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Organizing for Social Procurement and Community Benefits

The COVID-19 global pandemic is a challenging time, and we offer Friday's Community of Practice as a chance to learn and share together (virtually, as always). Join a conversation to explore how local organizing principles and approaches can contribute to the creation of more sustainable, fair and inclusive economies - now & in the era that will follow this crisis. 

One of the tools to build more resilient local economies can be through Social Procurement and Community Benefits. March's call will be focused on "Organizing for Social Procurement and Community Benefits".

A wave of change toward social procurement is sweeping the country, including leading municipalities, anchor institutions and community benefits. This session will provide a ‘how-to’ guide to organize for social procurement wherever you are.  

Learn more and register now

CCEDNet's 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

CCEDNet's 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on...

June 11, 2020
10am - 11:30am Pacific Time, 11am - 12:30pm Mountain, 12pm - 1:30pm Central, 1pm - 2:30pm Eastern, 2pm - 3:30pm Atlantic, 2:30pm - 4pm Newfoundland

This year's AGM repeats the success of the last five years by being entirely virtual and bilingual. Members are able to make motions, vote and comment in English or French, all from the comfort of their computer. 

This year, the AGM will be 90 minutes long. 

Access documents, resolutions, and board nominations


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

Register now

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.

Register for the webinar now!

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

Register now!


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