2014 Symposium Partners


Samuel Family Foundation

Within Canada and internationally, The Samuel Family Foundation actively engages in collaborative partnerships directed toward poverty eradication through community-led models; family support and Unified Sports for people with disabilities; preservation and celebration of culture and the arts; and innovation in medical research, healthcare delivery, environmental sustainability, education and youth empowerment.


The Synergos Institute helps solve the complex problems of poverty and inequality by promoting and supporting collaborations among business, government, civil society, and marginalized communities. Synergos creates the conditions for these partnerships to be successful by building trust, designing and implementing change processes, enhancing the effectiveness of bridging leaders and institutions, and sharing our knowledge and experience. Synergos Canada, an affiliate based in Toronto, supports several of Synergos’ leadership and partnership programs around the world, including this symposium.

TakingITGlobal is one of the world’s leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges. TakingITGlobal empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.


Community Foundations of Canada - all for community

Community Foundations of Canada is the network for the country’s 191 community foundations. We serve 82% of the Canadian population and include some of the country’s largest, and smallest, foundations. We invest in communities in many different ways including grantmaking, impact investing, contributing to community knowledge and bringing community players to the table to work together on issues of common concern.


Evergreen is a Canadian nonprofit organization that has been working since 1991 to restore the connection between Canada’s cities and the natural environment. Focusing on four program areas – Greenspace, Children, Food and CityWorks – Evergreen builds partnerships with diverse groups and engages key influencers and the public to inspire local action and create sustainable urban development. The symposium is being held at Evergreen Brick Works, a unique development in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley that serves as the site of Evergreen’s national headquarters.

OPHI - Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. OPHI aims to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded in people’s experiences and values.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics International is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. The organization is helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place – one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.