December 2011

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Canadian CED Network Member News


BC CED Events

National CED Events

CED Opportunities

Canadian CED Network Member News

Strategic Planning – Your Input is Important!

With our current strategic plan coming to a close, CCEDNet’s Board has undertaken a new strategic planning process for 2012-2014. Over the coming months, we will be asking for members’ feedback on key issues via short on-line surveys. We promise to make these surveys quick and easy. Your input is vital to guiding CCEDNet’s future. Watch your email in-box for more information!

It’s Membership Renewal Time

Year end is also time for CCEDNet membership renewal. Current members will receive their renewal notices in the mail in the coming weeks. A strong and diverse membership is CCEDNet’s greatest strength, so please take a moment to renew your membership when you receive your notice.

If you are not a member and would like to join, click here or contact us at

Share the New Policy Priorities for CED in Canada

Last month, CCEDNet members received a copy of new policy priorities, which were also mailed to all 308 MPs. CCEDNet’s Policy Council is encouraging members to share this document within their own organization, and to use it in communications with officials at all three levels of government. Let us know what you think of this new presentation, and who you share it with by emailing Kirsten at

Meet our Members

The Coquitlam Farmers Market started as a Community Economic Development project by Simon Fraser University students in 1996. The Farmers Market seeks to connect local producers with suburban consumers, and citizens with each other. The Farmers Market Society is also focussed on establishing pocket farmers markets throughout the region, making it even more convenient for citizens to access locally grown and prepared food.

>> Visit their website

The VanCity Community Foundation is a public charity that was created to help gather together community resources, thereby realizing the potential that exists when people invest in the vision of communities. The Foundation's particular strengths have been focused in the areas of social enterprise development, community-owned real estate (including housing), and a collaborative approach toward change.

>> Visit their website


Collabetition for Social Innovation announced for 2012

Keep your eyes peeled for B.C.'s first collabetition in 2012. According to a provincial backgrounder, a collabetition is a way to use social media to identify, spread and support social innovation. The collabetition is a partnership between the Advisory Council for Social Entrepreneurship, Ashoka Changemakers, LIFT Philanthropy Partners, TELUS and the ISIS UBC Sauder School of Business

"The province is a participant and supporter of social innovation and entrepreneurship in B.C.," said Premier Clark. "We need to find new ways of doing business - one that involves working with the private, volunteer and non-profit sectors to create solutions that make a real difference in people's lives. Working together, we make real change."

The province has committed $30,000 to the prizes for collabetition and in 2008 contributed $2.2 million as seed capital for the newly launched Resilient Capital.

Social Investment Fund Launched

Vancity and the Vancouver Foundation launched Resilient Capital. This fund provides investors with guaranteed financial returns and a positive social or environment impact. Investments are not limited to social enterprises and include triple-bottom line companies and social entrepreneurs. Two out of three of the projects profiled are based in Vancouver providing investors an opportunity to invest locally.

>> Read more

Citizen Action for Community Economic Development gains traction in BC’s Capital

Three newly elected candidates in the Victoria municipal election signed on in endorsement of the Metro Victoria Community Economy Group's Consensus Statement on Victoria's Economic Strategy. In addition, two councilors from Saanich signed, along with one councilor from each of Central and North Saanich and the newly elected central Saanich Mayor.

Eight local experts wrote the Consensus Statement, calling for a greater focus on community engagement and more support for small, locally-owned enterprises.

“Victoria could stand out as a unique, authentic, locally powered hotbed of social and innovation entrepreneurship and green jobs," says Donna Morton of the Centre for Integral Economics. "Anything less lets down present residents and future generations.”

The statement identifies seven specific actions in which municipal governments can support prioritize local, sustainable community economic development.

>> Read more

Community Supported Agriculture has morphed into fisheries

A community supported fishery (CSF) is direct fair trade between fishermen and consumer. As a member of a CSF you get the highest quality seafood produced on the west coast at prices that are fair to both members and fishermen.

Find out how you can eat tasty, locally and sustainably caught seafood AND help support local fishermen involved in sustainable fisheries by joining Michelle Rose CSF.

>> Read more

Beyond the Camps: Occupation and the Co-op Connection

John Restakis writes about the connection between Occupy and the co-operative movement.

The Occupy movement could point to the ways in which economic democracy is not only more just than capitalism but also more viable. Co-operatives routinely outperform capitalist firms. Occupy could show that the survival rate of co-ops is double what it is for conventional businesses. It could highlight how credit unions, by responding to the actual needs of their members, didn’t engage in the fraudulent financial speculations that bankrupted the economy. Credit unions came through the financial crisis even stronger than before and had no need of massive public bailouts. Co-ops reduce inequality.

>> Read more

BC CED Events

  • SFU “Community Entrepreneurship Series”
    Click on the course names to find out more.
    Social Finance - January 27 – 28
    Social Enterprise Development - February 24 – 25
    Framework & Applications in Co-operative Development - March 30 – 21
    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
  • The Aboriginal Business Match 2012
    To be held in Lheidli T'enneh Territory, Prince George, BC, on February 13-16, 2012
    “Your direct connection to the growing business and project opportunities now available with First Nations in British Columbia.”
    >> 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 
  • Social Enterprise Dragons
    Enp invites you to an entertaining and informative evening that celebrates the role of social enterprise in our communities.
    Held in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, March 8, 2012
    >> Read more 
  • 2012 Economic Development Conference – “Taking it Global”
    The Economic Development Association of British Columbia hosts their annual conference at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport, May 13-16, 2012
    >> Read more

National CED Events

  • Webinar: “Fair Trade and CED: What’s the Link?”
    December 13, 9am PT
    >> Read more 
  • Capacity Development Workshops offered by the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada
    >> Read more 
  • International Year of Co-operatives 2012
    Get involved!


Knowledge Exchange Facilitator with CUSO-VSO
Deadline: Dec 15 2011, 5:00pm
Various Overseas Locations, Ontario, Canada
>> Read more 

Hollyhock Program Director
Location: Vancouver. Apply now
>> Read more

Global Footprint Network is now hiring!
8 jobs & 4 internships are posted
>> Read more

Echoing Green Fellowship
Up to $90,000 to launch your idea to change the world
>> Read more


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