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The 2011 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering is Another Hit!

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The 2011 CD/CED Gathering is Another Hit!

The 2011 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering was a huge success! With over 500 people attending, a great key-note speech by Silver Donald Cameron, and 26 workshops, it was an inspiring day. There was lots of great, locally sourced food from social enterprises and co-operatives. Our vision for the Manitoba Gathering is to provide an inspiring annual opportunity for people in community development and community economic development to connect, learn and celebrate together. The early feedback coming in shows we did just that!

  • “Great sessions, great community and great food. All run like a well oiled machine.”
  • “The energy was so positive in the space and folks felt not only enriched intellectually but welcome in a meaningful way.”
  • “This was my first CED Net Gathering, and I left feeling energized and connected.”
  • “Great crowd, excellent presenters. My only concern was not being able to attend enough workshops in this too brief event! Really enjoyed myself and learned a lot.”

Of course, CCEDNet shares this success with the many people and organizations who help make the Gathering happen every year. We would like to thank the Gathering planning committee members, sponsors, the many volunteers, and everyone who came out with the goal of learning how we can works towards a future where everyone has enough, forever.

(Photo on the right - Silver Donald Cameron delivering the keynote speech at the Gathering)

Canadian CED Network News

Presentation by Brendan Reimer on CCEDNet's Research Roles Available Online

A presentation made by Brendan Reimer - CCEDNet's Prairies and Northern Regional Coordintor/YouTube sensation - is now available online. The presentation was made at the 2010 Northern Summit on the Social Economy. Brendan speaks about CCEDNet's approach to collaborative research and policy work, and how these mandates come together to support poverty reduction initiatives and the social economy. The Summit was held in Whitehorse, Yukon from November 2nd - 4th, 2010 as a part of research activities of the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada (SERNNoCa).

Click here to view the presentation 

Meet our Members

Kiwanis Enterprise Centre

The Kiwanis Enterprise Centre is a business focal point in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The Centre offers a wide range of services to would-be entrepreneurs, local businesses and students alike. The Centre provides a resource of business skills, self-employment opportunities and small business enterprises.

Visit their website

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) was incorporated in 1972 as the first immigrant-serving agency in the province. ISSofBC provides programs and services through two divisions: The Language College and Career Services, and the The Settlement Section, which provides assistance to immigrants and refugees through a variety of programs and services.

Visit their website

BC CED News - Upcoming Events and Opportunities

  • 18th Annual National Conference & AGM
    Cando & CTV are offering a selection of Innovative Economic Development Workshops November 7th -10th, 2011
    Read more 

  • Events in Vancouver offered by Enterprising Non-Profits:
    November 8, 2011: Finances enp Evening
    December 1, 2011: Business Improvement – A Social Enterprise Social
    Read more
  • Municipal Elections - November 19, 2011
    Check out Manitoba CED Network’s municipal election guide for ideas for making CED a priority in the upcoming municipal elections
    Read more

  • The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition asks you take action and to urge the provincial government to commit to a poverty reduction plan by contacting your MLA. For information please visit: and

  • CED Meet-Up, November 25
    The Community Economic Development Meet-up is hosted by the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development. It’s where students, alumni, instructors and partners get together and make big CED deals. Or share stories. The registration fee gets you delicious nibbles and great (sponsor-free) conversation at a unique venue.

    Please register now as seats are limited. Register before November 14 for the early-bird discount ($11.50). Cost is $15 if you register after November 14. Join us. Register here.
  • SFU “Community Entrepreneurship Series”
    Click on the course names to find out more.
    Contact Nicole Chaland at for more information
  • Conference: On SustainAbility
    Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability offered by the University of British Columbia.
    January 10-12, 2012 in Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
    Read more

  • 2012 Building Sustainable Communities Conference
    The Fresh Outlook Foundation presents its 5th conference at the Delta Grand Resort in Kelowna, BC, February 27 – March 1, 2012
    The program features a variety of plenaries, breakouts, panels, workshops, debates, and interactive sessions to provide opportunities for enhanced communication and collaboration.
    Read more 

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National CED News

Enterprising Spirit: Creating Value and Social Good

The Trico Charitable Foundation will be hosting its Enterprising Spirit Conference on November 17 in Calgary. Early bird registration rates will be available until October 6. Participants will be treated to a day of interactive workshops, experimental problem solving, and open exchange among people working on or interested in social enterprise and the non-profit sector. The Social Enterprize Award ceremony will also take place at the Conference.

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New Research on Co-op Survival Rates

The results are in and they reveal strong support for the enduring strength of cooperatives! In partnership with BALTA, researcher Carol Murray shows that between 2000 and 2010, 66.6% of co-operatives in BC were still operation five years after incorporation. In contrast, only 39.5% of conventional business were still operating.

Why is this the case? Key factors include: strong financial planning, engaged members, active board participation, sound consulting practices and clarity of purpose. The research echoes previous results drawn from studies conducted in Quebec. The findings of a related study currently being undertaken in Alberta are highly anticipated.

Download the Report

Celebrate Cooperatives in the New Year

On December 18, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly, with the support of the Government of Canada, passed a resolution declaring 2012 the UN International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). The resolution, entitled "Co-operatives in Social Development", recognizes the diversity of the co-operative movement around the world and urges governments to take measures aimed at creating a supportive environment for the development of co-operatives.

Find upcoming events celebrating the IYC in Canada at

Sustainable Community Development Case Studies

The Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (CRC) brings together case studies that focus on leading-edge sustainable development projects, strategies and plans happening in communities across Canada. The next project brings together cases highlighting sustainable infrastructure success stories in Canada, on governance, land-use planning, transportation, waste and energy.

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Apply Now for the Graduate Student Research Award

Calling all graduate students! In collaboration with the Institute for Non-profit Studies of Mount Royal University, ANSER-ARES is offering two Graduate Student Research Awards. Designed as on opportunity to foster and acknowledge research excellence, any student whose academic focus pertains to non-profits and/or the Canadian social economy may apply for the $2,5000 grant with the expectation of furthering applied research. 

Deadline for submission is December 20th, 201. Submit applications electronically, in either English or French, to

Register Now for the Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise

Organizers of this year’s Canadian Conference on Social Entreprise have issued a call to social enterprising Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Held November 20-22 in Halifax, Novia Scotia this event is designed to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, from practitioners - both new and experienced - to government actors, supporters and funders. This is a great chance to share ideas and best practices while benefiting from the collective energy.

Register here

David LePage on the Social Enterprise 'Jigsaw Puzzle'

Social entrepreneur guru David LePage has published a thought provoking short essay on the future of social enterprises. Employing the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle, the kind without “a picture on the lid and everything, but with whatever pieces they and their friends bring to the table,” LePage describes the gradual assembly of this diverse sector. Seeing the multitude of existing models as an asset, he stresses the need for inclusion and collaboration. The focus must remain on how best to blend effective business measures with progressive social values.

Read the complete article and other thoughtful piece’s on the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal's ejournal

Vancouver Sun Asks - Are Co-ops the solution to Occupy Wall St. Woes?

Which business model in B.C. controls more than $10 billion in assets, employs 13,000 people and returns all profits to members? The answer is, of course the co-operative model, which a recent Vancouver Sun article touts as a viable option that meets many of the pressing demands of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Speaking on behalf of the B.C. Co-operative Association, John Restakis argues that co-ops, both big and small, are a mechanism for democratizing the economy. So whether it is by shifting your consumption to a local co-op or by spreading public awareness about the existence of market alternatives, be sure to join the celebration of a movement that is very much a vanguard of new ideas.

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Measure Your Ethnical Purchasing

Most of you know about the ecological footprint and now you can measure your slavery footprint. Isn’t it time we developed an economy that wasn’t reliant on slave labour? The developers of this provocative website are asking you to ask your favourite brands to find out where their materials come from and make sure it isn’t from slave labour.

Check out

See the World with an International Aboriginal Youth Internship

Are you - or is someone you know - an Aboriginal youth interested in international development projects? The International Aboriginal Youth Internships offer incredible opportunities to partake in project overseas, including extended stays in Uganda or Jamaica.

Click here for further information on eligibility, registration and projects.

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