Programs & Resources

Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (Wosen)

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Women’s social enterprise development is SEE’s focus until the spring of 2022. WOSEN aims to broaden and diversify the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women, through inclusive design and Indigenous knowledge and practice.

This phase supports new and expanding women-led enterprises and ecosystem development through a number of programming opportunities including:

Ideation/Start and Resilience business workshops, peer mentoring and tailored coaching;
Women-Centered Innovation Learning (WIT) to increase understanding about social purpose organizations, services and businesses and enrich relationships and networks;
Women Impact Investor Network (WIIN) to connect entrepreneurs to investment opportunities; and,
Social Enterprise Ecosystem Development (SEED) to provide training for business coaches and expand the ecosystem.

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 collaborative led by Pillar NonProfit in partnership with NORDIK Institute and SEE, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and Social Venture Connexion (SVX). SEE is overseeing the project’s delivery in Northern Ontario.

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Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC)

Originating from SEE in 2015, the Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) project works with youth to create community and capacity in the social economy through social enterprise development.

UIYFC views youth as changemakers, those who are capable of making change in their communities based on their passions, which is the piece that is emphasized and explored through culturally relevant programming.

UIYFC provides an in-depth opportunity to teach and learn from urban Indigenous youth how to incorporate cultural and land based learning that may lead to increased and diverse participation in the social economy.  Youth are provided the opportunity to co-design curriculum, co-deliver, lead or facilitate workshops to other Indigenous youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

UIYFC poises youth to develop their leadership, business and self-expression skills through their active participation in various community activities and events.

Urban Indigenous youth are able to leave a mark of their own creative expression on the urban landscape through arts-based workshops such as the creation of art murals, digital story-telling and other related cultural programming. Youth have the opportunity to participate in the design and creation process while developing skills that can be applied to careers in the arts and/or social entrepreneurship.

SEE Resources

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

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Maureen Strickland

Maureen Strickland is passionate about building a new economy that is fair, place-based and regenerative. These values motivate her work in social enterprise, co-operative development, community economic development and alternative lending. Maureen returned to Northern Ontario in 2011 and has worked for organizations such as Community Futures, Ontario Co-operative Association, NORDIK Institute, Local Food and Farm Co-operatives and RAIN (Rural Agri-Innovation Network). Prior to this Maureen worked in these sectors in Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom. Recently, Maureen was the Social Enterprise Development Specialist for the Northern Ontario ONE partnership and is the Loans Specialist for the recently launched Fair Finance Fund. Maureen holds a BSc in Biology and Masters of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Maureen is able to provide mentorship in the following areas: co-operative business development, social enterprise development, and investment readiness for alternative lending products.


Maggie Matear

MBA (Specializing in CSR), PhD (Doctorate in Management)
Director of Community Development

Maggie works on community development projects that result in better quality of life in Timmins. Some of her projects have included building social entrepreneurship, establishing the Living Space Homeless Shelter, and efforts to attract a university. She is the Chair of the Timmins and District Hospital and a member of the Living Space committee.

Maggie holds an MBA that focused on Environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility, and has a PhD in Management and Strategy.

Tel: 705-360-2600 x7099
Tel: 705-360-2656
Toll Free: 1-877-470-TEDC (8332)


Cindy Reasbeck

Head Start in Business Program Manager Northern Ontario CFDCs

Cindy is currently the Program Manager for Head Start in Business, a project of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations in Northern Ontario. She is a Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development facilitator, holds certification in Small Business Counselling and is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® qualified.

With a passion for youth entrepreneurship, she coordinates the youth entrepreneurship outreach efforts of twenty-four Community Futures Development Corporations in Northern Ontario. Cindy works with a dynamic team of CFDC employees and volunteers who share a common goal of promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option to youth.

Cindy is a newly elected Trustee for District School Board Ontario North East, and serves as a member of the Economic Development Committee in her hometown of Kapuskasing,

Cindy is married and has two children, Shannon and Sheldon, both teachers and two granddaughters Alexa and Julia. Sheldon is also owner of his own small business, PowerPlay Hockey/Academics.


Annie Joyal

Annie Joyal received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laurentian University with a specialization in marketing and human Resources. She was Project Manager at the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario – Région Témiskaming, where she helped students start the first youth service co-op for this region. She also worked with one of North America’s leading metal foundry producers for 18 years. She was a Customer Service Manager for the last 4 years with this company. Annie holds her francophonie and her place in Northern Ontario at heart. The development of collective enterprises has also been important to her since her awareness of the cooperative movement during her university studies. She is very excited to have joined the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario team as a development officer in August 2018. The five lines of services offered by the CCO are community economic development, the development of social and cooperative enterprises, research and social innovation, organizational management and international affairs. She also sits on the organizing committee of the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun since 2017.



Allyson Pele

Allyson Pele is the Manager of the Northwest Business Centre (NWBC), offering small business services across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. Based in Kenora she travels the districts offering workshops, business counselling and social entrepreneurship and youth enterprises workshops in particular. She has a business degree from Mount Royal University and is passionate about helping small businesses. She sits as a co-chair on the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB), the Regional Economic Development Group, the planning committee for the Douglas Family Art Centre Grand Opening and chairs the Services Sector Working Group in Kenora.

T: 807.467-4643

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