The British Columbia CED Connector // January 2014

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White Paper for Supporting People with Disabilities

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The B.C. government, with the disability and business communities, is holding a province-wide conversation to see what we, as a society, can do to reduce barriers and increase accessibility for people living with disabilities. You’re invited to share your thoughts about how government, businesses and communities can better support people with disabilities to fully participate in our communities. The face-to-face community consultations begin January 20th while other online forums are available to those unable to attend these consultations. The consultation will closes on March 11th.


New Social Enterprise Pitch Event on Vancouver Island

Catalyst logoCatalyst will combine speakers, social enterprise pitches and judging on April 2nd to create a high energy, high impact event that raises the profile of both Vancouver Island social enterprises and social enterprise as a sector in general. Are you a social enterprise that could achieve greater levels of success? Is there an opportunity you want to take advantage of? Are there improvements that would have big returns? Do you have a marketing, finance, or operational challenge that you need help to overcome? Download the guidelines to submit your two page letter of intent at seCatalyst.caand get your application in to by January 20th at 4:00p.m.


Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

Champions for ChangeChampions for Change is a multi-day interactive workshop designed specifically for the leaders of Leadership Roundtables, Coordinating Committees or Backbone Organizations of mature collective impact initiatives. The Tamarack Institute and FSG have partnered to develop this dynamic learning experience to offer leaders of Backbone Organizations an advanced learning opportunity designed exclusively to develop their capacity as collaborative leaders.

BCCA Launches Momentum Centre for New and Emerging Co-ops

The BC Co-op Association (BCCA) has consolidated resources from across the province to form the Momentum Centre — a resource hub for new and emerging co-ops. Advisory services will be available through the centre, including co-op courses, mentorship and “Co-op Expert Office Hours” throughout the year.

CED Tool: Buying Local: Tools for Forward-Thinking Institutions

"Buying Local" CoverA new resource guide from the Columbia Institute, LOCO BC, and ISIS Research Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business, offers innovative tools for economic development. Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing.

Canadian CED

Network News

Next in CCEDNet's Webinar Series

Return Button on Keyboard Labelled as LearnOur 2014 webinar series is launching 2 new webinars; make sure you're registered today! On February 11th, Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship will draw on lessons from the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and the Montréal Community Loan Association in considering how to improve immigrant settlement and integration in Canada. Finally, on April 23rd, former Ontario MLA Tony Martin will share findings from his research into the question Can CED Catalyze a National Poverty Reduction Strategy?

CED Wire Updates

  • Canadian CurrencyThe Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Darcy Penner writes about the rising North American campaign for living wage laws | Read more
  • Capturing the Imagination of Future Social Entrepreneurs: Sherman Kreiner explores the potential of anchor institution led development in addressing challenges to enterprise development | Read more
  • The Year that Twilight Enveloped the World - A Christmas Contemplation: William Pardy's reflects thoughtfully on a year of twilight  | Read more
  • Notes from the Road: Brendan's CED Adventure in Saskatoon: Brendan Reimer shares his notes from the road after visiting CCEDNet members in Saskatoon | Read more

Improve Your Impact Measurement with CanadaMeasures and CCEDNet

Social Return Intelligence Suite video stillIf you missed the recent webinar introducing the CanadaMeasures Initiative (CMI) and their platform for measuring your Social Return on Investment, don't fret. You can still learn about this accessible system and how it combines educational tools and impact measurement software designed for grassroots organizations. Click on the link below to find out more about CMI by watching the recording from the free webinar on January 10 and accessing other resources.

National CED News

Labour Market Agreements and the Canada Jobs Grant: Implications for CED

Math ClassA new resource guide from the Columbia Institute, LOCO BC, and ISIS Research Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business, offers innovative tools for economic development. Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing.

CBCA Consultation
Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act

Industry Canada has launched a 90-day consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Importantly, one of the items under consideration is the incorporation of hybrid enterprises, titled Socially Responsible Enterprises (SREs), which are broadly defined as entities who use a “commercial business model to encourage social change.” Submissions are being accepted until March 11, 2014.

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada to Launch in April

CCA AGM Vote to Create "Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada"Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), Canada's new national association representing co-operative and mutual enterprises, will officially launch its operations on April 1, 2014. This new bilingual organization is a result of years of discussion between the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) as to how to bring together Canada's English and French-speaking co-operators. CCCM ended its program activities at the end of 2013 but CCA will continue to exist to carry out international co-operative development programming.

CED Tool: Revitalizing Rural Economies: A Guide for Practitioners

"Revitalizing Rural Economies" coverDesigned as a practical guide, Revitalizing Rural Economies serves as a primer to CED, while also allowing those familiar with the field to delve deeper. This book provides ideas and resources to foster the long-term resilience of rural regions at a time when rural communities in Canada are facing a new reality where traditional economic bases such as agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing have eroded.

A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month

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Upcoming Events

Looking Back and Looking Forward
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Upper Columbia Co-op Council Co-ops 101 Session
Kimberley, BC >>

Social Finance Solutions for Affordable Housing Providers
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Upper Columbia Co-op Council Co-ops 101 Session
Fernie, BC >>

Co-operative identity and branding: Does the co-op brand attract people?
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Introduction to Unleashing Local Capital
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Upper Columbia Co-op Council Co-ops 101 Session
Invermere, BC >>

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
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Sector Initiatives and Career Pathways
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Upper Columbia Co-op Council Co-ops 101 Session
Golden, BC >>

Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship
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Innovative Financing for Sustainable Energy Retrofits
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Growing Your Social Enterprise Webinar
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Webinaire sur la croissance de votre entreprise sociale
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CED Job Opportunities

02/14 ~ deadline
Senior Editor
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ottawa, ON (willing to consider strong candidates unable to relocate) >>

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