Saturday, December 09, 2006

Le Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales colloque international: Novembre 8-9, 2007

Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que le Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales organise présentement son deuxième colloque international qui se tiendra les 8 et 9 novembre 2007 à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (Québec, Canada) sous le thème de Créer et diffuser l’innovation sociale. De l’initiative à l’institutionnalisation.

La date limite pour soumettre une proposition de communication a été fixée au 31 Janvier 2007 à 17h00. Pour de plus amples renseignements, nous vous invitons à consulter l’appel à communication en pièce jointe. Par ailleurs, cet appel à communications est également disponible à la page suivante du site Internet du CRISES: L’appel est disponible en français et en anglais pour l’instant. Il devrait être disponible vers la fin de la semaine dans sa version espagnole.

Le comité organisateur de ce Deuxième colloque international du CRISES vous invite également à faire suivre cet appel aux personnes susceptibles d’être intéressées.

Le comité organisateur :

Denis Harrisson, (UQAM)
Paul Leduc Browne (UQO)
Guy Bellemare (UQO)
Judith Lapierre (UQO)
Marguerite Mendell (Université Concordia)
Pierre-Joseph Ulysse (Université de Montréal)

Très cordialement,

Mélanie Fontaine
Agente de recherche, coordination
Courriel :
Téléphone : (514) 987-3000 poste 1647
Télécopieur : (514) 987-6913

Adresse postale:
Université du Québec à Montréal
C.P. 8888, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3P8

Adresse civique :
Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon Saint-Denis
10e étage
1290, rue Saint-Denis
Montréal (Québec)
H2X 3J7

The Center for Research on Social Innovations Second International Conference: November 8-9, 2007

The Center for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES) is proud to announce its Second International Conference which will be held on November 8th and 9th, 2007 at Université du Québec à Montréal (Québec, Canada) under the theme Creating and Diffusing Social Innovations: from Initiative to Institutionalization.

With regard to the Conference, please take note that all communications must be sent prior to or on January 31st, 2007 – before 5 o’clock. For further information, we invite you to consult the Call for papers in attachment. This call for papers is also accessible on the CRISES Website: It is now available in French and English. A Spanish version should however be ready by the end of the week.

The Organization Committee of this Second International Conference of CRISES also invites you to transfer this message to anyone likely to be interested.

The Organization Committee:
Denis Harrisson, (UQAM)
Paul Leduc Browne (UQO)
Guy Bellemare (UQO)
Judith Lapierre (UQO)
Marguerite Mendell (Concordia University)
Pierre-Joseph Ulysse (Université de Montréal)

Mélanie Fontaine
Agente de recherche, coordination
Courriel :
Téléphone : (514) 987-3000 poste 1647
Télécopieur : (514) 987-6913

Adresse postale:
Université du Québec à Montréal
C.P. 8888, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3P8

Adresse civique :
Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon Saint-Denis
10e étage
1290, rue Saint-Denis
Montréal (Québec)
H2X 3J7

Friday, December 01, 2006

Mark your calendars! April 26-27, 2007

The second annual Southern Ontario Social Economy Node Symposium is scheduled for April 26th to 27th in Toronto. More details will be forthcoming

International Association for the Study of the Commons Call for Papers: July 26 - 28, 2006

The 2007 North American regional meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC – formerly IASCP) is being held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland from July 31 to August 3, 2007. This meeting will run just a few days after the CANSEE meeting being held in Halifax July 26 to 28, allowing for people attending both to spend a few days between meetings in Atlantic Canada.

Further information is available at:
Proposals for panels, workshops or directed discussions are due Feb 16, 2007, and abstracts for individual papers March 23.

If anyone has questions, feel free to contact me.

Dr. Murray A. Rudd
Assistant Professor / Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Corner Brook, NL
Canada, A2H 6P9
Tel: 709-639-7595
Fax: 709-637-6218

Thursday, November 30, 2006

CSI Tenants NARCC and CCNTO co-hosting Human Rights Day Event: December 7, 2006

The National Anti-Racism Council of Canada and the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter will be joining with the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Labour Community Services, and the Chinese Canadian National Council to host a reception commemorating International Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 7.

This reception will be held at the Urban Alliance on Race Relations offices
302 Spadina Avenue, Suite 507
5:00pm on December 7
Please RSVP to Yumei Lin at

Social Innovators Update December 2006

Here is a quick update of upcoming events.

  1. Introduction to Social Enterprise - Monday, December 4
    Please RSVP to to reserve your seat. Space is limited!
  2. Grow Your Own Social Enterprise! - 16-week Program beginning January 2007
    Contact Eli Malinsky, Program Manager, at for more information
  3. GET Smart: Market Trends: Cooperative Opportunities Across Sectors - Tuesday, December 12
    Space is limited! Please RVSP by email to or visit to learn more or to join Green Enterprise Toronto.

Remember to visit for additional details!

CCEDNet 2007 National Conference: April 18-21, 2007

Bring It Home: Building Communities on a Rock Foundation
April 18-21, 2007
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Geared toward
CED and social economy practitioners, civil servants, academics
More information:

Co-operatives and Innovation: Influencing the Social Economy: May 28 to June 1, 2007

Three organizations will come together from May 28 – June 1, 2007, for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, and the Association for Cooperative Educators will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, SK. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Co-operative and social economy researchers, educators, and practitioners from across Canada and around the globe will participate in these meetings. In conjunction with the larger gathering of the Congress, their attendance will make this conference a significant international event.

For more information, including a call for papers (submission of abstracts due February 1, 2007), go to

Monday, October 23, 2006

Social Enterprise Development Program

2007 Social Enterprise Development Program: From Ideas to Action

Social Entrepreneurs often have more ideas than they can realistically implement. How do you know which idea is the most likely to succeed? How do you go from a hundred ideas to the implementation of that one key idea? Are you even ready for social enterprise and the changes it will inspire?

The Centre for Social Innovation is partnering with Aperio to offer a nine-session course that will help you transform your social enterprise idea into a grounded and achievable action plan. Using best practices, case studies and practical examples from the group, this course will provide a framework to help you develop earned income strategies that balance financial and social goals. The Program begins in January and participants will meet once or twice a month until May. All sessions will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto.

To apply or to learn more about the program, please send an email to Please note that space is limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

University-community partnerships: November 23, 2006

The Community Development Collaborative Program of the University of Toronto and the Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/University of Toronto) present

University-community partnerships: the case of the University of Toronto

Ben Liu, Coordinator, Service-Learning Programmes, Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto
Tony Chambers, Associate Vice-Provost, Students and Assistant Professor, Theory and Policy Studies, OISE/UT

Thursday, November 23, 2006
5:00-7:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 7-162

In the past few years, there has been a convergence of the University’s Stepping Up Plan, the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), and the efforts of the City of Toronto and United Way to build strong and safe communities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Guided by Stepping UP, the Poverty by Postal Code document, and the report of the Strong Neighborhoods Taskforce, the University of Toronto responded by creating the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP). As part of the portfolio of the Deputy Provost/Vice-Provost, Students, the CCP is playing an increasingly important role in enhancing student engagement, advancing pedagogical innovation, strengthening university-community relations, and developing cross-disciplinary learning opportunities. This presentation will present some of the recent initiatives of the CCP and Vice-Provost’s Office, with a particular focus on community-based learning and research, and community development and capacity-building.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Lunchbox Speakers' Series - Microlending: November 8, 2006

The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Lunchbox Speakers' Series Presents
Susan Henry, Alterna Savings
Susan McLean, Access Riverdale
Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Room 12-199

Microlending is an idea with legs that, in contrast to the norm, has moved from poor to wealthy countries. The Alterna Savings Community Micro Loan Program and Access Riverdale Community Loan Fund are microlending programs in Toronto. Our speakers, Susan Henry and Susan McLean, administer each of these programs.

This event will be webcast. We are accepting questions via e-mail during the webcast. Go to the following webpage for detailed instructions to set up for and view the webcast:

For more information, go to or contact
Sherap Winn at or (416) 923-6641, extension 2087.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Accounting & Finance for Non-Profit Organizations!: November 15th and 23rd, 2006

Accounting & Finance for Non-Profit Organizations!
November 15, 2006 1 to 5 p.m. & November 23, 2006 1 to 5 p.m.

@ The Stanley Milner Public Library (Downtown Branch / Churchill SQ.)
Sponsored by:

Dear colleague: The Stanley Milner Public Library (Downtown Branch) is hosting two free workshops for non-profit organizations. Rupert Cass of Cass & Fraser Chartered Accountants is presenting a 4-hour workshop on accounting for non-profits in the Edmonton Room, lower level. Topics discussed will be accounting principles, year end working papers and adjusting entries, budgets, business plans, performance measures, internal controls and reporting to CRA.

Please visit to download the course material and for registration information. Limited course photocopies will be available at the course, at a cost of $5 per package. Call 780-448-1941 for more information.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

TAKE THE CO-OP CHALLENGE: October 15 - 21, 2006

From October 15 to October 21, members of Canada’s co-operatives and credit unions can test their knowledge of all things co-operative in our first-ever national Co-op Week On-line Trivia Contest.

The contest was conceived of by Desjardins Group and ran successfully in Quebec last year. This year, with the assistance of the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération and the Conseil de la coopération du Québec, it is going national!

Participants who correctly answer two of the five trivia questions will be entered into a draw for prizes that have been generously donated by co-ops across the country.

To enter, go to during Co-op Week (October 15 - 21) and click on the contest link.

This year’s Co-op Week theme, OWN YOUR FUTURE!®, recognizes how, through co-operatives and credit unions, people are accomplishing together what they cannot do alone. They are taking ownership of their future, for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

More information on Co-op Week, this year’s theme, and a Message from the Prime Minister can be found on CCA’s website at Statements made in the House of Commons will be posted during the week.

Brenda Heald, Manager,
Corporate & Member Communications, Canadian Co-operative Association
Tel: (613) 238-6711 ext 211
Fax: (613) 567-0658

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Social Economy 101 Telelearning Session: Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Canadian Social Economy Hub of the Social Economy grants will be holding its first telelearning session, called Social Economy 101, on Thursday, October 26th.

In this session, Marie J. Bouchard, Canadian Research Chair on the Social Economy, and Jack Quarter, director of the University of Toronto's Social Economy Centre, will give short presentations and discuss with participants the following issues:

  • How is the social economy defined?
  • What are the benefits and disadvantages of the various definitions?
  • What are the challenges of defining the social economy?

Session Objectives:

  • To familiarize practitioners with the research
  • To provide a forum for practitioners and researchers to communicate
  • To engage practitioners in discussions on the research
  • To help practitioners understand how the research will impact public policy and practice
  • To allow practitioners to connect across regions on specific research topics of interest

The session will start at 12:30 pm Eastern time, 9:30 am Pacific time. Call-in information will be given upon registration.

Register by e-mailing with your name, city, province of
location, and work or volunteer position. To register by phone call 1-(250)-472-5338.

Limited number of phone l ines for session – so register soon!

Thank you,
Laurie Mook
Director, Social Economy Centre
SSHRC Social Economy Suite, Southern Ontario Regional Node
OISE/University of Toronto

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Lunchbox Speakers' Series - The Challenges of Creating Successful Social Enterprises in Canada: October 11, 2006

Lunchbox Speakers' Series
The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Presents

The Challenges of Creating Successful Social Enterprises in Canada
By Bill Young, President, Social Capital Partners

October 11, 2006
Noon - 2 PM
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

Social Capital Partners has made a number of investments in social enterprises across Canada over the past 5 years. Bill will be sharing the experiences of the successes, the challenges and the lessons learned from these relationships. He will also share how this has influenced SCP's strategy and goals for the next 5 years and what he thinks are the biggest obstacles to overcome to make social enterprise more mainstream.

There will be a simultaneous webcast, and we are accepting questions via e-mail during the webcast. See full details at website.

This event will be webcast. Go to the following webpage for detailed instructions to set up for and view the webcast:

For more information, go to or contact
Sherap Winn at or (416) 923-6641, extension 2087.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Ninth Annual Agribusiness Co-operative Leadership and Governance Forum: November 18 - 19, 2006

MONASH UNIVERSITY in association with the Co-operative Federations of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia and the New Zealand Co-operatives Association invite you to:


This is a rare opportunity to attend an international event in the co-operative calendar. A must for anyone involved in co-operative leadership, governance, communications and networking, and those interested in the future potential and recognition of outstanding achievements in the sector

SATURDAY 18th and SUNDAY 19th November 2006
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia

Key topics:

  • International expert in structural change, Dr Fabio Chaddad will lead a case study discussion on the challenge of governing structural change in co-operatives
  • New governance structures for user-owned enterprises: An international comparison of innovative co-operatives
  • Strategies for member communication
  • Integrated governance review
  • The CEO-Board relationship
  • The challenge of chairmanship

Registration and nominations for the above are to be forwarded by 1st November 2006 to: Dr. Lawrie Dooley, Food & Agribusiness Programs Director, Department of Management, PO Box 197, Caulfield East, Vic 3145

For further information:
Phone: 03 9903 2757, fax 03 9903 2718

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Nora Cortinas - The 2006 Michael Baptista Lecture: September 22, 2006

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Latin American Human Rights Education and Research Network (RedLEIDH) proudly announce

The 2006 Michael Baptista Lecture

Argentinean Human Rights Leader

Co-founder of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo – Linea Fundadora (Mothers of May Square)
Friday, September 22nd, 2006
7:00 p.m.

Keele Campus of York University in
Computer Science and Engineering Building (CSE) Lecture Hall “C”

Pensions at Work Conference: October 20 - 21, 2006.

Pensions at Work Conference
October 20 - 21, 2006
room 12-199
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

An opportunity for university researchers, union and employer pension trustees, social investment consultants and those working in the pension industry to discuss cutting-edge research issues facing pension trustees. This is the last annual conferences of a research/education project on the socially responsible investment of pension funds in the new economy, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This small conference is structured to allow for full dialogue by all participants. The Canadian Labour Congress and all Federations of Labour are partners in this project.

There is no registration fee but please email our Conference Coordinator Annette Courtemanche if you wish to attend:

You can find the agenda at: or see below.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Co-op Housing Conference: October 17-21, 2006


Cooperatives.... Spectacular by Nature - the National Association of Housing Cooperatives 2006 Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver, BC, October 17-21.

The program will include a track for developers and include a developers roundtable, Canadian approaches for preserving affordability and a discussion on successful housing conversions to co-ops.

For more information visit:

Audrey MalanExecutive Director
P.O. Box 527
Dayton, WY 82836
Ph: 307-655-9162;
Fx: 307-655-3785

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Conference - The New Federal Policy Agenda: Where does the voluntary sector fit in?: October 20--21, 2006

The School of Policy Studies, Queen's University is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual National Forum on Public Policy and the Third Sector. This year's theme is “The New Federal Policy Agenda.”

We are entering a time of transition. The eleven years of Liberal regime have come to an end and the Conservatives now have the opportunity to take the centre stage and define a new federal policy agenda. It is in this context that this year’s conference will look at the challenges and opportunities facing voluntary and community organizations within the new policy context set by the Conservatives. It will address the following questions: Is there a place for the voluntary sector under the new conservative policy agenda? What roles are we seeing emerging for the sector? By bringing together public servants, experts and practitionners, the conference provides a valuable forum for dialogue on how the newly elected government and the voluntary sector can work together and take forward the lessons learned over the past decade to continue to engage a voluntary sector which is creative, innovative and collaborative.

This conference will take place on October 20-21, 2006 at the School of Policy Studies in Kingston, Ontario. For more information or to register, please visit our conference website at:

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Laforest:

Public Policy and Third Sector Initiative
School of Policy Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 77264

Le Nouvel Agenda Federal: Quelle place pour le secteur benevole et communautaire?

Le Nouvel Agenda Federal: Quelle place pour le secteur bénévole et communautaire?

Nous entrons présentement une période de transition. Les onze années sous le régime Libéral viennent de se terminer et les Conservateurs ont maintenant l’opportunité de prendre les rennes et définir un nouvel agenda pour le gouvernement fédéral. C’est dans ce nouveau contexte politique que la conférence sur les politiques publiques et le secteur bénévole et communautaire propose d’explorer les défis et les opportunités qui se présentent pour les organisations bénévoles et communautaires au Canada. L’objectif de cette conférence est d’étudier les questions suivantes: Est-ce qu’il y a un role et une place pour le secteur bénévole et communautaire dans l’agenda politique des Conservateurs? Quels sont les opportunités qui se dessinent pour les organisations sur le terrain? Cette conférence constitue un forum de débats important qui rassemblent des représentants du secteur bénévole et communautaire, des fonctionnaires publiques et des chercheurs afin de discuter des enjeux contemporains qui affectent les rapports entre l’État et la société civile.

Cette conférence aura lieu les 20-21 Octobre, 2006 à Kingston, Ontario. Pour plus d’information ou pour s’inscrire, visiter:

Rachel Laforest
Public Policy and Third Sector Initiative
School of Policy Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 77264

Friday, September 15, 2006

September 19 Sustainable Food launch at the University

On September 19 the University of Toronto will officially become the first Canadian university to make a commitment to bring local sustainable food to campus.

We are proud to participate in the ground-breaking program and hope that you will join us at the at 10am on September 19 on Hart House Circle to officially launch the program and to taste some of the creations that the UofT chefs are making with Local Flavour Plus certified food.

Local Flavour Plus (LFP) is a non-profit organization that brings farmers and consumers to the table to share in the benefits of environmentally and socially responsible food production. We are committed to building and fostering local sustainable food systems by certifying farmers and processors and linking them with local purchasers.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

CWCF Conference Program - Edmonton, November 16 - 18

Dear CWCF members & others,

The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation is pleased to announce the program for its annual meeting and Conference – to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, November 16 - 18.

We are especially excited to welcome Javier Salaberria from the Mondragon co-operative system in Spain as keynote speaker. Please see attached for all the details. The registration form will be available on the CWCF site in a couple of weeks.

Worker Co-op Merit Award
CWCF is seeking nominations for the worker co-op merit award. Deadline for nominations: Sept. 15th. The award goes to a person who has made outstanding contributions to worker co-operation, usually from the region in which the annual Conference is held.

Current CWCF Board members and staff are not eligible. If you want to nominate someone, please submit the nominee’s name to me and we will follow up to obtain the other required information.

CWCF Director Nominations
April Bourgeois, CWCF Prairies Region Director, is coordinating the CWCF Director Nominating Committee for 2006. This year, the two regions which will elect a director are BC/Yukon and Atlantic Canada.

If you are from a worker co-op member in one of those regions and interested in running for the Board, or would like to volunteer for the Committee, please contact April at, or 306-651-3427.

We hope to see you in November!
In co-operation,
Hazel Corcoran
Executive Director, CWCF /
Directrice générale, FCCT
Coodinator / Coordonnatrice, CoopZone
#104, 402 - 30th Ave NE
Calgary, AB T2E 2E3
Tél / fax: (403) 287-2069

Forthcoming 2006 Survey of Ontario Co-operatives and Credit Unions

2006 Survey of Ontario Co-operatives and Credit Unions – coming this Fall.

This fall, the main/head offices of all credit unions and co-operatives in Ontario will be contacted by survey staff from the Ontario Co-operative Association as part of census on the Ontario co-op sector. The results will demonstrate the size, scope and role of co-operatives and credit unions in Ontario.

Our research will also identify constraints that co-ops and credit unions face in attempting to complete their missions. This data will assist us to improve the capacity of the co-operative and credit union sectors in serving their members. Information from this survey will also be used to improve the relationship between the co-operative and credit union sectors and government. Visit for more information.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Lunchbox Speakers' Series - September 20, 2006 Community-University Collaborative Research: Issues And Challenges

The Social Economy Centre and the Collaborative Program in Community Development of The University Of Toronto Present:

A panel exploring issues in collaborative research arrangements between community organizations and universities and discusses challenges that community/university research alliances encounter.

September 20, 2006
Noon - 2 PM
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

* Craig McNaughton, Acting Assistant Director of Strategic Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
* Eric Bastien, Senior Program Officer, Strategic Programs and Joint Initiatives Division, SSHRC
* Michael Hall, Vice-President Research, Imagine Canada
* Sharon Wood, Executive Director, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter

* Normand Labrie, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, OISE/UT

Mark your calendars:
October 11: Bill Young of Social Capital Partners talks frankly about the challenges of creating successful social enterprises in Canada

November 8: Susan Henry of Alterna Savings and Susan McLean of Access Riverdale talk about microlending

For more information, please contact Sherap Winn at or (416) 923-6641, extension 2087.

SHARE. LEARN. GROW. Provincial Co-operative Gala.

On Co-op
Provincial Co-operative Gala.
Wednesday October 18, 2006.


The Co-op Gala, encompassing the Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards, is one of the sector's premier events. For 2006, the Gala is co-hosted by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative and Credit Union Central of Ontario. Workshops, sessions and forums are held throughout the day to stimulate, challenge and inform. Invitation and Registration Form.

Mark your calendars now!!. More details ...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Engaging Organic Intellectuals. Presentation by Karsten Mundel, University of Alberta

The Transformative Learning Centre and The Social Economy Centre (OISE/University of Toronto) present:

Engaging Organic Intellectuals: Transformative Learning and Farmers' Transition to Sustainable Agriculture

Karsten Mündel, University of Alberta

Based on a research recently completed as part of his doctoral dissertation at OISE/UT, Karsten Mundel will explore farmers’ learning that resulted from their transition to sustainable and counterhegemonic agriculture in Alberta. Most farmers have serious questions about the extensive use of chemical products and industrial processes endemic to North American agriculture today, yet they continue these practices. However, there are a few farmers who have decided to farm in ways that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Understanding these farmers’ transformative learning can help broaden our understanding of how people learn and act to make change in the world.

Karsten Mundel is affiliated with the University of Alberta, where he works with the Mexico-Prairies Rural Development Exchange ( and the Community Service Learning program ( Karsten has been involved in research on international youth exchanges and on the informal learning of volunteers. Karsten also tries to farm organically in his back-yard garden in his spare time.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
4:00 to 5:30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 7-162

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the The University of Saskatchewan - May 26th to June 3rd

The University of Saskatchewan is hosting the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary academic meeting.

This major national event – a congress of about 70 conferences – will be held May 26th to June 3rd, 2007.

Studies involving the Social Economy can be found within many of the conferences. You are encouraged to send us your call for papers and we will post it here. Addtionally, please share with the readers what conferences you feel are particularly relevant to the Social Economy.

Register Now! Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise

"Building Social Enterprise" - National Conference on Social Enterprise

January 28-31, 2007 in Vancouver, B.C.

This conference is a singular training and networking opportunity for social enterprise groups, managers and staff, government staff, consultants, funders and academics. It offers workshop sessions in four practical learning streams: Early Stage Planning, Operations and Growth, Enterprise Series, and Social Enterprise Environment. Click here for conference details and registration.

David LePage
Enterprising Non-Profits Program
510 - 815 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B4

Inscrivez-vous maintenant! 2e Conférence canadienne sur l'entreprise sociale

2e Conférence canadienne sur l’entreprise socialeDu 28 au 31 janvier 2007

Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la conférence (programme, conférenciers et horaire des séances), visitez

David LePage
Enterprising Non-Profits Program
510 - 815 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B4


The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, and is being organized by the Canadian CED Network in partnership with local host Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth! (FINALY!).

The conference title is "Bring It Home: Building Communities from a Rock Foundation" and the event will offer keynote speakers, site visits, workshops, plenary sessions, networking and social events to the 500 expected participants.

This year, conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for four conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The four streams are: Technology and CED, Youth and CED, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges.

Sessions must be one of four formats: introductory level sessions (2.5 hours), cracker barrel presentations (30 minutes), successful & innovative experiences (2.5 hours), and in-depth learning/practitioner development (5 hours). Workshops utilizing innovative, inclusive and participatory approaches will be given special consideration.

Your responses will be used to design the final program, which will be published when registration gets underway in January 2007.

For the full text of the call for proposals and to easily submit a proposal via an on-line form, visit the Canadian CED Network website at:

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 22, 2006.
We hope to see you in St. John’s!

Jaie Skalin,
Conference Coordinator
Canadian CED Network
Telephone: 250.386.9980 or 877.202.2268 (ext.109)


Le Congrès pancanadien de développement économique communautaire 2007 aura lieu à St. John’s (Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador) du 18 au 21 avril 2007. Il est organisé conjointement par le Réseau canadien de DÉC et l’organisme hôte Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth! (FINALY!).

Le congrès aura pour titre «La mise en ?uvre chez nous : bâtir des communautés sur une base solide». Des discours-programmes, des visites de site, des ateliers, des séances plénières et des activités sociales et de réseautage sont prévus au programme de l’événement, auquel sont attendus 500 participants.

Cette année, les organisateurs du congrès vous invitent à proposer des ateliers portant sur les quatre volets définis pour l’événement ou sur tout autre sujet d’intérêt. Les quatre volets sont : la technologie et le DÉC; les jeunes et le DÉC; le DÉC en milieu autochtone; l’établissement de ponts.

Les séances devront prendre l’une des quatre formes suivantes : séances d’introduction (2,5 heures); présentations rotatives (cracker barrel) (30 minutes); histoires de réussite et expériences nouvelles (2,5 heures); apprentissage approfondi et perfectionnement des praticien(ne)s (5 heures). Nous donnerons préséance aux ateliers s’appuyant sur des approches innovantes, plurielles et participatives.

Nous établirons le programme final en fonction de vos réponses. Nous publierons celui-ci lorsque le processus d’inscription commencera, en janvier 2007.

Pour lire le document complet de l’appel de propositions et soumettre facilement une proposition au moyen de notre formulaire en ligne, visitez le site du Réseau canadien de DÉC à l’adresse suivante :

La date limite de soumission des propositions est le 22 septembre 2006.

Nous espérons vous voir à St. John’s!

Jaie Skalin,
Coordonnatrice du Congrès
Le Réseau canadien de DÉC
Téléphone: 250.386.9980 ou 877.202.2268 (poste 109)

Friday, September 01, 2006

Conference on the Role of Cooperative Enterprise, Ownership and Control

An International Conference on Cooperative Forms of Organization

Reclaiming the Economy: The Role of Cooperative Enterprise, Ownership and Control

The Wales Institute for Research into Cooperatives
Cardiff, Wales
Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th September 2006

This international conference is designed to explore the profile of cooperative forms of organization with a view to establishing a multidisciplinary research agenda which serves the mutual interests of both academics and practitioners.
To learn more about this event, go to the conference site.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Healing Wounds and Connecting People…. through Theatre, Soccer and Community Action


Healing Wounds and Connecting People…. through Theatre, Soccer and Community Action

Dr. Tor Joe Iorapuu, Nigeria

Professor, Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, University of Jos,
Director, Youth Adolescent Reflection & Action Centre (YARAC)

Dr. Tor Iorapuu is a grassroots activist with a Ph.D in Theatre. He teaches at the university level and has over 16 years experience mobilizing and building grassroots youth networks in Nigeria. He uses Community Organizing and Theatre for Development (TfD) and Sport (mainly soccer) as tools of empowerment and change.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

5.00-6.30 pm
OISE/UT, Room 7-162
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

For more information about the Transformative Learning Centre, please visit our website:

New Sector Events Listings

New Sector is published six times a year and mailed directly to subscribers. Each issue contains news, analysis, case studies and informed opinion about democratic enterprise and community control.

It explores the issues affecting the social economy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and includes international features. Most of the articles are written by people actively involved in co-operative, community or social enterprise.

There is a comprehensive listing of events associated with the Social Economy at the following link:

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Communities and Universities: Partners in Education - October 22-23 2006

The history of relationships between communities and universities in North America is long and complex. While there are many examples of successful partnerships that enliven or enrich both academic institutions and the communities in which they are situated, there are also many examples of challenges and obstacles that have entrenched a cultural disconnect between the two.

As a participant in this two day event you will have the opportunity to learn about some leading North American models of community engagement from universities and their community partners, and to share your unique knowledge and experiences. The symposium will look at overarching themes and will feature case studies from Canada, the United States and Mexico. We will identify best practices, common challenges, and share some of the ways that community-university partnerships have had a positive impact on civil society in North America, particularly related to socially excluded or under-resourced communities. Perhaps most importantly, we will explore ways to expand and enrich these efforts.

Date: October 22-23 2006
Location: Segal Centre, Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC Canada
Pre-registration is required.
University registration fee - $300.
Students and non-profit community-based agencies - $100.
Please call 604.291.5201 or email ] for more information. We will forward important info on speakers and other details as they become available.

This event is planned collaboratively by Simon Fraser University, University of Pennsylvania, Universidad Iberoamericano, and Marga Incorporated.

William McQueen, Coordinator Electronic Information
Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education
Association Canadienne pour l' Étude de l' Éducation des Adultes
CASAE/ACÉÉA website:
CASAE/ACÉÉA listserv or web requests:

Casaeaceea-ml mailing list

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Request for proposals: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur in Canada

New grant from the Human Resources and Social Development/Ressources humaines et développement social.

Looking for projects is aimed at enhancing our understanding of the meaning of social entrepreneurship, the context and environment in which it emerges and sustains itself, and its impact on the capacity of communities to respond to local social needs, service delivery and the achievement of major community goals.

The project will inform policy development on how to foster new and innovative ways to meet the needs of Canadians in communities across Canada.

You are invited to submit proposals under this RFP. The deadline for the submission of proposals is August 15, 2006.

Please contact the following person for information and a copy of the request for proposals:

Johanne Mennie
Deputy Director / Directrice adjointe
Policy Development/Développement des politiques
Community Development and Partnerships Directorate/ Direction du développement communautaire et des partenariats
Human Resources and Social Development/Ressources humaines et développement social

T: (613) 952-9663
F: (613) 952-9572

Monday, July 24, 2006

CUHI: Call for Seed Grant Applications

Urban Physical Environments and Health
Food Security and Urban Agriculture
Neighbourhoods and Health

Deadline for application: September 29, 2006

The Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI), funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), facilitates the development of high-quality, innovative, action-oriented research that investigates the effects of local physical and social environments on the health of urban residents. CUHI is committed to supporting research that privileges community input and/or whose outcomes have community and policy relevance.

To help fulfill this mandate, CUHI provides seed grants for pilot projects, literature reviews, testing of innovative methodologies and partnership building. Priority is given to funding activities that will help with the background preparation and submission of grant proposals to other funding agencies. Priority will also be given to applications that are submitted in partnerships with academics, community agencies and policy-makers.

Research projects should relate to the topics of interest in this seed grant call by one or more of CUHI’s Research Interest Groups:

1. Urban Physical Environments and Health

  • Relationship between environmental quality, exposure to a range of toxins and/or pathogens and/or potential health effects
  • Neighbourhood-scale differences in selected aspects of environmental quality
  • Explorations of the impact of selected policies and/or best practices on urban environmental quality and by connection, wellness.

2. Food Security and Urban Agriculture

  • mechanisms to assess neighbourhood-level food security
  • interventions to improve food security in neighbourhoods
  • analysis and evaluation of Canadian food policy at the local, regional, or national scales

3. Neighbourhoods and Health.

  • research that describes, analyzes and investigates the pathways by which the dynamics of social, economic, service and built environment attributes of urban neighbourhoods shape health status across the life course.

Seed grant awards are available for projects of up to one year in length.

For more details of the Seed Grant Award and copies of the application guidelines and forms, please visit us online at

Alexis Kane Speer
Centre Coordinator
Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI)
University College, Room 259
University of Toronto
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7
FAX: 416-946-0669

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Call for Session Proposals: 2006 BC Women’s Economic Institute

"Starting with Women's Lives: Changing Today's Economy"

November 8- 10, 2006

We are looking for experienced practitioners to share their knowledge, tools and strategies for working with women to create economic opportunities. Session topics should include:

  • Asset Development
  • Social Enterprise
  • Training and Employment
  • Policy
  • Cooperative Development
  • Building Organizational Capacity
Deadline for Applications is August 18, 2006.
Click here for the more information and the Session Proposal Form.

Please contact Vicki Scully, Women’s Economic Institute for more information.
(604) 331-1407 (X 107),

First World Research Conference on the Social Economy

Set aside October 22-24, 2007 for the First World Research Conference on the
Social Economy to be held in Victoria, BC Canada

Annie McKitrick, Project Officer/Coordinatrice
Canadian Social Economy Hub / Centre canadien d'économie sociale
C/O British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies
University of Victoria
University House 2, Room 109
PO Box 3060 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 3R4
Telephone: (250) 472 4976
Fax: (250) 472-4541

Friday, July 07, 2006

Conference Announcement -- Community Economics

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 7 & 8, 2006

MAIN TOPIC: Development of Social Enterprises

Special Guest: Inazio Irizar - Mondragon University, Spain

Topics will include but are not limited to the following:
1. Challenges of Mapping the Social Economy
2. Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
3. Forms of Business Organization and the Social Economy
4. Opportunities for more effective use of E-Commerce in Social Enterprises
5. Finance and Investment as Social Enterprise
6. Role of government in the social economy
7. Forms of Research for Social Enterprise
8. Social Enterprise in Rural Tourism.


Conference fee: $ 300 (limited number of bursaries available)

Send all communications to

A two week course on the Theory and Practice of the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation will be taught at Cape Breton University during the first two weeks of July 2006. The course may be taken as a credit course or as an audit course.

The teaching team will include Dr. Inazio Irizar from Mondragon University as well as Dr. Greg MacLeod, author of From Mondragon to America.

For information on this course, contact:

Friday, June 09, 2006

Engaging and Empowering - a National Event for Co-operatives and Credit Union

If you are interested to see the program outline for this year’s annual meeting and congress, June 9 and 10 2006, please visit the CCA website at the following link -

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Chantal McDonald
Executive Assistant, Member Services
Canadian Co-operative Association
400 - 275 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2L6
Tel: (613) 238-6711, ext. 217
Fax: (613) 567-0658


CCA provides leadership to promote, develop and unite co-operatives and credit unions for the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.

The National Event for Co-operatives and Credit Unions

Engaging & Empowering: The National Event for Co-operatives and Credit Unions
June 9 - 10, 2006 in London, Ontario

The Canadian co-operative movement's event of the year will feature 12 workshops under three streams: Co-operative Development; Co-operative Business Excellence; and Engagement with Members, Community, Government, and Customers. There will also be presentations of the Co-operative Achievement and Global Co-operator awards, and "Beat Poverty," the fundraiser dinner of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.
Register for this event today!

Don McNair
Centre for Community Enterprise -
1601 - 25th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1M8 CANADA
direct line 250-542-7057 customer service (toll-free) 1-888-255-6779

Friday, June 02, 2006

Natural City 2006 workshop: Sustainable Banking

Natural City Workshops - Friday, June 2, 2006

Banks and the Community - Helping Our Cities Be Sustainable: Are Banks Doing Enough?
Presented by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors

Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1200
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario

Workshop Summary
Banks today have the potential to be more than just large, impersonal financial institutions. They have the potential to be real partners in the communities in which they operate by helping create livable areas that are safe, healthy and environmentally sound, with good access to education and possibilities for an active lifestyle .. In other words, sustainable cities. How are banks responding to this challenge? How do people perceive the banking community? Is there more Canadian banks could be doing to promote sustainable cities?

This panel workshop will focus on sustainability within the banking industry and the role banks can play in facilitating the development and movement towards sustainable cities. The workshop will feature an introductory overview of the key sustainability risks confronting the banking industry and drivers of these risks and opportunities, such as changes stemming from new environmental regulations and legislation. This will be followed by various presentations exploring new programs and initiatives in the industry, for instance how banks are collaborating with various groups and organisations to invest in urban revitalization, community development, and environmental risk mitigation while taking advantage of 'green' opportunities through various programs and initiatives, such as preferential rates and financing for green businesses and initiatives.


  1. Amy Hall, Banking Analyst, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors
  2. Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint
  3. David Wheeler, Director, Business and Sustainability Program. Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability, Schulich School of Business, York University.
  4. Nelson Switzer, Senior Manager, Environmental Risk Management, RBC
  5. Representative from CIBC - Speaker to be confirmed

Banks and the Community - Helping Our Cities Be Sustainable: Are Banks Doing Enough? is presented by the Natural City 2006 with support from the following sponsor:

Workshop Registration
(Includes 1/2 day workshop and Networking lunch)
General Fee:
$175.00 CDN
$50.00 CDN

Job Creation Without a Boss? The Case of Argentina's Recovered Companies

The Transformative Learning Centre, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, the Centre for the Study of Education and Work and the Social Economy Centre present:
Friday, June 2, 2006, 6.30 pm

"Job Creation Without a Boss? The Case of Argentina's Recovered Companies"
Keynote Address: Eduardo Murua, President of the Movimiento Nacional de Empresas Recuperadas

Film screening of The Take, directed by Avi Lewis, written by Naomi Klein
National Film Board, 2004 (duration: 85 minutes)

OISE/UT Auditorium
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Canada
Subway: St. George

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Co-operatives in the Pursuit of Peace

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has formally recognized and encouraged the roles that co-operatives can play in ensuring more peaceful relations at local, national, and international levels. However, there has been limited research undertaken to understand how effective co-operatives have been or could be in achieving such goals. To address this gap and to open the floor for serious discussion and reflection, a workshop and conference are being planned for June 2006 in British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Yehudah Paz, Chairperson, Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development and member of the Board of the ICA and Dr Ian MacPherson, Director of the British Columbia Institute of Co-operative Studies (BCICS) are combining efforts to organize an international gathering for the purpose of enhancing our understanding the role of co-operatives in the pursuit of peace.

For more information please click

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


2006 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation ( CASC) / L'Association Canadienne pour les Etudes sur la Cooperation (ACEC)

May 30th to June 2nd

Cooperating in a Global Economy: Challenges to be Faced, Lessons to be Learned

For more information, see

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Release of landmark study - Board Governance Practices in the Voluntary Sector

The findings of a landmark study of the governance practices of Canada's non profit boards carried out by Strategic Leverage Partners Inc., in partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development, will be released on April 26th. The report includes the results of an extensive survey as well as numerous interviews with Canadian nonprofit board governance leaders and discussions with both board members and senior executives of Canadian non-profit organizations. It identifies the major challenges facing Canada's non-profit boards and goes a step further in building an inventory of successful practices used by today's boards to address these challenges.

The report will be launched at an Institute of Corporate Directors breakfast in Toronto on April 26th, after which it will be available from the Strategic Leverage Partners website at For information on the ICD breakfast, please visit (events).

For further information on the study and other upcoming launch events, please visit the Strategic Leverage Partners website or contact Sue Dallhoff at or Grace Bugg at

Thank you.

Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Dunton Tower, Room 2020
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Tel.: 613-520-7444
Fax: 613-520-7488

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Building Community Housing

Building Community Housing
The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing
to Atkinson Housing Co-operative
A Film Premiere and Discussion
Aymen Eldardiry, Ana Mendonca, & Jorge Sousa

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214 (St. George subway)

On April 1, 2003, Toronto’s Alexandra Park community became Canada’s first public housing complex to be converted into a tenant-managed, non-profit housing co-operative. Now known as the Atkinson Housing Co-operative, it straddles the line separating co-operative and public housing models. The conversion means that the members have greater control over decision-making and can develop and implement policies that directly affect their lives and the health of their community. The film “Building Community Housing: The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing to Atkinson Housing Co-operative” documents the efforts of the Atkinson Co-operative at building and defining their community.

The film consists of current and archived footage of the community, including photographs and film taken by members and former residents. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Aymen Eldardiry and Ana Mendonca are leading members of the Atkinson Housing Co-operative. Jorge Sousa, who completed his Ph.D. at OISE, University of Toronto, is a former resident and member of the board of directors of the Atkinson co-op. Currently he is affiliated to the Social Economy Centre at U of T and also teaches at York University and George Brown College.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Discussion Paper and Online Feedback Form available

The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project's Discussion Paper, Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, is now available for download in PDF format in both official languages. We encourage you to read the document and to provide your feedback to the project staff via telephone, fax or mail, or by using our online feedback form. Please feel free to share the document with your members, colleagues, board members, as well as the general public so that we can continue to engage individuals and build communities in true voluntary sector tradition!
This report is available for download on the Voluntary Sector Awareness Project web page at:

Le lancement du Document de discussion et le formulaire de rétroaction en ligne
Nous sommes fiers de présenter le Document de discussion du Projet de sensibilisation au secteur bénévole et communautaire, Tous pour un, un pour tous
, qui peut être télécharger dès aujourd'hui en format PDF dans les deux langues officielles. Vous êtes fortement encouragés de lire le document et de faire parvenir vos commentaires au personnel du projet par téléphone, télécopieur ou par la poste, ou en remplissant le formulaire de rétroaction en-ligne. Vous êtes libres de partager le Document de discussion avec vos membres, vos collègues, vos conseils d'administrations et le public. Ainsi, ensemble, nous pourrons poursuivre la véritable tradition du secteur bénévole et communautaire - de trouver des façons de faire participer les individus et de développer les collectivités.