Diversity Food Services

Diversity Food Services is a social enterprise established through a joint venture of the University of Winnipeg’s Community Renewal Corporation & SEED Winnipeg; established to deliver excellent food services to the University of Winnipeg while providing meaningful employment for the community.  Guided by a 4 pillar approach to sustainability and working within a multiple bottom line business model; we presently operate: 4 campus outlets, the dining rooms at FortWhyte Alive and Player’s Course Golf Club, a catering service that delivers thought Winnipeg, and a line of finished products available in grocery stores across the city.  We procure from companies that shown a similar commitment to sustainability.

Presenter:

Ian Vickers (B.Comm): COO, Diversity Food Services

Prior to working with Diversity, Ian had never heard of a Social Enterprise or the multiple-bottom line business model. Ian’s strong business acumen is the result of 20 years of experience managing traditional hospitality organizations.  His belief in creating systems to support the daily operation of the business and his understanding that the operation of the business should never be compromised to support the administration of the business, underpin why he continues to be successful in his role at Diversity.

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