On the Road to Policy: A Journey Through the Looking Glass

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Edmonton City Hall

1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

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Join the CUP at our Annual Celebration Event as we discuss the complex journey to policy.

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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.

Lisa Lalande Bio

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.

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Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

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