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Social Venture Bootcamp 2019

Social Venture Bootcamp 2019SVB IDEA is for those who have a business or enterprising idea that aims to both make money and generate positive social, environmental or cultural impact. We refer to these types of enterprises as social enterprises.

Register for the 2nd Annual Social Venture Bootcamp IDEA

Social Venture Bootcamp is a 3-day program to help assess your idea by:

  • Pitching your idea
  • Understanding its value proposition
  • Clarifying your customer needs and wants
  • Understanding the market
  • Determining expenses and revenues, and profits
  • Getting feedback from entrepreneurs and expert mentors
  • Assessing the impact of your enterprise

The goal at the end of the 3 days is for you to be:

  • Be inspired
  • Be informed
  • Be supported
  • Be realistic
  • Make a plan to test your idea and move towards launch!

The Program will include guest speakers and one-on-one mentorship by industry professionals and entrepreneurship and impact-focused educators from Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, and Camosun College.

Bring your enterprise idea to change the world, or make your Vancouver Island community a better place! We’ll bring the knowledge, experience, and connections to help you and your team get more quickly to a great idea that can achieve both business and impact goals.

Register now to reserve your ticket. Tickets are $750/enterprise team - up to 2 people.

Registration is very limited, so participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Learn more about Social Venture Bootcamp at

Celebration of Life: Professor Jack Quarter

Jack Quarter 1:00pm Eastern Time
OISE Library, 252 Bloor St W
and online!

In case you cannot make it to OISE Library (252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6) this Friday for Jack Quarter’s Celebration of Life, here are the instructions for viewing the formal part of the event from your computer. Also, see below for more information on how to make donations.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Professor Jack Quarter Memorial Bursary to support students in financial need; every dollar raised will be matched by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). You can also donate to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, which made it possible for Jack to spend his last days in the comfort of his home with his loved ones. All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt. There will be donation forms and envelopes available at Jack’s Celebration of Life event on Friday, March 8 at OISE.

Join the Zoom Webcast

All you need to do is to click on the URL above or copy and paste it into your browser. You just click yes when prompted. If there aren't any prompts, click download and run Zoom.

Please also check out the following website in honour of Jack Quarter:

The Systems Change Evaluation Canvas: A Tool for Planning to Evaluate Systems Change Webinar

The Systems Change Evaluation CanvasHow will you evaluate efforts to create systems change? Through our work at Tamarack, it has become clear that there is no one answer. The right approach depends on your situation, the type of change, and many other constraints that are unique. As demand for systems change initiatives has increased, so has the need to evaluate this type of work, though this type of evaluation is still emerging. To respond to this need, over the past year we have been developing a planning tool for evaluating Systems Change efforts — a Systems Change Evaluation Canvas. 

Register for The Systems Change Evaluation Canvas: A Tool for Planning to Evaluate Systems Change Webinar

In this webinar, Mark Cabaj and Galen MacLusky will introduce the canvas, walk through important things to consider when planning systems change, and show how the canvas can be applied to a real-world scenario. We’re excited to be releasing this tool and hope you will join us not only to learn what we have uncovered, but also to help us shape this tool and make it work for you.


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.


Galen MacLusky

Galen is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide. Galen is an experienced human-centred design coach and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University.

Evaluator for Procurement and Investment Readiness Fund for Social Enterprises

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is looking for a qualified evaluator to design and implement an evaluation process for the Procurement and Investment Readiness Fund (PIRF) over the lifespan of the Fund.

24 Mar 2019

Executive Director

Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) is a social enterprise commercial property manager and community economic developer based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. CIRES contributes to the building of an inclusive local economy by using the space in its portfolio to provide affordable goods, services, social support, and employment opportunities in the communities within which it works.

8 Mar 2019


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