

A long-time proponent of innovative group processes like Open Space, Future Search and Appreciative Inquiry, Chris is actively exploring, experimenting and engaging with clients to solve those tough problems and get things done in our new virtual reality through innovative facilitation tools and techniques. Recently returned to his independent consulting roots, Chris has also worked in Canada, the U.S. and around the world for firms like DMR, A.T. Kearney and KPMG.

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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.