The Social Economy Student Network brings together students interested in the Social Economy (such as nonprofits, co-operatives & social enterprises) in order to facilitate the formation of intellectually stimulating and diverse peer networks within and beyond the academic and research environment. It links students to one another from around the globe and fosters the growth of knowledge and information-sharing among members. To join, please send an email to Suzanne Cook at


Scholarship Opportunity

The Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) is inviting proposals for research scholarships from practitioners and students under 30‐years old1 who are working in the Social Economy. This scholarship program is intended to promote original research by “emerging leaders” in the Social Economy that will advance knowledge for the sector, and enhance the capacity of successful candidates to further strengthen the Social Economy in academic and practitioner sectors in Canada.

The Program will provide scholarships of up to $3,000 per recipient towards salary replacement, national/international travel, or other actual costs of conducting research and producing a research report for publication by CSEHub. A review panel will assess proposals and make recommendations to the CSEHub Co‐Directors who will select the scholarship recipients.

The following is due Sept 19, 2009:
1. Completed application (found on CSEHub website under ‘Sharing Your Research’) 2. CV listing all publications, previous research experience, and two references 3. Letter of application outlining interest in continued work in strengthening the Social Economy, the rationale for the research proposal, its relevance to the policy priorities of CSEHub, the arrangements that have been or can be made to ensure sufficient time for the research and writing process, a proposed budget (including costs to be covered by the award), and a description of how the report and research data/findings will be put to use by practitioners/actors in the Social Economy 4. Two letters of support

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please email, or visit the website: www.socialeconomyhub.

Funding for Nonprofit Research

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal College has announced its second call for applied research funding proposals. You do not have to be affiliated with Mount Royal for your application to be considered.
A total of $40,000 is available for university researchers in two funding programs:

a total of $15,000 is available in the applied research program; and

up to $25,000 is available in the first partnership research program. Proposals must focus on nonprofit governance, sustainability, or policy.

DEADLINE for submitting a letter of intent is September 23rd, 2009. For complete details check out this LINK

National Student Economy Network Website

Check out the awesome new look (and of course great info) of the national Student Social Economy Network of which this Ontario node/blog is a member.

"The Social Economy Student Network (SESN) serves as a forum for post-secondary student academic dialogue, information dispersal and education on the Social Economy (SE). It links students to one another from across the globe and fosters the growth of knowledge and information-sharing among members. The Network exists to bring together students interested in aspects of the Social Economy in order to facilitate the formation of intellectually stimulating and diverse peer networks within and beyond the academic and research environment.

We have recently launched a new website and are continouosly working on improving it. Your feed back on how the website might best suit your needs as an individual interested in research on the Social Economy is important to us."



October 2, 2009: Introduction to Financial Management in Community
Organizations (full-day)


Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal? Do you
ask yourself ‘What am I looking at?’ when someone gives you financial
support? Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but
not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:

• How to put together a budget for an organization or project

• Methods to deal with overhead costs

• How to read financial statements

• How to monitor a budget

DATE: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization
will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one
workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served,
but lunch not provided.

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LOCATION: Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor
St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)


September Speakers' Panel

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2009, noon – 1:30 pm
Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto,
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Room 12-199


Joe Cressy… is the Campaigns Coordinator for the Polaris Institute. He
will discuss the issue of bottled water and the need for public water
infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally.

Nancy Goucher... is the Program Coordinator for the Forum for Leadership
on Water (FLOW). She will discuss 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
address current and emerging threats to fresh water security.

Mark Cazavara… is the regional organizer (Ontario/Quebec) for The Council
of Canadians, and he will talk about dumpsite 41 in Toronto as it relates
to water source protection, scarcity and the human right to clean water.

Bring your lunch and a mug – coffee, tea and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa White at [ ][
], or visit our website at [ ]

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see our
website for detailed instructions.


Announcing the launch of the Co-operative Management Certificate Program

The Co-op Management Certificate Program is designed for those who are managing, governing or developing all types of co-operatives in Ontario. Co-op or credit union members, those interested in co-operatives, or those who are not based in Ontario will also find value in many of the modules. Developed by the Ontario Co-operative Association with the support of the co-operative industry leaders, and offered by the Schulich School of Business, the Program is affordable, practical and accessible.

DEADLINE to apply: August 14, 2009.

Goals of the CMC Program

• To provide pertinent knowledge and information about the co-operative sector in areas such as governance, membership development, legislation, financing and co-op development.

• To develop critical thinking, management and leadership skills.

• To assist participants in the development of their careers.

• To develop alliances and partnerships with sector colleagues.

The Co-operative Management Program is a nine-month course of study, beginning Fall 2009 and completed by spring 2010. The program consists of five core e-learning modules, your choice of two sector-specific e-learning sessions, and three two-day intensive learning sessions in which participants engage critically with top professionals and peers in a learning network focused on contemporary co-operative management issues.

Each e-learning module takes about five hours in total to complete, approximately one hour of which will be spent online. There are two assignments.

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