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Causeway Celebrates Social Enterprise

Causeway Work Centre and Causeway Foundation are hosting an Open House in recognition of the 30th annual Small Business Week in Canada. This event will showcase Causeway's three Social enterprises: Krackers Katering, marking 10 years of operation; Good Nature Groundkeeping, in its 5th year of business; and Cycle Salvation, celebrating its first anniversary. We would like to invite you to participate in this celebration, which will take place on October 20, 2009.

Social enterprises provide real employment for marginalized members of our community, in a setting of good business practice where financial success comes only in balance with social and environmental goals. It's an alternative model for small business with a triple bottom line - people, planet, profit!

Krackers Katering, our first social business, has grown adept at keeping the triple bottom line balanced; Krackers has maintained 10 years of steadily increasing reputation and revenues while providing over 150 individuals with substantive training and work experience in the food services industry. It is this stamina and conviction that all our social businesses require.

This event will also showcase the 100th anniversary of Causeway's home at 22 O'Meara Street, the former St. Conrad's school built in Hintonburg in 1909.

The Open House will commence at 12:30pm and will include a presentation of Causeway's three social enterprises, giving a grassroots look at the nature of social business. The event will last approximately one hour. Paul Dewar MP and Councillor Christine Leadman are among the community leaders who will be sharing their support of Social Enterprise with us.

Please contact us to let us know if you are able to join us in celebrating Small Business Week in Canada.

2009 Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation AGM / Conference: From Crisis to Opportunity

The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation ("CWCF") is pleased to announce its 2009 national Conference: operations

  • The focus at the 2009 CWCF Conference will be on practical training and sharing which will be highly relevant for worker co-ops. An additional focus this year will be on how worker co-ops can be part of the solution, survive and even thrive in times of economic crisis such as the current period, as well as in the face of environmental crisis. Last but not least, we will focus on having fun: WC Trade Fair, WC Jam Session, time for socializing together, etc.
  • Keynote speaker will be Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, who has stated that one of the three most influential people in her life was Moses Coady, founder of the Antigonish Co-operative Movement.
  • Video link from the CICOPA Conference occurring in Geneva, Switzerland, sharing information on what's happening with worker co-ops internationally. (CICOPA in the international worker co-op federation.)
  • Focus on welcoming a diversity of participants including immigrants, aboriginal people, youth, etc.
  • Participatory training workshops, including "Worker Co-ops 101", and on various issues of relevance to running a worker co-op - for worker co-op members, co-op developers, and the general public. There will be information on resources available to assist in developing worker co-operatives.

Co-operatives in Troubled Times: A Webinar Series

WEBINAR #1: September 16th 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT
Co-operatives in Periods of Economic Crisis
Paul Hazen: President, National Cooperative Business Association.

What lessons can we learn from how co-operatives have helped people to weather tough times in the past? Paul Hazen will overview the history of how people have used co-ops in recessionary times. He will also discuss how co-ops in the U.S. and abroad are managing during the current economic crisis.

WEBINAR #2: September 17th 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT
Preserving Main Streets Through Co-operatives
Howard Brodsky: Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-CEO of CCA Global Partners.

Small family-owned businesses can and do compete with big-box stores. Howard Brodsky will review the shared services co-operative model and how it has enabled thousands of small, Main Street business owners to successfully compete against Goliath outlets like Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

WEBINAR #3: October 14th 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT
How are Credit Unions Performing in the Current Banking Crisis?
(Moderator) Jessica Gordon Nembhard: Associate Professor, John Jay College.
(Panelists) Ronald Covey: President & CEO, St. Mary's Bank. Clifford Rosenthal:
President & CEO, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.

This session will be a panel discussion about how credit unions and community development credit unions are doing in this period of bank foreclosures and bailouts. The panelists will elaborate on how credit unions are working with their members to not only survive the current economic downturn; but also to build assets for themselves and their families.

October 21st 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT
Housing Co-operatives in a Time of Foreclosures
Terry Lewis, Esq.: LIA Associates & Chair, Co-operative Development Foundation.
Co-operatives and Public Policy
John Holdsclaw: Director of Policy Development, NCB Capital Impact.

They will also talk about how they are working with low-income residents to access banking services and to build personal savings and asset wealth. Housing co-ops haven't experienced the same rates of foreclosure as other forms of ownership. Co-ops are a great model for providing home ownership to people of all income levels and stages of life. Terry Lewis will discuss how housing co-ops are the right model for moving foreclosed homes into stable ownership. John Holdsclaw, a School of CED at Southern NH University alumnus, has successfully advocated co-op policy issues at NCB Capital Impact for many years. He will reflect on current public policy priorities in strengthening the use of cooperatives for community economic development.

Capacity Waterloo Region: Executive Director in Residence

Capacity Waterloo Region (CWR) is a five‐year pilot project to fuel social innovation within the non‐profit sector.
We're building an enabling environment for non‐profits and social ventures, bringing together resources from all
sectors to support the people and ideas that build lasting social change in our community.

11 Sep 2009

Enterprise Manager - The Silver Brush

Competitive salary with performance incentives and benefits
The Silver Brush, a joint initiative of Houselink Community Homes and Parkdale Activity Resource Centre is looking for an Enterprise Manager to lead the development of The Silver Brush.

The Silver Brush - a social purpose enterprise and winner of the 2008 Toronto Enterprise Fund Business Plan Competition will provide painting services to the commercial residential market. Its social purpose is to provide long-term employment to psychiatric consumer/ survivors and others at risk of homelessness in Toronto.

11 Sep 2009

Income Security for All Canadians: A Workshop to Explore the Potential for a Guaranteed Income Framework for Canada


$50 regular registration
$15 low income/student registration

Purpose of this Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to share perspectives and build understandings about approaches to Guaranteed Income. BIEN Canada believes that such sharing will aid the continued growth and mobilization of a network of individuals and organizations in Canada committed to realizing an expanded basic/guaranteed income system for Canada, and thus to realizing income security for all Canadians.

Who Should Participate?

The workshop is designed to both inform and engage participants in discussion of a variety of approaches and models for achieving Guaranteed Income and universal income security. The target audience includes "first voice" persons (those with the lived experience of poverty), academics and researchers, social justice movements, community organizations, social and economic policy analysts, and government officials and politicians.

If you are interested in an informal meeting of researchers working on guaranteed income on Thursday morning, please email Mike McCracken (mcracken[at]informetrica.com) to confirm your interest.


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