CCEDNet News: March 2012

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Have you Renewed your Membership?

Renewal notices were mailed to all members in January. If you didn’t get one and think you should have, please contact Stéphanie Cloutier at or 1-877-202-2268.

In order to vote in Board elections and at the Annual General Meeting, the deadline for memberships to be in good standing is April 13, 2012.

>> Click here to renew your membership on line or for more information on membership

Call for Board Nominations and AGM Resolutions

CCEDNet Members are eligible to vote in Board elections and submit resolutions to the Annual General Meeting.

This year, three seats are up for election on CCEDNet’s Board of Directors. CCEDNet’s Board is the custodian of membership’s vision and leads efforts to build the CED movement in Canada. Any member who wants to be part of that leadership is encouraged to submit their candidacy. The deadline for Board nominations and AGM Resolutions is April 6.

>> Click here for more information and to download the nomination form

Join us for the Annual General Meeting

CCEDNet’s 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Ontario CED Conference, at the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto. It will be June 6, at 7pm, the evening before the Ontario Conference. Members who cannot attend in person will be able to take part via webinar or teleconference.

>> For more information, watch the 2012 AGM page on our website

Recent Policy Activities

Last fall, CCEDNet sent our new Policy Recommendations to all MPs and since then, we have been following up with NDP Leadership candidates to strengthen the presence of community economic development and social enterprise in their proposals.

We have also sent a letter to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty supporting the Canadian Cooperative Association’s call for the renewal of the Cooperative Development Initiative.

The federal Department of Finance is currently seeking on-line feedback from Canadians on the upcoming budget, expected March 29.  Have your say!

Valuing Your Work - What's Your Return on Investment?

Our call for examples and resources related to return on investment and social return on investment produced a wealth of resources – thank you to everyone who replied.

We have compiled a list of resources on our website for anyone who would like to know more.

If you have others to add, please email them to Kirsten, and watch for her upcoming article on SROI in the March issue of SEE Change Magazine

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Tourism

The most recent webinar organized by CCEDNet’s International Committee was on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Building Strong Economies and Communities in Canada and Internationally. A recording of the session as well as related resources are available on our website. 

Past sessions, including Fair Trade and CED, community forestry, microcredit, the co-construction of public policy and FIESS 2011, and food security and sovereignty are also available on our website.

The next session will be on sustainable tourism. Watch future bulletins for more information.

International Co-operation

CCEDNet’s International webinars are supported by Uniterra, one of Canada’s largest volunteer placement programs. With placements from two weeks to two years, there are always opportunities to explore new cultures, share your expertise and support local organizations that are working actively to improve living conditions around the world. Current postings include an organizational capacity development and finance advisor in Botswana, and a fundraising advisor in Malawi.

>> Click here for more information on the latest available positions

New Community Economic Development Summer Studies Program in Nelson, BC

The Certificate Program for Community Economic Development offered by Simon Fraser University and CCEDNet is pleased to announce a new summer intensive program, in partnership with Selkirk College and the Upper Columbia Co-operative Council.

Study the latest in green jobs, social entrepreneurship, community control and localization in the beautiful Kootenays this summer. Want to know more? Listen to the program director interviewed on Kootenay Co-op Radio.

>> Contact program director, Nicole Chaland at for more information or to explore the possibility of hosting the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development in your region.  

Spark Update

The figures have been tallied, and the results are in: Spark, CCEDNet’s capacity building service, had another record-breaking year in 2011.

In 2011, Spark made 65 matches between organizations and volunteers with specialized skills, which leveraged $230,375 worth of pro-bono and reduced rate skilled technical assistance for the non-profit sector. And Spark is showing no signs of slowing down. Requests for services increased by over 20% in 2011, compared to 2010.

>> Read more

Inspire, Innovate, Incite and Invent (i4)

CCEDNet has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal to produce accessible articles on the innovative work of many of our members who are crafting creative, democratic and sustainable economies. Find out about topics such as the financial management of CED organizations, the impact of Québec’s training businesses, social enterprises in BC, and social economy research 

>> Sign up for i4, CCCR’s ejournal

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Have a video you want to share? We post and ‘favourite’ videos on our YouTube Channel, such as this one from Vibrant Communities Calgary on the cost of poverty in Alberta

We also post frequent news updates and announcements to our Facebook fan page and Twitter stream. For links to our Facebook page, Twitter stream and YouTube channel.


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CED News and Events

The International Year of Co-operatives has been Launched!

CCEDNet members across the country celebrated the the International Year of Co-operatives on January 12, with events in 14 locations across the country and a global webcast. Under the theme “Co-operative enterprises build a better world,” there are lots of ways to get involved and be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.  Read more.

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network has organized a webinar on March 14, at 2 p.m. EST on People-Power-Profits: The Emergence of Renewable Energy Co-operatives in Canada.
For more details and to register, visit

New CCEDNet Research on Social Enterprises in Manitoba

On January 19, CCEDNet - Manitoba, along with our partners from Simon Fraser University and Mount Royal University, officially launched a new research report, Measuring the Size, Scope and Scale of the Social Enterprise Sector in Manitoba.

In the summer of 2011, 118 social enterprises across Manitoba were surveyed in an effort to develop clear indicators of the sector's size, market activities, and socio-economic impacts. Although the results are prelimary, this report builds a strong case for all stakeholders to value the distinct contributions of social enterprises and to work together in creating a supportive environment in which the sector can grow.

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Deadline Extented:  Submit Your Nonprofit Research for ANSER Awards

The Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) is accepting applications for two thesis awards: one at the Master's level and one at the PhD. The awards are intended to foster and acknowledge graduate research excellence in the field of nonprofits and the social economy in Canada. Applications may be submitted in French or English. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 16.  Contact Jorge Sousa, Awards Committee Chair at for more info.

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The 44th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness

Registration is now open for the National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, which is being held in St. John's, NL from May 1 - 4. This annual event is hosted by the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association.

On May 1, a day-long pre-Congress 'mini-conference' entitled Finding the Money, Renewing the Mission: Social Finance, Social Enterprise & Affordable Housing will look at how investment and enterprise can be harnessed to support social missions. The session features several CCEDNet members from across the country.

>> Read more 

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