The Ontario CED Connector // January 2014

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Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2014: Trends & Opportunities

The conference will facilitate action-oriented dialogue aimed at strengthening the sector. There is still time to register for Social Enterprise Toronto's (SET) premier annual conference, Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2014: Trends & Opportunities. Taking place from January 29 to 30, 2014 the event will kick-off with a bus tour of Toronto social enterprises.  The second day will be a full-day conference hosted at The Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto.  A significant component of the conference will be exploring procurement opportunities through the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, The City of Toronto Social Procurement Framework, and Eglinton Crosstown LRT. CCEDNet's Ontario Regional Director, Paul Chamberlain, will also be speaking at the SET Conference, highlighting key findings coming out of the recent research report Inspiring Innovation: The Size Scope and Socioeconomic Impact of Nonprofit Social Enterprise in Ontario.


Social Enterprises Featured on

Operation Come Home has been working to help homeless and street-involved youth in the Ottawa area. Operation Come Home has created a unique approach that allows the youth accessing their programs to engage in a wide range of meaningful education and employment opportunities. They have several programs that are designed to assist their clients on an individual and personal level. Operation Come Home helps hundreds of at-risk and homeless youth access the services and support their need in order to make positive changes in their lives. Their mission is to prevent homeless youth from becoming homeless adults. Find out how Operation Come Home uses social enterprise to advance its mission! [Follow SEontario on Twitter]

Rural Economic Summit of Ontario

Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell, the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, and the Eastern Ontario Training Board, are joining forces in organizing a unique event in Prescott-Russell: the Rural Economic Summit of Ontario. The Summit, which will be held from April 30th to May 2nd 2014, will address leading-edge rural economic themes.  It will gather a prestigious array of speakers of provincial, national and international reputation.  These experts will share their views concerning the regions’ present and future economic potential, underlining opportunities and challenges. This will be a fully bilingual event with simultaneous translation available.


Impact Ontario will feature ventures achieving positive social/environmental impact

Impact Ontario is a landmark conference that will bring world-changing Ontario ventures together with world-leading investors and intermediaries on March 18. Designed to support deal flow and impact investing opportunities through pitch sessions, one-to-one meetings and plenary panels, Impact Ontario aims to increase capital directed to profitable ventures with a scalable, sustainable impact.

Time for Bold Action on Poverty Reduction!

The Ontario Government is in the process of crafting the next Poverty Reduction Strategy. Take action! Tell your MPP that strong action is required to build on the last strategy. Click the link below to sign the petition at Together Ontario and check out the various ongoing campaigns to reduce and eliminate poverty in Ontario. Register today and get your submission in to deliver your pitch at Impact Ontario!

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Next in CCEDNet's Webinar Series

Return Button on Keyboard Labelled as LearnOur 2014 webinar series is launching 3 new webinars; make sure you're registered today! The first session, on January 21st, is Looking Back & Looking Forward, and will explore the reflections and insights of 3 pillars of Canada's CED sector who are entering retirement - Lynne Markell, David LePage, and Walter Hossli. On February 11th, Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship will draw on lessons from the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and the Montréal Community Loan Association in considering how to improve immigrant settlement and integration in Canada. Finally, on April 23rd, former Ontario MLA Tony Martin will share findings from his research into the question Can CED Catalyze a National Poverty Reduction Strategy?


CED Wire Updates

  • Canadian CurrencyThe Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Darcy Penner writes about the rising North American campaign for living wage laws | Read more
  • Capturing the Imagination of Future Social Entrepreneurs: Sherman Kreiner explores the potential of anchor institution led development in addressing challenges to enterprise development | Read more
  • The Year that Twilight Enveloped the World - A Christmas Contemplation: William Pardy's reflects thoughtfully on a year of twilight  | Read more
  • Notes from the Road: Brendan's CED Adventure in Saskatoon: Brendan Reimer shares his notes from the road after visiting CCEDNet members in Saskatoon | Read more

Improve Your Impact Measurement with CanadaMeasures and CCEDNet

Social Return Intelligence Suite video stillIf you missed the recent webinar introducing the CanadaMeasures Initiative (CMI) and their platform for measuring your Social Return on Investment, don't fret. You can still learn about this accessible system and how it combines educational tools and impact measurement software designed for grassroots organizations. Click on the link below to find out more about CMI by watching the recording from the free webinar on January 10 and accessing other resources.

National CED News

Labour Market Agreements and the Canada Jobs Grant: Implications for CED

Math ClassA new resource guide from the Columbia Institute, LOCO BC, and ISIS Research Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business, offers innovative tools for economic development. Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing.


CBCA ConsultationConsultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act

Industry Canada has launched a 90-day consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Importantly, one of the items under consideration is the incorporation of hybrid enterprises, titled Socially Responsible Enterprises (SREs), which are broadly defined as entities who use a “commercial business model to encourage social change.” Submissions are being accepted until March 11, 2014.


Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada to Launch in April

CCA AGM Vote to Create "Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada"Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), Canada's new national association representing co-operative and mutual enterprises, will officially launch its operations on April 1, 2014. This new bilingual organization is a result of years of discussion between the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) as to how to bring together Canada's English and French-speaking co-operators. CCCM ended its program activities at the end of 2013 but CCA will continue to exist to carry out international co-operative development programming.


CED Tool: Revitalizing Rural Economies: A Guide for Practitioners

"Revitalizing Rural Economies" coverDesigned as a practical guide, Revitalizing Rural Economies serves as a primer to CED, while also allowing those familiar with the field to delve deeper. This book provides ideas and resources to foster the long-term resilience of rural regions at a time when rural communities in Canada are facing a new reality where traditional economic bases such as agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing have eroded.


A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month

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Upcoming Events

Co-operative identity and branding: Does the co-op brand attract people?
Webinar >>

Introduction to Unleashing Local Capital
Webinar >>

Investing for Impact
Toronto, ON >>

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
Webinar >>

Sector Initiatives and Career Pathways
Webinar >>

Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2014: Trends and Opportunities
Toronto, ON >>

A Vision of Flipping the Iceberg of Power: The Greater Edmonton Alliance faces big land and big oil, Alberta
Webinar >>

Managing Compensation In Nonprofits
Toronto, ON >>

Community Supports for Immigrant Entrepreneurship
Webinar >>

Innovative Financing for Sustainable Energy Retrofits
Webinar >>

The Collaborative Economy: How sharing is powering a sustainable future
Toronto, ON >>

Building Movement: Exploring Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Social Change
Toronto, ON >>

Collective Impact & Community Change
Hamilton, ON >>

Growing Your Social Enterprise Webinar
Webinar >>

Webinaire sur la croissance de votre entreprise sociale
Webinaire >>

Check our website for more event listings.

CED Job Opportunities

01/31 ~ deadline
General Manager
Peterborough, ON >>

02/14 ~ deadline
Senior Editor
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ottawa, ON (willing to consider strong candidates unable to relocate) >>

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