September 2011

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Profile: Momentum's Train the Trainer Program

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Profile: Momentum's Train the Trainer Program

Momentum, a Calgary based non-profit organization, has an innovative way to fortify financial literacy in communities across Canada. The program is called Train the Trainer (TTT) and, like all the work pursued by Momentum, is premised on the idea of capacity building. The process begins by equipping local leaders with the tools and the confidence needed to establish their own (or improve upon an existing) financial literacy initiatives. Through outreach and facilitation the hope is that with greater financial literacy, people of all income levels will be in a position to save and become debt free.

From the group’s onset, Momentum has set its sites on addressing root causes of the persistent levels of poverty amid a city with such elevated rates of economic growth and prosperity. Their approach is asset-based, which sees the path to transcending barriers as equipping people with tools, be it financial, social, personal or otherwise.

Despite its roots as a free program, TTT has since adopted a social enterprise approach to ensure its long term sustainability. By having program participants cover the basic costs of delivery, the popular program has been able to continue its goals after the initial block funding expired. This crucial transition towards sustainability is both a practical and symbolic victory for the group as it reinforces their belief that social enterprises contribute to building capacity and community economic development. This past year has been a pilot phase for TTT's social enterprise model, but the feedback so far has been very positive. Based on the number of program participants - 30 organizations have participated this year alone, which then have the potential to reach thousands of Canadians with their newly acquired financial literacy capacity. - it is clear that Train the Trainer is meeting a substantial need.

Click here for more information on the Train the Trainer program. For a glimpse of financial literacy in action, check out these online videos:Facing up to Debt, Financial Literacy - The Big Picture, and Saving for Goals.

For more information about the Train the Trainer program and its two-day intensive workshop, contact Brian Hill at 403.204.267 or


Canadian CED Network News

 Registration Now Open for the 2011 CD/CED Gathering

Join more than five hundred delegates, including community organizations, government, students and social entrepreneurs who will come together to examine ways to reduce poverty and build stronger communities in Manitoba. The theme for this year's Gathering is "Enough, For All, Forever," and will feature many opportunities to discuss how we can build stronger, fairier, and more sustainable communities.

The 2011 Gathering will include a keynote speech by the always engaging Silver Donald Cameron, 20+ workshops and a free lunch catered by local CED food providers.This free, all-day event takes place on October 21st at St. John's High School in Winnipeg's North End.

Register here

Meet our Members

Housing Strategies Inc.

Housing Strategies Inc. is a Calgary-based consulting company dedicated to fostering healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities. They offer a range of services to municipalities, non-profits and private developers, including: Housing Needs Assessments; Community-Based Housing Plans; Community Engagement; and Feasibility Studies

Visit their website

First Calgary Financial

First Calgary Financial is Alberta's second largest credit union bank and was established to provide accessible and affordable financial services to all Calgarians. This credit union has been awarded as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies since 1999, and was recognized as one of Alberta's top 50 Best Employers.

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Meet our Board - Michael Farris

Michael brings a diverse educational background and extensive experience in the non-profit sector CCEDNet’s board. His professional experiences include over 25 years in agency leadership and activities such as founding award winning, innovative projects and programs. He is committed to collaborative action and to person-centred approaches. Michael has an extensive history of work with inner city, First Nations and new Canadian populations.

Michael has presented to local, provincial, national and international bodies and forums, including Parliamentary Committees, United Nations Conferences and the Council of Europe. He has served in numerous consultative, research and planning activities within the sector and with all orders of government. 


CCEDNet Staff News

It was been a busy and transitional summer for CCEDNet's Manitoba office. We wished Spark Coordinator, Fio Pasquarellii farewell as she began her maternity leave earlier in the summer. The Spark office is fortunate to have CCEDNet Member Coordinator, Lindsey McBain come in to fill Fio's position. Lindsey can now be reached at 837-7275 and

CCEDNet also welcomed Sarah Leeson-Klym as this year's CD/CED Gathering Coordinator. You can contact Sarah with any questions related to the Gathering at

In other news, CCEDNet's Regional Cooridinator, Brendan Reimer is now on Twitter. Follow Brendan at @brendan_ccednet to find links to great CED-related news items, stay informed about our Manitoba office's activities, and access insightful commentary in 140 characters or less!

Alberta CED News

Strong Neighbourhoods & Community Economic Development

September 22nd, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Join Brendan Reimer, CCEDNet's Prairies and Northern Territories Coordinator, as he shares learning and promising practices from the Neighbourhoods Alive! (NA!)initiative in Manitoba. Learning will focus on the creation of Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations, the design and implementation of government policies that guide NA!, and local opportunities to transfer this approach to neighbourhood renewal initiatives in Calgary and Alberta.

Register now!

Socially Responsible Investing - How GREEN is Your Money?

Green Calgary is offering a workshop on Socially Responsible Investing as part of their Healthy Homes Sustainability Series. The workshop take place on October 18 and is intended to give you the tools you need to invest your money according to your conscience. Questions that this lecture will address include: Are we aware of the impacts finance and investing have in our world today? Can your hard earned savings be used as a force for good? What is Socially Responsible Investing and why does it matter?

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2011 CCI: Leadership That Transforms Communities

The Communities Collaborating Institute (CCI), Tamarack’s signature, week-long learning event, provides a unique opportunity to join a dynamic learning community of practitioners from across Canada and beyond who are committed to deepening their capacity to lead community collaborations.

The 2011 Communities Collaborating Institute: Leadership That Transforms Communities is geared specifically for those wanting to rejuvenate and grow their collaborative leadership capacity. The event is taking place October 3-7, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta.

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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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enp and Capital One Launch New Social Enterprise Grant for Youth

Last week, enp and Capital One Canada announced the new Capital One Youth Entrepreneurship Fund which will be distributed across Canada via enp-BC in Vancouver, enp-AB in Calgary, enp-TO in Toronto and Chantier de l’economie social in Montreal. The program will be focused on enabling youth and organizations servicing youth to conduct planning activities to develop or grow a social enterprise.

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(Source: enp September Newsletter)

CED Tool: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit

Enp has launched the Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit, learning modules on the following topics: Governance, Leadership, Blended Value Design(Financial Analysis and Social Value Models), Product & Markets, Business Operations, Customer Relations, Marketing, and Risk Analysis. Each module includes slide presentations, worksheets and references to relevant documents and other resources. The Social Enterprise Learning Modules cover basic elements and information about planning and operating a social enterprise. Each module covers key principles and offers leads and links to further resources.

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National CED News

FIESS 2011

The 2011 International Forum on the Solidarity and Social Economy is being held on October 17-20 in Montreal, Quebec. Participants can expect a participatory and interactive atmosphere, as the Forum is intended as a meeting place for people and ideas related to the social and solidarity economy from around the world.

Click here to register and learn more 

Two Upcoming Co-op Conferences

Business Succession and Employee Ownership Oct 11-13, 2011: experts share their experiences with co-operatives as a solution to the growing challenge of business succession.

North American Worker Co-op Conference Oct 13-15, 2011: an historic occasion to discuss best practices with worker co-operators from Canada, the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, and Argentina.

Tamarack’s Evaluating Community Impact Workshop

The Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes workshop is a three-day, interactive learning event designed to increase the capacity of leaders involved in community change efforts to better understand and evaluate the outcomes of these efforts. Due to popular demand, Tamarack is once again offering this workshop to enhance the capacity of communities.

This workshop is geared towards people involved in community change initiatives with an interest and some basic experience with evaluation. 

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The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research - New Issue

The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSERJ) is an online open access bilingual peer-review publication. ANSERJ is dedicated to providing a stimulating and vibrant forum for the open dissemination of contemporary high-quality, peer-reviewed research on nonprofits and the social economy. The most recent edition includes articles on the gender dynamics of Canadian activism, the social and economic benefits of community recreation, voluntary participation in CED, among others.

Read the latest issue of ANSERJ

Applied Research Fund at Mount Royal University

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University is once again inviting applications to its applied research fund. Two proposals will be funded to a maximum of $7,500 each. Applications should address practical issues in the area of governance, sustainability, or policy. Letters of Intent are due on October 14thand full proposals will be due on November 14th. The full application form is available on request. More information and previously funded research are profiled in the applied research section of the Institute web site.

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MBA in CED – An Advanced Program with Community at its Core

Cape Breton University’s Master’s of Business Administration in Community Economic Development is designed for learners and graduates who aspire to play leadership roles in the public sector, in Third Sector organizations, and in community-minded businesses. The program curriculum, in addition to business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, focuses on economic development, leadership, strategy, governance, managing change and international management.

The program also strives for accessibility, as students can complete the program program by attending classes in the summer or on alternate weekends in their city and complete the courses over 22 months. 

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