Introduction to Joan Roberts, Author

Joan Roberts MA , is a Toronto based writer with a number of publications and books available on a variety of topics. Joan gained her work and life experience after long career in labour organizing, social justice activism, urban planning and development, politics, governance, organization development, consulting and training. Her first two books developed her pioneering work on inter-organizational collaborations.

Alliances, Coalitions and Partnerships: Building Collaborative Organizations was published by New Society Publishers in 2004. It is directed to the government and nonprofit sector and is a primer on how to organize multi-stakeholder processes and organizations. Governance for Collaboratives: A Guide to Resolving Power and Conflict Issues was published in 2010. It is a more of how to book directing the reader on how to set up the governance needed for hybrid organizations. Both books are available for purchase in hard copy and ebook form on this website.

In 2015, Dundurn Press published Cracked: How Telephone Operators Took on Canada's Largest Corporation and Won! to honour the organizers that successfully unionized Bell Canada telephone operators and dining service staff. These workers improved their wages, working conditions and pensions and through collective bargaining achieved extended maternity leave benefits prompting the national government to provide year long maternity leave benefits to all employed women in Canada.

This book won the Allison Prentice Award of the Ontario Historical Association for the best book on women’s history in Ontario from 2013-2016. It was also nominated for a Toronto Heritage Book Award.

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