February 7, 2023, 10-10:30am PST

CIRES Then and Now: Community Impact through Real Estate Management

Buy Social Canada and CIRES

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Join Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) and Buy Social Canada for a conversation about the past, present and future of CIRES, and the impact they’ve had.

Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) is a social enterprise in Vancouver designed to operate a balanced commercial property portfolio that leases space for uses that will ensure affordable goods and services are available to low income residents. Their current portfolio includes 52 commercial units in Vancouver’s inner city for a total of 98,000 square feet. About 60% of the commercial units are leased below market rates to social enterprises and non-profit organizations, and revenues from their portfolio are reinvested into community economic development efforts.

David LePage, Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada and founder of CIRES, and Steven Johnston, the current Executive Director of CIRES, will interview each other about their roles in the foundation of CIRES, the impacts they’ve created over the years, and the future of the social enterprise.


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