May 2012

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Canadian CED Network News

BC CED Events

National CED Events and Webinars

Get Smarter Section


BC Community Economic Development News

Provincial-Territorial Network of Ministers Responsible for the Social Economy

The coalition of groups involved in the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy has been supporting a recent invitation by Québec’s Minister Laurent Lessard to convene a provincial and territorial network of ministers responsible for the social economy. Letters have been sent to all provincial ministers that received an invitation. Consider writing to your provincial or territorial minister, encouraging them to accept this invitation and reinforcing the significance of the social economy in your province or territory.

>> Read more

Community Economic Development Summer Studies in the Kootenays

SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development announces a new summer intensive program, in partnership with Selkirk College and the Upper Columbia Co-operative Council. Study the latest in green jobs, social entrepreneurship, community control and localization in beautiful Kootenays this summer.

>> Contact program director, Nicole Chaland at to add your name to the waitlist.

BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities

Online competition seeks innovative solutions to health, social and environmental challenges facing BC communities today, and in the future.

>> Read more and submit solutions

The BC Social Innovation Council published recommendations to maximize social innovation in BC

>> Read more 

Call for Submissions – Deadline June 15, 2012

The Homburg Institute Canada, in cooperation with Oxford University Press Canada, announces a call for papers for an inter-disciplinary conference on sustainability in the urban environment to be held on September 14-15, 2012 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

>> Read more (Download ‘call for papers PDF’ from right column)

BC introduces act allowing community benefit corporations:

Read the full article detailing the recent changes to the Business Corporations Act:

>> Read more

SFU Strengthens educational ties to Brazil:

Announcement of upcoming partnerships that will “foster deeper connections and create opportunities for researchers and students in both countries.”

>> Read the full media release

BC Food Co-ops flourishing thanks to the eat-local movement:

>> Read more

Vancouver gets closer to reaching its goal of becoming the greenest city by 2020

>> Read more and support the cause

Bike to Work Week! May 28 to June 3, 2012

>> Find out more

Canadian CED Network News

Join the Canadian CED Network for the Annual General Meeting: June 6 in Toronto

CCEDNet’s 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held on June 6 at 7pm, in conjunction with the Ontario CED Conference, at the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto. Members who cannot attend in person will be able to take part via webinar or teleconference.

>> Click here for more information

New Board Members

This year, three seats were up for election on the Canadian CED Network’s Board of Directors. By the nomination deadline of April 6, we received three qualified nominations, leading our Elections Officer to declare elected by acclamation:

  • Indu Krishnamurthy, Montréal, QC
  • Caroline Lachance, Trois-Rivières, QC
  • Christine Landry, Winnipeg, MB

Congratulations! Click here to find out more about our new Board members.

Community Economies and Jobs to Suffer with Federal Cuts to Co-operative Development

Last month, the federal government announced the termination of the Co-operative Development Initiative along with drastic cuts to the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat. In response, CCEDNet prepared a brief commentary, highlighting the significant impacts that these decisions will have on the development of new co-operative businesses, jobs, and services for communities throughout Canada. These cuts will ultimately result in a negative economic impact that will surely outweigh the short-term 'savings.' CCEDNet's response calls on the government to reverse their decision, for the sake of Canada's economy and communities.

>> Read full article here

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 with 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

Current members have already or 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, contact us at

BC CED Events

  • BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities
    A collaborative competition where social entrepreneurs enter their ideas and programs to gain funding and support. This competition seeks innovative solutions to health, social and environmental challenges facing BC communities today, and in the future. Competition launches May 9, 2012. 
    >> Read more and submit solutions

  • 7th BC Rural Communities Summit: “Grassroots, Growing Sustainable Communities”
    June 7 to 9, 2012 in Grand Forks, BC
    >> Read more

  • 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference:
    June 11 to 15, 2012 in Vancouver, BC
    An opportunity to participate in workshops and presentations that will explore five key themes: Health and Housing, Capacity Building, Disaster Preparedness, Governance and Partnerships. 
    >> Read more

  • International Bioenergy Conference & Exhibition 2012:
    June 13 to 15, 2012 in Prince George, BC
    Explore innovation, discover emerging ideas, learn from the experience of others, and do business in the wood-based bioenergy capital of Canada.
    >> Read more

  • BC Food Systems Network 2012 Annual Gathering: Reclaiming the Food System, Policy and Practice
    July 5-8th on Gambier Island
    >> Click here to view the call for proposals
    >> Click here to register
  • SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development
    Summer Studies in the Kootenays: July 9 – 13, 2012
    >> Download the brochure here
    >> Accepting Applications Now! To apply contact Nicole Chaland at

National CED Events and Webinars

  • Free Webinar: Welcoming Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration:
    May 30, 2012 EDT in Toronto, New York 10:00am
    >> Read more

  • ANSER/ARES 2012 Conference: “The Changing Role of Nonprofits and the Social Economy in an Uncertain World”
    May 30 to June 1, 2012 in Waterloo, Ontario
    >> Read more

  • Canadian CED Network Annual General Meeting
    June 6, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario at the Learning Enrichment Foundation
    >> Read more

  • Connections 2012 Conference: Community Investment Solutions for a Better Ontario
    June 7, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario at the Learning Enrichment Foundation
    8:30am – 5:00pm.
    >> Read more

  • CCA/CCCM Congress & AGM:
    June 27 to 29, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec at Le Centre Sheraton
    Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World reflecting the current 2012 International Year of Co-operatives
    >> Read more

  • The Economic Developers of Canada Association presents: 2012 Conference: Canada’s Other Coast
    September 29 to October 2, 2012 in Iqaluit, Nunavut

  • 2012 Communities Collaborating Institute: Innovating Together Conference
    October 1 to 5, 2012 in Kitchener, Ontario
    >> Read more

  • Imagine 2012: International Conference on Co-operative Economics
    October 6 to 11, 2012 in Quebec City, Quebec
    >> Read more

Get Smarter Section

Three New E-books from the Canadian Social Economy Hub

>> Read more

Discover the Co-operative Difference:

An online orientation program for co-ops and credit unions. Do you want to know more about the size, scope and impact of co-operatives and credit unions in Canada and around the world?

>> Read more

“Vertical Poverty Revisited”

Written by Johnathan Osborne. Read about affordable housing in Toronto, and the experience of immigrants in the private high-rise stock in Toronto’s inner suburbs.

>> Read more

“Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success”

Edited by Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar. Consider this recently published book as your “go-to non-profit management handbook.”

>> Read an excerpt from the book

New Book! The Resiliency Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady State

"There’s nothing as powerful as case studies, examples, anecdotes. A new kind of world is clearly possible – this book makes that clear.” Bill McKibben.

>> Order here

Rural Wealth Creation, Concepts, Strategies, and Measures

This report presents a conceptual framework emphasizes the importance of multiple types of assets (physical, financial, human, intellectual, natural, social, political, and cultural capital) and the economic, institutional, and policy context in which rural wealth strategies are devised.

>> Read more

The No-Budge Budget

Read a detailed analysis of the Federal Budget 2012 in “The No-Budge Budget” by Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson. Published by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, April 2012.

>> Read more


  • Employment: Vancouver Co-operative Radio: Outreach and Campaigns Coordinator
    >> Read more

  • Employment: Check out the job, funding, and bursary opportunities offered by the First Nations in BC
    >> Read more

  • International Development Internships at Rooftops Canada
    >> Read more

  • Social Economy and Community Development volunteer opportunities with Uniterra
    >> Read more

  • re:Think Housing Challenge, hosted by the City of Vancouver
    >> Read more

  • 3M Health Leadership Awards
    Nominate an inspiring community leader to be recognized by 3M Health Leadership Awards. Deadline is June 22, 2012.
    >> Read more 

Job Postings

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