Programs & Resources

Programs & Resources

Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN)

Women’s social enterprise development is SEE’s focus until the spring of 2023.

WOSEN is focused on catalyzing social innovation ‒ reorganizing (or reimagining) the way the current entrepreneurial system works to enable underrepresented and underserved founders to participate and prosper in business and society.

It aims to create a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the development of women-owned and women-led ventures that have a positive social and environmental impact, building a prosperous and resilient economy for all in Ontario.

The WOSEN partnership supports diverse women-identifying social entrepreneurs across Ontario as part of the Federal Government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund to advance gender equality in the economy. Announced in 2018, WES seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.This investment is particularly important for northern women who have typically been excluded from the dominant resource-extractive economy.

The WOSEN project is a provide-wide collaborative led by Pillar NonProfit in partnership with NORDIK Institute and SEE, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and Social Venture Connexion (SVX)  with support from Lean4Flourshing. SEE is overseeing the project’s delivery in Northern Ontario.

For more information regarding the WOSEN initiative please visit WOSEN website. 

Fore more information :

SEE resources

The following culturally appropriate resources were developed by SEE to meet the needs of Northern Ontario’s small, rural, Indigenous and Francophone entrepreneurs and business development support organizations.

Workbooks, Toolkits and Presentations

Social Enterprise: Overview and Northen Sucess Stories

Social Enterprise Idea Development Workbook

Go/No Go

Peer Mentoring Circles

A Facilitator’s Guide to Community Asset Mapping

Individual Asset Mapping Toolkit


Centring Equity: Catalyzing system change through a collaborative, cogenerating knowledge network- The Story of Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) Part 2

Northeastern Roundtable 2019 Report

Leading into the Future: Inspiring and Activating Community and Social Innovation

Outstanding by Standing Together_ The Story of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) 2021 Report

Sparking Transformation 2020 Report

Northwestern Round Table 2019 Report

Northern Ontario Service Providers

Regional Innovation Centres

Small Business Centres

Community Futures Ontario

There are 24 Community Futures Development Offices in Northern Ontario