Social Enterprise Toronto is proud to host its second Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2016 on March 10, 2016 at the Learning Enrichment Foundation. The conference will bring together the social enterprise community and stakeholders for a vibrant dialogue and interactive workshops. We’re also bringing back the ever-popular bus tour (on March 9; tour stops and more details below) and social enterprise marketplace.

The theme of this year’s conference is Communities driving social enterprise – exploring how best to support the growth of social enterprises through strong local networks, and in turn leverage the power of social enterprise to create employment and build community resilience.

The social enterprise sector is also looking for ways to collaborate more effectively and engage in productive dialogue with government. The conference will explore how a network approach can support growth and help address the challenges faced by social enterprises.

Conference Program: March 10, 2016

View full conference agenda here.

The conference will feature an opening plenary discussion with Gerry Higgins (Community Enterprise in Scotland) and Yvonne Strachan (Scotland government), moderated by Deborah Grant (Learning Enrichment Foundation.)

The conference will also feature the launch of a report on the social enterprise sector, commissioned by the Metcalf Foundation, as well as a presentation on the work of the Social Procurement Project.

Conference attendees will take part in activities and breakout sessions to explore specific themes including:

  • Starting a Social Enterprise
  • Access to Finance
  • The Art of Storytelling for Impact
  • Supportive Policy for Social Enterprise
  • Leveraging Resources Effectively
  • Sales & Business Development (new)
  • Exploring Social Intrapreneurship (new)

The conference will close with a conversation about the role that social enterprises can play in building prosperity and community resilience. Then, stick around for a fun conference mixer to continue networking with your peers and other leaders in the social enterprise sector!

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