The Gathering: Manitoba's CD/CED Conference

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Ten years ago, our Gathering theme focused on the inspiring way in which people came together to shape their world and tackle threats to people, the planet, and our economies in the wake of the great recession. Once again, we find ourselves and our communities on shifting ground. A host of issues like the urgency of climate change, resources and people that are stretched too thin, tensions between governments and communities, discrimination, global migration and poverty have created a sense of unease and uncertainty. As the sustainability of our work, movements, and leadership become increasingly challenging, we are finding that we may not be as resilient as we thought.

But once again, in the face of adversity, we see powerful and transformative actions happening and people coming together to fight for a better world. From the global #metoo and March For Our Lives actions, to local movements seeking justice in an age of reconciliation, pushing for community to be placed at the centre of decision making, and creating innovative solutions with diverse people and ideas, civil society is responding and demanding that our voices and priorities be heard. We are on the edge of change, and finding our way through the uncertainty will take innovation and audacity. But with the determination, passion and commitment we see around us, we believe that change will translate into stronger, sustainable, inclusive, and equitable communities.  

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Schedule | Plenary | Workshops | Sponsors | 2017 Highlights 


 8:00-8:45am  Registration and Networking with Coffee and Refreshments
 8:45-10:00am  Opening Plenary Discussion on "The Edge of Change" 
 10:00-10:30am   Networking Break 
 10:30-12:00pm  Session One
 12:00-1:00pm   Lunch 
 1:00-2:30pm  Session Two 
 2:30-2:45pm  Networking Break 
 2:45-4:15pm   Session Three 
 4:15-4:30pm  Closing Remarks with the Gathering Planning Team 

Other Details:

  • 30 workshop sessions to choose from.
  • Catered lunch by local cooperatives and social enterprises.
  • To reduce our waste at the conference please bring a travel mug with you.
  • This is a scent free event! Please try to refrain from wearing any scents at the conference.


Our opening plenary session will feature a multi-generational panel discussion on "The Edge of Change." Continue checking this space as additional information will be released soon. 


The Gathering offers a full day of professional development, with over 30 workshops, at an accessible pay-what-you-can rate. For a list of our confirmed workshops, click on the link below. Additional workshops and full schedule available soon. 

View Confirmed Workshops 

2018 Gathering Sponsors

Thank you to this year's partners and sponsors!

Event Partners:


Learning Sponsors: 

Connecting Sponsors: 

Thanks to all our other sponsors and supporters! Interested in supporting? Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities or Contact Sarah Leeson-Klym at 204-943-0547 or 

2017 Gathering Highlights

Click here to download the 2017 Gathering Final Report

Previous Gatherings:

 2017 |2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

For more information on this year's Gathering, how to sponsor or get involved, contact gathering at

The Gathering is an annual pay-what-you-can event where Manitoba’s community builders connect, learn, and celebrate success. It is open to all from staff of community organizations, to civil servants, funders, students, academics, or anyone interested in community development and community economic development.