The Ontario We Want

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20 May, 2010

The Ontario Social Economy Roundtable (OSER) in collaboration with the National Summit Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to “The Ontario We Want” – Next Steps to a People-centred Economy on May 20th, 2010.

This discussion and information sharing session will unite a diverse group of key stakeholders to draft a concrete action plan for achieving our vision of “The Ontario We Want” – a provincial people-centred economy. As a key stakeholder in the Social Economy in Ontario, we encourage your participation in this event.

Another key aim of the event is to ensure that the Ontario perspectives from the non-profit, co-operative, and social economy sectors are reflected in the issue papers for the 2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy in Ottawa from May 30th to June 1st. We will be providing a series of workshops, facilitated by the authors of the summit papers, to discuss those related to social enterprise: Finance and Investment with Jessica Notwell and Tim Draimin, Enterprise Development with John Anderson, and Organizing the Social Economy Marketplace with David LePage, as well as Local Revitalization with Mike Toye. There will also be a Francophone workshop that incorporates three of the summit papers: Strengthening the Movement, International, and Enterprise Development and will be facilitated by Ethel Côté.

After the workshops, we will reconvene to identify Ontario’s key priorities (3-4) in moving toward a people-centred economy. We will then break into smaller groups that target these key priorities to come up with specific action plans for each. Your experience and expertise will provide valuable input to this process. By the end of the day, we will draft a concrete action plan for achieving our vision of a people-centred economy in Ontario.

The event is being held in conjunction with OSER and the National Summit Steering Committee and will take place at Hart House at the University of Toronto (7 Hart House Circle, Toronto) in the Debates Room (see agenda below). For more information on the National Summit, please visit

Travel subsidies will be available on a first come first served basis for those travelling to Toronto from out of town.

If you are not able to attend on May 20th, please consider sending a colleague to the meeting to represent your organization.

OSER would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for making this event possible.

May 20th Agenda

9:00 – 9:30a.m.

Refreshments and networking


9:30a.m. – 10:15p.m.

Welcome and Introduction of visioning facilitator by Anne Jamieson, United Way Toronto


“The Ontario We Want” –Guiding Principles and our Vision of a People-Centred Economy - Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation


10:15a.m. – 10:30a.m.



10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. (20 minute presentation – 70 minute discussion)


 Workshops (Ontario input/discussion into the National Summit):

Finance and InvestmentJessica Notwell, Women’s Economic Council and Tim Draimin, SiG@MaRS

Moderator: Jerome Kisting, Toronto Enterprise Fund

Enterprise DevelopmentJohn Anderson, Canadian Co-operative Association

Moderator: Denyse Guy, Ontario Cooperative Association

Organizing the Social Economy MarketplaceDavid LePage, Enterprising Non-Profits and Social Enterprise Council of Canada

Moderator: Peter Frampton, Learning Enrichment Foundation and Social Purpose Enterprise Network

Local RevitalizationMike Toye, Canadian Community Economic Development Network

Moderator: Paul Chamberlain, Canadian CED Network

(Offered in French only) Strengthening the Movement, International, and Enterprise Development – Ethel Côté, Centre Canadien pour le Renouveau Communautaire

Moderator: TBA


12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

Lunch and networking


1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Priorities Discussion – Identify Ontario’s key priorities (3-4) toward a people-centred economy


2:00p.m. – 2:15p.m.



2:15p.m. – 3:15p.m.

Taking action – break into groups that target key priorities to come up with specific action plans for each


3:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Final discussion – drafting a concrete action plan for achieving our vision of a people-centred economy in Ontario



Day ends

Event Contact: 

Registration extended! Please RSVP to by May 13th and include whether you will require a travel subsidy. Upon receiving request for subsidy, we will follow up with the application details.

Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Toronto  Ontario