Developing Multiple Enterprises - an Effective Growth Strategy

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13 November, 2014

Wondering what social enterprise really looks like? What it takes to succeed? What impacts social enterprises can have?

This webinar, brought to you by the Canadian CED Network in Ontario and partners, explores the enterprise types developed by two organizations, Groupe Convex and St. Joseph's Care Group (Team Werks Co-op), ranging from cafes to recycling, woodshops to casual labour and so much more. Creating multiple enterprises is a proven strategy to scale up the impacts of social enterprises in communities. Hear the stories of how it was accomplished, why this strategy was selected and why each chose the unique model it has.

Presenter Bios

Caroline Arcand is currently enrolled in the Masters Program in Community Development at the University of Victoria in BC. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Groupe Convex and is an active member on the Eastern Ontario Training Board. She was honoured with the Economic Development - Woman of the Year award in 2008 and was awarded the 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the year  by the Trico Foundation.

Doug Dowhos has been recognized at a local, provincial and federal level for innovative partnerships and business development in the health and social service sector. A proven leader in the creation and management of entrepreneurial ventures with social and business mandates.

Doug’s many endeavors in this area include developing a Scanning/ Microfilming Company, Thunder Bay’s first Blue Bag recycling program, used clothing outlets, operating dump sites for the Ministry of Natural Resources and most recently managing 9 unique business ventures forming Team Werks Coop Inc. This “Social Enterprise” is one of Ontario’s largest worker coop’s and provides employment, training and placement opportunities for clients with mental health challenges. 
Doug is currently employed by the St Josephs Care Group as Supervisor of the supported employment program – Employment Options which includes the Team Werks Coop. Doug also provides direct support to the consumer survivor run Peer Council for North Western Ontario.

Additional Resources

Links to some other Ontario-based organizations that have adopted the Multiple SE strategy for  growth.

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Related Sessions

  • Session 1: Developing Multiple Enterprises - An Effective Growth Strategy
  • Session 2: Shared Space - for Co-workers, for Communities
  • Session 3: Municipal Support of Social Enterprises - Innovative Local Governments
  • - Ontario's community-driven showcase of social enterprise and the social economy

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