Advocacy & Government Relations - VIRTUAL

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Amplify the work of your organization with an effective advocacy strategy.

How do you create change when you don’t have the resources or authority to make the change yourself? Advocacy! Part 1 of this two-part workshop focuses on developing an effective strategy, while part 2 focuses on government relations and lobbying as specific advocacy strategies.

Program Details

Date & Time: August 11 and 13, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Virtual / Online Learning via Zoom
Price: Members - $95.00; Non-members - $115.00

Workshop Benefits

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Clarify your advocacy goals
  • Learn how to identify the decision maker(s) to connect with
  • Develop confidence to engage in advocacy work and engage with government stakeholders

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Articulate your priorities for advocacy work
  • Recognize the important of meaningful community engagement in your advocacy work
  • Identify key elements of an effective advocacy strategy
  • Differentiate between advocacy, lobbying and government relations
  • Describe what not-for-profits can and cannot do when engaging in advocacy work

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Date: August 11, 2020 9:30 am
Online / Virtual
Vancouver, BC
City of Vancouver


Geoff Urton

Knowledge Philanthropist

Recognized as a Vancouver Island Top-20 Under-40, Geoff leads the development of strategic programming and organizational development to further the aspirations of the charitable sector and the dedicated people who work and volunteer for the causes that matter most to them. A graduate of Stanford’s Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, Geoff is presently the BC SPCA’s General Manager of Strategy and Innovation. Also passionate about the environment and children’s health and wellness, Geoff serves on not-for-profit boards in these sectors. At home in Victoria, Geoff is known for turning anything possible into a game with his unbelievably fun wife and kids.


Omar Dominguez

Director, Government Relations & Sector Development

Omar has fourteen years of experience leading outstanding teams and pioneering initiatives in corporate, philanthropic, not-for-profit, and voluntary organizations. He has advised a broad range of international clients and stakeholders ranging from senior government officials, not-for-profits, business executives, investors, Indigenous groups, and some of the most active developers of affordable housing in this region. Omar brings a unique background leading the development of consulting services, research, and engagement initiatives across multiple economic sectors and geographic regions.

A strategic leader and an engaging communicator, Omar, is passionate about bringing disparate groups into productive collaboration. He also brings a unique lens on the relationship between civic engagement, sustainable finance, and community resilience. Omar serves as vice-chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, a volunteer citizen body with a mandate to advise the Mayor and Council about planning and development issues affecting the city.

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