February 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

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National CED News

CED Job Postings

Canadian CED Network News 

Meet Our Members 

Canadian Worker Co-op Federation

The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation is a national, bilingual grassroots membership organization of and for worker co-operatives, related types of co-operatives (multi-stakeholder co-ops and worker-shareholder co-ops), and organizations that support the growth and development of worker co-operatives.

>> Visit their website 

Quint Development Corporation

Quint Development Corporation exists to strengthen the economic and social well being of Saskatoon's five core neighbourhoods through a community based economic development approach. Their approach concentrates on the development of community organizations that enable citizens to pool their resources and talents to create community ownership , jobs, training and income for community members.

>> Visit their website

Saskatchewan CED News

Introduction to Community Economic Development for Western Canadian Provinces

The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association is hosting a four-module workshop series on community economic development in Saskatoon. The sessions are designed to provide training in core economic development principles and practices for new entrants into the profession as well as community leaders.

The workshops are being held April 24rd—27th at the Best Western Harvest Inn. The registration deadline is April 3.

>> Read more

Congratulations to Linda Moulin of Affinity Credit Union

Linda Moulin was recently announced as the co-lead working with Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson for the project Measuring the Impact of Credit Unions on Wealth Building in Communities. Linda is the Senior Vice President of Affinity Credit Union, which is a member of CCEDNet. At the Credit Union Executives Society meeting in Las Vegas in early November, Moulin was awarded the CUES Future Leader Award “for superior commitment to their CU, the movement and continuing education,” (CUES). Moulin served a pivotal role in the merger that grew Affinity to be among the top 10 largest credit unions in Canada.

(Source: Measuring the Co-op Difference Research Network Newsletter)

Business Retention & Expansion International Conference

 Participants of the Business Retention & Expansion International Conference will learn how to focus limited economic development resources and create world-class strategies that promote a healthy business climate. The event will bring together business leaders, entrepreneurs and economic experts to learn and share ideas on how to build a better business environment. The conference theme is Action Reaction: Be the Catalyst for Change.

This international conference is being held in Saskatoon, June 18-21.

>> Read more 

New Co-op Learning Resource

In the true spirit of co-operation, the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) and Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) have teamed up to create a new learning resource for Saskatchewan schools. 

All 4 Each: A Unit to Empower Co-operative Consciousness explores the legal and operational frameworks of co-operatives, using Saskatchewan as the context. All 4 Each is available at no charge to teachers across Saskatchewan. PLEA and the SCA will be present at teachers’ conferences across the province this spring to introduce this resource to Saskatchewan teachers.

>> Download the curriculum

(Source: SCA News, www.sask.coop)

CED Tool: How to Start a Buy Local Campaign

Many people give little consideration to the choice between a locally owned store and a chain when deciding where to shop. They do not know the benefits to their city's economy of choosing local businesses and are unaware of the many hidden costs of opting for the big boxes. Broadening awareness of the consequences of our shopping choices is therefore an essential strategy in turning the tide of chain retail expansion and rebuilding our local economies.
Created by the Institute for Local Self Reliance in 2007, this fact sheet provides a step-by-step guide to starting a buy local campaign in your community. 

>> Read more 

National CED News

Creating Community Options for Financial Services Conference

This June, community leaders and financial service professionals are coming to Winnipeg to host panel discussions and workshops at the Creating Community Options for Financial Services Conference. Participants will explore community alternatives to traditional banking and credit services for consumers who may experience challenges in accessing financial services and institutions.

The Conference is being held June 13-14 at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain.

>> Read more 

Governing for Sustainable Rural Futures: Summer School Opportunity

Graduate students, researchers, and rural development experts from around the world are invited to attend a two-week learning opportunity in Quebec this summer. This summer school program, hosted by the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies, is an opportunity to exchange insights and knowledge regarding rural and northern policy using a comparative perspective.

The ICRPS program introduces the skills to analyze and compare policies at the international, national, state, regional, and local levels. It also provides the opportunity to study the nature and implications of new forms of governance in rural contexts.

>> Read more 

The Business Savvy Behind Nonprofit Success

Just to survive, many of us nonprofits end up driven not by our own mission, but instead by the expectations of our assorted funders. That's why it's so important for us to take money seriously. Only by piling on the financial skills, staff, and organizational capacity essential to good money management can we stay in the driver's seat, and take strategic risks when opportunities arise. David LePage calls that "business savvy." 

>> Read more 

(Source: CCCR's Insight ebulletin)

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.

Help kick-off the event at the Pre-Congress 2012 on May 1. The theme of this all-day 'mini-conference' is Finding the Money, Renewing the Mission: Social Finance, Social Enterprise & Affordable Housing. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be part of the global re-think on how investment and enterprise can be harnessed to support social missions, including that which is at the heart of our communities - housing.

>> Read more

Upcoming Food Events

Good Food For All: The Evolution of The Stop's Food Bank
Staff members of The Stop Community Food Centre (based out of Toronto) are hosting a free webinar on March 1 (12-1pm EST). The panelists will discuss their Food of the Month Program, the importance of community-based volunteers, how to attract donations of healthy food, and more. >> Register here 

Food Hub Research
On March 13 (1:30pm EST) the Community Food Security Coalition is hosting a teleconference featuring the new USDA study covering Food Hubs across the U.S. The presenter will be James Barham, author of the food hub study, and agricultural economist for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. >> Contact Katherine Pigott or Ken Meter to register


Submit Your Nonprofit Research for ANSER Awards

The Association for 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.

Any full-time graduate student who is focusing on non-profit and social economy research can apply. Applications may be submitted in French or English. The deadline for submissions is March 1.

>> Read more

Top 50 Co-operatives in Canada

The Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat has recently published the 2010 Top 50 Co-operatives in Canada report. This list is compiled every year to showcase the importance of co-operatives to the Canadian economy. Key findings in the report include: In 2010, the "Top 50" co-operatives generated $24.8 billion CDN in revenue and had 38,700 employees. Together, they represent 4.8 million members and manage $11 billion in assets. Also, "Top 50" revenues grew 3.4% over the last year, to $24.8 billion in 2010.

>> Read more

Job Postings

For the latest CED postings visit the National and Regional job pages on CCEDNet's website

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