National CED News: February 18, 2016

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We are pleased to announce the following speakers at ECONOUS2016!
  • Henry Mintzberg, John Cleghorn Professor of Management, McGill University
  • Rankin MacSween, President & CEO, New Dawn Enterprises
  • Marguerite Mendell, Professor and Graduate Program Director, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia UniversityRead more
  • Jonathan Rosenthal, Executive Director, New Economy Coalition 
  • Mike Lewis, author of The Resilience Imperative
Don't miss the Early Bird deadline: February 29th!

National CED News

Co-operatives First Will Facilitate a New Wave of Co-operative Co-operatives First AnnouncementDevelopment in Western Canada

A five-year, $5 million commitment from the Co-operative Retailing System will provide critical start-up funding for Co-operatives First, an organization that will facilitate a new wave of co-operative development in Western Canada.

As a non-profit, the newly formed Co-operatives First will work with small- to mid-size rural communities and municipalities, as well as with Read moreaboriginal communities, to identify innovative, community-led solutions to modern challenges and opportunities facing these communities.

Webinar: How Social Enterprise in Ontario is Creating Jobs & Reducing PovertyEnterprising Change: Report of the 2015 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario

Join us on March 2 for a webinar that will present key findings from Enterprising Change, CCEDNet's new report on the 2015 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario.  Hosted by Ethel Côté, the session features Paul Chamberlain, CCEDNet-Ontario's Regional Director, Muska Ulhaq, Program Coordinator with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, and Katie Gibson, Director of the Social Read moreEnterprise Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Canadian Credit Union AssociationCredit Unions Launch New Trade Association

The creation of a new credit union trade association was announced January 27. The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) will support and advocate for a successful, competitive and growing credit union industry in Canada. The CCUA is the first, national credit union governed organization in Canada, distinct in its commitment to co-operative values.Read more

North American Social Solidarity Economy ForumNorth American Social Solidarity Economy Forum: Workshop RFP Deadline Extended

The North American Social Solidarity Economy Forum is an opportunity to build a common understanding about the social solidarity economy, while at the same time respecting the differences grounded in the specific history, culture, language and economic/political realities of different places.

Come learn, share, debate, perform, live and experience the social solidarity Read moreeconomy.  The deadline for workshop proposals is February 29. 

Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2016: Communities driving social enterpriseCommunities Driving Social Enterprise:  Social Enterprise Toronto Conference

Social Enterprise Toronto is proud to host its second conference on March 10 at the Learning Enrichment Foundation. The conference will bring together the social enterprise community and stakeholders for a vibrant dialogue and interactive workshops. A bus tour of social enterprise in Toronto will also take place on March 9.

This year’s conference will explore how best to support the growth of social enterprises through strong local Read morenetworks, and in turn leverage the power of social enterprise to create employment and build community resilience.

Fundamentals of Co-operative Organizations Certificate ProgramFundamentals of Co-op Organizations Certificate Program

The Ontario Co-operative Association, a member of the Canadian CED Network, in association with the Schulich School of Business at York University, has set a new standard for co-operative leadership and expertise. The new Fundamentals of Co-operative Organizations Certificate (FCO) Program is designed for staff, managers and board members of emerging and existing co-ops, credit unions and stakeholder organizations. Read moreDeadline to apply is March 9th.

Strategic FrameworkShare Your Ideas on Quebec's Regional Economic Development

The Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions is looking for the opinions and ideas of members of the public and economic stakeholders on the economic strengths, challenges and problems impacting Quebec’s businesses and regions as well as on the potential solutions that might be envisaged. The consultation period ends February 29.

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CED Blogs       William Pardy 

The Fragility of Community

Blog by William Pardy

Community is more than the sum parts of physical infrastructure, much more than the social environment in which people live and fundamentally more than the services which people have come to expect.  Community is the primarily intangible environment where people co-exist, raise families and build memories.Read more

Michelle StrutzenbergerSmall Win Seeds Hope for Community-led Change in Haida Gwaii

Blog by Michelle Strutzenberger

Through a focus on women’s economic independence, Lis Suarez is working toward poverty reduction among both local and immigrant women in Canada. The FEM International founder works with women to increase awareness of social and ecological practices, provide tools for successful entrepreneurship, and deepen the knowledge- and skill-sharing networks amongst communities in Canada and the global south.
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All members are encouraged to post blogs on their experiences, lessons and successes.  If you're interested, contact us.

CED Resources   

From Social Enterprise to Social FinanceFrom Social Enterprise To Social Franchise: An Introductory Guide To Achieving Scale Through Replication

While this guide focuses specifically on social franchising it is important to consider whether replication is truly the best approach for an organization, and if the organization is willing to assume the responsibilities that a social franchising strategy entails.

From Social Enterprise to Social Franchise will introduce Canadian social enterprises to the concept of social franchising by first taking a look at how social franchises compare and differ from traditional models of commercial franchising Read moreand then by exploring some of the inherent benefits and challenges of this approach.

Job Creation through the Social Economy and Social EntrepreneurshipJob Creation through the Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship

This report examines the role of SEOs in the provision of employment, and how they have fared during the recent period of economic turbulence. Attention was also paid to SEOs working with vulnerable individuals, either as direct providers of jobs, or providers of training and services designed to help vulnerable individuals into the mainstream labour market. In particular, the research sought to gain greater understanding of working conditions within these SEOs, and the challenges they faced in providing high quality employment while having to keep costs low in order to operate in competitive markets.
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Impact to Last: Lessons from the Front Lines of Social EnterpriseImpact to Last: Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Enterprise

The 10 case studies highlighted in this report are not intended to provide a definitive guide to growing individual social enterprises, but rather to shed light on the question of how specific organizations have grown and flourished. The case studies are distinct, dynamic stories of perseverance, adaption, and innovation, including many critical lessons on the concrete practices and strategies that have enabled organizations with over 300 years of combined operational experience to balance mission and margin, at scale.
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CED Videos

Invest in Cape Breton: New Dawn Holdings

When you invest with New Dawn, 100% of your investment stays in Cape Breton. All New Dawn CEDIF investments are RRSP eligible and qualify for a 35% non-refundable provincial income tax credit. 

Events Calendar

Canada’s Fourth-Annual Fair Trade Conference
February 18-20 | Winnipeg, MB

From the Ground: Voices of the Rural BC Economy
February 23 | Webinar

Growing Local, Growing Strong! Building a Sustainable and Co-operative Food System
February 23-24 | Guelph, ON

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit 2016
March 1-3 | Winnipeg, MB

Enterprising Change: How Social Enterprise in Ontario is Creating Jobs and Reducing Poverty CCEDNet Event 
March 2 | Webinar

Designing for Equality
March 2 | Thunder Bay, ON

Groundswell's Showcase Gala for Budding Entrepreneurs
March 8 | Vancouver, BC

Community Engagement: The Next Generation
March 8-10 | Ottawa, ON

Social Enterprise Toronto Conference
March 10 | Toronto, ON

Introduction to Social Enterprise
March 15 | Webinar

Could Shared Ownership Be the Right Fit for You?: How Social Innovators Are Using Co-op Enterprises
March 15 | Toronto, ON

Developmental Evaluation Introductory Webinar
March 16 | Webinar

Baristas, Clerks & Geeks: Own Your Own Job - How Employees Can Be Co-op Owners and Help Create a Better World
March 29 | Toronto, ON

Global Leaders - Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works
March 29 | Toronto, ON

BC CCEDNet Member Meetup CCEDNet Event
March 30 | Webinar

Vancouver Island Social Finance Forum 2016
April 5 | Victoria, BC

Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead
April 5-7 | Edmonton, AB

Earning Capacity CCEDNet Event
April 7-8 | Kingston, ON

North American Forum on the Social Solidarity Economy
April 8-10 | Detroit, MI

Buy Out the Boss: How to Transform an Existing Business into a Successful and Sustainable Co-op
April 12 | Toronto, ON

Creativity, Jobs and Local Development: 12th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development
April 18-19 | Venice, Italy

Francophone CCEDNet Member Meetup CCEDNet Event
April 19 | Webinar

Northern CCEDNet Member Meetup CCEDNet Event
April 19 | Webinar

Ontario & Québec CCEDNet Member Meetup CCEDNet Event
April 20 | Webinar

Atlantic CCEDNet Member Meetup CCEDNet Event
April 20 | Webinar

Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba CCEDNet Member Meetup CCEDNet Event
April 21 | Webinar

ECONOUS2016 - The National CED Conference CCEDNet Event
May 18-20 | Montréal, QC

2016 Summer Institute in Program Evaluation
May 30 - June 3 | Winnipeg, MB

Energizing Communities: Co-operatives Nurturing Democratic Practice!
June 1-3 | Calgary, AB

ANSER-ARES Conference 2016
June 1-3 | Calgary, AB

July 8-10 | Buffalo, NY

Community Development Society Conference
July 23-27 | Bloomington, MN

World Social Forum 2016
August 9-14 | Montréal, QC

Global Social Economy Forum - GSEF2016
September 7-9 | Montréal, QC

International Summit of Cooperatives
October 11-13 | Québec, QC

Food Secure Canada's 9th Assembly
October 13-16 | Toronto, ON

Find more events

CED Jobs

Coordinator of Community Employment Supports
FACT Together Point Douglas Parent Child Coalition
Winnipeg, MB
Deadline: February 19

Community Economic Development Five Year Plan Coordinator
Spence Neighbourhood Association
Winnipeg, MB
Deadline: February 19

Fields Forward Coordinator
Creston & District Community Directed Funds
Creston, BC
Deadline: February 25

Executive Director
Co-operatives First
Saskatoon, SK
Deadline: February 26

Painter Supervisor
Winnipeg, MB
Deadline: February 28

Communications Wiz/Copywriter
Social Capital Partners
Toronto, ON
Deadline: February 29

Ecological Gardening Internship
Harvest Moon Society
Clearwater, MB
Deadline: April 15

See more jobs.


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