Public Policy Exchange

The Social Enterprise Council of Canada uses six pillars to define a supportive ecosystem for social enterprise: blended value business acumen; access to social finance; access to markets; measuring impact; networks; and public policy.  The role of public policy on the municipal, provincial and federal level is woven across the other five pillars, and is an evolving environment within which we all work. Co-creation and collaboration between the sector and government are critical to strengthening the policy framework.

The CCSE Policy Dialogue will engage stakeholders in discussions reviewing what exists and designing how we need to evolve our current public policy environment.


David LePage is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada and a co-founder of the Social Enterprise Institute. He is the Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board. He is a Program Adjunct for the Sandermoen School of Business, facilitator for the Groundswell Social Venture Program and sits on several other boards and advisory groups, including the Vancouver Farmers Market, Ethelo Decisions, Ethelo Democracy, and Imagine Canada’s Sector Pulse.

David LePage is a Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC. Through ASI he provides social enterprise and social value based business advice and consulting; promotes a supportive public policy environment; leads and supports several social purchasing initiatives; and advises social impact investors. His years of experience cross all dimensions of social enterprise activity, in rural and urban settings, across cultures and borders.

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