Impact Hub Maker’s Festival


– Co-Creating for a better tomorrow –

Once a year, the Impact Hub Network gathers to share best practices in hosting collaborative spaces and global networks for impact. This year, hosted in Impact Hub Montreal‘s unique church setting, Salon 1861, we look forward to exploring the practice of hosting, innovating the business model of shared spaces, and governance from the local to global level from June 24th, 2018 until June 26th, 2018.

Are you a change-maker or interested in inspiring, connecting or enabling social innovators?
Do you want to learn from experts, share knowledge and build your network around the world?

Then Makers Festival is for you! 

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Local Impact

No change happens at scale without first starting locally, in our own neighborhoods and communities. Through this lens, hosting brings together those who share challenges in their neighborhoods and communities – virtually and in shared spaces, through design and governance models that reflect the needs of those who will benefit. Creating a strong local community must also look at ways to allow for self-reflection and learning, for inclusiveness and succession, while at the same time preparing and empowering the community to scale.


Regional Impact

Once strong at the local level, communities from across regions and networks can begin to reach out, to work together, and explore how to affect larger, stronger networks. Exploring the various models that allow for closer collaborations, participants will learn more about the opportunities available, such as B-Corps. How do we share best practices around critical components needed to succeed at the network level, such as gaining access to capital, governance for scale and across regions and cultures, and, not least of all, building a strong sense of community across networks and regions?


Global Impact

Building resilient local and regional networks is how true Global change is realized, but where challenges remain. The desire to maintain the closeness of the local while reaching out across multiple continents and cultures, of respecting the beliefs and efforts of others, and of finding new and innovative ways to create synergy across different methodologies prevail. At this level, the right corporate partner can help to bring the foundation needed to further enhance and amplify the impact we seek to have. The role of networks in influencing policy and helping to achieve global goals, such as the SDGs, becomes more tangible.

Meet our Keynote Speakers
Ajmaal Satar

Ajmal Sataar
President et Fondateur, Inspire Nunavut

Ajmal is the Founder and President of Inspire Nunavut, an organization that runs a social entrepreneurship training program and accelerator for youth to challenge the complex problems they face in their remote communities.

The initiative is creating some of the first collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystems in Nunavut, where enterprises being created integrate Inuit culture and values, increase community and economic development, and are increasing the community’s standard of living.

John Cleveland 2

John Cleveland
Co-founder Innovation Network for Communities

John is President and a co-founder of the Innovation Network for Communities (INC), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. INC works in three primary sectors: urban sustainability; high performing urban K-12 school; and adult workforce development. John also serves on a part time basis as the Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (www.greenribboncommission.org), a group of 34 business and civic leaders supporting the implementation of the City of Boston Climate Action Plan.


Adam Kahane
Founder and Partner, Reos Partners

Adam Kahane’s thinking about how to approach difficult challenges changed in 1991 when he helped a team of South African leaders think through how to effect the transition from apartheid to democracy. He learned that such complex matters are not simply problems to be solved by experts but problematic situations to be worked through by stakeholders. He also learned that diverse teams—made up not just of colleagues and friends but also of opponents and enemies—can do this work collaboratively. This experience transformed Adam’s understanding of his vocation. He left Shell, moved to Cape Town, and co-founded Reos Partners, that supports collaborative efforts to address complex challenges around the world.

Logistics and Important Information


  • June 24th – Kick-off evening (6 pm – 10 pm)
  • June 25th – Day 1 
  • June 26th – Day 2



Makers Festival ticket includes:

  • Festival Access on both event days (June 25th and June 26th, 2018)
  • Full Access to the 2-day program of keynotes, workshops and knowledge-sharing experiences
  • Full Access to 20+ breakout workshops on topics from community hosting, business innovation, and global governance models.
  • Access to all networking formats
  • Access to all materials prior to and after the event
  • Access to the opening event (June 24, 2018)
  • Meals (lunch and snacks for the two days)

Makers Festival ticket does not include:

  • Accommodation
  • Any kind of transportation apart from the ones mentioned on the left.


Cost: C$ 480.00


For more information please contact: globalthering@impacthub.net

See you in Montreal!

Convened by:
RED-Ottawa-Up and Running-DG
RED-Montréal-Up and Running-DG
Global Partners
Network Partners
Neighbourhood Partners