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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

Common Foundations Webinar

Banner with Common Foundations Webinar text and info about date: Thursday Oct 15 from 1-2pm ETAre your impact measurement practices good enough?

Come and learn about the Common Foundations -- five essential practices that are a minimum standard for impact measurement!

The Common Approach to Impact Measurement is a community of non-profits, social enterprises, grant makers, investors and academics building a better way to measure social impact. Using this flexible standard will allow social purpose organizations to effectively tell its story, communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders and operate in a high impact manner.

The Common Approach, in collaboration with CCEDNet, is excited to present this webinar as part of the Common Approach Webinar Series on Zoom. In this one hour session, Margerit Rogers of CCEDNet will take an in-depth look at one of the four standards being promoted by the Common Approach to Impact Measurement - the Common Foundations. This work is being led by Common Approach’s partner CCEDNet. The webinar will take place on October 15, 2020 @ 1:00pm EDT.


A Just Recovery For All

Banner image featuring webinar date and speaker infoThe COVID-19 crisis has been a wake up call for governments and civil society. The disproportionate impacts of the pandemic to health, the economy, environment and society as a whole are being experienced by individuals, families and communities across the country and the globe. As we look to recovery and approach the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th, how can we ensure one which is transformational, equitable and sustainable?

A Just Recovery for All, a movement born out of the crisis and puts people first, to date has over 200 Canadian organizations as signatories to the six principles. Join speakers from member organizations of this movement - Climate Action Network, Citizens for Public Justice and The Leap, to discuss the framework and what it means for collectively ending poverty and creating lasting systems change.

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Fall for Social Acquisitions: Prototyping in Place

Image of a forest that says Fall for Social Acquisitions with information about webinar timingA growing network of Canadian organizations and professionals are exploring Social Acquisitions for Business Recovery (SABR), a strategy that sees conventional enterprises transition into social purpose enterprising forms (like a co-op, a social enterprise, a charity, a non-profit, or any combination of the same).

Join to hear about hard work being done and opportunities being created to Activate and Design SABR solutions, participate in some engaging social innovation activities that will spark your creativity, and forge powerful new connections with Canadian professionals who are leading the charge in Social Acquisitions for Business Recovery. All are welcome!

This event is designed to engage the entirety of the Leadership Legacy Lab Community from across Canada, including stakeholders in social enterprise and co-operative development, small business succession and recovery, and social finance.

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Passing the Torch: Propelling Co-ops Forward

CMC Webinar series bannerThis webinar is presented by CMC’s Canada’s Emerging Co‑operators. The study Co‑operatives and Mutuals in the Age of Uncertainty done by Co‑operatives and Mutuals Canada in collaboration with Abacus Data, clearly shows that millennials and post-millennials share the values associated with the co‑operative model, but don’t know much about it. In this webinar, engaged young co‑operative professionals, will share their answers to some of the following important questions and many more! 

How can we raise the profile of the co‑operative sector and introduce it to the next generation of members, consumers and      citizens? 

To be attractive to millennials and post‑millennials, are today’s co‑operatives promoting enough the foundational principles and      values at the origin of the co-op movement? 

Could an emphasis on the values and principles attract the next generation of leaders and help them meet the demands of socially conscious consumers?

What challenges and opportunities does the sector face? 

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The co-operative movement: a key driver of social innovation and social finance

Banner image for CMC webinar seriesLearn more about how your co-operative can tap into funding and expertise related to the Investment Readiness Program, an initiative of the federal government aiming to support, launch, design, measure and develop social purpose organizations for their participation in the social finance market. 

Facilitator: Nadia Djinnit, Project Manager—Social Innovation/Finance Partnerships, Co-operative and Mutuals Canada


Michael Toye, Executive Director, The Canadian CED Network

David Rooney, Policy Officer - Social Innovation and Community Development Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada

Robin Wisener, Senior Policy Analyst - Social Innovation and Community Development Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada



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