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Are you considering social enterprise activities for your charity? Have you recently begun a social enterprise? If so, this session is a must attend!


Session Description:

Our two legal experts will provide the critical information you need to initiate social enterprise activity without putting at risk your charitable status. Learn to anticipate possible missteps. Find out grey areas in Canadian charity law. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • What are your legal requirements prior starting a Social Enterprise?
  • What are the possible legal pitfalls and how to avoid them?
  • What resources are available for you as you navigate the new world of social enterprise?


Michael P. Blatchford , Associate, Bull, Housser and Tupper LLP 

Michael’s legal practice focuses on advising charities and not-for-profit organizations with regard to all aspects of their operations and governance. Michael's clients come from every area of the voluntary sector, including healthcare, social services, arts and culture, environmental, education, athletics and religious organziations.

Michael advises these organizations on their ongoing obligations and legal compliance under provincial and federal law and represents them in their dealings with regulating agencies, inlcuding the Canada Revenue Agency.

His goal as an advisor and advocate is to provide clients with practical and effective guidance for running their organizations in order to achieve their charitable mandates.


Michael has extensive experience assisting start-up organizations to incorporate and register as charities under the Income Tax Act. He also advises on not-for-profit governance issues, maintainance of tax-exempt status and business revenue generation for charities and not-for-profits.


Susan Manwaring, Partner at Miller Thomson LLP 

Susan Manwaring’s practice focuses on working with clients from the voluntary sector. In this role, she acts as National Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Group,providing tax and corporate advice on a variety of issues. When legal advice outside her areas expertise is required, Ms. Manwaring works with clients to coordinate the firm providing advice in these areas. 

Ms. Manwaring advises on establishing charities and non-profit organizations and works with them to address their organizational and governance concerns. 

Ms. Manwaring is regularly called upon to advise charities and non-profit organizations on compliance and taxation matters under the Income Tax Act(Canada), as well as other relevant provincial tax regulations. She assists clients with charitable registration matters and with regulations relating to receipting of charitable foundations and expenditures of charitable funds. 

Ms. Manwaring has expertise in Tax Litigation and represents clients before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court on income tax appeals. She is also necessarily involved in the tax audit process and the preliminary appeal process administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, an area of expertise which is becoming increasingly important to the voluntary sector. 

Ms. Manwaring frequently writes and speaks to the voluntary sector on tax and corporate governance related issues.

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