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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

Campfire Chat: Sharing Policy Strategy & Efforts

10:00-11:00 am Pacific
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Mountain
12:00-1:00 pm Central
1:00-2:00 pm Eastern
2:00-3:00 pm Atlantic
2:30-3:30 pm Newfoundland

Whether we act as sounding boards for one another, offer connections and advice, or develop full-on partnerships, we are stronger when we work together!

Sharing strategies can help us:

  • Get fresh ideas
  • Reduce duplication and maximize impact
  • Develop partnerships and new initiatives

This campfire chat will provide you with an opportunity to explore the overlaps between your policy priorities, strategies, and efforts and those of others and figure out ways to complement one another’s policy work in an informal and supportive peer-to-peer environment. 

Please join us on November 4!

Register for Campfire Chat: Sharing Policy Strategy & Efforts

This is the second session in this year's Strengthening Community Economies: POLICY & ADVOCACY Series that is designed to build skills, provide support, and strengthen a culture of political action among CCEDNet members. To join CCEDNet or to find out more about our barrier-free membership policy, click here.

Webinar: Employee & Community-based Ownership Succession and Buy-outs

10:00-11:00 am Pacific
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Mountain
12:00-1:00 pm Central
1:00-2:00 pm Eastern
2:00-3:00 pm Atlantic
2:30-3:30 pm Newfoundland

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, business succession was a growing challenge due to Canada’s aging population.  A 2018 study of small and medium-sized enterprises found that nearly 50% of owners intended to exit their business within the next five years.  The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have only intensified those pressures. 

Small businesses are the heart and soul of many communities and neighbourhoods.  Wide-spread closures due to gaps in succession planning could be devastating for many cities, towns, and villages across Canada.  Social enterprise and co-operative models are proven to be better adapted to challenging market conditions and more resilient in times of economic downturn.  Small business closures could in many cases be addressed by employee or community buyouts, thus preserving jobs and services as well as the life-blood of the community.

Why isn’t everyone doing this?  There are many barriers to employee and community-based succession, including policy barriers as well as a lack of awareness that these models exist.

Join us on October 14 to learn more about this issue and hear from the people advocating for policy change and from some folks who have made employee and community-based succession a reality!


  • Wunmi Akinlosotu, Founder and CEO, Blooming Ladies
  • Victor Beausoleil, Founder and Executive Director, Social Economy Through Social Inclusion 
  • Russ Christianson, Co-Chair, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation’s Business Succession Committee 
  • Marc Henrie, Directeur général, CDR-Acadie
  • Sarah Leeson-Klym, Regional Networks Director, Canadian Community Economic Development Network 
  • Taylor Sekhon, Director - Strategy and Investments, Social Capital Partners 
  • Marcelo Vieta - Researcher, Coop Convert
  • Moderator: Raissa Marks, Government Relations Director, Canadian Community Economic Development Network

Please join us on October 14!

Register for Webinar: Employee & Community-based Ownership Succession and Buy-outs

The Strengthening Community Economies Series is designed to build skills, provide support, and strengthen a culture of political action among CCEDNet members. To join CCEDNet or to find out more about our barrier-free membership policy, click here.

Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation Conference 2021

Cartoon image of three people in a circle supporting each other by the feet with text "Theme: Building Better Together/ Mieux construire ensemble. November 16-18 2021, Virtual. Image developed by artist Molly Graham for the Social Justice Cooperative of Newfoundland, Winner of CWCF's 2020 Arts and Cultural Youth Grant."Worker co-operatives have demonstrated resilience and solidarity throughout the Covid19 pandemic, although many have faced significant challenges.  We will share particular strategies of worker co-ops in dealing with crises such as the pandemic. Further, this theme will cover how communities would benefit from building more worker co-operatives, including through the lens of racial and economic justice.  As always, there will be sessions on topics of practical interest for worker co-operators. 

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World Circular Economy Forum

Logo of WCEF2021Game Changers! Seizing the Circular Opportunity
The World Circular Economy Forum 2021 (WCEF2021) will be hosted online from Canada, September 13 to 15, 2021.

Building on previous forums, WCEF2021 will focus on the system level changes, or “game changers”, needed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Seizing the circular opportunity requires transformational change and collective efforts by businesses, policymakers, civil society and others.

Hosted in North America for the first time, WCEF2021 will bring dynamic new voices to the global discussion, explore circular opportunities from the perspective of natural resource producing countries, and highlight the critical importance of the circular economy to fight climate change and to protect biodiversity.

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Curriculum Review for Financial Sustainability Series

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Curriculum Review for Financial Sustainability Series

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network - Manitoba (CCEDNet-MB) is the regional member network of the national Canadian CED Network. CCEDNet-MB’s membership is made up of community-based, social economy enterprises working towards inclusive and sustainable communities and economies. The membership largely consists of non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and cooperatives. 

Up to $5000
Start Date: 
Fri, 09/24/2021
14 Sep 2021


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