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Feb
9
Tue
Social Enterprise 101
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join this interactive workshop to explore the foundations of social entrepreneurship.

About this Event

This interactive workshop explores the foundations of social entrepreneurship, hosted by EDGE in collaboration with Social Venture Circuit.

Social entrepreneurship uses traditional entrepreneurial tools, strategies and principles towards solving social, cultural and environmental challenges. Social enterprises come in different forms and start with an idea that can change society for the better with the potential to be financially sustainable.

You will:

  • Learn the definition and diversity of social enterprises that exist
  • Examine impact models including the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Review examples of social enterprises
  • Apply learning and insights into creating or enhancing a social enterprise
  • Connect with and engage in discussion with others interested in social enterprise

This session is open to:

  • EDGE members
  • Sheridan students, faculty and staff
  • General public

Featured Speakers

Zahra Qureshi

Zahra Qureshi started her career as an accountant, completing her CPA, CMA designation. After gaining some valuable experience in accounting and corporate finance, she shifted gears to try out entrepreneurship and launched Optinum Professional Corp. in 2018 to provide finance and business planning support to other entities and entrepreneurs. She expanded her expertise into social enterprise and completed Canada’s first certification for professionals specifically serving the social enterprise sector, Community Development for the Common Good. She also joined the EDGE-ICUBE summer cohort as an entrepreneur herself to launch Social Venture Circuit, a non-profit organization supporting the social enterprise community within the Region of Peel. This year, she hosted the first local Social Enterprise Day celebration with a conference for entrepreneurs and professionals working in this space. She also contributes her time to mentoring for CPA candidates and EDGE and ICUBE UTM members in learning about finance and social enterprise.

 

 

Chris-Beth Cowie

Chris-Beth is the Programming Lead, Incubation at EDGE. She is also a leading social impactor, mentor, speaker, entrepreneurship instructor-business advisor; whose mantra, Make a Difference. A social entrepreneur for over seven years and cofounder of two companies and one non-profit, that mantra has fueled the energy and inspiration behind her on-going work in various social and entrepreneurial initiatives. Through her organization Empowered 4x, Chris-Beth empowers and supports aspiring and established entrepreneurs of all ages to get started by sowing the seed, committing to the process, taking action and reaping the compounding results.

Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi

Golnaz is the Learning Strategist at EDGE. Her purpose is to foster self-aware leaders who care about people, planet and profit. She is a social entrepreneur, educator, facilitator, author and speaker. Golnaz is Founder of Divity Group Inc. and Accelerate Her Future. With 15 years in corporate marketing and 14 years in learning and development, her areas of focus in addition to social impact include leadership and team development, equity and inclusion, and women in leadership. You can watch her TEDx Talk here.

Notes and Logistics

Please make sure you have a working internet connection.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event.

Space is limited. Register now to save your spot!

This is an online webinar. Webinar link and details will be provided to you closer to the event date. If you require any accommodations to register or to ensure your full participation in this event, please let us know at edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca

 

MEDIA CONSENT:

Screenshots, photographs and video recordings may be taken during this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes and may be made available to the media and other third parties or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please email edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca.

Mar
16
Tue
Evaluating the Impact of Your Social Enterprise
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join this two-part webinar to learn the tools you need to help evaluate your ventures social and economic impact.

About this Event

Learn about the tools you need to help analyze your venture’s social and economic impact with Dr. Marlene Santin. Whether you are a non-profit social enterprise, registered charity, co-operative or a for-profit social purpose venture, most stakeholders and funders are keen to see and understand your impact.

Learn about a comprehensive evaluation and measurement process to help answer important questions such as:

  • To what extent does my venture achieve its goals?
  • What needs to be improved?
  • What difference are we making with the work that we do?
  • Are the results worth the costs?

Both interactive webinars in this series are for entrepreneurs who need to plan an evaluation and measurement framework but don’t know where to start. Through presentation, interactive activities and break-out group work, these webinars will give you practical skills and opportunities to work with basic evaluation concepts. You are encouraged to bring a current or past initiative or program that needs to be evaluated in order to participate in workshop activities.

Part 1 (March 16):

  • Understand the different types of evaluation that exist
  • Understand the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Develop evaluation questions that will generate useful information
  • Identify key indicators and measures to get to results

Part 2 (March 23) :

  • Continue to deepen understanding of the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Continue to deepen understanding of identifying key indicators and measures to get to results
  • Create a program-specific logic model

 

You are encouraged to attend both webinars for a robust exploration of practices and strategies. You will need to register for each date separately.

Featured guest:

Marlene Santin

Dr. Marlene Santin is a full-time faculty member in the School of Public Safety at Sheridan College, where she teaches a number of research courses in the Bachelor of Community Safety Degree Program. In addition to her teaching career, she has held senior policy and research positions with the Government of Ontario, working on a range of issues, including the rights of crime victims and social welfare. Through her work at the Ministry of the Attorney General, she has practical experience in applied program evaluation leading the design of performance measurement frameworks to evaluate outcomes for a number of government programs, including Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program, the Partner Assault Response Program and Sexual Assault Centre’s. In addition, she also developed the program guidelines for the Online Training Initiative to Address Human Trafficking in Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at McMaster University, where her research examined the economic, political, social and legal causes of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade.

Notes and Logistics

Please make sure you have a working internet connection.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event.

Space is limited. Register now to save your spot!

This is an online webinar. Webinar link and details will be provided to you closer to the event date. If you require any accommodations to register or to ensure your full participation in this event, please let us know at edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca

 

MEDIA CONSENT:

Screenshots, photographs and video recordings may be taken during this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes and may be made available to the media and other third parties or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please email edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca.

Mar
23
Tue
Evaluating the Impact of Your Social Enterprise
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join this two-part webinar to learn the tools you need to help evaluate your ventures social and economic impact.

About this Event

Learn about the tools you need to help analyze your venture’s social and economic impact with Dr. Marlene Santin. Whether you are a non-profit social enterprise, registered charity, co-operative or a for-profit social purpose venture, most stakeholders and funders are keen to see and understand your impact.

Learn about a comprehensive evaluation and measurement process to help answer important questions such as:

  • To what extent does my venture achieve its goals?
  • What needs to be improved?
  • What difference are we making with the work that we do?
  • Are the results worth the costs?

Both interactive webinars in this series are for entrepreneurs who need to plan an evaluation and measurement framework but don’t know where to start. Through presentation, interactive activities and break-out group work, these webinars will give you practical skills and opportunities to work with basic evaluation concepts. You are encouraged to bring a current or past initiative or program that needs to be evaluated in order to participate in workshop activities.

Part 1 (March 16):

  • Understand the different types of evaluation that exist
  • Understand the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Develop evaluation questions that will generate useful information
  • Identify key indicators and measures to get to results

Part 2 (March 23) :

  • Continue to deepen understanding of the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Continue to deepen understanding of identifying key indicators and measures to get to results
  • Create a program-specific logic model

 

You are encouraged to attend both webinars for a robust exploration of practices and strategies. You will need to register for each date separately.

Featured guest:

Marlene Santin

Dr. Marlene Santin is a full-time faculty member in the School of Public Safety at Sheridan College, where she teaches a number of research courses in the Bachelor of Community Safety Degree Program. In addition to her teaching career, she has held senior policy and research positions with the Government of Ontario, working on a range of issues, including the rights of crime victims and social welfare. Through her work at the Ministry of the Attorney General, she has practical experience in applied program evaluation leading the design of performance measurement frameworks to evaluate outcomes for a number of government programs, including Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program, the Partner Assault Response Program and Sexual Assault Centre’s. In addition, she also developed the program guidelines for the Online Training Initiative to Address Human Trafficking in Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at McMaster University, where her research examined the economic, political, social and legal causes of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade.

Notes and Logistics

Please make sure you have a working internet connection.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event.

Space is limited. Register now to save your spot!

This is an online webinar. Webinar link and details will be provided to you closer to the event date. If you require any accommodations to register or to ensure your full participation in this event, please let us know at edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca

 

MEDIA CONSENT:

Screenshots, photographs and video recordings may be taken during this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes and may be made available to the media and other third parties or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please email edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca.