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Conference 2016

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.

Agenda

Speakers (in order of session)


Opening plenary

Gerry Higgins – Chief Executive Officer, CEIS UK

Gerry Higgins is Chief Executive Officer at CEIS (Community Enterprise in Scotland) and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, Big Issue Invest Scotland and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. Gerry brings over 30 years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems.

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Yvonne Strachan – Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector at Scottish Government

Yvonne Strachan is a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government and leads its work on the Third Sector. She is also the Head of Equality and Human Rights. Yvonne’s responsibilities include work to support and strengthen social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in Scotland; to support the third sector to play a full role in public service design and delivery; to work with the sector in supporting and empowering communities and to enable it to play its part as a social partner.

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Juliet Cornford – Social Enterprise Advisor, British Council

Juliet Cornford is a Social Enterprise Advisor with the British Council on their Global Social Enterprise programme. Juliet has been working within the Social Enterprise sector for over 20 years and is the former CEO and a founding member of Social Enterprise NI the representative body for social enterprises in Northern Ireland. She led on Establishment of the first All Party working group for social enterprise within the Northern Ireland Assembly. Juliet has been active in lobbying for legislation around Social Value, social impact, social investment, procurement, co-design and collaborative supply chains.

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Katie Gibson – Director of Social Enterprise Branch, Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure

Katie Gibson is Director of the Social Enterprise Branch in Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure. Katie is a lawyer and MBA graduate with extensive Canadian and international experience in social innovation, consulting, and advocacy. Before joining government, she served as Manager of Community Finance Solutions at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Prior to MaRS, Katie founded and led a consulting practice in Southeast Asia, helping non-governmental organizations and social enterprises increase their impact.

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Deborah Grant – Chief Operating Officer, Children, Families & Social Enterprise, The Learning Enrichment Foundation

Deborah Grant is Chief Operating Officer with the Learning Enrichment Foundation bringing 25 years experience in the Non-Profit and Social Enterprise sector. She has learned from communities, children, families and young people.

Before joining LEF in 2015 she was CEO of a multi-site Social Enterprise in Scotland UK and was Chair of the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network. She holds a BA in Business & Enterprise, and an MSc in Entrepreneurial Leadership, both from Edinburgh Napier University.


Breakout session: Starting a Social Enterprise

Matt Brubacher – Manager, Toronto Enterprise Fund

Matt Brubacher joined the Toronto Enterprise Fund in 2013; he has over 17 years experience working and volunteering in the social service sector in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. Before joining TEF, he worked for Unison Health and Community Services where he developed a community information service and coordinated community engagement at the Jane Street Hub. Matt holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has served on the boards of directors for two organizations.

Shahil Thomas – Manager, Toronto Enterprise Fund

Shahil Thomas joined TEF in 2015, from the Metcalf Foundation, where he worked as a Local Economies Developer. He was a Diverse City Fellow in 2014-15. Prior to Metcalf, he held positions with BMO and Accenture. He has also worked at United Way Mumbai where he led several city initiatives to improve quality of life, including addressing solid waste management issues in local slums and sanitation improvements in railway stations. Shahil has also co-founded and directed an engineering business in India. Shahil has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering from India.


Breakout session: The Art of Storytelling for Impact

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Noah Kravitz – Community Engagement Manager, Furniture Bank

Noah Kravitz first learned about Furniture Bank over Twitter, and now is the man behind Furniture Bank’s social media desk. As the Community Engagement Manager Noah gets his kicks at work from introducing new volunteers and supporters to Furniture Bank’s mission, growing awareness of the charity and

social enterprise online and in the community, and working with the media, clients and participants to tell impact stories of how Furniture Bank changes lives to raise awareness and increase sales. Noah’s background is in communications and fundraising with a focus on digital, and has been working in the charitable sector and social enterprise space for the past 5 years.

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Philip Yan – Chief Experience Designer, GenesisXD

GenesisXD founder Philip Yan is an award-winning design visionary with over 20 years experience in branding and marketing. Philip’s creative thinking has proven success in a number of turnkey initiatives in various sectors.

He is also active in creating social enterprises that benefit the less fortunate groups. Philip’s latest initiative, Project Get Reel™, Canada’s leading innovative recycling service for VHS tapes, provides employment while improving the environment by landfill diversion.


Breakout session: Access to Finance

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Susan Henry – Manager, Community Investments, Alterna Savings & Credit Union

Susan Henry has over 20 years’ experience in micro-finance. She manages the Alterna Savings Community Micro Finance Program and the Community Loan Funds Partnership Programs. Susan is also an acknowledged leader in the field of Community Economic Development in Canada, and has advised policy makers and practitioners in the area of Micro Finance. She continues to consult and lend her expertise to organizations starting Community Loan Funds with a focus on small business and social enterprise development. She is a current Board Member at Toronto Business Development Centre, a not-for-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs transform their business ideas using business incubation and acceleration practices.

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Naresh de Silva, Marketing & Growth Manager, Furniture Bank

Naresh is an inbound marketer, passionate about using digital technologies to tackle social issues. He’s been with Furniture Bank since the end of 2014, and as

Marketing and Growth Manager, is responsible for all awareness building initiatives and conversion funnels at the organization. He loves working at Furniture Bank because it’s where he gets to live out his personal motto: to dream big, work hard and be unafraid of failure.


Breakout session: Supportive Policy for Social Enterprise

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David LePage – Principal, Accelerating Social Impact CCC

David LePage is a Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd., one of Canada’s first ever hybrid corporations. Through ASI CCC he provides blended value business advice and consulting, promotes a supportive public policy environment and advises social impact investors. He is a co-founder and Director of Buy Social Canada. David is also the Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board and a member of the Canadian CED Network Policy Council, Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee, and BC’s Partners for Social Impact.

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Gerry Higgins – Chief Executive Officer, CEIS UK

Gerry Higgins is Chief Executive Officer at CEIS (Community Enterprise in Scotland) and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, Big Issue Invest Scotland and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. Gerry brings over 30 years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems.

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Yvonne Strachan – Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector at Scottish Government

Yvonne Strachan is a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government and leads its work on the Third Sector. She is also the Head of Equality and Human Rights. Yvonne’s responsibilities include work to support and strengthen social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in Scotland; to support the third sector to play a full role in public service design and delivery; to work with the sector in supporting and empowering communities and to enable it to play its part as a social partner.


Breakout session: Social Purchasing Project Update

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Jon Harstone – Manager, Social Purchasing Project

Since 2014, Jon Harstone has been the Manager (part-time) of the Social Purchasing Project (SPP). In addition to his work with the SPP, Jon provides consulting services to non-profit housing organizations and has managed the development of over 1,000 units of social housing over the past 15 years.


Breakout session: Leveraging Resources Effectively

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Heather Simpson – Director, Community Accounts, Alterna Savings & Credit Union

Heather Simpson has over 15 years of experience in driving and supporting the growth of socially focused organizations, from a research, development and business development perspective. As the Director – Community Accounts at Alterna Savings, Heather is responsible for overseeing Alterna’s microfinance programs, as well as Alterna’s banking and credit services for the non-profit, co-operative and social enterprise community. In a voluntary capacity Heather currently serves as a Board Member with Toronto Distress Centres.

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Warren Hawke – Director of Food Services, Out of This World Cafe

Warren Hawke has been with Out of This World Café since 2009, first as the Business Manager and then Director of Food Services.  He has overseen the growth of the business from a single café and catering business employing 12 people to 4 cafes and 2 catering businesses employing more than 30 people and

generating annual sales in excess of $750,000. Warren has over 10 years’ experience in the food service industry and previously worked for 14 years in the financial services sector. He has a strong belief in the positive impact employment has on an individual’s overall health, both physical and mental.


Breakout session: Sales & Business Development

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Marc Soberano – Founder & Executive Director, Building Up

Marc believes that innovative business models are needed to solve complex societal issues. His time spent at Ashoka working with established social enterprises reaffirmed these ideas and inspired him to contribute to the

 movement through the creation of Building Up. Marc is the only known graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business to have canoed across Canada, and he intends to combine lessons learned from the classroom and life in the woods to lead this organization towards its vision.

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Diana Fleming – Founder, Annex Flea

With twelve years of entrepreneurship behind her, Diana Fleming now runs her own graphic design studio and vintage housewares shop, as well as the Annex Flea, a pop-up market for vintage and handmade goods. Sprung out of the need for vending opportunities for area makers and collectors, the Annex Flea was created in 2013 and merges Diana’s passions for innovative design, alternative retail, environmentalism, and local community involvement. She strongly believes in the positive feedback loop of buying local: the community and environmental benefits help not only vendors and customers, but everyone!


Breakout session: Exploring Social Intrapreneurship

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Marjorie Brans – Managing Director, School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario

Marjorie Brans leads the team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Ontario and is the Canadian ambassador for the League of Intrapreneurs. A serial social intrapreneur and entrepreneur, Marjorie has held roles as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NESsT, a pioneering social venture capital fund, and as Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam in the area of business and global poverty. Over the years, she has advised some of the world’s largest corporations on the opportunities that lie in blending social and financial goals.

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Andrew Spears – Social Intrapreneur

Andrew Spears is a consultant who was most recently a Partner at Novantas Inc. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer at NewCanFinancial and was part of the team that led the CIBC subsidiary white label bank, Amicus Bank, to profitability. While at Bain and Company, he led strategy and operations engagements for financial services and technology in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Earlier in his career, he reported to the Canadian Prime Minister’s Director of Policy and Research as part of the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a MBA/MPPM from Yale University’s School of Management.

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Chryssa Koulis – Director of Business for Good, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Ontario

Chryssa Koulis, MBA, is the Director of Business for Good at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) by day and the Founder and Chief Do-Gooder of peopleshare at night (and on weekends). Her career has been in the not-for-profit sector working at organizations like the University of Toronto, Sick Kids Hospital and The Heart and Stroke Foundation with a small detour do complete her MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Chryssa is currently part of the Learning Team at SSE designing and delivering programs for social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs and a member of the League of Intrapreneurs. Her goal is to help create an economy where every organization has a social purpose, is financial sustainable and is 100% human.


Closing Plenary: Role of social enterprises in building communities & poverty reduction

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Adriana Beemans – Program Director, Inclusive Local Economies, Metcalf Foundation

Adriana Beemans is Metcalf Foundation’s Inclusive Local Economies program director, responsible for the Opportunities Fund grants, Innovation fellowships, and strategic initiatives that focus on improving the economic livelihoods of low income people in Toronto.  She brings extensive experience in community development, capacity building, and program innovation. Prior to the Foundation, she was Working Women Community Centre’s Director of Programs & Services and Toronto Community Housing’s Social Investment Fund Manager. Before moving to Toronto, Adriana worked with the Aga Khan Development Network in Pakistan and UN-Habitat in Afghanistan.

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Michael Toye – Executive Director, Canadian CED Network

Mike Toye has been a consultant on community economic development and the social economy, a social entrepreneur, author, lecturer, researcher and a Policy Analyst for the Library of Parliament. He has been involved with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network since 2000, and been Executive Director since 2008.

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Denise Andrea Campbell – Director Social Policy, Analysis and Research, City of Toronto

Denise has been working nationally and internationally in the area of youth engagement, anti-oppression and social change since the age of 16. As the Director of the Social Policy, Analysis and Research Section, Denise oversees the social policy and research function within the City, as well as the Community Safety Secretariat. This includes strategic policy development, project management and research support provided to Toronto Council and Council-initiated Special Committees. She holds a Masters of Voluntary Sector Management from McGill University and completed her undergraduate work in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto.

Susan Tolton – Director, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships, Employment and Social Development Canada

Susan Tolton is currently the Director of Policy and Programs within the Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada. She studied Community Development at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work and has worked in not-for-profit and public sector organizations for over 30 years, focusing on numerous issues including HIV/AIDS, addictions, homelessness, settlement, family violence, disability and mental health. One of Susan’s current files is leading ESDC’s work on social enterprise.


Conference Program: March 10, 2016

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:

  • Social impact measurement
  • Shifting to a business mindset
  • Leveraging resources
  • Access to capital
  • Marketing and sales
  • Social procurement

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!

Marketplace Opportunities

Social enterprises who are interested in selling or displaying their products at the conference will have an opportunity to participate in the Conference Marketplace. Display tables can be rented for $30. Enterprises participating in the marketplace will be featured in the conference program. To book a display table or for the information package, please contact Sara Husain at info@socialenterprisetoronto.com.


Bus tour

Social Enterprise Bus Tour

9 am-4:30 pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Social Enterprise Bus Tour takes place the day before the conference and will take participants to visit five social enterprises in Toronto. Tour stops will include Brands for Canada, Furniture Bank, Out of This World Cafe, and Free Geek Toronto. Breakfast or lunch will not be provided, but participants can buy lunch from Out of This World Cafe at noon.

Pick-up Location and Instructions for the Bus Tour on Wednesday, March 9th

  • Report to the Coach bus at 8:45am at 120 Subway Crescent (in Kipling Station’s North Parking Lot). We will have also a bus tour sign. The bus will be departing at 9am and returning for 4:30pm.
  • You must register online in advance. You may pay by cheque on the day of the tour.
  • Please note that lunch will not be provided, but you will be given time to eat at Out of This World Café.

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please visit the LEF website for detailed directions to 116 Industry Street. Parking will be available in the LEF parking lot – we encourage attendees to consider carpooling as space is limited.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?