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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

Addressing Global Issues Starts with Community

Community is the lifeblood of every place. Positive relationships between neighbours boosts the wellbeing of everyone in the neighbourhood. Tapping into and investing in social capital is essential for developing thriving neighbourhoods.

When governments and agencies partner with community, new possibilities emerge and the impact can be exponentially greater even when addressing global issues such as climate change and pandemics. Join Jim Diers and Cathy Urquhart as they explore the power of partnering with neighbourhoods.

Learn more and register

Mushkiki (medicine) Healing Self & Systems

Speaker: Melanie Goodchild, Founder, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow and Associate

Melanie will share stories about her work supporting a regenerative future for Indigenous communities through Turtle Island Institute (TII), a project on the Tides Canada shared platform. TII incorporates prophecies, Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (knowledge), and cultural approaches together with systems thinking, complexity and resilience thinking to imagine and build a future where all of these energies align. Blending tools for systems transformation together with a focus on personal growth and leadership, TII is leading work on healing self and systems to tackle intractable problems. What kinds of mushkiki (medicine) do we need to foster transformative innovations? Melanie works with various thought leaders to nurture their capacities for self-awareness and inner change.

Register now!

Social Finance Webinar Series: Ethical, Environmental, Everyone!

Fair Finance Fund 2020 webinar series: every 2 weeks starting April 16th

  • Date/time (first webinar): April 16th, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
  • Registrants will receive zoom link
  • Series: Every other Wednesday 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Have you been wanting to learn more about innovations in investing and finance? Join us for our 2020 webinar series Social Finance: Ethical, Environmental, Everyone!

This Webinar Series from the Fair Finance Fund brings you experts in impact investing, social finance, social entrepreneurship and innovations in finance to present on their work and answer your questions. Each webinar will feature two speakers, facilitated by the team at the Fair Finance Fund. The series will discuss new models of investing for social purpose, managing risk in an integrated portfolio, the social and environmental impacts of social finance with stories from the field, and the best practices of investing for the future for people and the planet.

Our first webinar is on Thurs April 16th at 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Speakers: Julia Vlad, VP Lending at New Market Funds and Brian Smith, Founding Partner and CEO at Rhiza Capital.  Learn more and register via the button below.

View the schedule and register

Organizing for Social Procurement and Community Benefits

The COVID-19 global pandemic is a challenging time, and we offer Friday's Community of Practice as a chance to learn and share together (virtually, as always). Join a conversation to explore how local organizing principles and approaches can contribute to the creation of more sustainable, fair and inclusive economies - now & in the era that will follow this crisis. 

One of the tools to build more resilient local economies can be through Social Procurement and Community Benefits. March's call will be focused on "Organizing for Social Procurement and Community Benefits".

A wave of change toward social procurement is sweeping the country, including leading municipalities, anchor institutions and community benefits. This session will provide a ‘how-to’ guide to organize for social procurement wherever you are.  

Learn more and register now

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