A great lineup of panels is announced for the Social Enterprise Round Table – Feb. 20, 2018


Will explore the diversity of social enterprises, methods of operating and forms of governance.
This panel is intended to introduce attendees to the concept of social enterprises.

April Wesley, NORDIK Institute –  April Wesley is a graduate of Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie.  After completing College locally April Wesley continued on at Algoma University to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Anishinabemowin (Minor) with a Social Welfare (Certificate).  April has previously worked with youth, women and families. Since September 2017, April has worked as the Project and Research Assistant on the Indigenous Youth Leading Youth Anti-Racism Project at the NORDIK Institute.

Erin Horvath, New Vision Unlimited – Biography coming to SEE Facebook next week.

Denik Dorval, Conseil de la Cooperation de l’Ontario –  Dènik Dorval discovered his passion for the social economy through his work and his education. He’s currently completing his interdisciplinary Bachelor in the Study of Human and Social Challenges at the “Université de Hearst” and has done numerous research projects and dissertations concerning the social economy in Northern Ontario. He started working in the field of economic development since he has been studying at his University. He has worked for the Regional Center for Research and Intervention for Economic and Community Development in Hearst for two years and worked for three French Credit Unions in Northern Ontario. With his current position as a Development Agent in Timmins with “Le Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario”, Dènik has been able to respond to the needs of the Francophone community trough promotion and consultations of the collective businesses of Northern Ontario, which represent more than 30 active business projects.

Robin Sutherland and Miranda Bouchard, Thinking Rock Community Arts –  Robin was raised in the remote community of Chub Lake in the beautiful Mississaugi River Valley.  After graduating with a degree in Theatre and Arts Management at the University of Toronto, she worked in Toronto’s arts and non profit sector for five years, specializing in marketing, communications, community outreach and project and event management.  In 2012 she managed the country’s first ever National Youth Arts Week as the General Manager of ANCY (Arts Network for Children and Youth).  She returned to Algoma to start Thinking Rock Community Arts in August 2013, while at the same time establishing the Algoma “Nest” of the Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) as the YSI Northern Coordinator.  With Thinking Rock, Robin was Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Rivers Speak Community Play, presented in Mississaugi First Nation in September 2017 following a four year community-engaged artistic process involving over 2000 community participants.  She has presented provincially and nationally about her work, and has been named Youth Agent of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation, a CatalystsX Copilot, a Connect the Sector Fellow by the Ontario NonProfit Network, and Gamechanger of the Year by the Algoma Visionary Awards.  Robin holds an MSc in Health, Community and Development program at the London School of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.


will identify how social enterprises can and do demonstrate their social, economic and environmental value to customers,funders and potential markets. This panel will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit) approach to measuring success.

Lauren Doxtater, NORDIK Institute – Lauren is the Project Coordinator for Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) led out of NORDIK Institute.  She is a member of Six Nations of the Grand River, Bay of Quinte Mohawk band and Wikwemikong Unceeded First Nation, making her home in Sault Ste. Marie for the past 20 years.  Lauren understands that connection to culture and identity provide youth self-confidence to express themselves, engage in the community and follow through on opportunity.  By providing cultural continuity, skill development, peer networking and mentorship opportunities through UIYFC, youth will learn to engage in the social economy and become social entrepreneurs.

Gayle Broad, NORDIK Institute – The development and scaling up of social enterprises and entrepreneurship has been a long term interest of Dr. Gayle Broad, both as a founder and proponent of several social enterprises and in her research in Northern Ontario and in Colombia.    A lifelong resident of Northern Ontario, Gayle’s knowledge and interest in resource-dependency and its impact on people and the environment, has led her to take a holistic approach to researching community sustainability and resilience, including such diverse areas as culture and the arts, housing and poverty, Indigenous community economic development and worker ownership and cooperatives.  Recently retired from teaching in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program at Algoma University, Dr. Broad is currently a Research Associate with NORDIK Institute.

Eva Dabutch, Trailblazing Beads – Trailblazing Beads is a social enterprise focused on creating better access to Indigenous craft supplies for the purpose of supporting the culture and proving the tools necessary for Aboriginal people to continue participation in their heritage. Eva’s passion is teaching beading classes and having Indigenous people recover their cultural practice of beading. Decolonizing through beading helps Indigenous people build cultural identity, improve self esteem, and helps create a sense of well-being.

Rebecca Hunt, Temiskaming Shores Public Library – Rebecca, CEO at Temiskaming Shores Public Library in Haileybury and New Liskeard, possesses 18 years’ experience working in public, school and university libraries in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Rebecca is involved with various community organizations including the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, Northern Lights Library Network, Legacy Temiskaming organization, and Conseil des arts Temiskaming Arts Council. Current large library projects for Temiskaming Shores Public Library include participation in the Near North Mobile Media Labs Digital Creator North project (http://www.n2m2l.ca/digital-creator/ ) and participation in Ontario Library Services North library value study.


will explore the success and challenges of scaling-up in the north as well as the various forms scale-ups take. This panel will showcase three social enterprises that have successfully scaled up.

Maureen Strickland, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise – Maureen Strickland is passionate about the possibilities for social enterprises to meet the challenges and opportunities of our time. She has worked with individuals, businesses and communities in the United Kingdom, Nova Scotia and Northern Ontario in the fields of social finance, co-operative business development and community economic development. Maureen currently works for the Ontario Co-operative Association building co-operative networks and businesses in Northeastern Ontario and is also PARO’s Lead Business Counsellor for Northeastern Ontario based in Sudbury.

Julie Schryer and Pat O’Gorman, AlgomaTrad – Founders and artistic directors of AlgomaTrad: The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group, an organization dedicated to building community through the sharing, learning, and celebration of traditional music, dance, and heritage arts that are rooted in the Canadian historical experience.

Andrea Habinski, Cloverbelt Local Food Coop – Andrea has completed a one year internship with the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op as the Agricultural Co-ordinator. In this role, she assisted local producers in accessing funding to increase their capacity and worked with local institutions to increase the amount of local food purchased in the region. In May 2017, she transitioned into the role of the Sioux Lookout Community Co-ordinator where she’s assisting in the creation of the Kenora and Rainy River Districts’ first-ever food charter and is working towards increasing the amount of local food purchased in Northwestern Ontario.

Richard Eberhardt, Green Economy North – Richard is helping to build the Low-Carbon Economy in Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario, through the Green Economy North program. Supported by a team of planning, energy management and communications professionals, Green Economy North works directly with member organizations in the private and institutional sectors to identify and deliver greenhouse gas reductions. Meeting with and engaging new members is Richard’s favorite aspect of the role, which has helped establish Green Economy North as the fastest growing business-focused energy and sustainability program in the province. He is excited to be looking to expand the program outside of Sudbury and Manitoulin districts later this year.

Attend the Social Enterprise Round Table on February 28th and March 1st to learn from these social enterprises.

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