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Navigating Government Relations – Lunch & Learn

April 24, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

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How can your organization work with and navigate all levels of government? 

How can your nonprofit/charity develop strong working relationships with the government? 

How can you work with the government to champion effective public policy that advances the mission and fundraising of organizations individually and the sector as a whole? 


If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, then SVP Waterloo Region’s next workshop is for you!

On April 24th, join SVP Waterloo Region, in partnership with BDO Canada, for a lunch-and-learn on navigating your way through government relations. 

Our guest speaker Melissa Durrell (who served two terms as UpTown Waterloo’s City Councilor) will lead a presentation that will look at how your organization can work with different levels of government, how to develop strong working relationships with the government, and how to frame your organization’s needs/issues and effectively pitch them to decision makers. There will also be time for a Q&A session.


Join us:

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
The Accelerator Centre – 295 Hagey Blvd, Waterloo



General admission – $10 (includes lunch)

SVP Partners and SVP Investee staff/board/volunteers receive complimentary admission.

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Speaker Bio: Melissa Durrell

Melissa Durrell - photoBeginning as an award-winning TV journalist, Melissa reported news across the country for nearly two decades before founding her own company, Durrell Communications. Bridging the gap between startups and venture capital, Melissa has successfully coached hundreds of CEOs, helping raise more than $100M in scale-up dollars.  

Working with Women’s March Global as the Media and PR Director, she is dedicated to empowering female leaders, challenging others to think big, fostering connections, and amplifying changemakers. 

Melissa’s passion for communications and making a difference in the community has also led her to a career in politics, serving two terms as UpTown Waterloo’s City Councilor. During that time, she was recognized as a Top 40 under 40 community leader. She enjoys sharing her experience on navigating the government, shaping public policy, and communicating effectively with decision-makers.