Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Youth for Youth Initiatives

Hannah Feldberg discusses the concept of Me to We as a new kind of social enterprise; one which was first a philosophy and is now a movement carried by dedicated social justice advocates – the
youth of today.

Jeffrey Ma talks about why crossing borders can be easier than crossing the street, and the importance of connecting with people of different faiths and values, both internationally and here at home.

Lisa White of the Social Economy Centre moderated this panel.



Thursday, November 12, 2009

Student Co-operatives


Marisa Charland gives an overview of Ontario Student Co-operative Association, the federation that unites all Ontario student co-operatives.

Debbie McKay presents the development of, and services provided by the Ontario Student Co-operative Association enterprise at University of Guelph.

Andrew Haydon discusses the challenges in developing the newest student housing co-operative in Ontario, located in Cambridge.

Sonja Carrière, Education Manager of On Co-op, moderates this panel.



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Water Justice


Joe Cressy from the Polaris Institute focuses on the issue of bottled water and the need for public water infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally.

Nancy Goucher from FLOW discusses efforts to protect our critical fresh water resources, emphasizing the necessity of having all levels of government work together as part of a Canada-wide strategy to effectively addresses current and emerging threats to fresh water security.

Mark Calzavara is the Ontario/Quebec organizer for the Council of Canadians. He talks about dumpsite 41 in Toronto as it relates to source protection, scarcity and the human right to clean water.



Friday, June 5, 2009



Robin Shepherd (Education Officer, Ministry of Education) discusses why 40-hours of community involvement became a graduation requirement in 1999, the general expectations of the 40-hours, and the evolving responses of staff, parents and students over the last 10 years.

Agnes Meinhard (Ryerson University) speaks about a recent studies on high school community service.

Jane Hennig (Executive Director, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area) speaks about the positive and negative impact the Community Involvement Program has hd on 160 community organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Mark Baetz (Professor of Business/Associate Director, Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning) discusses research which investigates the effects of mandating community service in high school on subsequent civic engagement.

Moderated by Michael Hall, Imagine Canada.



Green Collar Jobs


John Cartwright (Labour Council, Toronto & York Region)… discusses how a green economy must combine sustainability with equity and social justice. Can a green jobs strategy be developed that respects workers and communities in the face of corporate globalization?

Chalo Barrueta (Banyan Tree Community Initiatives)…speaks about a number of exciting projects the Banyan Tree Community Initiatives group is currently involved in. This discussion will focus on youth training and youth-led projects that work toward green, affordable housing solutions.

Melinda Zytaruk (The Fourth Pig Worker Co-Op Inc., Green Construction and Education Specialists)... talks about why the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op chose the worker co-operative structure as an innovative economic model. She will discuss the opportunities for good green jobs in the growing natural, green building and renewable energy industries.

Moderated by Brian Milani, author of Designing the Green Economy



Saturday, April 18, 2009

Food Security


Debbie Field (Food Share)....With world hunger growing, there is a need to look at the ways governments and communities can work together to ensure sustainable and affordable access to food - for everyone. Debbie explores a variety of food security options.

Michael Oliphant (Daily Bread Food Bank) ....Speaks to the efforts Daily Bread Food Bank has made to address the underlying cause of hunger, poverty, through public policy and political advocacy

Lori Stahlbrand (Local Plus).…Discusses how growing local sustainable food systems which preserve agricultural land and ensure that farmers can make a decent living, is key to food security.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Canadians and the Social Economy


*Farhia Warsame, Manager, Haween Enterprises and the Somali Network

*Maryam Alefi Kurmally, Coordinator, Afghan Women's Catering Group

*Jamila Aman, Executive Director, Northwood Neighbourhood Services

Farhia Warsame discusses “Developing A Social Purpose Enterprise.” She will speak about her experiences in developing and growing, or supporting, Social Purpose Enterprises and will highlight what she has learned in the area of operations.

Maryam Alefi Kurmally talks about the creation of the Afghan Women’s Catering Group. Afghan Women’s Catering is a collective of immigrant Afghan women who are either unemployed or underemployed.

Jamila Aman talks about Northwood Neighbourhood Services and the two social enterprises they have started.