Vancouver Gathering


When & Where

Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:30 am to Friday, September 15, 3:00 pm

Granville Island Hotel 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Where to Stay

Granville Island Hotel

Power+Systems has reserved a block of rooms at $199 CAD per night plus tax.


Make the most of your travels and enjoy nearby activities and attractions: VancouverVictoria and Whistler

12 September: Pre-Conference When Cultures Meet Workshop

Barry Oshry and Marsha Coleman will facilitate this lively, engaging and relevant workshop aimed at illuminating the myriad issues and dynamics at play in organizations, communities and societies when two or more cultures meet, and various strategies for working together more effectively. Click here to register. 

13 September: Pre-Conference When Cultures Meet Certification

Learn to facilitate the When Cultures Meet Workshop during this full-day certification session! Attendance at a When Cultures Meet workshop is a pre-requisite for certification. Click here to register.

14 September: Power + Systems Global Trainer Gathering Day One –

This day will bring together the strength of our community of trainers and looks to harness the power of our perspectives and experiences through activities, discussions and shared learning. Click here to register .

In particular:

AM Session: Sharing Our Practices, Experiences and Observations: Participants are encouraged to reflect on their approach to incorporating Power + Systems concepts, methods and practices into their personal and professional lives prior to attending the conference. During a facilitated two-hour morning session each person will be invited to answer the following questions:

What issues, patterns, or experiences do you notice in your organisation(s) in regard to Power + Systems work? What experiences have you had with Power+Systems work with younger, flatter, more distributed organisations? What are you noticing in your practice in terms of sector-specific issues, barriers and opportunities where Power+Systems offerings can help?What are some of the best practices you have seen in: a) embedding Power + Systems work into internal leadership development programs; b) supporting live project work in organizations; and/or c) large group or all-staff meetings? How has the OW and/or WCM work affected your life & influenced your practice? Or has it? If not, how come?

PM Session: Dialogic OD and the Connection to Power+Systems Principles:

Dr. Gervase Bushe, author of Clear Leadership and Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change, will lead participants through activities and conversations about the ways Dialogic OD principles and Power+Systems principles can inform each other and point to new ways of taking action.   


15 September: Power+Systems Global Trainer Gathering Day Two –

Building on the topics and emerging issues identified during the first day of the gathering, participants will self-select into two concurrent sessions of their choosing. Some topics will emerge from the process with attendees at the end of the first day, while others have been chosen in advance of the gathering based on trainer input from around the globe. 

Some innovative, pre-determined concurrent session offerings are:

Asynchronous and Distributed Delivery of an Organization Workshop: Using a structured Design Thinking methodology, 3 trainers have been collaborating to develop a proposed means of facilitating an OW in a virtually enabled, asynchronous way. A storyboard of OW processes will be presented and trainers will be invited to ask questions, provide ideas, and provide direct input and reflections on the implications of this method of delivery.

Best Practices in Embedding Power+Systems Work into Organizations: Trainers work in many different settings, organizations and contexts. This session builds on the discussions from the morning of the first day. Participants will be invited to share and learn from one another in this self-organized session, successful strategies for bringing Power+Systems offerings to market.

Practical Strategies for Design Variations: Many trainers, OD consultants and facilitators use a variety of ways to help their constituent groups learn the concepts and strategies associated with Power+Systems models and methods. This session affords participants the opportunity to self-organize and share how they modify the full certification designs (i.e. 2-day OW, 1-day WCM) to suit the needs of the client organization or participant groups. 

Opportunities in the Middle: Trainers have raised the oft-overlooked power and possibilities of helping others lead from the middle. Some trainers have oriented their practice or programs to pursue the value proposition of leading from the middle. In this session, participants interested in exploring this topic will self-organize and share their ideas and practices about how to tap into the potential middle integration holds. Bring ideas, agendas and examples to share and others will do the same!


Connecting with Great Colleagues

Our community of trainers and practitioners around the globe is growing. Come break bread and meet colleagues both familiar and new in a beautiful setting.

In addition to a hosted Meet+Greet on Wednesday, Sept 13th at 6:00 PM, participants will have an opportunity to dine together on site, and at a hosted dinner on Thursday Sept 14th at 6PM.

Granville Island is a fantastic space to go for a walk with a colleague as you build relationships, or to browse through the vibrant Granville Island Market and surrounding area. Many past attendees remark that connecting with like-minded, passionate colleagues has been a highlight of their experience. 

We will also take this opportunity to connect with members of the Leadership Integration Team (LIT) whose mission is to carry the Soul and Methods of Power+Systems into the Future.

 We hope to see you there!

When & Where

Tuesday, September 12, 8:30-4:30 pm, When Cultures Meet Workshop

Wednesday, September 13, 8:30-4:30 pm, When Cultures Meet Workshop Certification

Thursday, September 14, 8:30 am to Friday, September 15, 3:00 pm

Granville Island Hotel 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

About Vancouver

The timing for Power+Systems Global Trainer Gathering could not be better.  Vancouver and the West Coast of Canada are exciting, breathtaking and affordable during the late summer.

September is an amazing time of year to visit one of the best cities to live in in the world. For helpful information as you plan your trip, follow #veryvancouver or go to

Vancouver is also only a hop, skip and a jump to beautiful Vancouver Island, home of some of the best experiences this part of the world has to offer.

Our local trainers on the planning committee would be happy to help point you in the right direction if you are looking to explore “super natural BC"

COST (all costs are USD):

When Cultures Meet Workshop: $393
When Cultures Meet Workshop + Certification: (for OW Trainers only): $892
Trainer Community Global Gathering: $498
Trainer Community Global Gathering, When Cultures Meet Workshop + Certification: $1181


For When Cultures Meet Workshop and the Certification: Continental breakfast and lunch on September 12+13, and 5% GST. 

For Trainer Community Global Gathering: Meet+Greet on September 13, continental breakfast and lunch September 14+15, a celebratory group dinner in downtown Vancouver Thursday, September 14, and 5% GST.


Power+Systems has booked a block of rooms at the newly renovated Granville Island Hotel at the rate of $199 plus tax/night.  Call the hotel directly for reservations at 604.683.7373.  Mention you want a room with Power+Systems block of rooms.  Rooms will be held in the block until August 11, 2017.