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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

Social Innovation Masterclass Program Coordinator

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is inviting applications for the position of Social Innovation Masterclass Program Coordinator, supporting the delivery of a newly developing module of CCEDNet’s Community Leadership Program focused on social innovation (SI) and social finance (SF) from a community-based perspective.

$23.51 / hr
25 Jan 2021

Webinar: Policy & Advocacy 101

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

Community Economic Development (CED) initiatives are, by definition, local solutions to local issues.  Many of us working at the community level are not directly involved in policy and advocacy work on a provincial or national scale.  But, whether we like it or not, our work can be impacted by political forces at play globally, nationally, and provincially.  If we want to make lasting change, policy and advocacy work is vital.  

If you know change is needed but you don’t know where to start, or if you are new to the policy and advocacy realm, then this webinar is for you.  We will discuss public policy and how it works, and go over the key components of an advocacy strategy.  This webinar will be applicable whether your work is at the local, provincial, or national level.

Please join us on January 14!


PowerPoint Presentation

Beyond Co-operation: The Power of Business as a Force for Good

Poster image proudly presenting the sixth annual The MacPherson Talks12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CST

Co-operatives are guided by their principles and values to balance purpose and profits, while serving their members and communities. Our future requires significant action on climate resilience, meaningful engagement in reconciliation, eliminating racism and discrimination, and ending poverty and homelessness. Will the co-operative principles achieve those outcomes, or do co-operatives need to do more? Using Assiniboine Credit Union as an example, Brendan’s talk looks at how the Benefit Corporation (B Corp) designation can strengthen co-operatives and advance a vision of a sustainable future of belonging and dignity for all.

Register for the MacPherson Talks presentation

Presented by

Brendan Reimer is Assiniboine Credit Union’s Strategic Partner of Values-Based Banking. Brendan is also the co-chair of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Community Impact Committee, and volunteers as a board member with both SEED Winnipeg and the Manitoba Real Estate Foundation Shelter Foundation. Brendan is a passionate educator and organizer dedicated to creating inclusive, fairer, and more sustainable economies and communities and has worked effectively with academia, governments, private sector, and community organizations in advancing that vision.

For more information on Beyond Co-operation: The Power of Business as a Force for Good

The MacPherson Talks honour the late Dr. Ian MacPherson, one of the leading lights of the international cooperative movement. Historian, educator, author, and passionate co-operator, Ian personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. The MacPherson Talks are held annually by the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

Data Governance and Data Trust: Opportunities in the Civil Law Tradition of Quebec

Banner with webinar title and organizational logos12pm - 1pm Eastern Time

This webinar by Open North and TIESS will share results from research in the emerging field of data governance. Speakers will dive into models and dimensions that embody the public interest, while allowing for collective appropriation and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Sarah Gagnon-Turcotte, Director of the Applied Research Lab at Open North, will discuss the role of data governance in the current socio-technical landscape. Based on Open North’s most recent research on open smart cities and data partnerships, she will show how responsible, effective and accountable data governance is key to alleviate citizens’ concerns related to data privacy and unlock the potential of data collaboration.

Jessica Leblanc, Project Manager at TIESS, will discuss the idea of a data trust and its potential to steward data according to the interests of a group of actors or in the general interest. A data trust is generally understood as a legal structure that provides independent stewardship of data and aims to promote data sharing for social or business purposes. She will then explore the potential of Quebec’s trust law (fiducie) to encompass the core idea of data trust.

Register for "Data Governance and Data Trust: Opportunities in the Civil Law Tradition of Quebec"


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