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November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

November Lunch and Learn SeriesIf your organization wants to make a bigger impact in their local economy, then this free webinar series is not to be missed.

Training, education, and information is not only a co-operative principle, it’s an important part of growing any organization. Every Thursday during the month of November we are offering free noon-hour webinars that will expand your organization’s knowledge about strategic opportunities around economic development. All you need is to RSVP in advance.

Register for the November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

To best enjoy these webinars, we highly recommend watching this webinar with a colleague; invite them for lunch! All webinars run from noon-1PM (MST)

November 2nd: Co-operative Strategies that can grow your business save you money,

If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and build a strong work culture, then this 45-minute lunch hour webinar is not to be missed. Learn how co-operative strategies can be applied in your business, not for profit, or community.

Hosted by Seth Leon, Manager of Co-operative Services; Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

November 9th: Member Loyalty Programs: Enhance member value while supporting local business

North Parkland Power REA (NPP) has increased value to their members offering loyalty discounts to a range of local businesses. This strategy also connects their co-op to the local business community in a meaningful way. Learn how NPP devised and executed on this strategy, and the key actions needed to get started in your community.

Hosted by Andrea LaBrie, Member-Owner Representative; North Parkland Power REA ltd.

November 16th: As Local As Possible: Craft Brewing in Alberta

Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding, having tripled in size over the past few years. Growth continues, all over Alberta, in an industry that has deep roots in the history of the province. Where has the industry come from and where will it go? How can your community play its part in making brewing a signature industry for Alberta?

Hosted by Terry Rock, Executive Director; Alberta Small Brewers Association

November 23rd:  Local Investing & Community Economic DevelopmentLearn about how to invest locally, raise capital for your local business, and how to grow your local economy. Recent changes to investment rules in Alberta will soon make things easier to invest locally and raise money locally. Learn how community economic development can help your business do well, and do good. This webinar will help frame local opportunities with long-term economic growth, opportunities to maximize your impact, access tax benefits, and mobilize growing networks.

Hosted by Courtney Hare, Public Policy Manager; Momentum

November 30th: How inclusive spaces increase market share and build stronger businesses

Creating welcoming spaces strengthen brand identity and improve customer experience. This webinar explains how to develop accessible and inclusive spaces that will help your business grow. Learn how to maximize your marketing and strengthen your brand. This webinar will also touch on project management for creating accessible spaces, and how to access grants.

Hosted by Sean Crump CEO and Head Chair; Universal Access

Adapting Your Investment Portfolio for Climate Change

Adapting your investment portfolio for climate change6:30pm Eastern Time
By webinar or in person at 50 Wellington St E, Suite 400

Climate change is turning up the heat on your money. Is your portfolio ready?

As the impacts of climate change are felt around the world, a growing number of investors are adding greener investments to their portfolios, not only to make a positive difference but to take advantage of emerging opportunities and to avoid potential losses down the road.

Register for Adapting Your Investment Portfolio for Climate Change

So what do you need to know to get your portfolio ready? What are the risks associated with climate change and how are they showing up in your portfolio today? What are the financial opportunities and how can you take part? How can you integrate climate change into your current investment strategy? What climate-ready investment products are available to everyday investors?

CoPower is teaming up with experts from AGF, Good Investing and Arctern Ventures to bring you a free event and webinar to help you adapt your portfolio for a changing climate.

Panelists:

  • Hyewon Kong, RIA & Portfolio Manager, Global Sustainable Growth Equity Fund - AGF
  • Jennifer Macdonald, Manager of Impact Investing - CoPower
  • Tim Nash, Founder & CEO - Good Investing
  • Tom Rand, Managing Partner - Arctern Ventures

Register to join them in-person at CoPower's Toronto office or attend virtually through their live-streamed webinar.

Ask Me Anything with Shaun Loney

The Beautiful Bailout12pm Eastern Time

You're invited to an online Q&A session with Shaun Loney, author of The Beautiful Bailout: How A Social Innovation Scale-up Will Solve Government's Priciest Problems (2018)

Shaun Loney is an Ashoka Fellow and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He has co-founded and mentored twelve successful social enterprises, including BUILD Inc. (2011 Scotia Bank EcoLiving Green Business of the Year) and Aki Energy (2016 National Canada Startup Canada award winner). Prior to his work with social enterprises, Shaun spent over a decade in senior levels of government. Shaun is a widely sought-after speaker and is the team-lead at Encompass Co-op, which works with First Nations, non-profits and governments to promote social innovation.

Register now for the Ask Me Anything with Shaun Loney

ABOUT THE BOOK

Business-savvy non-profits and socially savvy investors have Canada on the cusp of a social innovation breakthrough. Our plan is to leave the child welfare crisis, ballooning health care costs and epidemic levels of incarceration behind for good. To make it over the tipping point, all that is required is for governments to say “yes” to a shockingly simple question.

“. . . powerful alternatives to the status quo.”
Ry Moran, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

“Provocative, practical and promising.”
Barb Steele, Executive Director of Ashoka Canada

“. . . a new narrative, a refreshing approach . . .”
Loren Remillard, President and CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

“Ground-breaking Canadian social entrepreneur Shaun Loney shows how it’s done. Innovation that leaves you asking, ‘Why isn’t everyone doing this already?”
Michael Toye, Executive Director of the Canadian CED Network

Poverty Studies Summer Institute: Poverty & Advocacy Class

Canadian Poverty InstituteAmbrose University 
150 Ambrose Circle SW

The Poverty Studies Summer Institute is a unique study opportunity that brings together students and practitioners into an intimate learning community to explore the causes and impacts of poverty and best practices in how to alleviate and end it. The program consists of various one-week intensive courses as well as a variety of workshops and events, providing both the knowledge and skill base to work effectively in the practice of poverty reduction. Courses may be eligible for credit for Ambrose University degree programs.

Register for the Poverty & Advocacy Class

POVERTY AND ADVOCACY

This non-credit course will provide leaners with an understanding of the political process in Canada, how government policies contribute to poverty and can work to end it, and how to become an effective advocate for change. Geared to people active in the community or those wanting to become effective advocates for themselves, their families and communities.

Non-credit: May 6 - 10
Instructor: Derek Cook

30 Years in 60 Minutes: The Story of Quebec’s Social Economy

12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Time

Over the past 30 years, the social economy movement has emerged to become a major force in the socio-economic development of Quebec, at a local, regional and national level...

Nancy Neamtan newspaper articles

Over these decades, the Chantier de l’économie sociale and its partners have built strong alliances with social movements and governments and have created an ecosystem of support that has attracted interest at a pan-Canadian and international level.

What were the key steps in this process and what are the lessons learned that are still pertinent today? Nancy Neamtan, ex-CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, has completed a synthesis of the history of the Quebec social economy movement, based on her personal experience that began in the mid-80’s in the Southwest of Montreal and continues today through her on-going involvement in the social economy movement in Quebec and internationally. 

Register for 30 Years in 60 Minutes: The Story of Quebec’s Social Economy

Register now and connection details will be emailed to you, as well as a reminder a few days before the session.

PRESENTER

Nancy NeamtanNancy Neamtan, strategic advisor for the Chantier and for TIESS

Former CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale (1996-2015), Nancy Neamtan is presently a strategic advisor for the Chantier and for TIESS (Territoires innovantes en économie sociale et solidaire), a Quebec-wide centre for liaison and knowledge transfer in social innovation and the social and solidarity economy. Mme Neamtan is active in the field of social finance in collaboration with the Chantier de l’économie Trust, a social finance institution whose mission is to make capital accessible to social economy enterprises’. Before her involvement in the founding and direction of the Chantier, Ms Neamtan worked in the field of community economic development in the southwest of Montreal.

Ms Neamtan has over thirty years experience in the field of the social economy, social finance and community economic development. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her experience in the field and is the recipient of two honorary doctorates as well as the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec.

LOGISTICS

  • The session begins with a presentation by Nancy followed by a question and answer period.
  • This session is in English.
  • You will need speakers or a headset on your computer.  To ensure your system will be compatible with our webinar platform, try this connection test or look at the Adobe Connect quick start guide prior to the session. 

Register Now

Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation

rural ced webinar3:00pm to 4:00pm Central Time

Access to quality services and community infrastructure are vital parts of supporting sustainable and resilient rural and small town places. A recent edited book has examined the challenges associated with renewing outdated infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services in small communities. By drawing upon contributors from Canada and New Zealand, the webinar explores innovative service and infrastructure delivery models for contemporary rural and small town places. 

Register for Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation

After a brief introduction by Sean Markey, Sean Connelly will discuss how rural health trusts in New Zealand have been formed in more resilient communities to provide the capacity for communities to take over the operations of health care facilities. However, this is not the case in communities where social capital and resourcing levels are weaker, leaving them at a structural disadvantage. Neil Hanlon will then explore upstream partnerships for primary health care reform in northern British Columbia. These partnerships with community leaders have been developed to achieve support for wellness promotion campaigns and community-based primary health care reform. Laura Ryser will then explore co-location projects to address aging infrastructure for non-profits, local government, schools, and other services in rural BC. Without well developed structures to provide support, advice, resources, and guidance, the development and operations of shared facilities encounter many challenges. Lastly, Greg Halseth will provide some reflections on the strategic policies, planning, and investments needed to support alternative service and infrastructure models.

Check out the book Service Provision and Rural Sustainability

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