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2021 ACE Institute: Risk & Rebuilding in Co-operation

Image of flowers growing through crack in concrete with text: "Resilience through recovery. Risk rebuilding in cooperation."This year, the Association of Cooperative Educators is hosting an interactive, virtual ACE Institute for Co-op Educators, Managers and Developers across North America. This conference will bring together co-operators in English, French and Spanish speaking nations, to look at the steps involved in rebuilding, educating and co-operating in a post-pandemic world.

Who's invited?

If you are a co-op educator, manager or developer this is the conference for you. We will have plenty of exciting panels, networking opportunities, and social events planned over three days, in English, French and Spanish.

Students & Young Professionals! You are welcome to join this event in a special track that will highlight networking opportunities tailored to your needs.

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Nonprofit Driven Conference 2021

It's time to be bold and drive change at Nonprofit Driven 2021!

About this event

As the nonprofit sector continues to support communities through COVID-19, the focus on rebuilding must be made with inclusive and sustainable recovery at the centre.

This year’s Nonprofit Driven is an important opportunity to gather and do that- at Ontario’s largest public policy forum and collaboration opportunity for nonprofit leaders, community organizers, and policymakers.

The virtual conference will consist of two days of vital collaboration, advocacy, and connection to explore solutions to public policy opportunities alongside nonprofit leaders from across the sector, with our favourite MC - Garvia Bailey!

What will you take away?

From helpful pre-reads on the Nonprofit Driven Library to inspiring keynotes and interactive breakout sessions, there are many ways for participants to learn before, during, and after the conference. Participants at Nonprofit Driven will be better equipped to take the bold steps needed to drive sector public policy priorities forward – together.

Influencing public policy for stronger communities

Learn about, discuss, and reimagine issues in the sector today to arrive at strategies for how to shape public policy, set the agenda for change, and work together for our sector and our communities.

Advancing skills for stronger organizations

Enhance skills and knowledge to improve organizational effectiveness and impact for both emerging and established leaders.

Networking opportunities to further sector-wide collaboration

Connect with sector leaders and changemakers through Nonprofit Driven’s virtual networking opportunities, including facilitated networking breaks, pop-up connecting, and more!

Reinventing virtual spaces

Nonprofit Driven will be far from your average zoom call! From our dynamic MC, Garvia Bailey, to new engagement features, Nonprofit Driven is an event that will keep you captivated and ready to learn more. The virtual conference will be full of interactive workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and lively entertainment. Most importantly, the conference will provide opportunities for the sector to collaborate, advocate, and reimagine what the future of our sector holds.


The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) understands the importance of accessibility. Our event platform is AODA, WCAG 2.1 AA, and ADA compliant and includes features ranging from keyboard optimization to dedicated profiles such as Epilepsy Safe, Visually Impaired, Cognitive Disability, and more. As well, closed captioning will be provided for all sessions to ensure everyone is able to access and participate in the event. Should you require specific accommodations, please let our team know as soon as possible.

Important considerations

Registration is for one person only. Registration cannot be shared by multiple people.

ONN members receive a $100 discount on all early bird and regular tickets. Only ONN members are eligible to access and use these discounts.

For questions or concerns, please contact our team at info@theonn.ca.

60 Million Reasons to Reverse Economic Leakage

2:00pm Pacific Time (5:00pm Eastern Time)Innovate BC Webinar Series logo

Samuel served a 3 year term on Council for the Ermineskin Tribe from 2011 to 2014.  While Finance portfolio (2012/13), Samuel partnered with Council from neighboring First Nations and commissioned a Maskwacis Cree Economic Leakage study. 

Samuel will share his experience and consultant methodology that developed the data that helped chart a path forward for the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. business development from 2014 - 2020

Register for 60 Million Reasons to Reverse Economic Leakage


Samuel MindeSamuel Minde is tribal citizen of the Ermineskin Tribe.  The Ermineskin Cree Nation is located side by side by side of the Samson Cree, Louis Bull Tribe and the Montana First Nation(s), collectively are the Maskwacis Cree.  The Maskwacis Cree are Treaty 6 Nations located in what is now known as central Alberta in between the major cities of Edmonton and Calgary. 

Samuel's education credentials are having earned a Master's degree in Business in Indigenous Business and Leadership from Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business (2017), a Bachelor of Management from Athabasca University (2007) and a Diploma in Management from Red Deer College (2005). 

Samuels experience is rooted in First Nations governance and strategy.  His entrepreneurial spirit and courage frame his leadership style and relationships, as such, Samuel has served in various Leadership roles and provide guidance to First Nations Councils, Boards and Committees.  From 2014 to 2020 Samuel invested his time and energy with the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies as Chief Executive Officer and from 2011 to 2014 Samuel was an elected leader for the Ermineskin Cree Nation.   He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Ochapowace Nation. 

Samuel also started a consulting company called "BlueSky Business Design."  Bluesky Business Design is created to elevate First Nations organizations and entrepreneurs realize a return on investment. From start to finish, we work with you offering independent, highly objective advice to enable you and your organization advance your Vision and Mission.

Pathways for Inclusive and Sustainable Recoveries - CANSEE 2021

Logo of Inclusive and Sustainable RecoveriesThe COVID-19 pandemic has clearly exposed systemic vulnerabilities in our current economic systems. These vulnerabilities have exacerbated social inequalities, health, and the climate crisis, and exposed how deeply intertwined our social, environmental, and economic systems are. It is with this realization that we must reimagine the structures that failed us with increased intensity, urgency and creativity, if we are to catalyze solutions for a sustainable recovery. Governments, NGOs, and civil society will each play critical roles in shaping this transition. This conference uses an ecological economics lens to engage with these various actors to inform workable, effective, and inclusive public policy solutions that address the ecological challenges our society faces. We recognize that these solutions are inherently complex, like the system they work in. We encourage presenters to discuss transformative policies that address social and ecological inequalities across regions and between generations.

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Community Wealth Building Wednesdays — Social Procurement Webinar Series

Banner with text: "Community Wealth Building Wednesdays - SOCIAL PROCUREMENT Webinar Series. May 6. June 2. June 9. June 16. June 23. Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Social Procurement in Ontario. This series is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Canadian CED Network, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and AnchorTO."

What If We Strengthened the Social Procurement Ecosystem in Ontario?
Community wealth and community capital is being created throughout Ontario via Social Procurement. Buy Social Canada in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Canadian CED Network, Ontario Trillium Foundation and AnchorTO invite you to a webinar series designed to strengthen and connect the social procurement and social enterprise ecosystems across Ontario.

The intention of this series is to enhance organizational and individual capacity, strengthen awareness, share public policy models, and identify and explore the future of social procurement ecosystem opportunities.

The series includes four Webinars and a Wrap Up Dialogue. Sessions will take place weekly, on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT, starting on May 26.

May 26: Building Supply Side through Social Enterprises

June 2: Building Demand Side through Purchasing of Goods and Services

June 9: Building Demand Side through Construction Projects

June 16: Building Community Wealth and Community Capital

June 23: Wrap Up Dialogue

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