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Five Points Theatre

1 Dunlop Street West

Barrie, ON L4N 1A1


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Join SENCO and social enterprise champions from across the region at our first annual SENCO Social Impact Gathering. This event will include panels on social enterprise, a keynote by ground-breaking Canadian social entrepreneur Shaun Loney, and a screening of the cross-Canada documentary, The Social Shift. This will be an ideal gathering for individuals and organizations from non-profit, for-profit and government organizations to connect, learn and grow their understanding of social enterprise.

View The Social Shift Trailer HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=HK5ilKAogk0

SENCO Social Impact Gathering - June 3rd Schedule

1:00 PM - Welcome & Opening

1:30 PM - Growing a Social Enterprise Landscape in Central Ontario - Georgian-SENCO Panel

2:00 PM - Alive to Survive to Thrive: Key Social Enterprise Resources and Tools - Provincial Panel - Q&A

3:30 – Coffee Break

4:00 PM - The Beautiful Bailout, Turning Government from a Funder into a Customer - Shaun Loney

5:00 PM - Appetizers & Cash Bar

6:00 PM - The Social Shift Screening: A Cross Canada Documentary on Business for the Common Good

7:00 PM - Screening Q & A with film makers Meg and Marie Wright; Mirror Image Media

7:30 PM - Close

8:00 PM - Join us to continue the conversations at Donaleigh’s Pub

Social Impact Gathering: Guest Speakers & Bios

Shaun Loney- Encompass Co-op

Shaun is a widely sought-after speaker. He is an Ashoka Fellow (first on the Canadian Prairies) and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year. Shaun has experience in government both as political staff and as a senior civil servant. He has also co-founded and mentored the establishment of 12 different social enterprises including www.buildinc.ca, www.mgrinc.ca, www.socialenterprisecentrewpg.org, and www.akienergy.com Shaun is also the author of three books including his most recent as old over 7,000 copies, is now a national best-seller. His third book, The Beautiful Bailout: How Social Innovation Will Solve Government’s Priciest Issues, is available now.


Brent Brodie- Buy Social Canada

Brent is the Regional Manager for the Greater Toronto Area for Buy Social Canada. Brent works extensively with social enterprises and organizations wanting to embark upon and improve their social procurement policies and practices. After completing his PhD at Edinburgh University, Brent went on to work with the Scottish Government in the Social Enterprise Division, working on Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy. After his return to Canada, Brent worked with the Learning Enrichment Foundation before taking a role with Buy Social.


Kate Ruff- Common Approach to Impact Measurement

Kate Ruff is Co-Director at 3ci and an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She researches how organizations measure and report their impacts on society. Her research has won international awards. She is recognized for her work on standard setting in the social impact arena. She has a MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She served on the boards of Social Value Canada and Social Value International. She sits on the UN SDG Impact Investment Fund Research Council. At present, Kate is leading a pilot study of a Common Approach to Impact Measurement for Social Enterprises, linking flexible organizational-level indicators to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Meg & Marie Wright- Mirror Image Media

Meg & Marie Wright are two filmmakers who created The Social Shift, a documentary where Meg & Marie, accompanied by two other filmmakers, travelled across Canada in an old RV to learn more about the national social enterprise landscape. They are also the founders of Mirror Image Media. They founded Mirror Image Media to help tell bigger stories, whether that is creating a video to capture an organization's philosophy, the spark of an event, or the first time someone walks down the aisle.


Megan O’Neil- Lean4Flourishing

Combining strong entrepreneurial skills with project management and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Megan loves to work with social innovators to get things done. As the former Social Enterprise coach for Pillar Nonprofit, the Project Manager for Social Enterprise Southwest, and the former Executive Director of One Tomato, Megan understands the challenges that non-profits and social enterprises experience. Megan is currently focused on coaching and project managing social innovators and non-profits. Megan has scaled up and out the Food Works program, as well as Social Enterprise Southwest, expanding programs across the region.


Lindsay Telfer- Canadian Freshwater Alliance

Lindsay Telfer has two decades of experience working with organizations, institutions and governments in developing policies and processes related to sustainability, social enterprise and public engagement. Her experience includes designing and participating in multi-stakeholder consultations and negotiations, non-profit start-up, strategic planning development, and communications and marketing geared towards public engagement in sustainability solutions. She is currently a social enterprise Mentor at the Henry Bernick Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation at Georgian College and National Director for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, an initiative on the Tides Canada shared platform that is building a nation of guardians safeguarding the health of Canada’s waters.


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