Join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada at the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise taking place in Toronto, November 18-20, 2009. The conference will consist of three days of training and work sessions toward a national policy agenda and action plan.
DAY 1: Intensive training sessions geared to your stage of planning, development or growth.
DAYS 2 AND 3: Working sessions with fellow practitioners, funders, government officials, network organizations, and supporters designed to create a national policy agenda and action plan for social enterprise in Canada
Why you'll want to be there...
Social enterprise is a proven model for creating employment, bringing needed goods and services to communities, promoting innovation in the marketplace, enhancing the delivery of social, environment, arts and cultural services, and strengthening the sustainability of non-profits - all of which can promote economic growth and revitalize local economies. Social enterprise is a real solution in the current economic climate, where communities across the country have been decimated by the collapse of the manufacturing sector, the financial crisis and rising rates of unemployment.
Who this conference is for...
The training sessions held on November 18th, the first day of the conference, are for the staff, board members, volunteers and funders of social enterprises. The policy sessions on November 19th and 20th, are more broadly for social enterprise practitioners, funders, government, academics and others interested in shaping policy that will help stimulate the social enterprise sector in Canada.
The training sessions will be held in different locations in or near downtown Toronto that showcase the variety and scope of social enterprise activity in this city. The policy forum will be held at MaRS Discovery District, and the site visits will take you on a tour of Toronto's most successful social enterprises.
Structure of the Conference
In the spirit of social innovation, this Conference is structured around two separate but related activities. The first day is entirely devoted to concurrent all-day training sessions, each one targeting different stages of social enterprise development, and focused on building business skills. The second and third days are designed as a national policy forum, but with concurrent all-day training sessions, and site visits, for those of you who want more structured learning.