Detailed Schedule, Sessions & Workshops

Day One | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Riddell Hall, University of Winnipeg

Day 1 of CCSE 2017 is all about introductions – to your fellow participants, your hosts from CCEDNet Manitoba, the Social Enterprise Council of Canada (SECC), and the conference program. 

6:00 pm – Registration open

6:30 pm – Welcome reception and exhibitor booths open

  • Cash bar and complimentary hot hor d’oeuvres

7:00 pm – Welcome plenary

Guest Speakers:

  • Elder Mae Louise Campbell
  • Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor at The University of Winnipeg
  • A welcome address from a representative speaking on behalf of The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • A panel of Winnipeg’s social enterprise leaders
    • Shaun Loney – Social Entrepreneur, Aki Energy
    • Damon Johnson – President Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg Inc.,  Mother Earth Recycling
    • Sarah Leeson-Klym – Manitoba Regional Director, Canadian CED Network

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Reception and networking

Spend the remainder of the evening mingling with fellow participants as the reception continues with cash bar and hot hor d’oeuvres.

Day Two | Thursday, May 11, 2017

7:30 am – Breakfast and exhibitor booths open

  • Hot breakfast is provided.

8:45 am – Morning plenary – Riddell Hall, University of Winnipeg

9:30 am – Travel to learning exchanges

10:00 am – Learning exchanges at various sites

  • Lunch is provided.

The primary focus of Day 2 is the Learning Exchanges – day-long working sessions, each focusing on the unique challenges and opportunities related one of ten key social enterprise themes. 

[Click here for locations and more details on each of the ten learning exchange themes.]

  1. Aboriginal Enterprises
  2. Construction and Trades
  3. Employment for People with Disabilities
  4. Energy and Environment
  5. Food – Growing and Distributing
  6. Food – Serving and Restaurants
  7. Public Policy Exchange
  8. Retail
  9. Shared Spaces

Participants will pick a theme and devote a day to identifying and exploring its key issues, and identify practical strategies that they can apply when return home. Each of the ten sessions will be run by skilled facilitators, to help ensure that discussions remain focused and relevant, and that each session produces useful results. Rapporteurs will be assigned to each session, to prepare short “highlight” presentations that will be shared on Day 3. 

4:30 pm – Travel to evening reception

5:00 pm – Evening reception – The Forks Market

  • Cash bar and complimentary hot hor d’oeuvres

Conference participants will be invited to join an informal, pre-dinner reception, hosted by the Social Enterprise Ecosystem project (S4ES) at The Forks Market

S4ES is a groundbreaking partnership between the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, the Chantier de l’économie sociale, Buy Social Canada, Social Enterprise Institute and the Social Value Lab that seeks to establish a more coherent ecosystem in collaboration with the many other social enterprise developers throughout Canada. Participants will learn about this new project and have the opportunity to connect with its members. 

Day Three | Friday, May 12, 2017

Riddell Hall, University of Winnipeg

Day 3 is about sharing the results of the previous day’s Learning Exchanges, exploring cross-cutting themes, and looking to the future of social enterprise in Canada.

7:30 am – Breakfast and exhibitor booths open

  • Continental breakfast is included.

8:30 am – Learning exchange plenary

Day 3 will begin with brief reports from each of the Day 2’s ten learning exchanges – the big issues, key insights, and go-forward strategies.

9:45 am – “Big Idea” sessions

Following the plenary, participants will move to the “Big Idea” breakout discussion of their choice. 

[Click here for more information about each “Big Idea” discussion.]

  1. Promoting Inclusion through Social Enterprise
  2. Scaling Up/Out
  3. Social Enterprise and Reconciliation
  4. Social Enterprise Finance
  5. Social Procurement
  6. Plus one room for any other big topics

Each session will be facilitated by a subject matter expert, who will deliver a short presentation about the topic and pose a few key questions to provoke a focused group discussion. The break-out groups will reconvene and share the highlights of their discussion in a plenary session. 

11:00 am – “What Are You Taking Home?” plenary

Emcees: Andy Horsnell, Co-founder, Common Good Solutions Inc.
Caroline Arcand, Executive Director, Groupe Convex
Guest Speaker: Honourable Scott Fielding, MLA, Minister of Families for the Province of Manitoba

The conference will wrap up with an interactive plenary session that will encourage participants to share their thoughts, ideas, and goals they will return home with, providing a space for reflection around implementation and the future of social enterprise in Canada.

12:00 pm – Final lunch and networking

  • Lunch is provided.

The final lunch will allow participants an opportunity to make those final connections with their new colleagues and connections before they depart.

Stick Around After the Conference…

Participants will be encouraged stay on for a few days in Winnipeg, to tour the historic and cultural landmarks and districts, take in the local entertainment and culture, or just do the Assiniboine Riverwalk.

SECC Social Enterprise Definition
Social enterprises are community-based businesses that sell goods or services in the market place to achieve a social, cultural and/or environmental purpose; they reinvest their profits to maximize their social mission.
SECC Vision, Mission, and Goal
We envision vibrant community-based social enterprises successfully contributing to creating healthy communities. Our Mission is to convene, inform and influence community-based social enterprises and their key stakeholders. Our strategic goal is to insure social enterprises have a supportive ecosystem that: · Enhances Their Business Skills · Assures Access To Capital · Creates Market Opportunities · Recognizes Their Impact · Provides Supportive Legislation And Regulations