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Manitoba Learns workshops and capacity building opportunities seek to build knowledge within the core community organizations and social economy enterprises in our sector, by equipping individuals with the skills they need to thrive in their work.

This approach acknowledges that when individuals are given access to opportunities to learn new skills and deepen their practice, the entire environment around them changes. It becomes stronger. 

The topics in our Manitoba Learns series are identified in consultation and engagement with, and responsive to, our member, network, and sector needs.

Like many of our member organizations, social enterprises, and individual members, Manitoba Learns has pivoted our 2020 workshop schedule in response to Covid-19 and its impact on our work.

Collaboration and Community Leadership in Crisis will feature conversations and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to highlight and address the work happening in our sector, and our communities, addressing the current public health situation and paths to recovery. 

Social Enterpise After the Pandemic 

This session is presented by Social Enterprise Manitoba and Manitoba Learns, and facilitated by Bernice Williams of Intentional Connections, in partnership with Mind’s Eye Creative and Direct Ad Factory .

This free virtual discussion will be delivered via Zoom. Link provided after registration. Space is limited. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Business has fundamentally changed forever, however it does continue. What does that look like moving forward? 

Within our new economic reality, we need to come together to help each other
thrive. We need to change the conversation. We need to lead by example.

We need to PIVOT. 

Almost every industry has felt the effects of Covid-19. How has technology evolved to help you in these unprecedented times? How can you build relationships and trust to continue doing business? What does the new landscape
hold for you and your business? What does success look like now?

Intentional Connection, Mind’s Eye Creative and Direct Ad Factory have banded
together to host online brainstorming sessions for organizations and businesses
to harness the power of the many. Some of the ideas generated by a group of peers
are remarkable.

Using Zoom, we welcome participants to join in a chat about
specific challenges and how we can brainstorm together to overcome and change
your business going forward.

We can engage each other in this unprecedented era of economic turmoil
and help everyone get through it. We facilitate and guide the conversation, but you
drive the results.

Shifting Ground: CED & Advocacy Towards A Just Recovery 


Wednesday, May 13, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm 

free virtual discussion delivered via Zoom 

Some stores, restaurants and services are opening up in Manitoba. As more and more may open up, what does our new economic reality look like in this province? How can CED and your work contribute to a Just Recovery from COVID-19?

While we're still adapting to the crisis, we offer this Manitoba Learns online session to consider what comes next. Let's talk about CED and the New Normal that's on the horizon.  

Communities are coming together already to make it happen. Let's discuss how we continue to come together to advocate for the necessary pieces of a just recovery.

What should our collective advocacy look like, and how can we make the biggest impact?

Join this virtual conversation as our sector pivots to consider CED, a Just Recovery and future policy action.


This conversation will be facilitated by Michael Barkman, CCEDNet Manitoba Public Policy Coordinator.

Learning and experiences will be encouraged from participants - though everyone is welcome to join the conversation. 

Introduction to Social Enterprise

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 pm 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


This session will be delivered by CCEDNet Manitoba using Zoom.

Social enterprise has taken off as a new formula for success. Whether subsidized, self-funding or profitable, these initiatives combine business methods with a drive to better the world.

Blending financial goals with your mission for social, cultural or environmental impact is one of the most effective ways your organization can work towards financial stability while still feeling connected to your larger purpose.

Join us for a free 60 minute session of what social enterprise is (and isn’t), how it can help your organization work towards financial stability, and how to get one off the ground.

You’ll learn:

  • Three social enterprise financial models
  • Key exploration and development steps for starting or expanding your social enterprise
  • How to assess your organization’s readiness and take the next step

If you would like to attend, please email Frank Atnikov at to receive Zoom login details.​


Coaching Through Conflict: Tools and Strategies for Effective Resolution 

January 23, 2020 
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
United Way of Winnipeg Learning Centre
1st floor, 580 Main St.

graphic showing web of people connected

Do unresolved conflicts get in the way of your group’s effectiveness?  Do you want to increase your 'interpersonal toolkit'? 

This interactive session will build on participants' own experiences of challenging situations, and introduce additional easy-to-learn skills and concepts that are proven to be effective at helping people do successful problem-solving.  

Karen Ridd teaches in the Conflict Resolution Studies programme at Menno Simons College. Her engaging teaching style and 30+ years of experience in the field make her a valuable resource.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn foundational concepts of Conflict Resolution 
  • Learn skills and tools to help problem-solve conflict 
  • Practice conflict coaching model through interactive exercise 

Facilitator: Karen Ridd 

Contact d.kovacevic at for more information on our workshops.

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