2020 Highlights

June 4, 2021

As we approach our 2021 Annual General Meeting, we are looking back on 2020. 

How do we tell the story of such a year? How do we honour the pain and grief experienced the world over, while at the same time celebrating the solidarity, mutual aid, and resilience that were born from the turmoil?  How do we leverage our collective power to protect and nurture CCEDNet members, communities, and life itself — all while caring for ourselves? 

These questions guided CCEDNet’s actions last year, and we are tremendously proud of what staff, members and partners have accomplished together. 

Capacity Building

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  • In partnership with the National Association of Friendship Centres and Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, we launched CreateAction, a program that will ultimately place 100 youth facing barriers to employment in internships with social impact organizations and Friendship Centres across Canada.
  • In addition to regular pro bono matchmaking work (which moved online), our Spark service took over the social enterprise development services that were previously provided under the Social Enterprise Manitoba program.
  • We led a rebranding and website redevelopment project for S4ES and welcomed Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada to the partnership.
  • We formalized a partnership with Social Economy Through Social Inclusion (SETSI) to advance African-Canadian priorities in the social economy and inform CCEDNet’s efforts to center the lived experience of African-Canadians. 
  • CCEDNet has been an active partner in a Solidarity Working Group, co-ordinated by SETSI, of social innovation and social finance stakeholders committed to rooting out racism, colonization, and exclusion.
  • Building on a commitment to intersectionality in our new Theory of Change, CCEDNet staff and Board continued learning on anti-racism, anti-oppression, and collective liberation.
  • SETSI logoAs part of the Investment Readiness Program, SETSI delivered an incubator for 15 African-Canadian social entrepreneurs and we’re working together to bring these perspectives more strongly to the federal table, including co-presenting a Knowledge Event to staff at Employment and Social Development Canada about how the government can more effectively work with African-Canadian communities.
  • We re-designed the Community Leadership Program for virtual delivery and resumed training for community agencies seeking to strengthen the leadership and learning of their staff. 
  • Aiming to elevate awareness of community investment models like community investment co-ops and CEDIF’s within the federal Investment Readiness Program and elsewhere, we partnered with the BC Community Impact Investment Coalition, Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, and Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario to convene two regional communities of practice, a national stakeholder group, and complete several reports and capacity-building projects. 
  • Image of a lighthouseIn Atlantic Canada, we launched Business Recovery, Stabilization, and Succession, an action research project with Leading Edge Community Development Consultants Co-operative, Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, and CDR-Acadie began exploring how to support retiring or struggling local businesses through succession to collective enterprise. Alongside this work, a stakeholder analysis of key local innovators and early adopters for this approach is being developed.
  • The Local Organizing for Fair Economies community of practice held six sessions exploring how local organizing principles and approaches create more sustainable, fair and inclusive economies.  

Building Ecosystems

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  • Across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, we partnered with provincial leaders to convene stakeholders, advocated for enabling policy change, and raised practitioner needs in the federal arena around community-led social innovation and social finance. This included a new social economy working group hosted by BC Co-op Association, the emerging AB Seed group, CCEDNet-Manitoba, and the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable

Research and Innovation

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Membership Engagement

  • MB Gathering LogoWe continued developing our Theory of Change, presenting a draft version to members at the 2020 AGM and refining the document based on feedback.
  • We launched a quarterly member communiqué, packed with insights and opportunities for members, that generates high open rates and click through rates. We also created English-language and French-language Google Groups to enable CCEDNet members to exchange ideas and resources.
  • We hosted the Manitoba Gathering online for the first time, packing the event with high-impact presentations, intimate conversations, and musical performances. Over 300 people attended.


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Public Policy

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We remain committed to building on all these accomplishments by strengthening the approach laid out in CCEDNet’s new Theory of Change:  an approach that is intersectional, intersectoral and collaborative, led by people and communities who are experts in their own lives.  

Many thanks to the members, funders and staff who make this work possible.  

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