Why you should attend!
If you’re a non-profit organization thinking about creating or are already developing a new enterprise or if you’re expanding/formalizing your existing revenue-generating programs, then this conference is for you.

As a social enterprise development and planning tool, the Conference is valuable for project managers, executive directors, board members, and staff of a wide range of non-profit organizations. The Conference is also useful for business classes, students, corporate social responsibility businesses, government, industry, consultants/trainers and funders.

What is the CCSE?
The 2015 Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise will be the fifth annual social enterprise conference to be hosted in Canada and invites you to join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada. Taking place in London, Ontario from April 22-24, 2015, the Conference offers an exciting three days of training and work sessions, networking opportunities, speakers and dynamic, interactive events.

This multi-day conference is an opportunity for practitioners, government, social investors and nonprofit organizations across Canada to come together and learn from leaders and members of the social enterprise community as they share first hand insights and “Tell Our Story.”

What is Social Enterprise?
“A social enterprise is a business with a social mission.” Traditionally, the private sector uses a financial return on investment measurement for success: “How much profit was generated for our shareholders?” The non-profit sector traditionally reports on a social return on investment: “How many people did we provide services for this year?” Social Enterprise, however, measures success with a ‘blended value bottom line’ . It is not financial or social, it is financial and social. It is the simultaneous achievement of both economic and social values.

Social enterprise is a proven model for creating employment, bringing needed goods and services to communities, promoting innovation in the marketplace, enhancing the delivery of social, environment, arts and cultural services, and strengthening the sustainability of non-profits – all of which can promote economic growth and revitalize local economies. Social enterprise is a real solution in the current economic climate, where communities across the country have been decimated by the collapse of the manufacturing sector, the financial crisis and rising rates of unemployment.

Social Enterprise
Council of Canada
The Social Enterprise Council of Canada (SECC) is an alliance of social enterprise leaders who leverage their networks, knowledge and experience in order to build a strong and enabling environment for social enterprise.

Working together to empower social entrepreneurs and ignite the social enterprise movement, the Council serves thousands of Canadians in their quest to make a social impact while starting, sustaining and growing their social enterprise.

The Conference has been designed to deliver a Social Enterprise development and planning opportunity for project managers, executive directors, board members, and staff of a wide range of non-profit organizations. The Conference is also useful for business classes, students, corporate social responsibility businesses, government, industry, consultants/trainers and funders.

Pillar Nonprofit Network
Pillar Nonprofit Network supports more than 340 non-profit member organizations in fulfilling their missions in our community, while also making connections for community impact.

Pillar provides leadership, advocacy and professional development and promotes volunteerism, networking opportunities and information sharing. Pillar also believes fostering social enterprise, social innovation and cross-sector collaboration are key strategic priorities in building stronger communities.

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