Wednesday, December 19, 2007

SEC January Speakers' Series/Webcast - Mapping the Social Economy: Three Views

David Lasby of Imagine Canada will discuss the recently completed mapping of Ontario's social economy that combines nonprofits, co-operatives, credit unions, and other community organizations.

Using data taken from the first-ever census of Ontario co-ops, credit unions and caisses populaires, Mark Ventry from the Ontario Co-operative Association will discuss the social and economic impact of the province's co-op sector, what census information surprised On Co-op, and what the data confirmed.

Sherida Ryan of OISE/University of Toronto will discuss Ontario organizations that meet the broad definition applied to social economy enterprises and that rely on internet-based technology to achieve their organizational objectives, their similarities to traditional social economy enterprises, use of information technology and their understanding of an online social economy enterprise.

Wednesday, January 16, 2007, noon - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Room 12-199, 12th floor, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
This event will be simultaneously webcast (see our website for details).


For more information, see http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Apply Now for the 2008 York University - Maytree Foundation Executive Directors' Institute

The York-Maytree Executive Directors’ Institute focuses on the development of strategic leadership in a rapidly changing voluntary sector. The program is designed for innovative non-profit management executives who are interested in developing networks, tools and knowledge to enhance their abilities to lead effective organizations and communities. The Institute is open to executive directors from the non-profit sector. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 14, 2007.

Learn more about EDI and apply now: http://www.maytree.com/index.asp?section=2&art=edi_yorkmaytree

Friday, December 07, 2007

TSCF 2008 INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CAPITAL CONFERENCE, "Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion"

Buggiba, Malta
19-22 September 2008


The Social Capital Foundation invites papers and proposals for the TSCF 2008 International Social Capital Conference. The call will open on 2 January 2008. All papers and proposals should be submitted by 30 July 2008. For more detailed information (including guidelines, themes, submission and registration forms) please visit:

http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/conferences/2008/TSCF%20International%20Conference%202008.htm

To submit a paper, a roundtable or to volunteer to serve as a chair or discussant, or if you have any questions, please contact conferences@socialcapital-foundation.org.

Papers submitted and accepted before 31 January 2008 will be inserted into the programme of the conference. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission.

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Malta in September 2008.

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The Social Capital Foundation
Mailing address: B.P. 30, 1310 Terhulpen, Belgium
Fax: +32-2-2569837
Website: http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org

Monday, December 03, 2007

FoodShare's Focus on Food Youth Program Accepting Applicants

FoodShare Toronto has 10 positions for youth 15-30 in a 24-week long paid internship program beginning January 14, 2008 and ending June 27, 2008.

If you are interested in a multi-faceted work environment, we will train you to work in our food distribution warehouse, as well as in our kitchen. You will learn about nutrition and how our food system works, as well as developing your interpersonal skills. You also are committed to participate in lifeskills courses.

The deadline to apply is December 6, 2007.

For more information: http://www.foodshare.net/Upcoming-FOFposting.htm

CO-OP HOLIDAY GUIDE LAUNCHED

The winter holidays are a time to connect with friends and family and celebrate with each other. Some folks choose to exchange gifts, others hit the party circuit, and others host smaller intimate gatherings. No matter what the occasion, the co-op sector can help you meet your needs this season.

Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) has put together a Co-op Holiday Guide to help you source all your holiday needs through the co-op sector. All of the co-ops listed provide products or services in Ontario, either through retail outlets or the Internet.

Available from the On Co-op home page at http://www.ontario.coop/pages/index.php?main_id=381.

There is still time to add your co-op's products or services to the list. E-mail the details to tgracie@ontario.coop.

Monday, November 26, 2007

This Holiday Season, Buy Union

Union members, college students, and all kinds of folks are doing the right thing by deciding to wear clothing made under decent conditions, in union shops instead of sweatshops. Click on the links below to find union-made, sweat-free suppliers.

Visit www.shopunionmade.org to buy items from artwork to chocolate, from books and clothing to clocks, computers, and vacation packages.

While you're planning your holiday trips, please visit our Union Hotel Guide (www.unitehere.org/hotelguide) and stay in UNITE HERE hotels across North America.

At Justice Clothing we don't think fashion should hurt. Justice Clothing's mission is to support democratic principles, workers' rights and economic sustainability through the sale and distribution of goods manufactured by workers protected by collective bargaining agreements. http://www.justiceclothing.com

Beyond grey pinstripes: Rankings of socially conscious business schools

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a research survey and alternative ranking of business schools that spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs leading the way in the integration of issues concerning social and environmental stewardship in to the curriculum. These schools are preparing students for the reality of tomorrow's markets by equipping them with the social, environmental and economic perspectives required for business success in a competitive and fast changing world.

The Global 100

The Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking is the result of over 18 months of rigorous research- designing the survey, outreach to full-time MBA programs around the world, data collection and analysis- looking at how well MBA programs incorporate social and environmental issues into the training of future business leaders. Over 40,000 pages of data were analyzed to come up with the 100 top MBA programs.


http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/rankings/index.cfm

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

News: Credit Union Directors' Forum

Guelph ON, November 8, 2007 

More than 180 volunteer credit union directors from across Ontario attended the 23rd annual Directors’ Forum on November 2 and 3, 2007.  The conference explored the theme of ‘The Changing Landscape’ through seven sessions and workshops, including a joint keynote address by Walter Palmer, a spokesman for Al Gore’s The Climate Project, and Derek Gent of Vancity, the largest credit union in Canada.
 
The 2007 Directors’ Forum encouraged credit union boards of directors to go beyond traditional ways of thinking about their membership, their communities and their competition.  Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, author and director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (and professor of political science at the University of Toronto), challenged directors to explore the opportunities that will come from the growth, breakdown and renewal of society.  In other sessions, directors had the opportunity to learn more about: climate change; the adoption of sustainability as a core value; attracting and retaining members through customer relationship management software; the development of “green” financial products; and the status of the merger between Credit Union Central of Ontario and Credit Union Central of British Columbia.
 
Sessions were interactive and designed to stimulate debate and discussion between speakers and the audience. One director, from a southern-Ontario credit union, said the sessions were “very practical and useful.” Another participant commented that what she learned would enable her to “…challenge my board and management, and to think outside the traditional approach.”
 
The conference, hosted by the Credit Union Directors of Ontario (CUDO), and held in Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel, attracted board and committee members from more than 60 credit unions, as well as credit union system supporters, regulators and affiliates, and guests from other provinces.
 
During the annual general meeting, Bruce Corbett, a member of the CUDO executive since 1989, announced his retirement.  The two openings on the executive were filled by newcomer Shari Sekel of PenFinancial Credit Union, and returning director Dave Sitaram from Auto Workers Community Credit Union.  The AGM also included a presentation by Eve Sigfrid, a director with the boards of both Credit Union Central of Ontario and FirstOntario Credit Union, on her recent trip to Uganda as a credit union “coach”, and recognition of the most recent graduates of the Credit Union Director Achievement program.
 
Many of the presentations given during the 23rd annual Directors’ Forum are available for download from the Directors’ Forum pages of the Ontario Co-operative Association at www.ontario.coop/Directors.
 
The annual Directors’ Forum provides Ontario credit union directors and other credit union system volunteers with education, training and networking opportunities.  It is presented by the Credit Union Directors of Ontario (CUDO), an independent organization representing the boards of directors of Ontario’s credit unions.  Ontario, Canadian and international credit union/caisses populaires directors and committee members are invited to attend the Directors’ Forum.  No affiliation with Credit Union Central of Ontario is required.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, Ontario Co-operative Association
Tel. 519.763.8271 x30 or 1.888.745.5521
www.ontario.coop/Directors

Call for Papers - Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)

Inaugural Annual Conference / Conférence annuelle inaugurale

ASSOCIATION FOR NONPROFIT AND SOCIAL ECONOMY RESEARCH (ANSER) /
L'ASSOCIATION DE RECHERCHE DES ORGANISMS SANS BUT LUCRATIVE ET DE L'ÉCONOMIE SOCIALE (ARES)
 
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
June 4 – 6, 2008

Deadline for receipt of proposals via email attachment / Date limite de présentation des propositions en pièce jointe par courrier électronique: January 14, 2008

La version française suit 

ANSER is a newly formed organization for the support and encouragement of research in the broad fields of social economy, the voluntary sector, and nonprofit organizations in Canada. We will hold our inaugural conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008 from June 4-6, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. All those engaged in applied and theoretical research related to the ANSER mandate, including researchers from outside of Canada, are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables by January 14, 2008. ANSER is not limited to faculty and graduate students from universities and colleges; consultants and practitioners who engage in research are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Examples of areas of interest include:

•       Accountability and performance evaluation in community organizations
•       Charitable giving and philanthropy
•       Citizen engagement, mobilization, and movements
•       Civil society
•       Community economic development
•       Community service learning/community-university partnerships
•       Conceptualizing the social economy
•       Foundations
•       Gender, race, diversity in the social economy
•       Governance, democracy, and participation in community organizations
•       Nonprofit mutual associations
•       Nonprofit sector/government relations
•       Organizational change in the social economy
•       Public policy
•       Regulatory and legal dimensions of nonprofits and the social economy
•       Social and environmental accounting
•       Social capital/informal co-operation
•       Social economy human resource management and labour relations
•       Social enterprises/social purpose businesses
•       Volunteering

Types of Proposals

Three types of proposals will be considered: individual papers, panels, and roundtables. Proposals should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word to info@anser-ares.ca with the type of proposal indicated in the subject line (for example, paper, panel, or roundtable). Proposals will be subject to peer review and notification of acceptance will be provided by February 28th. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide a 5-8 page (double spaced) summary of their paper by May 1, 2008, for publication in online conference proceedings (editor, Peter Elson).

Paper Proposals
Paper proposals typically are presentations of research findings and theory on a topic. Paper proposals can also be think pieces and discussions of research and thesis proposals. Paper proposals should include a cover sheet containing the paper's title, name and affiliation of presenter(s), and contact information of each presenter including email. This should be followed by an abstract of not more than two pages including the paper's title and key reference sources.

Panel Proposals
Panels are collections of three or four papers on a related theme. Ideally, these papers build upon each other, thereby adding to the coherence of the panel. For a panel, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group should be the first page, followed by a one-page overview of the panel, including its title, and then up to 2 pages for each participant (as described under paper proposals).

Roundtables
Roundtables are discussion groups ideally suited for the discussion of research needs or research in progress around specific topics, e.g., "Current research needs in nonprofit organization governance," with a designated facilitator. Roundtables, typically consisting of three to four individuals, are ideally suited for a mix of researchers and leaders of community organizations. For a roundtable, the cover sheet with contact information for the entire group and the roundtable's title should be the first page, followed by a two-page summary of the primary issues to be addressed.

Conference Information

Participants in the ANSER 2008 Conference should register through the website of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which includes a reduction for early registration. The fees, posted on the website, include those for the Congress and the association. The Congress website also includes information on accommodation, discounts for travel, and local information. For more information, email and please check the ANSER website http://www.anser-ares.ca for updates.


Invitation à présenter des communications pour la Conférence inaugurale de l'ARES

L'ARES est une association canadienne créée depuis peu pour appuyer et promouvoir la recherche sur l'économie sociale, le secteur bénévole et communautaire et les organismes sans but lucratif au sens large au Canada. Notre Conférence inaugurale aura lieu dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines, du 4 au 6 juin 2008, à l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique à Vancouver. Toutes les personnes qui participent à des travaux de recherche appliquée et théorique, pertinents par rapport à la vocation de l'ARES, y compris des chercheurs de pays étrangers, sont invités à proposer des communications, des panels et des tables rondes, pour le 14 janvier 2008. L'ARES n'est pas réservée aux enseignants et aux étudiants de cycle supérieur des universités et des collèges; les consultants et les intervenants impliqués dans des travaux de recherche sont vivement invités à soumettre leurs propositions.

Les domaines d'intérêt sont notamment les suivants :

•       apprentissage par le service communautaire/partenariats entre la collectivité et l'université;
•       associations mutuelles sans but lucratif;
•       bénévolat;
•       cadre réglementaire et juridique des organismes sans but lucratif et de l'économie sociale;
•       capital social et collaboration informelle;
•       comptabilité sociale et environnementale;
•       conceptualisation de l'économie sociale;
•       développement économique communautaire;
•       dons de charité et philanthropie;
•       entreprises sociales/entreprises à but social
•       évolution des organismes de l'économie sociale;
•       fondations;
•       gestion des ressources humaines et relations de travail dans les organismes communautaires;
•       gouvernance, démocratie et participation dans les organismes communautaires;
•       participation, mobilisation et mouvements de citoyens;
•       politiques publiques;
•       relations entre le secteur sans but lucratif et les gouvernements;
•       responsabilité et évaluation du rendement au sein des organismes communautaires;
•       sexe, race et diversité dans l'économie sociale;
•       société civile.
 

Types de propositions

Trois types de propositions seront mis à l'étude : les communications individuelles, les panels et les tables rondes. Ces propositions sont à transmettre en format Microsoft Word et en pièce jointe à info@anser-ares.ca en mentionnant le type de proposition dans la ligne-objet (communication, panel ou table ronde) . Ces propositions seront évaluées par les pairs et leur acceptation sera notifiée pour le 28 février. Les auteurs des communications acceptées seront priés de fournir un résumé de 5 à 8 pages (à double interligne) de leur communication pour le 1er mai 2008, en vue de sa publication dans les actes de la Conférence (coordonnateur : Peter Elson ).

Propositions de communication
Les propositions de communication exposent en principe des conclusions de travaux de recherche et une théorie sur un thème particulier. Les propositions de communication peuvent également être des textes de réflexion, ainsi que des commentaires de travaux de recherche et des propositions de thèse. Les propositions de communication doivent comporter un document de présentation, précisant le titre de la communication, le nom et l'organisme du ou des conférenciers et les coordonnées de chacun d'eux, y compris leur adresse électronique. Ce document devrait précéder un résumé de deux pages au plus, mentionnant le titre de la communication et les principaux ouvrages de référence.

Propositions de panel
Un panel est un groupe de trois ou quatre communications traitant de thèmes connexes. Ces communications s'appuient théoriquement l'une sur l'autre, ce qui augmente la cohérence du panel. Le document de présentation d'un panel devrait indiquer les coordonnées de tout le groupe et précéder une présentation générale du panel d'une page, mentionnant son titre, puis deux pages au maximum par participant (au contenu identique à celui décrit pour les propositions de communication).

Tables rondes
Les tables rondes sont des groupes de discussion constitués théoriquement pour débattre des besoins de recherche ou des travaux de recherche en cours sur des thèmes particuliers « p. ex., besoins de recherche actuels sur la gouvernance des organismes sans but lucratif ». Une personne est désignée pour les animer. Trois ou quatre personnes participent en principe aux tables rondes, qui conviennent parfaitement à un groupe composé à la fois de chercheurs et de dirigeants d'organisme communautaire. Pour une table ronde, le document de présentation du groupe entier sera la première page, qui indiquera son titre et qui précédera un résumé de deux pages des principales questions traitées.

Renseignements sur la Conférence

Les participants de la Conférence 2008 de l'ARES doivent s'inscrire à partir du site Web du Congrès des sciences humaines, qui offre une réduction pour les inscriptions hâtives. Les frais affichés sur ce site Web correspondent aux frais d'inscription au Congrès et d'adhésion à l'Association. Le site Web du Congrès contient également des informations sur l'hébergement, les tarifs de voyage à prix réduit et des informations locales. Adressez un courriel pour vous renseigner. Merci de bien vouloir consulter les mises à jour qui seront publiées sur le site Web de l'ARES http://www.anser-ares.ca/default_fr.asp.

Last Call for Papers & Posters - 5th Annual Organic Research Symposium

5th Annual Organic Research Symposium
January 25th, 2008, at the 27th Guelph Organic Conference

"Building Sustainable Organic Business"
Our theme for 2008

Natural Sciences researchers, click here: http://www.oacc.info/Docs/Guelph2008/guelph_call_natsci08.pdf

Social Sciences researchers, click here: http://www.oacc.info/Docs/SocialScienceConferences/call%20for%20papers%202008.pdf

Business of Education Conference – Exchanging Ideas for a Sustainable University

Registration for the 2007 Business of Education Conference – Exchanging Ideas for a Sustainable University is filling up fast. 
 
We are expecting a sold out room for this exciting event.  Come and hear about how the University is incorporating sustainability in all aspects of the institution – from recycling and food service to use of space and 25 years in the future.  Plenary sessions, breakout sessions as well as displays from University organizations that are committed to sustainability will be available to all registrants.
 
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
89 Chestnut Street Conference Centre
Toronto


To register, go to http://www.boe.utoronto.ca/
 

Co-Operative Internship Experience Program (CIEP) Looking for Host Organizations

This is the fifth year of On Co-op's Co-operative Internship Experience Program (CIEP).  Phase I is progressing, with a diverse list of co-op organizations about to play "host" to 15 interns.  Job titles include:  Community Development Intern; Administrative Assistant; Anniversary Planning Co-ordinator; Co-operative Development Intern; Membership and Volunteer Intern; Member Education and Programs Intern; Database Support Co-ordinator and Public Relations Co-ordinator.

The 26-week program provides Interns with real-world “co-operative” job experience at a decent wage, at a cost of just 8 weeks’ wages (less than $3000) to the host organization.  To qualify, interns must be 30 years old or younger, Canadian citizens or legally entitled to work in Canada, and have completed a post-secondary program at a college or university. 

Phase II of the program begins in April 2008. If your organization is interested in hosting one or more Interns for the next 26-week phase, contact the Internship and Public Affairs Co-ordinator, Audrey Aczel-Castillo at: 1.888.745-5521 x24 or acastillo@ontario.coop.

More information is available at: www.ontario.coop/Interns.

Social Economy Centre (SEC) Lunchbox Speaker Series, November 28

The Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto invites you to the next event in its speaker series on Wednesday, November 28th: "Social Purpose Business for Persons with Psychiatric and Developmental Handicaps” with Carolyn Lemon (Board Member, Common Ground Co-operative), Laurie Hall (Executive Director, AWAY Express) and John Trainor (Director, Community Support and Research Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). The event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see the SEC website for detailed instructions at http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Room 12-199
Toronto

Co-Operative Young Leaders 2008

Approximately 500 young people have gone through the Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) program since it began 40 years ago.  Your participation in this unique youth leadership and self-confidence building experience ensures that our sector continues to develop the next generation of co-operative leaders.
 
CYL summer 2008 dates announced.  Registration will begin in early 2008. More details will be posted to www.ontario.coop/CYL shortly.

     Junior (A): June 28 - July 5. (B): July 5 - July 12. (C):  July 12 - July 19
     Intermediate (A): July 19 - July 26. (B): July 26 - August 2
     Senior (A):  August 9 - August 16. (B):  August 16 - August 23

Remember CYL when creating your annual budget.   On Co-op encourages all Ontario co-operatives and credit unions to take part in the CYL program:  (1) Sponsor one or more young people from your organization to attend a week of camp; (2) Become a corporate sponsor, and support an entire week of CYL - providing supplies and keeping camp costs affordable for all participants; (3) Send a staff or board member as a guest speaker or a week-long Facilitator. Contact us for all the details: e-mail youth@ontario.coop or call 519.763.8271.

You can help get the Co-operative Development Initiative renewed

Canada’s two national co-op associations have developed a proposal that will use co-operatives as a way to meet many of today’s federal policy challenges. The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC) want to renew and expand their current Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) partnership with the federal government, which is set to end on March 31, 2008.

CCA, CCO, and their partners (including On Co-op) are looking for your support in helping get this important initiative renewed. Co-ops, credit unions and co-op sector supporters are urged to contact Secretary of State Christian Paradis and Agriculture & Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz to let them know how important it is to renew and expand the Co-operative Development Initiative.

Use the tools and resources at www.CoopsCanada.coop/CDI to: Access sample letters to the Minister and Secretary of State (Agriculture), and to create an auto e-mail to your MP.

Harness the Power of Co-operation: A new Co-operative Development Initiative for Canada was presented to Secretary of State (Agriculture) Christian Paradis by CCA President Dave Sitaram and CCC President Michel Rouleau during a visit to CCA’s offices on September 10, 2007. Download a copy of the proposal at http://www.CoopsCanada.coop/CDI.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF) AGM/Conference 2007: Worker Co-ops and Community Sustainability

Thursday, November 22nd to Saturday, November 24th, 2007
Ancaster, Ont. (near Hamilton), Canterbury Hills Conference Centre

For more information: http://www.coopzone.coop/files/ConfProgram12Nov07.doc

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Workshop Nov 30/07: Greening your Organization So Everyone Wins

The Social Economy Centre is running a new workshop series/certificate on cutting edge issues affecting the social economy during the Fall 2007 and Winter/Spring 2008. The next workshop will be led by Paula Anderson from Peterborough Green-Up, on 'Greening your Organization So Everyone Wins', on November 30, 2007.

For more information, go to
http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca and click on Workshops/Certificate, or contact Lisa White, Workshop Co-ordinator at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Youth Reinventing Co-operatives Book Volume II Call for Submissions Due December 5, 2007

GET PUBLISHED!
MAKE YOUR CO-OP KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD!
HELP OTHERS ESTABLISH THEIR CO-OPS!

After the wonderful feedback from the first youth book, a second volume is now underway. Please submit your stories of youth co-ops today. We want your stories and pictures (lots of pictures)!!!

- Download Call for Submissions in English
- Download Call for Submissions in Spanish

Email youthco@uvic.ca if you have any questions, comments, or stories.

Please read all the information on submission guidelines and email us with your stories, resources and pictures. Don't miss out!
Submission guidelines, case study templates and more info >>

Friday, October 19, 2007

ANSER/ARES: New Voluntary Sector and Social Economy Research Association in Canada

A new voluntary sector and social economy research association is being launched in Canada.

The association will be called ANSER - Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research/ ARES - Association de recherche des organismes sans but lucratif et de l'économie sociale. This Canadian association is for those who have an interest in research that pertains broadly to nonprofit organizations and the social economy.

ANSER is working to:
• build a collaborative community of scholars and researchers; and
• to develop a Canadian body of knowledge that encompasses such fields as community economic development, philanthropy, nonprofits management, volunteering, social and environmental accounting, government/voluntary sector relationships, social movements, citizen engagement, and civil society.

The first inaugural ANSER-ARES conference will be part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008 from June 4-6, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

For more information, see the Web site: http://www.anser-ares.ca

Thursday, October 18, 2007

CANADIAN CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION SEEKS INNOVATORS IN CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) launched today a call for entries for its inaugural Innovation in Co-operative Governance Awards.

These awards will recognize governance innovation and excellence in co-operatives and credit unions across Canada. The awards seek to showcase the movement’s strengths in the area of governance and provide the opportunity for co-op and credit union boards to learn from each other.

CCA established a Good Governance Committee in early 2007 and tasked them with the dual objectives of overseeing the development of governance indicators to measure effective and distinctive co-operative governance, and to oversee the awards process. The Committee is comprised of leading governance academics, experts, regulators and serving board members from the co-operative and credit union system.

“We know, as a system, that our governance practices and processes are some of the most robust in Canada and by benchmarking our practices we can continue to strengthen them further,” says CCA President Dave Sitaram. “The excellent work put in by the Good Governance Committee and CCA staff has created a robust framework to measure excellence and innovation across our system. I urge directors and managers alike to support these Awards and submit an application.”

The Awards criteria are based on three factors: overall governance excellence; effective co-operative governance practices; and innovation in governance. Applicants will be required to complete a questionnaire on their co-op’s/credit unions’ governance practices. The questionnaire responses are used by the judges to benchmark selected indicators of co-operative governance as part of the evaluation process.

The awards are broken down by category – Large, Medium and Small – and are based on membership numbers.

The closing date for applications is January 31, 2008.

The winners will be announced at the CCA Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in June 2008.

For further details on how to apply and the Awards Guidance Notes please go to CCA’s dedicated governance website – www.governance.coop.

The Canadian Co-operative Association is a national association for co-operatives in Canada, representing more than seven million co-operative and credit union members from over 2,000 organizations. CCA members come from many sectors of the economy, including finance, insurance, agri-food and supply, wholesale and retail, housing, health and the service sector. CCA provides leadership to promote, develop, and unite co-operatives and credit unions for the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.

Friday, September 28, 2007

7th annual Co-op Conference and Gala now spans two days - October 16 and 17, 2007

Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington ON

October 16-17, 2007


The 7th annual Co-op Conference and Gala now spans two days - October 16 and 17. At 9am, October 17th, join Kathy Bardswick, CEO of The Co-operators as she discusses sustainability, innovation and the co-op principles. Following a networking break, participants may choose from one of five workshops: M1 - How can your co-op do a social audit; M2 - Co-op leadership in Canada; M3 - Co-operation and innovation at the regional level; M4 - How are co-ops adapting to change?; and M5 - the Funders Forum, an invitation-only session for organizations with an interest in funding and financing CED and co-op development.


After lunch, participants will attend an interactive plenary session, and then choose from five additional workshops. A cocktail reception and the Spirit Recognition Awards ceremony completes the day. This is the third year the conference will be held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington ON. A tour of some of the region's most interesting co-ops; and four professional development sessions, presented by CUSOURCE Knowledge Network, take place October 16. All activities support the conference theme of 'Building Up, Moving Forward.' Learn more about the conference, and register online at www.ontario.coop/Gala. Sessions are quickly filling up.


Deadline to register is October 10, 2007.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Community Development Society (CDS) Annual International Conference, June 22-25, 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Theme: Conversation, Collaboration and Democracy: Creative Community Engagement


The annual CDS conference provides an opportunity for students,
practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to share experiences,
expertise, and/or research findings on strategies to improve the
process and practice of community development. The Program Planning
Committee will accept Abstracts for proposed presentations for the
2008 Conference. Researchers, academics, and policy makers are
strongly encouraged to partner with practitioners on the submission
of abstracts and presentation of sessions.

The "Call for Papers" is available from www.comm-dev.org

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is October 31, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Student Workshop on the Social Economy

In Association with the 1st International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy

Victoria, British Columbia – A pre-conference student Workshop on the Social Economy (SE) is scheduled to take place at the University of Victoria on Monday, October 22, 2007. This Workshop is open to any student (graduate or undergraduate) interested in the Social Economy. The Workshop will be a fun, interactive, student-led event, based around several “themed” presentations designed to enhance students’ research skills and expose them to methodologies for conducting Social Economy-based research. It will also facilitate information-sharing, networking and community-building through the use of breakout sessions and informal round-table dialogue and discussion. The Workshop offers participants a chance to get to know other students working in the SE field and to connect to one another by joining the Social Economy Student Network. [ http://www.graduate.socialeconomy.info/ ]

The Workshop builds upon the networks and linkages which were established among the participants of the Student Community-Based Research Workshop held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 28, 2007.

The Workshop is free to those students who are registered for the CIRIEC conference and a small $25 fee will be administered to non-registered students to help cover costs associated with holding the Workshop. Food and refreshments for the day will be served to participants at no cost.

For more information and to register for the Workshop please visit: http://conference.se-es.ca/?page_id=122

For conference information visit: http://www.conference.se-es.ca/

CONTACT:
Janel Smith, Social Economy Student Network and Workshop Coordinator
Canadian Social Economy Hub
Fax (250) 472-4541
studentnet@socialeconomy.info

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Social Economy Centre Half-Day Workshop: BOARD-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE IDEAL AND REALITY IN THE GOVERANCE OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Friday, September 21, 2007 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop leader: VIC MURRAY, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Vic Murray is an internationally renowned scholar and specializes in the study of voluntary sector organizations of all types with particular emphasis on the areas of board governance, strategic planning, inter-organizational collaboration and the assessment of organizational effectiveness. He is also an active consultant in these areas and is the driving force behind the Volunteer Sector Knowledge Network project.

As part of the Social Economy Centre’s 2007-2008 offerings, Dr. Murray will present a workshop exploring the “stubborn paradox in the governance of community organizations by their boards of directors.” This workshop will also offer participants the opportunity to examine solutions for bridging the gap between the ideal and the real-world experience in the governance of community organizations.

For years, books, articles, web-sites and consultants have been offering all kinds of advice on how boards ought to operate and relate to the organizations they govern. Yet many boards have a very difficult time living up to these ideals or choose not to even try. Why is this? Is it the fault of the boards and managers? Or is it possible that the advice itself is not always what is needed?

Join us in this workshop to:

• Explore the gaps between the ideal and reality in board governance
• Learn how to develop ways of bringing the ideal and reality closer together
• Learn how to use contingency-based analysis and tailored board development approaches

FORMAT: An interactive workshop with opportunities to ask questions and tailor the information to your own organization.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2007 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

COST: $100 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount.

LOCATION: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, room 5-175
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

To register, click here or for more information contact Lisa White at: secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca

Please note; space is reserved in these workshops on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, August 17, 2007

2007-08 Social Economy Certificate/Workshop Series

The Social Economy Centre (SEC) of the University of Toronto is pleased to offer its 2007-08 workshop series. These half-day workshops (9 am to noon) can be taken individually or applied towards a Certificate (requires completion of 5 or more workshops).

Download poster of workshops

September 21, 2007: BOARD-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS: Bridge the gap between the ideal and reality in the governance of community organizations. Full description.
Workshop Leader: Vic Murray, University of Victoria

October 26: ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: Gain insights and enhance your strategies for voluntary sector/government relations. Full description.
Workshop Leader: Peter Elson, University of Toronto

November 30: GREEN YOUR ORGANIZATION SO EVERYONE WINS!: Turn your organization in a sustainable direction – environmentally, economically and socially. Full description.
Workshop Leaders: Paula Anderson, Manager, Waste Reduction Program, Peterborough Green-Up; and Sue McGregor-Hunter, Executive Director, Peterborough Green-Up

January 30, 2008: NON-PROFITS AND EMERGING INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES : Explore ways internet-mediated technology can add value to your organization. Full description.
Workshop Leader: Sherida Ryan, University of Toronto

February 29 , 2008: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN NON-PROFITS AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Develop progressive human resource management practices for non-profit organizations. Full description.
Workshop Leader: Kunle Akingbola, University of Toronto

March 28: SOCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR NON-PROFITS AND CO-OPERATIVES: Learn how to account for volunteer value in your organization. Full description.
Workshop Leaders: Laurie Mook, University of Toronto; Jack Quarter, University of Toronto; B.J. Richmond, York University; and Eric Plato, Frontier College

April 25: STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR NON-PROFITS, CO-OPERATIVES AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Discover how to develop a strategic plan that really works! Full description.
Workshop Leader: Jane Garthson, Garthson Leadership Centre

May 30: MENTORING IN NON-PROFITS: Learn how the Mentors Circle can add value to your organization. Full description.
Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Verwey, Small Office Mentors

June 20: COLLABORATION THROUGH CO-LOCATION: STRATEGIES FOR SHARING RESOURCES: Explore how organizations can work together to achieve greater efficiency and build a sense of community. Full description.
Workshop Leader: Eli Malinsky, Centre for Social Innovation

To register, click here.

For more information contact Lisa White at: secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca

Please note; space is reserved in these workshops on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cost: $100 + GST for the first workshop, and $85 + GST for subsequent workshops. A Certificate is awarded for 5 or more courses.

Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario (St. George subway station)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Invitation to "Voluntary Sector Capacity Building Workshop," October 2-4, 2007

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) welcomes registration of 20 representatives of eligible Ontario-based Canadian organizations to attend the next VSF initiative in Toronto, October 2nd-4th, 2007.

This workshop is open to Canadian civil society organizations and professional associations active in international development. Membership in OCIC is not a requirement, and Universities and Colleges and representatives from the Private Sector are not eligible. Participants must represent a civil society organization or professional association, and must be eligible to apply for the Voluntary Sector Fund (VSF) (please visit www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/vsf for full eligibility criteria).

This training will be conducted in English. Travel subsidies and accommodation will be provided to participants required to travel from a distance. A per diem allowance will be provided to eligible participants to enable them to participate fully in this training opportunity.

As registration is limited to 20 participants, only one representative per organization may attend. Preference will be given to organizations that have not already participated in this training initiative. As registration will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis, potential registrants are advised to request a registration form by email to Stephanie at admin@ocic.on.ca.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Green Communities Canada seeks a Director of Business Development

Green Communities Canada seeks a Director of Business Development to help us capitalize on ever-expanding opportunities to grow and improve our programs. GCC is a national association of non-profit organizations that deliver innovative, practical environmental solutions to Canadian households and communities. (See: http://www.greencommunitiescana da.org.)

This is a new position. We are offering an initial one-year contract, which is expected to lead to permanent employment.

Salary to be negotiated.

The successful candidate will be highly entrepreneurial, with excellent skills in business planning and development, proposal-writing, presentations, relationship-building, and deal-making. We are looking for an individual who shares our passion for delivering environmental programs and services that promote personal action and community change. Knowledge of environmental matters and Green Communities a strong asset. Bilingualism a bonus.

The Director of Development will work as a member of a dynamic team that includes GCC staff and member organizations, and must be available for frequent meetings at the Peterborough headquarters of Green Communities Canada, as well as meetings in Toronto, Ottawa, and elsewhere as required.

Activities will include business planning, strategy development, business development, partnership development,

and proposal development for government and foundation requests. All areas of Green Communities work are likely to be involved, including our programs in the areas of walking and sustainable transportation, water protection, and home energy, as well organizational capacity development and efforts to expand the Green Communities network and partnerships across Canada. Priorities and a workplan will be established.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Submit a cover letter and resume to info@greencommunitiescanada.org.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Common Ground Co-operative Appeal for Board Members and Staff

Common Ground Co-operative, Toronto, Ontario is seeking volunteer board members who are successful innovators and who have a wide range of community contacts. We place high value on skills and experience in small business development, social enterprise and fundraising. We also are on the lookout for candidates, with similar assets to these, for a paid full-time Executive Director position in the near future. Prospective board members should have a good understanding of board governance, especially with regard to co-operatives.

Common Ground is a non-profit charitable organization that supports four thriving social enterprises, organized as food sector business partnerships among people with intellectual challenges in Toronto. This unique model of employment, established over the past decade, engages more than fifty people with challenges as long-term business partners, income earners, and registered owners and operators of a food catering company called Lemon & Allspice Cookery and three snack bars, known as the Coffee Sheds. They are assisted by job coaches who are paid by the Co-op. Our website is www.commongroundco-op.ca.

Why Common Ground makes this special appeal
Common Ground has been the grateful recipient over the past nine years of extensive in-kind and volunteer support of community agencies, and people associated with them, who have traditionally provided programmes to people with intellectual challenges. Staff and families who have been associated with the agencies testify to the value of what Common Ground is doing. We are now seeking to diversify our eleven-person board by adding people from other sectors of the community who have strong ties to the co-operative and social economy movements and want to help ensure that marginalized groups have access to the new approaches to employment that are being developed.

It is crucial that we seek out and find people who are familiar with the world of small business, and social enterprise and the kind of empowerment that comes to any group when they are given the opportunity to make decisions and have some control over their workplaces and their lives. New perspectives are especially important in light of Common Ground’s plans to expand its work through replication of this alternative model of employment.

Contact Carolyn Lemon at carolynlemon@sympatico.ca if you, or someone you know, finds our Co-op’s future development an attractive prospect.

Circulation of this announcement within the groups and organizations that you represent will be appreciated.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Pending reform of the Ontario Corporations Act regarding non-profits

The Ministry of Government Services is undertaking a project to review and reform the Ontario Corporations Act (CA). The purpose of the project is to develop a new legal framework to govern the structure and activities of charities and not-for-profit corporations. Comments are requested by July 31, 2007, on broad issues relating to new not-for-profit legislation, including the following:

* Structure of a new not-for-profit Act
* Incorporation process
* Definition of not-for-profit corporation
* Classification system
* Corporate powers and capacity
* Other issues: directors' liability, financial disclosure, members' remedies.

To access a PDF version of the consultation document and for more information, see http://www.gov.on.ca/MGS/en/AbtMin/132784.html

April Social Economy HUB Tele-learning Session: Policies in Québec and Manitoba

How has Community Economic Development (CED) policy evolved into a larger social economy agenda? How could it evolve in the future? To explore the answers to these questions and more, join John Loxley, from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and Shauna MacKinnon from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, in this exciting telelearning session. To download the entire telelearning session, see http://www.socialeconomynetwork.ca/hub/?page_id=324

Eighth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and Second EMES European Research Network Conference

Conference Title: The Third Sector and Sustainable Social Change: New Frontiers for Research
Date: July 9-12, 2008
Deadline for the submission of abstracts for papers: October 15, 2007
Location: University of Barcelona, Spain
Type of Participants: Social economy researchers and practitioners
More information: http://www.istr.org

CreateAction CED Work Experience Program

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is recruiting candidates for four internships through its highly successful CreateAction Work Experience Program. CreateAction is the only pan-Canadian internship program that enables young post-graduates to gain community economic development experience in their own communities. Persons living with a disability and Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply.

To view the job postings click here.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

FAIR TRADE, CORPORATIONS AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

PANEL: BILL BARRETT, PLANET BEAN COFFEE
GAVIN FRIDELL, TRENT UNIVERSITY
GRAEME HUSSEY, KARMA CO-OP

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

While the Fair Trade movement was originally an exclusively social economy movement, there has been increasing participation by traditional businesses, most notably large corporations, in recent years. Some would suggest that this increased participation by corporations has been a good development as it has contributed significantly to the movement’s tremendous growth. Others are less sanguine about the role that corporations have been playing, suggesting that it is altering the nature of Fair Trade and perhaps undermining its long term survival. This panel will examine the current state of Fair Trade in Canada, especially the opportunities that Fair Trade present for social economy actors and the challenges that corporate involvement in Fair Trade create for them.

Bill Barrett has been involved in importing, roasting and selling fair trade organic coffee since 1998. He is currently one of the owners of Planet Bean Coffee a worker co-op coffee roastery located in Guelph. Bill has nearly two decades of experience working in the social justice and ecology movements. This experience informs how he approaches business and economic development. He has had an opportunity to visit several of the co-ops which grow Planet Bean's coffee and film and interview the people involved in those organizations to gage the impact fair trade has on their lives.

Gavin Fridell is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Trent University. He is the author of Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice (University of Toronto Press: 2007), and has current and forthcoming articles in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Historical Materialism, the Journal of Academic Ethics, the Journal of Business Ethics, and Latin American
Perspectives.

Graeme Hussey is a firm believer in the power of values-based enterprises to drive social change. Currently, he is the General Manager of Karma Co-op, Toronto’s only consumer-owned retail grocery store. Graeme volunteers as the board president of the Ontario Natural Food Co-operative, board advisor to the Canadian Students’ Fair Trade Network, and was a participant in the Maytree Foundation’s Leaders for Change program. He is a former research analyst of Jantzi Research Inc., Canada’s leading social investment research company. Graeme has an educational background in environmental engineering and international project management.

Bring your lunch and a mug; coffee, tea and water will be provided. For more information, go to http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Sherap Winn at swinn@oise.utoronto.ca or (416) 923-6641, ext. 2087.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Social Economy Centre Symposium

Posted from Ontario Co-op News, April 30, 2007

The second annual Social Economy Symposium, held April 26-27, 2007, brought together researchers, academics and community partners to discuss cutting-edge research issues facing the social economy. Sessions included Mapping the Social Economy in Ontario (including presentations on the On Co-op co-operative and credit union census), The Impact of the Co-operative Model on Minority Francophones, Ontario's Mandatory Community Service Program and its Impact in Introducing Students to the Social Economy, and The Ontario We Want and the Role of the Social Economy in Building It. To learn more about the role of co-ops and credit unions in the Social Economy, or to find out more about the Symposium, visit http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca

Le Forum national sur l'investissement communautaire et la responsabilité sociale des entreprises (RSE)

INSCRIVEZ-VOUS DÈS MAINTENANT, pour obtenir les meilleurs prix et pour obtenir l’hébergement (l’hôtel ou l’université) de votre choix. Nous nous attendons à votre participation à cette excellente occasion, entre autres, pour bâtir le Réseau national en RSE pour les coopératives et les caisses populaires, ainsi que le Réseau de CoopZone. En plus que d’excellentes occasions d’apprentissages, des déliberations importantes sur la création d’un Réseau national en RSE pour les coopératives et les caisses populaires, ainsi que sur l’avenir de CoopZone, auront lieu à ce Forum.

Tous les détails sur le Forum sont disponibles au “www.coopzone.coop” à la page d’accueil, sous le titre “Les Possibilités de formation”; voir “CSR Forum Brochure(Fren).pdf”. De l’aide financière est disponible (veuillez vous inscrire le plus tôt possible pour être éligible; les prochaines demandes d’aide financière seront considérées le 1er mai). La date limite pour s’inscrire au Forum est le 2 MAI.

Inscription: www.rseforum07.com. Cela ne prend que deux minutes!

Corporate Social Responsibility & CoopZone Forum

A National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Investment Forum

Members of co-operatives, credit unions, co-op developers and all involved in the social economy are invited to an exciting event called “Working Together to Make a Difference”. This will be a Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Investment combined with CoopZone meetings. The Forum registration deadline has been extended to MAY 2ND.

REGISTER NOW - to secure the best rates and ensure the hotel or university accommodation of your choice. Looking forward to your participation in this exciting Forum, and in building the National CSR Network for Co-operatives and Credit Unions, as well as the CoopZone Developers’ Network. In addition to excellent learning opportunities, important deliberations on creating a National CSR Network for co-ops and credit unions, as well as on the future of the CoopZone Developers’ Network, will be held at this Forum.

All Forum details are available at: www.coopzone.coop, home page, under "Training Opportunities". Or, simply click on this link: and see "CSR Registration Brochure.pdf". Financial assistance is available (please register asap to be eligible; the next round of financial assistance applications will be considered on May 1st).

Register now at www.csrforum07.com. It only takes about 2 minutes to register!

Edmonton tax dollars to fund social enterprises

Edmonton City Council agreed last week to bankroll a fund that would lend money to businesses whose profits go to worthy social causes. Council will give $1.8 million to the Social Enterprise Fund this year, with the possibility for another $1.8 million next year. The city's seed financing will be matched by the Edmonton Community Foundation, The Edmonton Real Estate Board has also promised to invest money. The fund will establish a $10.5-million endowment to finance socially beneficial businesses that might not qualify for loans from banks. For more information, visit: http://www.edmonton.ca

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Lunchbox Speakers' Series: Corporate Social Responsibility. Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 at 12:00 noon

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Paths Taken by Two Ontario Credit Unions

Panel: Scott Windsor, Meridian Credit Union and Kimberley Ney, Alterna Savings
Moderator: Denyse Guy, Executive Director, Ontario Co-operative Association
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 12-199

Scott Windsor of Meridian Credit Union and Kimberley Ney of Alterna Savings and Credit Union discuss Corporate Responsibility from their credit union perspectives. Scott will discuss the challenges of implementing a new CSR program following his organization's corporate merger. He will focus on the development of Meridian's Good Neighbour Program and the formation and implementation of the credit union's CSR, sponsorship and donation programs. Kimberley will present Alterna Savings' initiatives in community economic development and its role in shaping financial literacy, corporate accountability and environmental sustainability programs. She will share Alterna's perspective on philanthropy, including some unique "twists." Denyse Guy, Executive Director of the Ontario Cooperative Association, will moderate the session.

This event will be webcast and we will accept questions via e-mail from remote participants. Go to the following webpage for detailed instructions to set up for and view the webcast:

Bring your lunch and a mug; coffee, tea and water will be provided. To RSVP, or for more information, go to or contact Sherap Winn at or (416) 923-6641, extension 2087

Mark you calendars, other sessions will include: May 16 - Fair Trade
For more information, visit http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The role of community-based green co-operatives in advancing sustainable development and energy literacy: Tuesday April 10, 2007

Community Development Collaborative Program (UT), Transformative Learning Centre, Social Economy Centre and Adult Education and Community Development Program (OISE/UT) present:

‘Part of the Solution’ The role of community-based green co-operatives in advancing sustainable development and energy literacy


Fiona Duguid, Ph.D.

WindShare Co-operative and OISE/University of Toronto


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

12.00-1.30 pm

OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St West, Room 7-162

After five years of development, WindShare Co-operative in Toronto, Ontario became the first urban wind turbine in North America and the first co-operatively owned and operated wind turbine in Canada. The development of WindShare Co-operative has spurred the growth of a green energy co-operative sector in Ontario. This presentation, which draws on 27 interviews and a focus group with members of WindShare Co-operative, focuses on the roles of community-based green energy co-operatives in advancing sustainable energy development and energy literacy. Members of WindShare expressed resounding feelings of pride, efficacy and understanding of WindShare’s role in sustainable energy. WindShare Co-operative provided the structure whereby members felt a part of the solution in terms of sustainable energy development. From this study it was found that policies and practices at all levels of government should encourage the advancement of green energy co-operatives to support Canada’s efforts at public involvement in addressing climate change.

Fiona Duguid has completed her Ph.D. in the Adult Education department at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education, University of Toronto. Her research looks at sustainable energy development through green energy co-operatives. She is working with WindShare Co-operative and with the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Social Economy Centre half-day workshops for social economy organizations

OISE Workshop – May 29, morning seminar
The Mentors Circle, Clear your path to growth

Learn this new model to collaborate with others in a co-mentoring program. This half-day session will introduce key templates and exercises that help you to grow your organization. You will gather new ideas and resources to help clear your path.

Elizabeth Verwey, from Small Office Mentors will facilitate this half-day session. Elizabeth was the founding Director of New Development for Performers for Literacy. She will share information, resources and encourage groups to collaborate in new and innovative ways.

Material from The Mentors Circle will be used in this session. www.mentorscircle.com

For more information, send an email to sec@oise.utoronto.ca

Special Panel Discussion: Towards a Canadian community-based research network?

Towards a Canadian community-based research network?
April 12, 2007
4-6 pm
Room 7-105 OISE/UT
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George Subway stop)

Community-based research (CBR) is experiencing a new wave of energy in Universities across Canada. Building on traditions of participatory research, feminist research, anti-oppressive research, SSHRC and other research councils such as Canadian Institutes for Health Research now fund various forms of CBR. There have been two large meetings in Canada on Community University Partnerships, Policy, and Progress (Cuexpo 2003 and 2005), with a third planned for May of 2008. There is a growing interest in more intentional networking across the country. Should this be done? How can it be done? What pre/cautions need to be taken into account? What are the existing building blocks? What can be learned from others?.

Panel Members

  • Pramila Aggarwal, Community Worker Program, George Brown College
  • Sarah Flicker, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
  • Budd L Hall, Office of CBR, University of Victoria
  • Ted Jackson, Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University
  • Peter Levesque, Knowledge Mobilisation Project
  • Sarena Seifer, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, University of Washington

Co-chairs:

  • D’arcy Martin (Centre for the Study of Education and Work) and
  • Daniel Schugurensky (Transformative Learning Centre)

Co-Sponsors:
Centre for the Study of Education and Work, Transformative Learning Centre, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, and Community Development Collaborative Program

Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment Forum: May 15- 17, 2007.

2nd Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Investment Forum, May 15- 17, 2007, Guelph, ON.

Organized by a steering committee of credit union and co-operative representatives, including Credit Union Central of Canada, the Canadian Co-operative Association, Canadian Community Investment Network Co-op and CoopZone following the first successful 2006 Forum.

Details will be available shortly. Contact Miruna Nichita for registration information.

Co-operative Development: Harness the Hidden Potential: June 26-29, 2007

National Congress and Canadian Co-operative Association and Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives AGMs, St. John’s, NL.

Through a range of interactive and participative keynote presentations, plenary discussions and workshops, the Congress sessions will explore what co-operative development means and how the system can look to build a lasting legacy for the communities it serves. As part of the broader discussions over the three days, sessions will include dialogue and learning exchanges focusing on leadership and movement-building strategies from a global, national and local perspective.

For more information, go to www.CoopsCanada.coop/Congress2007.

The three-week program Co-op Studies program in Vancouver and Bologna

Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies, 2007
June 25 - July 29 – SFU, Vancouver Sessions
July 2 - July 13 – University of Bologna, Italy

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are very pleased to inform you of the upcoming Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies for 2007, and we invite you to explore this unique opportunity to pursue advanced level co-op studies in one of the world's most elegant cities. Bologna, world renowned for its exquisite cuisine and quality of life, is also at the heart of one of the world's most advanced co-operative economies.

The Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies for 2007 gathers together outstanding scholars and leaders in the co-operative movements of both Italy and Canada to deliver a unique blend of co-operative theory and practical experience to program participants.

The program will offer graduate level instruction and, although will not require an undergraduate degree for admission, will be geared to those with substantial professional experience in the co-operative or community economic development fields.
The Bologna Summer Program offers both credit and certificate streams, and will combine co-operative studies with site visits and a study tour of the region's co-operative economy. It is also intended for students of co-op and CED studies who are prepared to work at advanced levels of study.

For additional information visit http://www.bcca.coop/ or contact Michael Zelmer at the BC Co-op Association 604.662.3906.

The Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies is jointly sponsored by the BC Co-operative Association, Vancity, and the Faculty of Economics, University of Bologna

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Building Sustainable Co-op Futures: May 23-26, 2007

The 5th Annual International Building Sustainable Co-op Futures conference is being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on May 23-26, 2007 on the University of Guelph Campus.

For more information, or to register visit www.ontario.coop/BCF or contact tbritton@ontario.coop

Todd Britton
Event Planner
Ontario Co-operative Association
450 Speedvale Ave., West, Suite 202
Guelph, On., N1H 7Y6
Ph: 519-763-8271, x31
Toll Free: 1-888-745-5521
Email tbritton@ontario.coop
Web: www.ontario.coop

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Joint CSR and Community Investment Forum

Take part in a growing movement of credit unions, co-operatives, community investment organizations and co-op developers working together to make a difference in their communities through the National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Investment Forum.

Learn more about the latest CSR and community investment initiatives, and take part in two or three days of stimulating dialogue, shared learning and networking.

Visit www.csrforum07.com or contact Miruna Nichita miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca

Friday, March 23, 2007

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Building Sustainable Co-op Futures: May 23-26, 2007

The 5th Annual Building Sustainable Co-op Futures conference is being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on May 23-26, 2007 on the University of Guelph Campus. To find out more on how to get involved and/or more info about the conference itself, please contact me at clushman@ontario.coop. Click here for more information.

Cheers,
Cynthia Lushman
Education Officer

Ontario Co-operative Association
450 Speedvale Ave., West, Suite 202
Guelph, On., N1H 7Y6

Ph: 519-763-8271, x24
Toll Free: 1-888-745-5521
Email:
clushman@ontario.coop
Web: www.ontario.coop

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Lunchbox Speakers' Series - Aboriginal Social Economy Issues: March 28th, 2007

An Aboriginal Perspective on the Social Economy

Panel: Alice Corbiere, Rosalind Johnston and Jose A. Reyes
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, Ontario
Room 12-199

The three panelists leading this discussion are Alice Corbiere, Rosalind Johnston and Jose Reyes of the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) programme at Algoma University College.~ The panel will suggest that the current definition of the social economy may not be sufficiently inclusive to reflect the holistic worldview of indigenous peoples nor reflect the reality of First Nations governance.~ They will connect examples of First Nations development to international perspectives, and question whether the social economy research can be a tool for challenging the imposition of colonial models on indigenous peoples.

This event will be webcast and we will accept questions via e-mail from remote participants. Go to the following webpage for detailed instructions to set up for and view the webcast: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php

Bring your lunch and a mug; coffee, tea and water will be provided. To RSVP, or for more information, go to http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php or contact Sherap Winn at swinn@oise.utoronto.ca or (416) 923-6641, extension 2087

Mark you Calendars: Other sessions will include: April 25 - Social Responsibility in Credit Unions May 16 - Fair Trade. For more information, visit http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Part of the Solution: Community-Based Green Co-operatives

The Community Development Collaborative Program (UT), the Transformative Learning Centre, the Social Economy Centre and the Adult Education and Community Development Program (OISE/UT) present

"Part of the Solution" The role of community-based green co-operatives in advancing sustainable development and energy literacy

Fiona Duguid, WindShare Co-operative and doctoral candidate, University of Toronto
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
12.00-1.30 pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St West,
Room 7-162

After five years of development, WindShare Co-operative in Toronto, Ontario became the first urban wind turbine in North America and the first co-operatively owned and operated wind turbine in Canada. The development of WindShare Co-operative has spurred the growth of a green energy co-operative sector in Ontario. This presentation focuses on the roles of community-based green energy co-operatives in advancing sustainable energy development and energy literacy.

WindShare Co-operative provided the structure whereby members felt a part of the solution in terms of sustainable energy development. From this study it was found that policies and practices at all levels of government should encourage the advancement of green energy co-operatives to support Canada’s efforts at public involvement in addressing climate change.

Fiona Duguid is completing her doctorate in the Adult Education department at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education at the University of Toronto. Her research looks at sustainable energy development through green energy co-operatives. She is working with WindShare Co-operative and with the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Lunchbox Speakers' Series - Learning About The Social Economy In Ontario High Schools : February 21 2007

The Social What?: Learning About The Social Economy In Ontario High Schools

Panel: Jan Haskings-Winner, Cynthia Lushman, and Daniel Schugurensky
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, Ontario
Room 12-199

Jan Haskings-Winner, textbook writer and economics instructor at OISE/UT (seconded from the TDSB), Cynthia Lushman, Education Officer for the Ontario Co-operative Association, and Daniel Schugurensky, associate professor at OISE/UT, will talk about what Ontario high school students learn about the social economy, especially nonprofit organizations, co-operatives, worker participation, and unions.

This event will be webcast and we will accept questions via e-mail from remote participants. Go to the following webpage for detailed instructions to set up for and view the webcast: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/webcast.php

For more information, go to http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php or contact Sherap Winn at swinn@oise.utoronto.ca or (416) 923-6641, extension 2087

Other sessions will include: March 28 - Aboriginal Social Economy Issues; April 25 - Social Responsibility in Credit Unions; and May 16 - Fair Trade. For more information, visit http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/lectures.php.

Rural Youth Forum: Tuesday March 6th 2007

On Co-op is part of The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) rural youth forum, held Tuesday March 6th at the Ramada Inn on the Bay in Belleville.

Youth and non youth are invited to attend more than 10 sessions and plenaries on getting youth involved, technology and youth engagement. Youth participants will also create a set of rural youth priority issue areas and recommendations for action.

For more information, and to register, visit http://www.torc.on.ca/.

Seeking goods and services for the CIRIEC Research Conference

CSEHub is currently requesting proposals for goods and services that can be provided by Social Economy organizations for the First World CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, which will take place October 22-24th, 2007 in Victoria, BC, Canada. Examples include give-away items for conference participants, transportation services, and cultural events.

For more information and to view the full proposal guidelines, please see http://www.socialeconomynetwork.ca/hub/index.php?page_id=238

CIRIEC Research Conference Call for Papers: Deadline Extended to Feb. 7th

It's not too late to submit an abstract for the First World CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy! Hosted by the Canadian Social Economy Hub, the conference will take place from October 22-24, 2007 in Victoria, BC, Canada. The title of the conference is "Strengthening and Building Communities: The Social Economy in a Changing World" and it will highlight the position of co-operatives, foundations, credit unions, non-profit organizations, and social economy enterprises in building and strengthening communities in a variety of contexts and cultures. The Call for Papers guidelines are available on the conference website, as PDF downloads in English, French and Spanish. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to February 7th, 2007 .

In addition, CSEHub is currently looking into obtaining bursaries to facilitate conference attendance by participants/presenters from Latin America, Asia and the Pacific and Africa.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

International Conference Call For Papers - Creating and Diffusing Social Innovations, November 8-9, 2007 (Francais)

Bonjour,

Nous sommes heureux de vous rappeler que le Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) 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 communications en pièce jointe. Par ailleurs, cet appel à communications est également disponible à la page suivante du site Internet du CRISES : www.crises.uqam.ca/pages/fr/activites.aspx. L'appel est disponible en français, en anglais et en espagnol.

Le comité organisateur de ce Deuxième colloque international du CRISES vous invite également à faire suivre cet appel à toutes les personnes susceptibles d'être intéressées de votre réseau, équipe, département ou centre de recherche.

Le comité organisateur :

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)

Très cordialement,

Mélanie Fontaine
Agente de recherche, coordination
CRISES
Courriel: fontaine.melanie@uqam.ca
Téléphone: (514) 987-3000 poste 1647
Télécopieur: (514) 987-6913

Adresse postale:

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


International Conference Call For Papers - Creating and Diffusing Social Innovations, November 8-9, 2007 (English)

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 communication proposals 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: www.crises.uqam.ca/pages/fr/activites.aspx. It is available in French, English and Spanish.

The Organization Committee of this Second International Conference of CRISES also invites you to transfer this message to anyone from your network, team, department or research center 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)

Cordially,

Mélanie Fontaine
Agente de recherche, coordination
CRISES
Courriel: fontaine.melanie@uqam.ca
Téléphone: (514) 987-3000 poste 1647
Télécopieur: (514) 987-6913

Adresse postale:

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