The process for designing the school for civil society is being managed by a team of three people who form

the “Catalyst Team”:

Wayne Caldwell, Belinda Leach and Linda Hawkins

Wayne Caldwell is currently the Director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Throughout his career as an academic and planner he has worked with rural municipalities, farm organizations and other stakeholders in addressing complex issues in the rural landscape. His most recent partnerships focus on building capacity for social entrepreneurship with rural civil society organizations.

Linda Hawkins (facilitator for the Catalyst Team)
is Director of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship and theResearch Shop at the University of Guelph, which seek to build capacity for engagement among community, faculty and students. She has extensive experience designing and facilitating complex community-university research partnerships around the needs of civil society.

Belinda Leach is the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Social & Human Sciences. She is a community engaged scholar with expertise in gender  and livelihoods (through a community-university research alliance RWMC), in civil society movements such as labour organizations, and with women’s organizations in rural Canada and the Caribbean.


Re-imagining the role of the university bottom arrow

Dialogue goals

  • Broaden and deepen our and thinking on the meaning of civil society
  • Explore the linkages between the universities and civil society sectors
  • Engage university and civil society constituents in a process of imagining how the University of Guelph can move in a direction of greater engagement

Building Blocks of Civil Society