The National Summit on a People-Centred Economy, from May 30 to June 1, 2010, was an unprecedented gathering of leaders and representatives of the community economic development, cooperative and social economy sectors that built a common agenda and mobilized action for a secure, sustainable economy that puts people and the planet first. The Summit mobilized networks and organizations by building on the best research, agreeing on a common action plan, and increasing awareness of this sector among politicians, policy makers, non-governmental sector leaders and the mainstream media.
As part of the preparatory process for the Summit, six issue papers were drafted on themes which outline the key strengths, challenges and proposals for action to further reinforce this movement. These issue papers were subject to an engagement and outreach process for feedback and revisions by Summit participants and other stakeholders between March 1 and May 15. The revised papers are posted below.
- Finance and Investment
- Enterprise Development
- Local Revitalization
- Organizing the Social Economy Marketplace
- Strengthening the Movement
Check out the wiki for the 2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy where you can read the original drafts of the issue papers online and see how others have responded to the content.
Recordings of the popular telelearning sessions on the Summit themes and connected Social Economy Hub research papers are available for download. Below are a list of the sessions and session speakers.
Click here to read the biographies of session experts.
1. Social Capital Financing (Mp3 file, 26 MB, 57 min)
April 14th at 1:30pm NDT | 1pm ADT | noon EDT | 11am CDT | 10am MDT | 9am PST
Speakers: George Karaphillis is the Director of the MBA in Community Economic Development (CED), the Director of the CED Institute, and Associate Professor with the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University; Miri Katz is an Associate at SiG National; Jessica Notwell is Manager of the Women’s Economic Council and currently serves as a Vice-President of the World YWCA Board
Moderator: Seth Asimakos is the Manager of the St. John Community Loan Fund.
2. Procurement (Mp3 file, 26 MB, 57 min)
April 21st at 4:30pm NDT | 4pm ADT | 3pm EDT | 2pm CDT | 1pm MDT | noon PDT
Speakers: David Lepage is the Program Manager of Enterprising Non-Profits, enp; JJ McMurtry, is the Coordinator of the Business and Society Program at
Moderator: Lou Hammond Ketilson is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, and Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the
3. Enterprise Development (Mp3 file, 27 MB, 60 min)
May 5th at 1:30pm NDT | 1pm ADT | noon EDT | 11am CDT | 10am MDT | 9am PST
Speakers: Nancy Neamtan is President/Executive Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale; John Anderson is Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Canadian Co-operative Association; Ana María Peredo is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Business in the Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria, and Director of the Centre for Co-operative and Community-based Economy. Moderator: Éthel Côté has been General Manager for the Cooperation Council of
4. Towards a Global People-Centered Economy (Mp3 file, 27 MB, 59 min)
May 6th at 1:30pm NDT | 1pm ADT | noon EDT | 11am CDT | 10am MDT | 9am PST
Speakers: Ian MacPherson is the founder of the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies at the
Moderator: Éthel Côté has been General Manager for the Cooperation Council of Ontario (CCO)
5. All of the Summit Themes (in French only) (Mp3 file, 28 MB, 60 min)
May 11th at 1:30pm NDT | 1pm ADT | noon EDT | 11am CDT | 10am MDT | 9am PST
Speakers: Mike Toye (RCDÉC) et Nancy Neamtan (Chantier de l’économie sociale)
. Moderator : Caroline Lachance, Présidente (RCDÉC)
6. Partnership and Movement Building (Mp3 file, 26 MB, 58 min).
May 12th at 1:30pm NDT | 1pm ADT | noon EDT | 11am CDT | 10am MDT | 9am PST
Speakers: Rupert Downing is the former Executive Director of the Canadian CED Network and Co-director for the Canadian Social Economy Research Hub; Alexandre Charron, Canadian CED Network International Coordinator; Mike Lewis is Managing Director of the Canadian Center for Community Renewal, and Director and Lead Investigator for BALTA.
Moderator: Leslie Brown is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at
Leading up to the Summit there were in-person opportunities for learning and feedback. Here are a few of the opportunities that were provided:
- March 25-26 - Social Enterprise in Rural and Urban Development: A Learning Event, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- April 12-13 - University of Toronto Social Economy Centre Symposium, Toronto, Ontario.
- April 28-29 - Government that Works for People: Policy Development and the Social Economy, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
- May 20 - The Ontario We Want – Next Steps to a People-Centred Economy in Toronto at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
- May 20 - Pre-Summit Meeting in Saskatoon at Quint Development Corporation (202 - 230 Avenue R South) from 9:30am to 11:30am
- May 25 - Pre-Summit Meeting in Winnipeg at North End Community Renewal Corporation (509 Selkirk Ave) from 1pm to 3pm.