Collaboration Forum – BRIDGES 2021


We are excited to announce that registration for our BRIDGES 2021 Collaboration Forum is now open.

BRIDGES 2021 is a city-wide Collaboration and Partnership Forum that brings together service provider representatives from across the Greater Toronto Area and from multiple sectors to discuss, share experiences and learn about collaboration and partnership building. In addition to learning, the Forum offers opportunities for participants to share and discuss their own ideas for collective action with other forum attendees.

This year, the Forum will be held virtually. Detailed information on how to join the virtual conference platform will be sent to registered participants before the event.

BRIDGES 2021 is a free event.

Forum Agenda

10:00 – 10:15am Login, coffee, networking

10:15 – 10:30am Opening and welcome remarks: Suman Roy, Scarborough Food Security Initiative   

10:30 – 11:45am Panel: Building Resilience Through (New) Collaborations During COVID-19

11:45 – 12:30pm Lunch break and networking

12:30 – 1:45pm Concurrent workshops:

  • WORKSHOP 1: Addressing newcomer unemployment through collaborative engagement of employers
  • WORKSHOP 2: Working together to strengthen supports for victims of gender-based violence 
  • WORKSHOP 3: Addressing oppression and racism through collective action
  • WORKSHOP 4: What is the future of digital/hybrid settlement service delivery?

1:45 – 2:15pm Rest break and networking

2:15 – 3:15pm Collaboration Action Session

3:15 – 3:35pm Closing Address:  Fraser Valentine, Assistant Deputy Minister, Settlement and Integration Sector, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

3:35 – 3:45pm Forum wrap-up and evaluation

*Due to limited space and to help ensure a broad representation of different organizations at the Forum, registration is limited to two representatives per organization, on a first come, first served basis. Additional representatives will be placed on a wait list and registered if space is available.

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