Monday, 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)
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!
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!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) Lunchbox Speakers' Series: Corporate Social Responsibility. Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 at 12:00 noon
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
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
‘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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Towards a Canadian community-based research network?
April 12, 2007
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?.
- 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
- D’arcy Martin (Centre for the Study of Education and Work) and
- Daniel Schugurensky (Transformative Learning Centre)
Centre for the Study of Education and Work, Transformative Learning Centre, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, and Community Development Collaborative Program
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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