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Social Innovation Symposium 2020 (Postponed - New Dates TBD)

*Note: this event has been postponed until Fall 2020 by the host because of COVID-19.*

The 2020 Social Innovation Symposium hosted by Bow Valley College will bring together post-secondary institutes, community organizations, and industry to share their social innovation learnings and create connections for future projects. 

This year’s theme: Reconciliation, Building Empathy, and Digital Social Innovation 

The two-day symposium will include a day of sharing social innovation experiences, and a day of exploring empathy building tools, including the use of digital technologies, and partnership facilitation to develop new projects.

The objectives of the 2020 Social Innovation Symposium:

  • Explore reconciliation and empathy building tools in social innovation and digital social innovation
  • Share social innovation experiences and inspire action
  • Provide facilitated opportunities for social innovation partnership development

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Community Investment Co-operative Start-up Guide


Community Investment Co-ops (CICs) are a new and innovative support model for rural and urban economic and business development that effectively bridge the gap between local investors and local ventures in need of financing. CICs have successfully financed ventures across Canada that generate significant local impacts including: affordable housing; renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and food production; locally-owned small business development; technology; and community economic development projects. 

On March 10th, join Eden Yesh, the BC Rural Centre, and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network to explore the CIC model in more depth.

During this webinar Eden Yesh, Chair of the BC Community Impact Investment Coalition and Manager of Community & Economic Development at Kootenay Employment Services, will be releasing the BC Community Investment Co-op Start-Up & Operations Guide. This Guide provides a road map for the CIC development process, complete with templates, to plan, incorporate and operate a Community Investment Co-op in British Columbia.

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Ten Researchers and Two Research Leads to Map Canada's Social Finance Landscape

The National Impact Investing Practitioner’s Table (NIIPt) is undertaking a pan-Canadian “State of Affairs” survey of Canada’s social finance landscape, identifying the gaps and opportunities for impact investment intermediaries.

4 Mar 2020

Organizing for Grassroots Power & Leadership

Join an online conversation (via Zoom) with CCEDNet's Local Organizing for Fair Economies Community of Practice​ to explore how local organizing principles and approaches can contribute to the creation of more sustainable, fair and inclusive economies

February's Zoom call will be on "Organizing for Grassroots Power & Leadership":

People power makes change happen, and local organizing is at the heart of community change efforts.  In this session, notable leaders in local organizing, especially within historically equity-seeking communities, will share insights for building grassroots power & leadership. 


  • Victor Beausoleil - Principal Consultant, Intuit Consulting; Steering Committee, SETSI (Social Economy through Social Inclusion)
  • Judy Duncan - Head Organizer, ACORN Canada
  • Lisa Forbes - Manager, SEED Winnipeg; Instructor, University of Winnipeg Urban & Inner City Studies
  • Rodney Small - Director, The One North End (O.N.E.), Halifax

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Living our Co-op Values: Applying an Intercultural Development Model to Achieve Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

It is assumed that diversity, equity, and inclusion are included in the 7 International Co-operative Principles and many co-ops use the principles, and their corresponding values, to frame the work of co-operation. Yet, many co-operatives struggle with diversity, equity, and inclusion in daily practice.  Co-ops find themselves with hiring practices and internal culture that does not reflect inclusivity, or with a business environment where customers/members do not feel welcome and staff feels marginalized. 

Co-operative leaders, in all sectors, are being challenged by the communities they serve to become more inclusive regarding membership, staff, and leadership. These communities are not looking for equality, they are looking for equity. What is the co-operative difference?

By applying an Intercultural Development Model, LaDonna Sanders Redmond will introduce participants to a process that can support the implementation of practical governance and management processes that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizations. Come prepared with your questions on the topic, as well as examples from your own co-op (struggles and/or solutions). 

About the speaker: LADONNA REDMOND is the former Diversity and Community Engagement Manager for the Seward Co-op (Minneapolis, USA). LaDonna led the co-ops' diversity and engagement initiatives that contribute positively to organizational culture, marketplace competitiveness, and social responsibility.

The Common Approach and Common Foundations

Join a conversation to learn more about the Common Approach to Impact Measurement and the Common Foundations, and how evaluators, trainers and consultants can get involved. 

In this webinar, we’ll explore how the Common Foundations were derived and how they can help evaluators, consultants, and trainers guide organizations to improved impact measurement. You’ll also find out about a national initiative to identify and highlight Common Foundations “champions” who are willing to actively promote the five essential practices in the social purpose sector.


Margerit Roger, M.Ed. of Eupraxia Training is a program planner, evaluator and trainer who has worked with community-based organizations, industry, post-secondaries, labour organizations, and provincial and federal governments. Her impact evaluation work is grounded in Theory of Change, social impact analysis, and SROI in an effort to more effectively describe the critical “ripple effect” created by organizations that support vulnerable and marginalized populations. As a result, she feels strongly that the Common Approach and the Common Foundations provide an important strategic and communication tool for impact-oriented practitioners who work in the social purpose sector. Additional guests will be introduced during the webinar.

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