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Thursday, October 3 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rural Revitalization: How Social Enterprise Keeps Rural Communities Viable

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Rural communities have unique ways of addressing key challenges such as distance, size of market, lack of infrastructure and services, out-migration of youth, and the devastation brought about by branch closings, whether it be a grocery store or a manufacturing plant. Learn how various intermediaries and rural social enterprises from around the world have risen to these challenges, and helped preserve the viability of their communities.

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Ethel Côté

Social Enterprise Practitioner and Developer, Canadian Centre for Community Renewal
Detaining a Canadian Agricultural Leadership University Certificate and a Master Diploma in Community Economic Development, Ethel Côté has worked in the economic, social, cultural and environmental sectors for thirty years. Her commitment to sustainable community development has given her the opportunity to work with many communities in rural and urban areas in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, British Columbia, Quebec, Mali, Niger... Read More →

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Elena Casolari

Since its establishment (late 2012) Elena has been Executive president of Opes Impact fund, an investment vehicle targeting early stage social enterprises in East Africa and India in key development sectors with the aim at contributing in covering the “pioneer gap”. Since 2005  Elena has been CEO at  ACRA-CCS, one of the largest Italian NGOs, active in several countries in Africa and Latin America. She is director at... Read More →
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Michael Craig

Global Fellow; Strategic Advisor, Acumen and BASIX Social Enterprise Group
Michael is working in India with BASIX Krishi, which delivers affordable extension services to smallholder farmers in India.  | | At BASIX Krishi he a strategic advisor to the Company and Chairman taking operations and management roles while: | - revising management reporting systems; | - developing and implementing a SMS (text message) based field reporting system; and | - managing the re-organisation of the company... Read More →
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James Dunbar

Founding Chief Executive, New Start Highland
James Dunbar is the founding Chief Executive of New Start Highland. He Developed it from an organisation with a single employee in 2000 to one with 70 employees and a multi-million $ turnover. New Start provides training and support to over 3000 people. Additionally James has created a range of services including; furniture recycling, a retail chain, bikes, removals, horticulture, landscaping and decorating in the rural Scottish Highlands. James... Read More →

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Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) Canada (SEWF Presenting Partner)

Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) Canada is a unique collaborative program that promotes and supports social enterprise development and growth as a means to build strong non-profit organizations and healthier communities. Enp-Canada provides resources, matching grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations to support the development and growth of their social enterprises.

Thursday October 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Glen 203-204 TELUS Convention Centre

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