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Procurement for Social Value Suppliers – July Cohort Session 1

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Social procurement is emerging across Canada as a powerful tool for building healthy communities. Buy Social Canada offers the SUPER Project (Social Procurement Supplier Readiness) tools, resources, and training to help social enterprises and social value suppliers respond to the growing demand for social value in purchasing. Social value suppliers will be able to learn the skills needed to access procurement opportunities and contracts that provide the revenue to increase their social value creation.

Reach your procurement potential with the Buy Social Canada ‘Procurement for Social Value Suppliers’ workshop. This four-week, in-depth training will teach social value suppliers about the intricacies of procurement and the skills to access growing demand for social value in procurement.

‘Procurement for Social Value Suppliers’ is a hands-on learning experience where you will finish the program with foundational tools to bid for contracts. Topics that will be covered include finding opportunities, responding to bids and telling your social value story. Each week will comprise of a two-hour session hosted online.

Participants will also receive a customized one-on-one coaching session to help reach your social procurement market access potential.

The SUPER Project (Social Procurement Supplier Readiness) is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program.

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SEWF 2021

Icon of a globe on a galactic background with text: "28-29 September. Our flagship annual forum is the event for the global social enterprise community. Join SEWF 2021 to connect with thousands of leading social entrepreneurs, access world-class content and be part of the world’s largest social enterprise conversation."Designed by and for social enterprises, SEWF 2021 will champion the potential of social enterprises – small and large, rural and urban – to bring about inclusive and sustainable economic development.

With a spotlight on Canada, the two-day programme will feature keynotes and plenaries with live Q&A, online networking and a virtual marketplace giving you the opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. Speakers will include leading social entrepreneurs and changemakers from across the world with over 3,000 participants from over 70 countries.

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National Communications Assistant (Summer Student)

The Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) is inviting applications for a National Communications Assistant to join our Engagement Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the digital media work and communications strategy for CCEDNet in collaboration with the Engagement Team. This position reports to the National Communications Coordinator.

Note that this is a placement through the federal Canada Summer Jobs program. Candidates must be between the ages of 15 and 30 to be eligible for this position. 

29 Jun 2021

Remaking the Economy: Envisioning a Restorative Future of Work

Remaking the Economy: Envisioning a Restorative Future of Work2pm - 3pm Eastern Time

For good reason, the world of work is rarely seen as a liberatory space, but can it become so? NPQ’s latest webinar in our Remaking the Economy series looks at the workplace of today while exploring how our work lives might be transformed to support health and wellbeing, promote restorative justice, and provide not just “jobs” but livelihoods.

This webinar features three observers approaching this question from the standpoints of research; solidarity economy organizing; and on-the-ground reporting.

Leading this discussion are our three expert panelists:

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is a professor in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and is author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

Emily Kawano is a cofounder of the US Solidarity Economic Network; codirector of Wellspring Cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts; and a member of NPQ’s economic justice advisory committee.

Alissa Quart is executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, based in New York City, and is the author of six books, including Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America.

This webinar will explore:

  • How should one understand the scope of “work”? What are key elements that go missing in conventional definitions?
  • How is the nature of the workplace relationship between employer and employee changing? How has the rise of the gig economy altered the job market?
  • What lessons have we learned from the treatment of “essential workers” that we have witnessed during COVID-19?
  • What would work in a solidarity economy look like—and how would it differ from what is experienced in today’s capitalist economy? How would a solidarity economy deal with contemporary challenges, such as automation?
  • What is meant by the phrase “livelihood” and how does that phrase differ from “work” as conventionally understood?
  • How do labor practices from the system of incarceration affect the broader world of work? How might worker co-ops be used to begin to disrupt those pattens?
  • What would a restorative future of work look like?
  • What can nonprofits and philanthropy do to support workers and help create the restorative future of work we desire?

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

Register to learn how nonprofits and movement activists are advancing strategies to address the economic and social inequalities of our time!

Register for Remaking the Economy: Envisioning a Restorative Future of Work

The moderator for this webinar is NPQ Economic Justice Program Director Steve Dubb. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development. You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.

Pivot on Purpose: Reimagining business models to solve social problems

Banner text: "Pivot on Purpose: Reimagining business models to solve social problems"Pivot on Purpose is a biennial celebration and conference that recognizes and nurtures Canadian social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. This two-day event offers opportunities for connection, learning and celebration. This year's event will be held on November 18 & 20, 2021. 

On Day 1, join a full day of exciting speakers to discuss and explore the best practices and latest innovations in social enterprise. In the evening, the awards gala will celebrate social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in various stages of growth and impact. Watch ten ventures live pitch to claim top honours in The Trico Foundation’s What’s Next YYC Award. Applaud the top Canadian social enterprise demonstrating outstanding impact and innovation as they receive recognition from The Trico Foundation’s Social EnterPrize Award. New in 2021, the NU Student Social Entrepreneurship Awards will recognize student social entrepreneurs.

On Day 2, support youth as they pitch their ideas on how to apply business models to social issues. The student case competition is open to teams with at least one student registered at a post-secondary institution, the rest of the team may include recent graduates.

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