Workshop FAQ


After reviewing this FAQ, please email Matt Schaaf, MANifest Change Coordinator, at or call 613 400 8727 to determine a date. Whenever possible, please book at least two weeks in advance so that we can organize our volunteer facilitators. However, we are sometimes able to accommodate last minute requests, so do get in touch!


MANifest Change facilitates training for youth, university students, fraternities, sports teams, workplaces and more.

Whenever possible, we facilitate a series of four workshops (1.5 - 2hrs each) that cover Masculinities, Consent Culture, Bystander Skills and Ally Skills. Participants gain an understanding of healthy masculinity, how to negotiate personal boundaries with another person (e.g. friends, an intimate partner) and skills to prevent Gender-based Violence in their social circles, at school, on the bus or at work.

Workshops focus on the role of men and boys in preventing Gender-based Violence and Violence Against Women (GBV and VAW). They are suitable for people of all genders, with the exception of the Masculinities workshop which is for participants who identify as men only.

Ideal group size is 12-30 participants.

Workshops are conducted through large and small group discussion, interactive activities that get people out of their chairs, analyzing videos and hands-on skills training.


For both all-male and mixed gender groups, please set the expectation that the topic is "What can guys do to address Violence Against Women (VAW)?". People of all genders have valuable ideas to contribute to this discussion. Together we will have a respectful discussion of this sensitive topic that has touched all of us in some way. Everyone's point of view is welcome if it is expressed respectfully, and no one will be pressured to speak if they don't want to.

Some people may wonder why we are focusing on Violence Against Women (VAW). We recognize that men and boys experience violence, too. So do trans-people and LGBTQ+ folks. And all this Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is connected. Our starting point is exploring what men can do to address GBV and VAW, and over the course of multiple workshops allows us to explore all of these intersections.


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MANifest Change is based on the power of male role modeling. Our workshop facilitators are everyday men in the Ottawa community who are committed to ending GBV and VAW as students, professionals, and in their social and family lives. Facilitators are trained to set appropriate guidelines for discussion and get conversation going through activities. OCTEVAW staff are in contact with the Male Champions before and after the workshop, and may or may not be physically present at the workshop. Whenever possible, we work in teams of 2-3 facilitators in order to include a range of perspectives and complement each others' strengths.


Male Champions give of their time as volunteers, and 100% of honoraria goes toward ensuring the sustainability of the MANifest Change project.

We suggest you budget $400 per workshop (1.5 - 2 hrs), $750 for a half day, or $1200 for a full day of training. We offer a sliding scale for community organizations and schools, and can provide our services for an amount that suits your budget, including no cost at all. 


Workshop participants will be moving around the room in hands-on activities, working in small groups and in discussion as a whole group. Ideally, there should be room for the whole group of participants to sit in circle, and a clear space in the middle of the room, though we can adapt to a typical classroom set up if necessary. It's best to avoid a room with non-movable furniture, e.g. lab or lecture theatre. We ask that you provide

  1. flip chart, markers and tape or access to a large whiteboard
  2. laptop with internet access, projector and speakers
  3. participants will need pencils/pens to fill out a brief evaluation