Strengthening Stewardship Networks In The Lake Simcoe Watershed


Social Network Analysis (SNA) involves mapping and measuring how organizations, groups and people connect and interact with one another. Results serve as a foundation for developing strategies and initiatives to make networks, and the organizations that comprise them, more efficient, effective and impactful.

We will be conducting a study to examine the strength of connections amongst agricultural commodity associations, environmental organizations and grassroots farm organizations in the Lake Simcoe watershed. Data will be generated using a two-part online survey to gather information on organizational attributes and relationships among organizations with interests in the stewardship of the Lake Simcoe watershed. The survey was developed in the fall of 2017, and it was sent out to various organizations last December. The results will provide a snapshot of the capacity of these organizations, and a sense of opportunities that may exist to build relationships, strengthen the network and foster collaboration.

Maps that visualize relationships among participating organizations will form the basis for an in-basin workshop that brings together representatives of farm/commodity organizations and ENGOs to interpret the SNA results and identify opportunities to enhance stewardship through cooperation and collaboration. The in-basin workshop and the survey results are the major deliverables of this project. The results will also be shared via a webbased platform, project report, and possibly through conference presentations and a webinar in the spring.

The Project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Project Advisory Committee:

Jody Mott, Holland Marsh Growers’ Association
Bruce Kelly, Farm & Food Care
Leah Emms, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Hugh Simpson, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Katherine Fox, Beef Farmers of Ontario
Terry Rees, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
Ryan Post, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Project Team

Paul Bubelis, Sustainability Network
Tony Maas, Freshwater Future Canada
April Weppler, Freshwater Future Canada
Dr. Julia Baird, Social Network Analysis Consultant