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November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

November Lunch and Learn SeriesIf your organization wants to make a bigger impact in their local economy, then this free webinar series is not to be missed.

Training, education, and information is not only a co-operative principle, it’s an important part of growing any organization. Every Thursday during the month of November we are offering free noon-hour webinars that will expand your organization’s knowledge about strategic opportunities around economic development. All you need is to RSVP in advance.

Register for the November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

To best enjoy these webinars, we highly recommend watching this webinar with a colleague; invite them for lunch! All webinars run from noon-1PM (MST)

November 2nd: Co-operative Strategies that can grow your business save you money,

If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and build a strong work culture, then this 45-minute lunch hour webinar is not to be missed. Learn how co-operative strategies can be applied in your business, not for profit, or community.

Hosted by Seth Leon, Manager of Co-operative Services; Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

November 9th: Member Loyalty Programs: Enhance member value while supporting local business

North Parkland Power REA (NPP) has increased value to their members offering loyalty discounts to a range of local businesses. This strategy also connects their co-op to the local business community in a meaningful way. Learn how NPP devised and executed on this strategy, and the key actions needed to get started in your community.

Hosted by Andrea LaBrie, Member-Owner Representative; North Parkland Power REA ltd.

November 16th: As Local As Possible: Craft Brewing in Alberta

Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding, having tripled in size over the past few years. Growth continues, all over Alberta, in an industry that has deep roots in the history of the province. Where has the industry come from and where will it go? How can your community play its part in making brewing a signature industry for Alberta?

Hosted by Terry Rock, Executive Director; Alberta Small Brewers Association

November 23rd:  Local Investing & Community Economic DevelopmentLearn about how to invest locally, raise capital for your local business, and how to grow your local economy. Recent changes to investment rules in Alberta will soon make things easier to invest locally and raise money locally. Learn how community economic development can help your business do well, and do good. This webinar will help frame local opportunities with long-term economic growth, opportunities to maximize your impact, access tax benefits, and mobilize growing networks.

Hosted by Courtney Hare, Public Policy Manager; Momentum

November 30th: How inclusive spaces increase market share and build stronger businesses

Creating welcoming spaces strengthen brand identity and improve customer experience. This webinar explains how to develop accessible and inclusive spaces that will help your business grow. Learn how to maximize your marketing and strengthen your brand. This webinar will also touch on project management for creating accessible spaces, and how to access grants.

Hosted by Sean Crump CEO and Head Chair; Universal Access

Co-ops Now Business Bootcamp

Co-ops Now Business BootcampA two-and-a-half-day co-operative business “bootcamp” for groups and individuals interested in starting a co-operative enterprise. This program is based on the Co-operatives Now Program presented by Vancity Credit Union in partnership with the BC Co-operative Association – and the ACCA are delighted to be able to bring the bootcamp over to Calgary this December.

The bootcamp features interactive sessions on the co-operative business structure, the development process, and more. Sessions will be presented by the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association and various experts from the sector.  The bootcamp will advance projects to the next stage of development and connect participants with resources. Depending on their stage of development participants will come away with a business plan and/or a road-map for next steps. Check out the event agenda to learn more.

Register for Co-ops Now Business Bootcamp

The various modules will include:

  • An introduction to co-op enterprises
  • Information about financing a co-op enterprise
  • Legal and financial services experts who are passionate about co-ops
  • Details on marketing the co-op advantage
  • Sessions with co-op entrepreneurs who can share their strategies
  • An interactive session to prepare a co-op business plan

Over the two days, participants will also have ample networking opportunities and can meet with mentors from the co-operative and credit union sector. ACCA and project partners will also follow up with participants to get updates, gain insight, and if possible provide additional assistance. This first workshop could be used as a pilot to create a program that could be offered in other parts of the province.

Sign Up Information:

$100.00 (+GST)

Further information and questions can be attained by emailing Seth Leon at the ACCA on sleon at

Evaluating Systems Change: A Results-Based Framework

1:00pm to 2:00pm ESTTamarack Institute

Tamarack Institute is presenting a webinar about the theme Evaluating Systems Change: A Results-Based Framework. This webinar is for almost anyone who is interested in making progress on tough economic, social and environmental issues is committed to changing the system. It will explore an archetypical results framework that can be used to inform the thinking of any effort to ‘change’ systems. This session will be lead by Mark Cabaj.

Who is Mark Cabaj? Mark Cabaj

Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack Institute. Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues (e.g. neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health). He has first-hand knowledge of using evaluation as a policy maker, philanthropist, and activist, and has played a big role in promoting the emerging practice of developmental evaluation in Canada.

Register for Evaluating Systems Change

The webinar is now FULL but you still can register to receive a recording of the presentation, along with any relevant links and resources, on Nov 21, 2018. 

Together 2018 - Edmonton

Location: University of Alberta

Since its introduction in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been a transformative global agenda incorporating the vision of sustainable, just, and equitable development in economic, social, and environmental aspects. Together 2018: Collaboration, Innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals is Canada’s second annual symposium on the SDGs. The main event will be held in Edmonton, Alberta. The aims of this event are: 

  • To learn about current work on the SDGs by all levels of government, civil society, academia, and the private sectors
  • To share good practices and lessons learned between organizations
  • To create new partnerships and forward-thinking solutions for the achievements of the SDGs
  • To measure progress on the SDGs and report that progress on a periodic basis
  • To advance together using the knowledge, skills, tools, and networks gained in your organizations

Register for Together 2018 Edmonton

This 2-days event includes some breakout sessions, keynote sessions, mainstage sessions but also breaks and opportunities of networking. The two keynotes speakers are Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever) and Shiza Shahid (CEO of Now Ventures). The panels sessions will deals with differents points of the SDGs or their evolution in Canada and around the world. 

Learn more about Together 2018

Don't forget to register! There are special tickets for student, academic, civil society, private sector and government. Join community groups, NGOs, businesses, and other concerned citizens to hear what Canada is doing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals! 

In the objectif of sharing the energy, enthusiasm and action in Canada and around the globe, the event will be live-streamed simutaneously in other places. You can find the info for Halifax, CharlottetownToronto, and Winnipeg.

Evaluation + Design: Evaluating Systems Change

Evaluation + Design: Evaluating Systems ChangeJoin them for a new evaluation workshop where we dive into one of the most critical challenges in today’s evaluation landscape – designing evaluations for systems change.

Community change initiatives are working on a diversity of issues across the country, such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration and workforce development, but evaluating the progress and impacts of these initiatives is an ever-present challenge.

In the last six years, the Tamarack Institute team has run 10 iterations of the Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes workshop, a three-day session to introduce social innovators, evaluators and funders of community change initiatives to the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

Register for Evaluation + Design: Evaluating Systems Change

Building on the series, the Evaluation + Design: Evaluating Systems Change workshop aims to go deeper on one of the most critical – and difficult to assess – challenges of making sustained progress on complex issues: evaluating the changes in the systems underlying complex challenges. As Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum on Youth Investment and past presenter with the Tamarack Institute noted:

"Programmatic interventions help people beat the odds; systemic interventions help change the odds for people." 

Our Evaluation + Design workshop format provides workshop participants a step by step approach integrating innovation and design techniques with developmental evaluation approaches to develop a scope of work to assess their system change efforts, including:

1. A review of the foundational ideas around evaluation, systems thinking and systems change.
2. A new results framework that outlines ‘archetypical’ outcomes in systems change efforts
3. A template for designing evaluation scopes of work.
4. A set of principles to guide innovators and evaluators in designing and implementing system change evaluations.
5. An exploration of a dozen methods and techniques that should be part of any system change evaluation tool box – and links to scores of other resources for those interested in more.
6. The use of interactive exercises, case studies, and real world vignettes to make ideas and methods concrete.

This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic knowledge and experience with evaluation and are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of getting feedback on local efforts to change communities. It is not designed for professional evaluators with extensive experience in evaluating systems change. 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for you if:

  • You manage programs that need to be evaluated
  • You are part of a collaborative that is trying to understand how to evaluate
  • You are a community development professional who wants to make the connection between learning and systems change
  • You are in a Collective Impact network and wanting to understand shared measurement
  • Evaluation is part of your job description


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