Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Symposium: Sustainable Purchasing Policies

The Business & Society Program at York University presents a symposium on

Sustainable Purchasing Policies: Developing and Implementing Living Documents

Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Founders Assembly Hall
York University

8:30 – 8:45 Registration

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:15 “KeyIssues in Sustainable Purchasing”
LoriStahlbrand, Local Food Plus
MichelleKortinen, Forest Stewardship Council
BillBarrett, Sumac Community Worker Co-op (WearFair/Planet Bean)

10: 30 – 11:45 “Student Involvementin Sustainable Purchasing Policies”
RobTiffin, Vice-President Students, York University
LazarKonforti, Équiterre
Representativefrom Canadian Federation of Students

12:00 – 1:15 “Challenges of Designing & ImplementingLiving Documents”
MichaelZelmer, TransFair Canada
TrudyLockyer, Brock University
Representativefrom Trent University
J.J.McMurtry, Business & Society Program, York University

1:30 – 2:45 Workshops

Developing “Fair Trade Universities”
IanHussey, York University
PatrickClark, University of Waterloo
Representativefrom Engineers without Borders (tbc)

Student-run Social Enterprises: A Path toSustainability?
TinaSorbara, Guelph Campus Co-operative
Tegan Moss, SeasonedSpoon, Trent University

Experiences of Implementing Sustainable PurchasingPolicies
(sessionfor administrators and sustainable businesses)
SteveGlassman, York University Bookstore
ArleneStein, Hart House, University of Toronto
JeffMoore, JustUS! Coffee Roasters
HowardDaugherty, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

3:00 – 4:30 Business and Society Annual Lecture –Francisco VanderHoff

4: 30 – 5:30 Reception

REGISTRATION: We would like everyone who wants to attend any of the sessions to feel free to do so. We also need to covers cost so we would like to suggest the following fees for those who can pay: Students – $10.00; Others – 20.00
The registration fee includes a box lunch and a “Support Fair Trade Universities!” T-shirt (made with 100% certified Fair Trade and organic cotton). Please try to pre-register by Sept. 18th, so that we know how many people to expect. To pre-register, e-mail

CO-SPONSORS: Business & Society Club(York); Canadian Federation of Students (CFS); Dept. of Social Science (York); Facultyof Environmental Studies (York); Guelph Campus Coop; Graduate Program inDevelopment Studies (York); Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought(York); International Development Studies Student Assoc. (York); Labour StudiesProgram (York); Las Nubes Student Assoc (York); Health & Society Program(York); Net Impact (Schulich School of Business, York); Peace & ConflictStudies Program (U of Waterloo); Planet Bean Coffee (Guelph); Social EconomyCentre (OISE, University of Toronto); South Asian Studies Program (York);Sustainable Purchasing Coalition (York);Ten Thousand Villages; United SouthAsians at York (USAY).

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Four students attending Canadian universities are the winners of this year's Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) scholarships, administered by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA).

Marcelo Vieta, a PhD candidate at York University, is the winner of the $3,000 Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship, established by the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation. Mr. Vieta is conducting research on worker co-operatives in Argentina. He is also a member of the Southern Ontario Social Economy Community University Research Node, working on a project on social economy initiatives in Latin America.

Wassila Merkouche Tir, a Master's student at HEC Montréal, won the $1,000 Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship to support her research on outreach to multicultural entrepreneurs by a Desjardins caisse populaire. The Laidlaw Fellowship was established by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.

John McNamara and Andrew McLeod, both students in the Masters of Management - Co-operatives and Credit Unions program at St. Mary's University, will each receive a $1,000 Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award, which is aimed at students who are active in the co-operative sector. Mr. McNamara is looking into how co-operative management theory translates into practice through a study of Union Cab, a worker co-op in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. McLeod is researching co-operative food systems, including producer, distribution and consumer co-operatives.

In addition to the scholarship money, the award winners will each receive a free membership in CASC and free registration at the 2010 CASC conference, which will be held at Concordia University in Montreal next spring.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Just Published: Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives, and Community Economic Development

Edited by J.J. McMurtry of York University, the authors in this new edited volume grapple with the debates, challenges, and opportunities offered by the social economy as Canada experiences rapid changes in the 21st century, be they economic, industrial, environmental, or social.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Social Economy in Theory and Practice (J.J. McMurtry)
2. Co-operatives and the Social Economy in English Canada: Circles of Influence and Experience (Ian MacPherson)
3. The Social Economy in Quebec and Canada: Configurations Past and Present (Yves Vaillancourt)
4. Building the Social Economy Using the Innovative Potential of Place (Doug Lionais and Harvey Johnstone)
5. Educating for the Social Economy (Jorge Sousa)
6. Social Accounting for Sustainability in the Social Economy (Laurie Mook and Jennifer Sumner)
7. Aboriginal Perspectives on the Social Economy (Wanda Wuttunee)
8. Building Bridges with Government: The Social Economy in Practice (Denise Guy and Jen Heneberry)

Published by Emond Montgomery.
Edited by J.J. McMurtry
ISBN: 978-1-55239-282-9
2009 / softcover

For more information, and to order, go to

Monday, August 10, 2009

Enterprising Non-Profits Toronto Matching Grants Program

Enterprising Non-Profits Toronto (ENP-TO) is a program designed to seed and support social enterprise in the Greater Toronto Area. ENP-TO will distribute $100,000 in matching grants to nonprofit organizations and registered charities. In order to apply for funding you must attend an ENP-TO Orientation Session. For more information about Enterprising Non-Profits Toronto and to register for one of the upcoming Orientation Sessions, visit

Monday, June 22, 2009

Inner City Renovation on CBC June 30

UPDATED: On June 30th, the CBC News ran a feature on former Noranda vice-president, Marty Donkervoort and his Winnipeg-based social enterprise, Inner City Renovations. The feature focuses on how Marty's company is changing the lives of those living in Winnipeg's marginalized communities through on the job training, and how he is transforming inner city housing, from run-down dwellings to modern, affordable homes for low income families.

Click here to watch the news clip, and to see the difference that Marty is making in his community.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New book on the social economy

The Social Economy: Working Alternatives in a Globalizing Era
By Hasmet M Uluorta
Published by: Routledge
Publication Date: 17/12/2008
Pages: 256

About the Book

Critically examining economic developments within the last sixty years, this book argues that a crisis in global social reproduction is altering existing understandings of work, labour and the economy.

The author of this original volume, Hasmet M. Uluorta, contends that the crisis in the global economy is triggering a potential paradigm shift from one defined under the rubric of Employment to an alternative theorized as Work. Discussing the Employment paradigm that formed the dominant mode of development after the Second World War through to the 1970s, the author considers the economic and political forces that resulted in its eventual decline.

Focusing on already existing practices of organizations and workers in Toronto, Canada, the book goes on to consider the shift to Work and the consequent rise in the social economy which has broken down conventional categories of work and leisure. The author concludes that the social economy presents fundamental challenges to understandings that underpinned the previous economic order.

Building on insights from a range of disciplines, The Social Economy will be of interest to students and scholars of international political economy, international relations, labour studies, sociology, and globalization studies.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Causeway Employment Opportunity (Social Finance)

Causeway is hiring a full time, 2 year contract position with a particular focus on building a social finance marketplace in Ontario. More information can be found here.

Causeway is a project of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National, hosted at SiG@MaRS in Toronto

Who we are

Causeway is a national collaboration working to accelerate a social finance marketplace in Canada
This Initiative is being founded with the values of:
• Focusing on measurable, durable, scaling contributions;
• Building on the wisdom and m! omentum of the pioneering Canadian Social Finance Community; and,
• Serving the community from a comprehensive community interest perspective.

Job Description – Associate Coordinator - Causeway

24 month contract position, with Causeway Social Finance

Details of the position

• Full time contract position until September 2011
• Compensation type: salary
• Amount: Commensurate with experience. Range $41,000-$51,000 inclusive of MERC (mandatory
employment related costs)
• Applications due June 1st, 2009.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Just Published: Social Economy Stories

The Canadian CED Network has published 7 Social Economy stories designed to provide practitioners' perspectives on what the Social Economy means to them and their communities. These stories capture the human face of the sector and demonstrate the Social Economy as a real movement that is addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of today in integrative and innovative ways.

These stories were developed by the Canadian CED Network as a partner in the Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub), with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. To download these stories and to learn more about CSEHub and the Canadian CED Network's involvement in this community university research alliance click here:!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Speakers' Series: Green Collar Jobs


When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, noon - 1:30 pm.
Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto , 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Room 5-280.


John Cartwright (Labour Council, Toronto & York Region)… will discuss how a green economy must combine sustainability with equity and social justice. Can a green jobs strategy be developed that respects workers and communities in the face of corporate globalization?

Chalo Barrueta
(Banyan Tree Community Initiatives)…will speak about a number of exciting projects the Banyan Tree Community Initiatives group is currently involved in. This discussion will focus on youth training and youth-led projects that work toward green, affordable housing solutions.

Melinda Zytaruk (The Fourth Pig Worker Co-Op Inc., Green Construction and Education Specialists)... will talk about why the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op chose the worker co-operative structure as an innovative economic model. She will discuss the opportunities for good green jobs in the growing natural, green building and renewable energy industries.

Bring your lunch and a mug – coffee, tea and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa White at <>, or visit our website at

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see our website for detailed instructions.

Call for Papers: "The New Cooperativism"

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action

Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2009

Issue editor: Marcelo Vieta (

Since at least the mid 19th century, cooperative modes of organizing social and economic life have proved promising alternatives to capitalist norms of production and distribution. These have included worker, agricultural, and consumer coops; mutual societies; credit unions; cooperative daycares and educational initiatives; artist-run centres; health care coops; and other forms of service-oriented cooperatives controlled and co-owned by their members. Despite the entrenchment of the neoliberal global order in the past four decades, cooperative practices and values that both challenge the neoliberal status quo and create alternatives to it have returned in recent years–both within and beyond the cooperative movement.

Examples of contemporary groups practicing both reclaimed and new cooperative values of autonomy, direct-democracy, self-reliance, equity, and solidarity include Brazil’s landless peasants’ movements, Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises, the Zapatistas and other indigenous autonomist movements around the world, North America’s intentional communities and housing cooperatives, and Europe’s myriad autonomous social centres and squats. We might call these experiments that both resist neoliberal enclosure yet also prefigure different forms of economic organization the new cooperativism. What is the genealogy of these new cooperative movements? What do these new yet historical-materially rooted experiments in collectivity, cooperation, and cooperativism look like? Where are they to be found within today’s neoliberal global reality?

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action invites cooperative practitioners, members of artist collectives, activists engaged in affinity groups, and academics working within anarchism, Marxisms, critical theory, indigenism, feminism, or other traditions, to submit either theoretical papers or case studies that analyze and demonstrate how cooperation, cooperativism, or cooperatives are being re-imagined by groups committed to sustainable alternatives to neoliberalism and the capitalist nation-state.

Broad questions that might be taken up include:

• What promising cooperative experiments exist today that both challenge the state and corporate models and prefigure another economic reality—another possible world?
• What does the new cooperativism look like? How are contemporary groups, movements, and communities struggling to rethink alternatives to the current economic order around the globe re-imagining economic and creative life through the concept of cooperativism and the practices of cooperation? That is, how are they actually practicing cooperative forms of production?
• How can the new cooperativism be theorized? For example, what does it mean to reorganize life (productive, economic, artistic, and creative life) cooperatively, both within and despite our current neoliberal conjuncture?
• Can cooperatives help reconfigure creative, economic, and productive life in more sustainable, more equitable, less racist, less hetero-sexist, and more directly democratic realities?
• How are the practices of the newest cooperatives engaged in the (co)production and (co)invention of “solidarity economies” or, as J.K. Gibson-Graham terms it, “community economies” that exist beyond the productivist and ethically bankrupt standards of “capitalocentrism”?
• As with the “coming communities,” can we equally speak of the “coming cooperative economies”?
• How is self-management (autogestión) being (re)conceptualized within the new cooperativism?
• What do networks of economic solidarity look like today, where are they located, and how do they embody the values of new cooperativism?

Other concepts and practices that may also be taken up include, but are certainly not limited to:
• Mutual aid and the new cooperativism
• Horizontalism
• Subsidiarity and the new cooperativism
• Associated labour
• The new-cooperativism and self-reliance
• Redistributive surplus
• The new cooperativism and DIY communities
• New communication technologies and the new cooperativism

Format and Deadlines

• Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2009
• Submissions can be made via the journal website at Information on the submission process and formatting requirements are available on the site.
• Please direct any further inquiries to the issue editor: Marcelo Vieta (

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Philanthropist Moves to Open Access

The Philanthropist is currently in the process of moving fully into the online environment – saving some trees in the process – and providing open access to all readers, thereby increasing our reach to the philanthropic community. In making the move to what they call the “toll-free” online environment, made possible by our financial supporters, The Philanthropist will offer free and open access not only to our archive of back issues but also to new articles as they are published. Access will be through a redesigned version of this website and it will include the opportunity for you to be informed of new content as it is posted. If you haven’t already, bookmark now and spread the word about our open accessibility to your colleagues. Also, please let us know if you would like to be notified of new content as it is posted. An email to our incoming Managing Editor, Marilyn Bittman at would do the trick.

In the coming months we will be working with CCSP Press, the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing Press at Simon Fraser University, to redesign and add functionality to our website. Once it is in place, CCSP Press will be managing The Philanthropist for us.

Our aim is to address the needs and preferences of our readers thus please provide us with your needs and opinions of our site as it unfolds. Our projected launch date is May 1, 2009. We look forward to this new worldwide platform of open access to The Philanthropist's articles.

Don Bourgeois, Editor
The Philanthropist

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Graduate Student Research Funding

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies of Mount Royal College will be awarding grants to graduate students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Individual research awards will be made up to a maximum of $2,500. A total maximum of $7,500 will be available for applied research pertaining to the Institute's three research priorities - governance, sustainability and policy. Interested graduate students who will be conducting research during the 2009-2010 academic year are invited to send a one-page letter of intent to Peter Elson at the Institute for Nonprofit Studies. The one page letter of intent must be received before April 17, 2009. Further details concerning the letter of intent and the overall funding priorities for the 2009-2010 Research Program for 2009 - 2010 are available on the Institute web site (see link below). A full application will be due by May 15th. Application details will be sent to those students who submit a letter of intent.

For more information, go to:

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
St. George subway station
Room 5-280

*Debbie Field, Food Share
*Michael Oliphant, Daily Bread Food Bank
*Lori Stahlbrand, Local Food Plus

With world hunger growing, there is a need to look at the ways governments and communities can work together to ensure sustainable and affordable access to food - for everyone.

Debbie Field (Food Share) will explore a variety of food security options.

Michael Oliphant (Daily Bread Food Bank) will speak to the efforts the Daily Bread Food Bank has made to address the underlying causes of hunger and poverty through public policy and political advocacy.

Lori Stahlbrand (Local Food Plus) will discuss how growing local sustainable food systems which preserve agriculturals land and ensure that farmers can make a decent livign, is key to food security.

Bring your lunch and mug. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, contact Lisa White at the project office at: (416) 978-0022 or

The event will be broadcast live at the time of the event and we will accept email questions from remote participants. Click here for instructions and to view the webcast.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


The term “*new economy*” was coined in the 1990s to represent a movement from an industrial and manufacturing-based economy toward a more service-oriented economy that evolved substantially based on advancements in information technology. Although associated with the rise and fall of the, what the new economy really ushered in was a greater reliance by organizations on knowledge and human capital. Considerable research opportunities developed concerning ways to leverage these aspects of economic growth potential. Business schools are particularly well placed to examine the roles of knowledge and human capital in organizational success. As the primary Canadian forum for business scholars to discuss their ideas, the conference theme for ASAC 2009 focuses on creating the knowledge necessary to be successful in this new economy.

Deadline for paper submissions, symposia and workshop proposals is 30 January 2009.

More information can be found at:

2nd International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy

2nd International Research Conference on the Social Economy organised by CIRIEC in Östersund (Sweden) on October 1 and 2, 2009 on the theme "The social economy in a world facing a global crisis." This call for papers will also soon be available in French, German and Spanish.

After the huge success of the first edition of the conference in Victoria (Canada), October 2007, we once more rely on your participation.

The abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words long and include a bibliography. Abstracts shall be submitted preferably in English until 2009/02/15 in order to simplify the work and selection procedure for the Scientific Committee. However optionally we will accept them as well in French, Spanish or German.

Additional information can be found on the conference website

2nd EMES International Conference on Social Enterprise

to take place on 1-4 July 2009 in Trento (Italy)

Call for abstracts deadline: January 30, 2009

This conference aims to facilitate a fruitful exchange of views among scholars - both senior and early-stage researchers - who have recently contributed to enrich the research and debate on social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

A multi-disciplinary approach will be adopted with the goal of both carrying out an in-depth analysis of and valorizing the various contributions of the literature, from a theoretical as well as an empirical perspective. The ultimate objective of the conference is to favor a better understanding of the role of social enterprises in different contexts, in advanced as well as developing and transition countries.


1) Conceptual aspects
2) Legal frameworks and public policies
3) Theoretical analyses across disciplines
4) Innovation, entrepreneurship and social enterprise
5) Management issues
6) Governance models

For more information, download the call for papers at