CCEDNet Annual General Meeting Held in Winnipeg
On a bright and warm day in Winnipeg, the Canadian CED Network gathered for our annual general meeting. Held at the St. Matthew's Community Center, over thirty-five people attended, along with representatives from Newfoundland, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary, Victoriaville, Montreal, and Quebec City,
who were able to join virtually. CCEDNet President Caroline Lachance
led the meeting, and governance expert Yvon Poirier
was on hand to present new by-laws. With formal business taken care of, substantive discussions on priorities and directions for the Network will be held at the Social Enterprise World Forum
in Calgary from October 2-4. Time will be set aside for our members to get together to network, learn, and discuss ways to continue to build a strong national CED movement. We look forward to the opportunity to gather with a diverse group of members from all over Canada at this landmark event. Click below to read our annual report for 2012.
CCEDNet Webinar: Preview Groundbreaking Social Enterprise Research
Social Enterprise in Ontario: Research on the Size, Scope and Socioeconomic Impact of Nonprofit Social Enterprise will preview the key findings from the 2012 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario. As the first research of its kind in the province, this webinar will offer significant insights into the burgeoning trend of social enterprise within Ontario’s nonprofit and charitable sector. The report will not be fully released until September, but we are offering this sneak peak to share some of the most relevant results. We invite practitioners, policymakers, and enthusiasts from across civic, public, and private sectors to take part in the webinar. The session begins June 26 at 12:00pm EST.
Meet the Saskatchewan CreateAction Interns!
For over a month now, two CCEDNet member organizations have been working with an intern with funding provided through the CreateAction
program. The program's aim is to offer a six month internship to young post-secondary graduates who are considering a career in CED. We aim to introduce you to them with short bios that they have written themselves, and we hope that over time, they will meet some of you!Katy Haver:
My main interests are around youth at‐risk and offering them positive lifestyle options. Additionally, I am interested in the use of social enterprise and entrepreneurship education to inspire youth to take hold of their future. During my bachelors it became apparent that if I want to make a difference a good place to start would be my own country. This brought my focus back to Saskatoon, where I worked for a group home for at‐risk youth, volunteered with an immigrant and refugee welcoming organization, and ran an outreach rowing program. This January I took a Community Driven Development internship through SOPAR in India to learn about their approach to empowering communities to take development into their own hands, and how this approach may be applicable in Canada. After a few months of travel there, I came across the opportunity to be a Social Enterprise Development intern at Quint… and here we are!Karen Morris:
I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary to attend the University of Calgary. After graduating from U of C, I travelled and worked for several years. One of my favourite things to do when travelling was/is meeting the locals and seeing how people everywhere work together to build successful communities. I had a wonderful opportunity to experience that in action when I took part in an eye‐care mission in Lebanon and Syria. This experience led me back to Regina where I completed the M.P.A. program at the University of Regina. Now I’m taking the next steps to build a career in community development as member services and education intern at the Saskatchewan Co‐operative Association through the Create
Saskatchewan CED News
Second Chances Through Cooperation
A new research report from the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives takes an in-depth look at the lived experiences of criminalized women while in custody and upon release. More specifically, the study considers how participation in a co-operative can impact the capacity of provincially sentenced women to manage their incarceration and successfully reintegrate into the community upon release. The report is based on inspiring stories and real-life experiences of imprisonment, and their capacity for social, economic, cultural, and civic integration.
Co-op Executives Ranked as Influencers
SaskBusiness Magazine recently published its 12th annual "Men of Influence" list. Featured are two well-known co-operative leaders, Scott Banda and Kevin Daniel. Banda is the Chief Executive Officer of Federated Co-operative Ltd., which the magazine reports is the fastest growing non-financial co-op in Canada. Daniel is the Chief Operating Officer of Co-operators Life Insurance
, whose success there has led to his sitting on a slew of prominent boards.
A Co-operative History of Business
A recent Leader Post
article written by Bruce Johnson points to what he considers to be some of the key dates in the history of business in Regina and Saskatchewan. Co-operatives have played an undeniably foundational role in the development of Saskatchewan's economy. Key dates highlighted by Johnson include the rise of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool starting in 1924, the 1934 incorporation of the Consumers' Co-operatives Refineries Ltd., and the 1945 founding of the Co-operative Life Insurance Companies. The tradition of co-operatives and social enterprise in Saskatchewan runs, of course, deeper than any list can convey.
National CED News
Canada on the Global Stage: Social Enterprise World Forum
CCEDNet is pleased to be a supporting partner in this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. Registration is now open, and early-bird registration rates run until July 25. This world class event is not to be missed. The impressive roster of speakers include the leading thinkers and actors in the social enterprise sector from across the globe. Among the presenters are several CCEDNet members, including our own regional coordinator Brendan Reimer.
CCEDNet members are invited to a special gathering
just prior to the Forum, on October 2, 1-4 :30pm. This session will look at CCEDNet’s strategic directions, inspired by new local economy initiatives internationally. So plan to come a bit early when you book your travel to the SEWF! For more information on this session, email Philippe at email@example.com
Get Co-op Savvy with CoopZone Training
The CoopZone Developers' Network is pleased to again be offering its co-op development training courses in 2013-14, starting in September. CoopZone is offering various levels of training: the Advanced Program (Years 1 and 2), the Foundation Program and th
e Basic Introduction to Co-op Development course. Each program is designed to accommodate people with different levels of experience and knowledge of co-operatives - from introductions to basic terms, to people seeking to provide full development services to co-ops. There will be free information webinar about the courses held on June 19th, 12 noon Eastern Time for 60-90 minutes. RSVP to Hazel Corcoran
for more information about this webinar.
CED Book Club - Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads
leaves no doubt that the biggest idea of the twentieth century—economic growth—has become the biggest problem of the twenty-first. Required reading for anyone concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit, this landmark work lays a solid foundation for a new economic model, perhaps in time for preventing global catastrophes; certainly in time for lessening the damages. The book is the culmination of 13 years’ work by Brian Czech, the founding president of the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy.
British and Canadian Leaders in Social Enterprise Meet in Toronto
The British Council recently hosted a day of seminars on social-enterprise, bringing together some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. The UK is often seen as being at the forefront of thinking on social enterprise. Enterprising Non-Profit's
David LePage spoke at the event, emphasizing the strength of social enterprise is its social engagement, how it uses "business to create shared social value." The aim of the event was exploring ways in which the British Council could support Canadian initiatives by drawing on its global network of ideas, resources, and connections. The fundamental belief that drove the event was that social enterprises are growing, slowly beginning to offer solutions within, and alternatives to the faltering free-market capitalist system.
A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month
Here is a brief sampling of some of our most popular tweets from the past 30 days. Click here
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