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