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November 2015

2015 Social Finance Forum

November 12, 2015 @ 8:00 am - November 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
MaRS Discovery District,
101 College Street
Toronto,OntarioM5G 1L7Canada
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The Social Finance Forum is the place to engage leaders & practitioners in the diverse social finance scene.  Registration opening soon! More updates Social Finance is changing the way we work together in Canada to address critical problems facing people and the planet. More than any other time Canadians are joining forces, using the best of business and community approaches to invest and grow impactful ventures and initiatives that provide a financial return to investors. Identify impact investing opportunities Develop…

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Toronto Community Benefit Alliance

November 18, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) was formed by labour and community organizations in January 2013 to bring the Community Benefit Agreement model to Toronto. Used extensively in the US and the UK, the CBA model ensures that publically funded infrastructure projects are used to create employment opportunities as apprentices in the construction industry in communities that need them most. These starter jobs lead to careers with good pay and benefits and safe working conditions. The TCBN began by successfully…

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Beyond Buy Local: Driving Localism in a Growing Movement

November 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The term “Local First” was coined at BALLE’s first annual conference in 2003 and today represents a sophisticated cultural narrative that has shifted the purchasing, investment, and policy choices of hundreds of communities. Local First means increasing demand for locally owned, made, and grown businesses, goods, and services. And it means telling a new story — one where we support local, cooperative, and community-owned businesses and each other. We call this new story Localism. In this webinar, join local business…

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Social Business Forum

November 25, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Centurion Conference & Event Centre,
170 Colonnade Road South
Ottawa,OntarioCanada
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The Mental Health Commission of Canada presents a free, one-day, interactive forum on practical tools and resources and innovative practices that promote employment of people living with mental health problems or illnesses. Like conventional businesses, social businesses exchange goods and services in the marketplace, but they are organized to achieve social as well as economic goals. In the mental health arena, this includes creating employment opportunities for the almost 90% of Canadians with mental health problems or illness who are unemployed.…

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January 2016

VERGE Launch and Loan Recipient Announcement

January 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market,
900 King St
London,OntarioN5Y 5P8Canada
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A social event to announce VERGE Capital and its first social investment recipients through the Social Enterprise Loan Fund. We will also celebrate other social finance initiatives, such as the Innovation Works Community Bond. This is an opportunity to share our successes with the media and London community, as well as to celebrate VERGE and share future plans. Come hear from social enterpries, impact investors and connect with London’s social finance community! Program will include Catering by Momo’s at the Market,…

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SENO CoStarter for Change Application

January 29, 2016

Applications Deadline: January 29th, 2016 In 2013, Ontario launched the Social Enterprise Strategy. The Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF) is one of the key commitments to that strategy, supporting 11 social finance projects throughout the province. $4 million contribution that has leveraged $6 million in private investment. Social Enterprise Northern Ontario (SENO), a collaboration led byPARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is one on the successful social finance projects, receiving $250,000.00 for two years. Please fill out the form below to…

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February 2016

Succession Planning – Are you ready for change at the top? :: Jane Garthson & Jack Shand

February 19, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor(s): Jane Garthson & Jack Shand Garthson Leadership Centre & The Portage Group Date: Friday, February 19, 2016 :: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Description: If the $50 million lotto jackpot falls into the lap of your board chair or executive director tonight, what would happen? Do you have a succession plan that would kick in to ensure the organization’s governance, programs and revenue generation carried on effectively? At this participatory session, you will learn how to successfully plan, prepare…

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March 2016

Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2016

March 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Learning Enrichment Foundation,
116
Industy Street,OntarioM6M 4L8Canada
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Social Enterprise Toronto is proud to host its second Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2016 on March 10, 2016 at the Learning Enrichment Foundation. The conference will bring together the social enterprise community and stakeholders for a vibrant dialogue and interactive workshops. We’re also bringing back the ever-popular bus tour (on March 9; tour stops and more details below) and social enterprise marketplace. The theme of this year’s conference is Communities driving social enterprise – exploring how best to support the growth of social enterprises through…

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Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations :: Ricardo Ramirez & Dal Brodhead

March 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor(s): Ricardo Ramirez & Dal Brodhead Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 :: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Description: In this workshop participants will be introduced to evaluation principles and practices that help non-profits make the best use of evaluation for learning and accountability. Participants will become familiar with foundational principles and terminology; they will experience the main planning steps in evaluation design; and they will be exposed to guiding criteria to make choices on evaluation methods. About the instructors: Ricardo…

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Make Your Pitch Application

March 23, 2016

Application Deadline: March 23rd, 2016 Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%). Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase, May 9-10,…

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April 2016

Social Return on Investment :: Eric Plato

April 8, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Eric Plato Plato Training and Consulting Date: Friday, April 8, 2016 :: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Description: Traditional financial accounting does not reflect how well you are meeting your mission or the impact your work has on the people and community you serve. It becoming increasing more important to be able to express the impact of your work to all stakeholders. Join us in this workshop to learn: Different Approaches to Impact Measurement What is Social Return on…

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May 2016

Marketing in Nonprofit and Other Social Purpose Organizations :: Trish Krause & Samantha Jones

May 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor(s): Trish Krause & Samantha Jones Oxygen Consulting Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 :: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Description: This session will cover basic marketing and brand building principles to help you be a more effective and focused marketer, no matter what size your budget or marketing team may be. You’ll explore concepts such as the how to better understand audience perceptions that influence your communications, the elements that are critical in shaping a powerful brand story and marketing…

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Discovery: Ontario Centres of Excellence

May 9, 2016 @ 7:30 am - May 10, 2016 @ 5:15 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
222 Bremner Blvd
Toronto,OntarioM5V 3L9Canada
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Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities. Garnering over 3,000 attendees and more than 500 exhibitors in 2015, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water. Renowned keynote speakers and panels ignite discussion,…

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ECONOUS2016 – The National CED Conference

May 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Hotel Bonaventure,
900 Rue de la Gauchetiere
Montreal ,QuebecH5A 1E4 Canada
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Co-hosts the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), and the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), invite you to attend Canada’s leading national community economic development conference. ECONOUS2016 will bring together a diverse range of representatives from the community, business, education, charitable, and government sectors to discuss new ideas, resources and strategies to strengthen community economic development (CED) and small business growth across Canada. The National Conference will be hosted in Montréal at Hotel Bonaventure, May 18 to May…

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October 2016

communityBUILD Blueprint: Affordable Housing

October 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Seneca College,
Markham 8, The Seneca Way
Markham,OntarioCanada
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Blueprint: Affordable Housing October 15 & 22, 2016 @ Seneca College, Markham 8, The Seneca Way, Markham, ON What is Blueprint? Blueprint, an element of the communityBUILD program, is an annual two-day ‘design lab’ workshop utilizing human-centred design processes to address a social issue affecting York Region. In its first year, participants will be presented with affordable housing challenges and asked to design sustainable solutions to address one of the challenges. Each year, a new local priority, such as youth…

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November 2016

Could Shared Ownership Be the Right Fit for You?

November 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Catharines Club,
77 Ontario Street
St. Catharines,OntarioCanada
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Co-operatives are a distinctive and highly successful form of social enterprise. One or more stakeholder groups (consumers, employees, entrepreneurs, and/or other organizations) jointly own and democratically direct the enterprise to meet their objectives. In Ontario alone, we have more than 1,200 co-operative enterprises and organizations in 400 communities with 15,000 employees. Register for Could Shared Ownership Be the Right Fit for You? In this series of three workshops, participants will learn about the distinctive features and values of co-operative enterprises; how…

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Baristas, Clerks & Geeks: Own Your Own Job

November 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Catharines Club,
77 Ontario Street
St. Catharines,OntarioCanada
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Co-operatives are a distinctive and highly successful form of social enterprise. One or more stakeholder groups (consumers, employees, entrepreneurs, and/or other organizations) jointly own and democratically direct the enterprise to meet their objectives. In Ontario alone, we have more than 1,200 co-operative enterprises and organizations in 400 communities with 15,000 employees. Register for Baristas, Clerks & Geeks: Own Your Own Job In this series of three workshops, participants will learn about the distinctive features and values of co-operative enterprises; how these…

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Leverage Grants to Build Your Non-Profit Social Enterprise!

November 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
OntarioCanada
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The Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund (Mixed Cap) will support the expansion of early stage, high growth non-profit social enterprises by providing a hybrid form of capital, comprised of a combined loan (50%) and grant (50%). This innovative collaboration between the Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) and Alterna Savings will make debt financing more accessible to social enterprises. Mixed Cap is funded by the Province of Ontario and United Way Toronto (through a gift from the Polar Foundation), with all loan financing coming from Alterna Savings. Are…

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Buy Out the Boss

November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Catharines Club,
77 Ontario Street
St. Catharines,OntarioCanada
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Co-operatives are a distinctive and highly successful form of social enterprise. One or more stakeholder groups (consumers, employees, entrepreneurs, and/or other organizations) jointly own and democratically direct the enterprise to meet their objectives. In Ontario alone, we have more than 1,200 co-operative enterprises and organizations in 400 communities with 15,000 employees. Register for Buy Out the Boss In this series of three workshops, participants will learn about the distinctive features and values of co-operative enterprises; how these enterprises are structured and…

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Social Venture Idea Consultation – Two-day workshop

November 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scadding Court Community Centre,
707 Dundas St. West
Toronto,OntarioM5T 2W6Canada
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Do you have an idea for a business that will address a social problem? Do you need help to create a plan to see it thrive? If so, please join us at Scadding Court Community Centre on Nov. 24 and at Ryerson University on Dec. 8 for a Social Venture Idea Consultation. At this two-day workshop facilitated by the Ryerson Social Ventures Zone, participants will work through the Social Business Canvas Methodology, develop an initial canvas and gain feedback from experienced coaches in…

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