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Earth Tech Pitch Night is an opportunity to discover up-and-coming climate solutions and see the bright, hard-working entrepreneurs leading them in action. You’ll hear pitches from our 17 Earth Tech 2021 accelerator startups, and vote live on who takes home cash prizes totalling $10,000.

If there’s one comment we consistently hear after these events, it’s: “that was so inspiring!”

We’re passionate about supporting these early-stage entrepreneurs – they’re constantly innovating on their solutions and business models to enable greater impact. They remind us that addressing the climate crisis is possible, and that it’s up to us. 

That’s also why we’re levelling up our work accelerating climate solutions. In case you missed it, we recently partnered with Foresight Canada to grow Climate Ventures, including launching a new program, Accelerate from Anywhere, this summer (stay tuned!) and hiring a Program Coordinator to support that work (spread the word!). 

We could all use a little inspiration these days. RSVP for Pitch Night now and join us in cheering on these entrepreneurs, and perhaps supporting their success as a follower, customer, advisor or funder. 

See you on June 30! 

Shea & Barnabe, on behalf of Climate Ventures



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Five Reasons You Should Come to Our Earth Tech Pitch Night

Five Reasons You Should Come to Our Earth Tech Pitch Night

On June 30, meet the cleantech entrepreneurs helping to build the Next Economy. But first, let us give you five reasons why. 

Four Reasons You’re About to See More Electric Vehicles in the GTHA

Initiatives throughout the GTHA are tackling specific roadblocks to decarbonizing our transportation system. The hope is that these local solutions are able to increase their impact beyond the city, which involves “[looking] at things more broadly,” according to TAF’s VP Strategy and Partnerships, Mary Pickering. “Climate solutions cannot just serve carbon emissions; they must also be rooted in equity and prosperity for all.”

Seed the North: Fighting Climate Change, One Sprout at a Time

Seed the North, led by Climate Ventures alumna Natasha Kuperman, is grounded in traditional Indigenous knowledge, the scientific community, and technological ingenuity. The project targets remote and hard-to-reach areas that wouldn’t otherwise be replanted, reintroducing species not considered valuable to the forest industry but an important part of the local ecosystem. 

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Next Economy Conversations

Next Economy Conversations: Kalen Taylor, Executive Director of Purpose Construction
Thursday, June 24, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
What does it take to build a truly inclusive, local economy? Hear from BALLE Fellow Kalen Taylor, who has built and grown three employment social enterprises.
 
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Forest trail

Stop Old-Growth Logging: Toronto Rally
Sunday, June 13, 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Only 2% of high-productivity old-growth remains in BC and the government has granted a license to harvest the last intact old-growth valley on Vancouver Island. Climate Ventures alumni Cameron Jones is organizing a small rally in support of BC’s old-growth forests.

The Future of Work: Women in the Environment and Cleantech Sector

The Future of Work: Women in the Environment and Cleantech
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Learn from the experience of successful women leaders in the Ontario environment and cleantech industry and connect with emerging leaders across the sector at CSI Member ONEIA’s networking event.

Climate Compatible Community and Affordable Housing Solutions

Climate Compatible Community and Affordable Housing Solutions
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Learn about sustainable community design and how you can apply climate compatible solutions to your next affordable housing project in this event co-hosted by the CMHC and SI Canada.
 
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Program Coordinator, Climate Ventures  | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: June 27
We’re looking for a Program Coordinator to support our Accelerate from Anywhere program! If you’re organized, detail-oriented, and passionate about climate solutions, make sure you apply or spread the word.

Director of Fundraising and Development  | Watersheds Canada
Deadline: June 21
This Earth Tech accelerated venture is poised to grow and looking for a leader to join their collaborative team.

EV Charging Program Manager | The Atmospheric Fund
Deadline: June 27
This CSI Member is scaling local low-carbon solutions. They’re investing in growth in the EV sector, and looking for a Program Manager to lead this exciting project!

Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: Rolling 
We’re looking for a digital native who’s emotionally intelligent, organized, and driven to join our team! 

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It’s Up To Us

Have your say about future cleantech jobs. Take the survey.

Cleantech companies: Foresight wants your input about the skills that will be needed for jobs in the clean economy in the future. Please complete this survey about future cleantech jobs. Deadline: June 18

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Antonio Gomes and Shea Sinnott posing for a photo in front of a field of crops.


Antonio Gomes posing for a photo in front of hay bales and a tractor.

Shea Sinnott, Climate Ventures Senior Manager, visited Antonio Gomes, Founder of Earth Tech accelerated venture Urban Crops, at their home base on Cavaleiro Farm!

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CSI Network News: Reflecting on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s announcement

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Please note that the following contains material some may find triggering in regards to residential schools in Canada.

This month, the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children were discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. This is our shared Canadian history. How we choose to move forward will determine our present and future.

As a settler, I am devastated and ashamed of our history and I am committed to reconciliation and taking action to right the wrongs, heal the hearts, and to honour ‘all our relations.’

Support for Indigenous people must be active; without action, nothing will change and systemic discrimination will continue. In this newsletter, as always, we try to provide you with solutions and actions to get to systems change. In mourning, anger, and reflection, take this moment to look for the action you can take.

– Tonya Surman

 

Reflecting on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s Announcement 

Today is a day to reflect. Chief Rosanna Casimir of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation called for a National Day of Prayer. In Toronto, the Bring Our Children Home March starts at 2 pm E.T  at Queen’s Park. (Photo by Ben Nelms/CBC)

Health supports for survivors, their families, and community members: 

  • A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society crisis line for grief, crisis, and trauma counselling: 1-800-721-0066.
  • First Nations Health Authority provides mental wellness and culturally-safe support

Resources for settlers to learn about the residential school system and take action towards reconciliation:

For further action, please refer to Settlers Take Action, a list of resources compiled by The On Canada Project.

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Members of the Kensington Market Community land Trust stand outside of Brimz and Kensington Variety with a handmade sign that says "Community Owned Kensington."

Kensington Market Community Land Trust acquires building in heart of neighbourhood

As of Tuesday, June 1, 54-56 Kensington Ave. is in the community’s hands.When it came up for sale, the Kensington Market Community Land Trust recognized that a new commercial landlord would not be in the best interests of the tenants or the neighbourhood. They are following the model of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust in purchasing property to preserve it, and protect the social and economic diversity of the community.

Community wealth is a powerful tool, and we’re proud to see it in CSI Spadina’s own neighbourhood. Putting local resources and infrastructure back into the hands of the communities they are meant for is a through line in many of our conversations with Next Economy leaders, from the importance of energy sovereignty in Indigenous communities, to democratic control of infrastructure as a path to an equitable future, to the positive systemic impacts of employee ownership.

Pandemic sees surge in Canadians who think government needs to get tougher on business to tackle climate change and inequality

Two thirds of Canadians now believe that governments need to get tougher on Canadian businesses through laws, regulations and taxes to tackle climate change and inequality issues, according to a survey from the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation (CCPC).

“As the harsh realities of inequality and climate change become increasingly visible, other sectors are galvanizing to join the movement,” said our CEO Tonya Surman. “It’s a real ‘now or never’ moment.”

At CSI, our community has known this for a while: Climate Ventures seeks to find solutions to the climate crisis through entrepreneurship.

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Next Economy Conversations with Kalen Taylor

Next Economy Conversations with Kalen Taylor of Purpose Construction
Thursday, June 24, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
How can employment social enterprises strengthen communities? Kalen Taylor will speak to their experience working collaboratively with communities to building and growing Purpose Construction, Aki Energy, and Aki Foods.
 

Earth Tech Pitch Night
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
What do you get when you combine live pitches, impact entrepreneurship, and Canadian cleantech? Our Earth Tech Pitch Night! Hear pitches from Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs  helping to address the climate crisis. You get to vote on which three ventures will walk away with cash prizes totalling $10,000.

Earth Tech is our cleantech accelerator made possible by the RBC Foundation, Bullfrog Power and the Peter Gilgan Foundation. Pitch Night cash prizes are supported in part by Fiix.

It’s Up To Us

 

Stop Old Growth Logging

British Columbia is in a struggle to protect some of the last and largest old-growth trees in the world. Only 2% of high-productivity old-growth remains in BC and the government has granted a license to harvest the last intact old-growth valley on Vancouver Island.

Climate Ventures alumni Cameron Jones is organizing a small rally in support of BC’s old-growth forests at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 13.

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Justice for Workers: An Online Teach-In

Justice for Workers: An Online Teach-In
Saturday, June 12, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Learn about the movement for decent work, workers’ rights and how to organize to win. Topics include minimum wage myths and truths, how we can afford decent work for all, workplace justice, and paid sick days post-COVID.
 

Virtual ProPride: Beyond Inclusion Towards Belonging

Virtual ProPride: Beyond Inclusion Towards Belonging
Wednesday, June 9, 12:00 PM ET
Join CSI Member Pride at Work, in collaboration with Business + Higher Education Roundatable, for this panel exploring how to create spaces of belonging for LGBTQ2+ employees.

 

Greg Ioannou

How to Write a Query Letter
Thursday, June 10, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET
Learn the four standard parts to a query letter, and (optionally) get your query letter evaluated by CSI Member and Aurora Public Library Editor-in-Residence Greg Ioannou.

 

Biodesign Challenge Summit 2021

Biodesign Challenge Summit
June 21-25
The world is in dire need of good design that benefits both people and the planet. Tune into this showcase of projects that use art, design, and biology to reimagine medicine, fashion, architecture, food, bioethics, and more — all for a more sustainable and equitable future.
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Website and Information Systems ManagerStrategic Partnerships and Development ManagerMarketing and Education Manager | Organic Council of Ontario
Deadline: June 17, 5:00 PM ET
This longtime CSI Annex member is growing their team by three!

Impact Investment Associate | Tapestry Community Capital
Deadline: Rolling
Don’t miss this chance to work for an organization leading the shift toward community financing. (They’re also CSI’s longtime partner in our Community Bonds campaign!)

Assistant Operations Manager | Twenty One Toys
Deadline: Rolling
Work for a growing learning development and toy company based out of CSI Spadina!

Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Social Worker | Aworie Canada
Deadline: Rolling
A new CSI Member, Aworie is searching for folks to help them carry out mental health counselling services.

Audience Engagement Editor | Rabble.ca
Deadline: Rolling
Housed in CSI Spadina, this digital publication uses journalism for social change.

Business Development Representative | Driftscape
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Member is looking for someone to help expand it’s customer base into new provinces and states!

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Go For It

Charities, nonprofits, and Indigenous community organizations can request free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for regular workplace screening of close-contact employees from the Government of Canada or the Canadian Red Cross.

The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is accepting loan applications from Black business owners and entrepreneurs through the Federation of African Canadian Economics! They will provide loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding for projects, programming and services that help communities create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and/or provide innovative digital solutions. Deadline: June 25

In Amani Institute’s Social Innovation Management program, you will build skills in leadership, innovation, communication, and entrepreneurship, receive personalized coaching sessions, and practice your learning through apprenticeship or in your own job. Scholarship Deadline: June 14th

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Screenshot from CSI's Innovators Toast in our virtual space.
Last week, the CSI community got together in our virtual Gather.Town space to toast to 17 years of innovation and innovators!

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CSI Network News: 17 innovations to celebrate 17 years

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17 Innovators and Innovations to Celebrate 17 Years

In June of 2004, CSI opened its doors with fourteen founding members in tow to solve the “photocopier problem,” the tendency for organizations to work in silos instead of sharing resources and solutions. Enter 5,000 sq. ft. at 215 Spadina Avenue – one of the very first coworking spaces in the world!

If you know us, you know our story. But, do you know our members? Since our start, over 6000 innovators have passed through the halls (and multiple buildings) of CSI, accessing programming, building community, accelerating their ventures, and creating solutions for systems-level change. Their stories tell the larger story of the life cycle of CSI.

A wheelchair ramp becomes a showpiece and a statement at Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation

When a project blends in so well, there is a danger. In 50 or 75 years, who will be around to tell of the thought that went into it? Who will remember the anecdotal stories that fill in the blanks? Who will fight to preserve it?

At Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation – part incubator, part lab, part co-working space, part tenanted office building, and all in for reshaping the world to become a better place – one such project exists. Here, at 192 Spadina Ave., how people enter and first experience the six-storey, 1920 brick-and-beam beauty has been radically changed, but a first-time visitor might not blink an eye.“There’s something about our role as stewards of history,” says CSI chief executive officer Tonya Surman. “I think about this building, how easy it would be to sell it and have a developer rip ’er down and put up a 12-storey condo.” But that, she continues, wouldn’t honour its rich history as part of Toronto’s once-booming garment district or “show the world that here was a different way, a slower way.”

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Reclaiming the Narrative: A Spotlight on Queer of Colour

CSI Member Eileen Liu founded Queer of Colour, a storytelling platform, as a way of reclaiming how queer people of colour are represented in society and by extension, how they see themselves.

Through long-form interviews and photographs, her work gives space for the kind of sincerity and candour people often yearn for online. Eileen invites friends and strangers across different communities to tell the stories of their lives. She often meets participants in parks across the city where, sitting across from her for a few hours, people unfold themselves. They share their passions, struggles, careers, upbringings. “I always tell them that if there is a question they don’t want to talk about then we don’t talk about it. They have full control over what they want to say. But up until now, no one has refused to answer a question,” Eileen explains, smiling.

Place-Based Impact Investing: Catalyzing women-led enterprises in Ontario’s COVID recovery

Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) partner Social Venture Connexion just published a new case study on impact investing in Ontario and across Canada to learn how place-based impact investing can help reverse troubling women’s employment trends and build an equitable and purpose-led recovery.

As we rebuild local economies in a post-COVID era, there is a renewed need to support women-led enterprises. CSI is proud to be a part of WOSEN, supporting women entrepreneurs in Southern Ontario!

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How To: Start a Podcast with In Good Hands
Wednesday, June 2, 12:30 – 1:15 PM ET [for CSI Members]
Peter Levin is the creator of “In Good Hands”, a podcast highlighting solutions to climate change. In this session, we’ll learn the basics of starting a mission-driven podcast, and hear about Peter’s journey interviewing stakeholders in the world of climate solutions.
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Virtual ProPride: Beyond Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Virtual ProPride 2021
June 9, June 23, July 14, August 11
Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across Canadian employers have made more inclusive workplaces for employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Yet we continue to see inequity for LGBTQ2+ employees and jobseekers. CSI Member Pride at Work’s free series will address how we move beyond DEI to Belonging, Dignity, and Justice.
 

Canada’s New Commissioner Of The Environment And Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco

Canada’s New Commissioner Of The Environment And Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco
Thursday, June 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Hear about recent Commissioner’s reports on the federal government’s environmental performance and Jerry’s plans for the future, including reports and key areas of interest.

 

Airtable for Nonprofits

Airtable for Nonprofits
Wednesday, June 16, 9:00 AM ET
Whether you need to track donations, plan events, keep track of grants, manage volunteers or keep on top of members, Airtable is a great solution that can meet your needs.

 

Transforming Funding Models Summit

Transforming Funding Models Summit
June 22-23, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Alongside hundreds of professionals and funders from across the country, dive into game-changing funding and business model transformations that are gaining traction for the new era of impact coming out of COVID.

 

Nonprofit Driven

Nonprofit Driven 2021
October 27-28
Early bird tickets are on sale for CSI alumni Ontario Nonprofit Network’s flagship conference. This year’s Nonprofit Driven is an important opportunity to discuss how to rebuild with a key focus on inclusive and sustainable recovery.

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Chief Program Officer | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: May 31 (tomorrow)
If you know how the startup world works and are ready to lead the charge to give it a major upgrade, this role is for you. Join our team and help shape the Next Economy!

Communications and Social Media Assistant x2, Data Entry Assistant, Research Assistant | Mommy Monitor
Deadline: June 1, 5:00 PM ET
Longtime CSI Member Mommy Monitor is looking to fill four roles on their team. These are funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, so you must be between 15-30 years old to be eligible.

Operations Manager | CivicAction GTHA
Deadline: June 4
CivicAction is looking for a detail-oriented critical thinker to manage their operations. The role calls for a focus on coordination of corporate budget and controllership, risk management, legal and internal audit.

Director of Research | Egale Canada
Deadline: June 4
Lead Egale’s Research Department as they compile, produce, and communicate the best-available evidence, information and tools for promoting and fostering the human rights and equitable inclusion of 2SLGBTQI people throughout all aspects of society.

Campaigner | LeadNow
Deadline: June 13
LeadNow is seeking a Campaigner to lead or support specific campaigns, enabling their members to influence policy and the broader direction of society as a whole.

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It’s Up to Us


An extra fare to ride the subway? Tell the TTC to keep one flat fare in Toronto!

Ending age-based discounts? Tell the TTC to expand discounts for all!

The TTC is running another transit survey to get feedback on specific fare proposals, including fare capping, fare-by-mode, and fare-by-distance. CSI Member TTCriders has put together a guide to help you advocate for flat fares and age-based discounts.

Go For It

How has COVID-19 impacted your nonprofit? CSI Alumni Ontario Nonprofit Network has partnered with l’Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario to create this survey. Their goal is to collect vital data for a rebuilding strategy that meets the needs and aspirations of the diverse communities across Ontario. Deadline: June 4

The League of Innovators’ Labs virtual accelerator for youth-led startups includes workshops, AMAs, resources, coaching, mentorship, and a world-class community of experts and peers. Deadline: July 5

As Seen At CSI

A slide from a recent CSI Art and Art History Club convening, showcasing REST by Elisa Umuhoza.
CSI’s Art and Art History Club reflects on Elisa Umuhoza’s REST.

Elisa’s artist statement reads: “This painting is a reminder to rest in the midst of chaos, confusion, and all of life’s weights and worries. Rest is a necessary act of resistance in the ever-moving hamster wheel of capitalism which has long been rooted in the oppression of the Black body.”

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CSI Network News: Why Canada needs employee ownership

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Why Canada Needs Employee Ownership: A Next Economy Conversation with Peter Deitz

Why Canada Needs Employee Ownership: A Next Economy Conversation with Peter Deitz

We sat down with Peter Deitz, Co-Founder of Grantbook and Unwrapit, for our latest Next Economy Conversation.

As Peter explains, due to current Canadian legislation, “there’s no simple answer to what an ESOP is.” Right now, unlike the US and the UK where clear frameworks exist, converting to an ESOP is a bespoke endeavour, making a hard-and-fast definition a little difficult to come by.

In this recap, Peter outlines how Grantbook created their own employee ownership plan — and why more Canadian organizations should consider this tool for redistributing wealth.

 

Building Toronto’s Food Infrastructure

With the average age of Canadian farmers reaching 60 years old, the global food system responsible for up to one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, and Toronto only having three days of fresh food in case of an emergency, Emma Tamlin felt like urban agriculture was an ideal solution.

After completing our Agents of Change: Sustainable Development Goals program last year, Emma co-founded Raised Roots, an urban agriculture operations and consulting company. Together with her co-founders, they’re bringing edible landscapes to the city.

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Diagram of the Food Shed

Innovative Off-Grid, Organic Indoor Farm to be Piloted through City of Brampton’s Backyard Garden Program

CSI Member Phil Fung is the Executive Director of Nature Harmony Foundation. They just partnered with the City of Brampton to bring the Food Shed — a striking example of emerging closed-loop technologies that offer sustainable, year-round agriculture in urban areas — to the city.

This off-grid, organic indoor farm is also waste-free and will offer public education on sustainable and community-based agriculture techniques and approaches to nature therapy through immersive urban farming. Housed in a 160 square-foot space, the produce harvested from the Food Shed will feed families in Brampton through Regeneration Outreach Community.

“Waste to Wardrobe” Venture Closes Pre-seed Round at 1.5M

Short for “alternative textiles,” ALT TEX is creating circular, biodegradable and carbon neutral textiles engineered from one of the world’s largest landfill contributors – food waste. One of our 2021 Earth Tech ventures, ALT TEX just closed its pre-seed round of funding at $1.5M.

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CSI Educates

 

Social Entrepreneurship 101 testimonial from Khalidah Bello of Ogo Tawa Inc.: "Ògo Tàwa Inc., would not have the successes that attract strategic alliances, partners, influencers, and funders towards our organization today without the help of Social Entrepreneurship 101, CSI staff, and my fellow Social Entrepreneurship 101 comrades. The Social Entrepreneurship 101 course is a game changer, a venture booster, the essential preparation and nurturing environment for any intelligent-minded, ambitious social entrepreneur. It is best in class."

Last chance to register! Learn entrepreneurial skills to bring your ideas to life and set you apart in a fast-changing job market. Join the network of change agents participating in our next Social Entrepreneurship 101 cohort. Registration closes May 30 — next Sunday — and classes start June 8!

CSI Connects

 

Innovator Toast

CSI’s Innovator Toast
Friday, May 28, 4:00 – 4:30 PM ET
It’s been a while since the community has gotten together, and we know a lot has changed over the past year. As we bid goodbye to Spring and welcome the next season, we wanted to share a Community Toast with all of you: members old and new, past and present.
 

How to Prepare Your Organization for Successful Evaluation

How to Prepare Your Organization for Successful Evaluation
Wednesday, May 26, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Learn how to make your organization’s evaluation work more efficient, make evidence-based decisions, and improve your impact. CSI Members get in free!

 

How to Create and Implement an Evaluable Impact Strategy

How to Create and Implement an Evaluable Impact Strategy
Thursday, May 27, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Learn how to set a clear direction, determine key performance indicators, and prioritize projects in this Lunch and Learn. CSI Members get in free!

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Community Wealth Building Wednesdays: a social procurement webinar series

Community Wealth Building through Social Procurement in Ontario
Wednesdays, May 26 to June 23, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
CSI Alumni Ontario Nonprofit Network has partnered with Buy Social Canada and others to host this webinar series on social procurement as a means to create community wealth and community capital.
 

Race and Nature in the City

Race and Nature in the City
Wednesday, May 26, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
CSI Member Sustainability Network has partnered with Nature Canada to discuss a new report exploring the barriers to urban nature experienced by young racialized people.

 

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Churches Charities Not-For-Profits: Knowledge Hub 2021
Thursdays, May 27 to June 10, 7:00 PM ET
Cultural organizations will be discussing best practices for fundraising, the Ontario Trillium Foundation will discuss the Logic Model, and lawyer Taras Kulish will speak to the legal perspectives of fundraising during the pandemic.

 

Elevate and Amplify

Elevate & Amplify Conference
Thursday, June 3, 1:00 – 5:00 PM ET
A virtual conference centred on BIPOC voices within design and social change. With an all-BIPOC panel, this is an opportunity to hear valuable perspectives and experiences that aren’t always given the spotlight in our society.

 

Venture Summit / Virtual Connect

Venture Summit / Virtual Connect
July 6-8
Three days of investor panels, workshops, and pitching! Get an extra 20% off early bird rates with code “CSIVIP” and apply to be a Top Innovator to pitch live and access one-on-one investor meetings.

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Chief Operating Officer | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: May 24 (tomorrow)
The Chief Operating Officer will play a pivotal leadership role in leading the next chapter of CSI’s evolution and helping to make the Next Economy a reality.

Volunteer Services Officer | CESO
Deadline: May 30
You will will work closely with Program staff, CESO Advisors and In-Country Teams in the day-to-day delivery of assignments.

Bilingual Communications and Engagement Specialist | Social Innovation Canada
Deadline: May 31
Join a fledgling team and help bring together Canada’s network of social innovators! You will play an essential role in the building of this national initiative, working to broaden their reach and deepen engagement with stakeholders.

Engagement Coordinator, Communications Lead | Project Neutral
Deadline: Rolling
We’ve been lucky enough to see Project Neutral grow through our Earth Tech accelerator and as a CSI Member — don’t miss this chance to join their team!

Digital Community Manager, Web Developer, Marketplace Developer | The Spent Goods Company
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Alumni is also growing their team! They’re looking for digitally-minded folks to grow their online presence, streamline their ecommerce platform, and build an online marketplace.

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It’s Up To Us

 

We are at a pivotal moment for our sector. Together, we can gather data to inform solutions, supports, and advocacy.

As Ontario moves into pandemic recovery and rebuilding, the sector needs responsive public policy solutions and supports to meet the immediate and long-term needs of our organizations and the communities we serve. Data is key! This is a crucial time to gather evidence to plan and to advocate to government and other funders for a more equitable and sustainable recovery.

CSI alumni Ontario Nonprofit Network, in collaboration with l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario, is conducting a survey about how COVID-19 has affected nonprofits in Ontario (including charities, nonprofit co-operatives and grassroots groups). Deadline: June 4

(P.S. All form respondents will be entered to win two free tickets to ONN’s Nonprofit Driven 2021!)

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Waashayshkwun grant fund

Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGBTQ2S+, and disabled independent service providers based in Canada can apply to the Waashayshkwun fund. These grants are intended to provide the recipients with financial relief and with the opportunity to invest in their business development. Deadline: June 30

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Inner Circle podcast, episode 25: The End of Branded Swag?

In our conversation with Peter Deitz, he spoke a bit about his newest venture: Unwrapit. CSI Member Erin Andrews of Impact Zero Foundation sat down with Peter’s co-founder, Linsay Moran, to talk about Unwrapit’s virtual gifting platform and the end of branded swag.

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CSI Network News: Celebrating Innovation and Innovators

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Social Innovation matters. It’s right there in our name: we believe in the systems-changing power of innovation, particularly social innovation. It’s the keystone to all we do: social innovation breathes life into new ideas, awakens old ones, and is essential for unlocking the solutions for an equitable and sustainable world for us all.

This Canadian Innovation Week, we’re celebrating the innovations and innovators already doing the work to build a regenerative, equitable, and prosperous economy.

 

How CSI is Expanding from Coworking to Economy-Building

For the last 17 years we have been catalyzing, supporting, and inspiring social innovation. But, really, most people saw us as the “cool, beautiful, hippie coworking space” in downtown Toronto. Is that enough to drive the change we want to see in the world? The answer, in truth, is no. Here’s what we’re working on now.

 

How the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network is Designing Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship

What does it take to create a truly inclusive economy? At WOSEN, it starts with disrupting and redesigning how entrepreneurship supports are offered and received. The Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network prioritizes inclusive design principles so that women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs can unleash their full potential.

 

How Earth Tech Ventures are Winning Big for the Planet

Over six months, our 2020 Earth Tech cohort earned and raised $4M, supported 76 jobs, and established 116 partnerships. Now, our 2021 cohort is on track to match that success. We’re profiling the big wins of our cohorts as they champion cleantech solutions that tackle pressing environmental challenges.

 

How We're Helping Build Community Wealth in Regent Park

Community wealth creation is a new way of developing local economies by strengthening community infrastructure. And while the strategy might be new, its core principles are ancient. People need people. Trust does not happen overnight. Community is built through organic, everyday interactions. We know this. The “Our Neighbourhood Project” operationalizes it.

 

How Social Entrepreurship 101 is Training the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs

Crises can become a catalyst for change. When the world shut down, individuals from different corners of the globe — many people who never considered themselves social entrepreneurs before — signed up in droves for our Social Entrepreneurship 101 course. It was the perfect place to hone and direct a reinvigorated sense of purpose.

Job Alert: How You Can Help Shape the Next Economy

CSI is still searching for a Chief Operating Officer (deadline: May 24) and Chief Program Officer (deadline: May 31).

If you are excited about new business models, and passionate about creating an economy that is regenerative, equitable, and prosperous for all, we want you on our team.

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Social Entrepreneurship 101 testimonial from Michael Szego of Third Party: “Social entrepreneurs are going to be essential to help author a new social contract and reset the economy. If you’re looking to make your mark on the universe, using business as a tool, SE 101 is a great place to start.”

Turn your ideas into feasible projects! Register for our upcoming cohort of Social Entrepreneurship 101 to learn and improve entrepreneurial competencies that will make you competitive in a fast-changing job market. Five scholarships are available — apply by May 23.

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Climate Ventures Conversations: Nicole Rycroft of Canopy
Thursday, May 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
We’re speaking with Nicole Rycroft, founder of environmental not-for-profit Canopy and winner of the US$3M 2020 Climate Breakthrough Award, about the partnerships, innovations, and solutions that are protecting our forests.
 

How to Write Successful Grants

How to Write Successful Grants
Wednesday, May 19, 12:30 – 1:15 PM ET
We’ll cover all the basics of grant funding, how to streamline your application process, and our best industry tips for winning grants! This event is for CSI Members only.

 

How to Prepare Your Organization for Successful Evaluation

How to Prepare Your Organization for Successful Evaluation
Wednesday, May 26, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Learn how to make your organization’s evaluation work more efficient, make evidence-based decisions, and improve your impact. CSI Members get in free!

 

How to Create and Implement an Evaluable Impact Strategy

How to Create and Implement an Evaluable Impact Strategy
Thursday, May 27, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Learn how to develop an impact strategy that is easy to implement and evaluate. CSI Members get in free!
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Transformative Affordable Housing Ideas From Around The World

Transformative Affordable Housing Ideas From Around The World
May 21,10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Join a presentation and discussion about how we can improve access to affordable housing, how access to affordable housing improves local economies, and inspirational new ideas and possibilities.
 

Spirit Spaces: Un-conference Festival

Spirit Spaces: Un-conference Festival
May 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Young BIPOC leaders in Ontario are invited to this unconference to bridge communities, virtually. There will be land-based learning, movement, arts-based workshops, healing spaces, conversation spaces, and more.

 

Walrus Talks: Voices Online
Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Sandra Corbeil, Sarain Fox, Ronald Niezen, and Breanna Xavier-Carter will share their knowledge of taking action online to raise awareness and spark positive change.

 

Social Justice Cafe

Social Justice Cafe
Monthly on Thursdays
CSI Member BAM Collective is hosting a monthly virtual cafe for youth to discuss social justice issues and engage with professional guest speakers, and for BIPOC artists to heal and share their talents for social change.

 

Together Towards Recovery: Youth Mental Health Recovery Beyond COVID conference

Together Towards Recovery
May 20-21, 5:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Join the In This Together campaign for keynotes, a research presentation, and a youth panel discussing the mental health challenges faced by BIPOC youth.

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Administrative Support Officer, Customer Service AssistantSpecial Events Coordinator | Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)
Deadline: May 18, 9:00 AM ET
This CSI Member is looking to fill a number of 8-week paid internships.

Communication and Events Coordinator | Anima Leadership
Deadline: May 28, 5:00 PM ET
CSI Member Anima Leadership is looking for someone to design and lead implementation of their in-house communications strategy and to coordinate event planning (online and in-person).

Content Manager | Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN)
Deadline: May 31, 5:00 PM ET
BPTN is searching for a natural storyteller to be their editorial leader, ensuring that all copy and communications to members, prospective members, partners and prospective partners have a consistent tone of voice and consistently align with brand values.

Chief Program Officer, Chief Operating Officer | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: May 24 (COO), May 31 (CPO)
We are continuing our search for a CPO and COO to join our leadership team and help shape the Next Economy! Please apply and pass on the news to anyone who might be the right fit.

Director, Strategic Partnerships | Ontario Centre of Innovation
Deadline: Rolling
The OCI (previously Ontario Centres of Excellence) is searching for someone to direct the development of viable opportunities in partnership with key networks to obtain grants, negotiate contracts and generate outcomes aligned with the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) strategic and operating plans

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The CoCare Initiative: community-based micro-lending that is completely funded by your fellow neighbour.

Community financing and mutual aid are models that work!

coCare is one of these newest initiatives by neighbours, for neighbours. Through a $25 monthly membership fee, they hope to develop a community fund that will help folks meet their basic needs or cover an unexpected emergency expense with immediate financial support.

Currently, they are distributing emergency microgrants to folks in the Greater Toronto Area. Donate to the Emergency Microgrant Initiative here.

Go For It

Are you working on a tech solution that would reduce the carbon intensity of Canada’s oil & gas industry? Winners of the Low Emission Fuels & Products Competition will receive up to $10 million in funding. Deadline: June 9

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Happy, holding out a paw to shake her owner's hand. She is wearing a Centre for Social Innovation name tag.

Happy and her owner, Ling Ly Tan, are a couple of our newest members! Ling is the Founder of Linggo, a mobile app that improves the quality of life for people with complex communication needs. And Happy? She’s our Sunshine Coordinator, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

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Join Our Team and Help Shape The Next Economy

Are you ready to lead?

CSI is proving the Next Economy is possible. We’re looking for bold leaders to join our team and help bring the most promising and transformative models, enterprises, and solutions to reality. Applications for our Chief Operating Officer (COO) position close May 24th 2021, and applications for our Chief Program Officer (CPO) position close May 31st 2021.

The Centre for Social Innovation is proving that new business models are possible. With entrepreneurship, collaboration and systems change as our core DNA and the power of social innovation at our back, we are focusing on markets as the place to prioritize our work.

This is a rare kind of crew – practical, friendly and deeply ambitious. We are making social change while proving a new kind of economy is possible and we’re having fun doing it.

CSI Network News: How First Nations are closing the digital divide

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British Columbia First Nation addresses digital divide

Across Canada, rural and remote First Nations face a significant digital divide. In the context of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities in Canada, the digital divide refers to the unequal distribution in access, use of, or impact of broadband connectivity and digital and communications technologies that exist between many Indigenous communities (especially in rural and northern areas), and urban and southern communities.

To address this challenge, some communities are working towards a variety of innovative, locally driven broadband development initiatives. Among them is Klemtu, a remote First Nation village of 500 people nestled in a small harbour along the shores of Swindle Island in British Columbia that is only accessible by boat or float-plane.

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How Are You, Really? A Call to the Community

As social changemakers, we place a lot of responsibility on ourselves to do more and respond more urgently during moments of crisis. At CSI, we say, “It’s up to us.” And while that remains true, it’s important to acknowledge that working amid uncertainty, grief, loss, and isolation whilst balancing the needs of relationships, home, and financial pressures can take a significant toll on our mental health. Burnout, and it’s more conversational counterpart, screen fatigue, are real. If you’re feeling exhausted, you’re not alone. We see you.

So, as Mental Health Week comes to a close, it’s a great reminder to check in, especially given the state of the world – and to acknowledge that support doesn’t stop once the week ends.

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Online Social Entrepreneurship 101 presented by the Centre for Social Innovation and Alterna Savings

Social Entrepreneurship 101 is back! Whether you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur or looking to innovate within your organization, we’ll help you brush up existing skills, learn new competencies, and understand how to begin putting your ideas into practice.

Join us for this 8-week, part-time online program that covers the foundations of social entrepreneurship. Five scholarships are available — apply by May 23.

CSI Connects

 

How to be a Mentor with the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) Experiential Learning

How to Be a Mentor with OCAD Experiential Learning
Wednesday, May 12, 12:30 – 1:15 PM ET
Learn how you can join OCAD’s network of industry and community partners mentoring students and how a placement might benefit your organization.
 

Climate Ventures Conversations: Nicole Rycroft of Canopy
Thursday, May 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
We’re speaking with Nicole Rycroft, founder of environmental not-for-profit Canopy and winner of the US$3M 2020 Climate Breakthrough Award, about the partnerships, innovations, and solutions that are protecting our forests.
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Your five-step marketing plan and where to focus first.

5 Steps to Build a Better Marketing Plan
Tuesday, May 18, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Are you overwhelmed at the thought of a marketing plan? Or maybe the plans you make never really impact what you actually do? Join CSI Member Carolyn Bergshoeff of WindWater Marketing for a practical workshop on building a marketing plan that works for you.
 

Greg Ioannou

Editor-in-Residence: Traditional, Self-Publishing or Hybrid?
Thursday, May 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET
There are now a lot of different ways to get a book published. CSI Member Greg Ioannou will walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

 

How Traditional Design Thinking Protects White Supremacy

How Traditional Design Thinking Protects White Supremacy
Tuesday, May 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Define white supremacy and how it shows up beyond overt acts of hatred, explore how white supremacy is upheld in the ideologies and practices of “traditional” design thinking, and examine how we might shift design mindsets.

 

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Three Ways to Boost the Changemaking Power of Grants
Thursday, May 20, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Learn about and reframe three misperceptions that limit the power of grants, and hear examples of how a new mindset will lead to more impactful programs and more competitive funding requests.

 

Ornamentum Fall/Winter 2020 Magazine Cover

Ornamentum Magazine – 15th Anniversary Panel Discussion
Sunday, May 23, 3:00 PM ET
Re-experience what it was like to create a new magazine, discover the latest trends in the decorative arts field, and learn about what the panelists are working on.

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Director, Community Impact | Toronto Foundation
Deadline: May 14, 5:00 PM ET
Are you a creative producer, changemaker, and bridge-builder? Does your leadership journey in philanthropy cross issues, functions, sectors, and communities? This role could be for you.

Research and Data Collection Specialist, Digital Media and Communications Specialist | Birth Mark
Deadline: May 14
CSI Member Birth Mark is expanding their team! Both of these jobs are offered under the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, so you must be between 15-30 years old to apply.

Bilingual Communications and Engagement Specialist | CSI Institute
Deadline: May 31
We’ve extended the deadline to apply to this role with SI Canada, an initiative of the CSI Institute (CSI’s affiliated charity). Help shape this national initiative!

Network Coordinator, Board of Directors | Faith & The Common Good
Deadline: Rolling
This longtime CSI Member is looking for a Network Coordinator to support the organization’s operations and maintain network resources. They’re also seeking to fill two positions on their Board of Directors.

Junior Digital Marketing Account Manager | ConnectAd
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Member is looking for a Junior Digital Marketing Account Manager to join their tight-knit team. Under the direction of a Senior Account Manager, you will work on a variety of nonprofit accounts, where you can help make a difference to meaningful causes.

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CSI Member Apathy is Boring is looking for youth aged 18-30 to join the next cohort of RISE Ambassadors: “Resilient Cities.” From accessibility to arts to infrastructure and green spaces to civic engagement, resilient cities are about developing spaces, activities, and initiatives that can lead local communities to thrive. Deadline: May 23

Applications for the League of Innovators’ Labs virtual accelerator for youth-led startups building tomorrow’s businesses in a diverse set of industries are open! Deadline: July 5

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City-as-School-Toronto film and video students exploring lighting techniques in the CSI Annex Garage.

Last week, you read about a transformative learning institution based in CSI Annex. Here’s a snap of CaST’s film and video students exploring lighting techniques in The Garage.

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CSI Network News: Proving the Next Economy is Possible

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State of the CSI Nation

State of the [CSI] Nation

As we bid a bittersweet farewell to our beloved COO Seana Irvine and begin a search for a new CPO and COO, our CEO Tonya Surman reflected on the last 17 years — and what we’re doing next.

“We have been pushing, promoting and nudging people towards social innovation, a concept which remains vague and high level. We’ve also been supporting social entrepreneurs… why? Because we believe those idealists with drive and passion are just the right breed of mix – visionary, opportunistic, and pragmatic – to be able to radically redesign business models that put people and planet first,” she writes.

“But you know, despite progress, social entrepreneurs and social enterprise have been side-lined from halls of power. “Oh, look at those nice nonprofits dreaming up those neat little community bonds! How quaint!” or “Maybe the government can create a nice ‘sector’ fund for us and we can have access to… what? 0.001% of the budget?” Maybe I sound harsh, but social enterprise is not enough. Yes, it is important in and of itself, but social enterprise is NOT ENOUGH to fundamentally change our systems.”

 

Reflections on Investing in Community Bonds and Opportunities to Improve the Market

Lars Biggold, Senior Manager, Banking, and Investments at Vancity Community Investment Bank, reflected on the growth of the community finance sector in Ontario:

“Since relocating to Toronto almost seven years ago, it’s been exciting to play witness to and support a growing community finance sector in Ontario. Through the leadership of organizations like the Centre for Social Innovation, community bonds have become much better understood by the coop and nonprofit sectors. Now organizations like Tapestry Community Capital are helping professionalize the delivery of these tools and campaigns, so I certainly expect more to come.”

With the success of community finance, Lars proposes something new: a “market-making” community bond fund.

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Designing a Transformative Learning Institution from the Ground Up

At CSI Annex, a unique experiment in secondary school education is unfolding at a torrid pace. Begun just last June in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, CaST is quickly becoming an exemplar of what high school can become when creativity, ambition and best practices in education are combined at a time of disruptive change in schooling.

CaST answers two simple questions with elegance: What can high school in Ontario become, and what can innovative teaching accomplish?

While CaST is an inspected Ministry of Education approved and high school, it works in tandem with its affiliates — one of which, CaST Public Arts, is about to participate in a large-scale art project.

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How to Get Your Vaccine Questions Answered

How To Get Your Vaccine Questions Answered
Wednesday, May 5, 12:30 – 1:15 PM ET
Join CSI Member Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) and 19ToZero Ambassadors for the latest information about vaccines. Physicians will be available to answer your vaccine-related questions.
 

Climate Ventures Conversations: Nicole Rycroft of Canopy
Thursday, May 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
We’re speaking with Nicole Rycroft, founder of environmental not-for-profit Canopy and winner of the US$3M 2020 Climate Breakthrough Award, about the partnerships, innovations, and solutions that are protecting our forests.
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Building(s) Back Better: Bricks, Mortar, and Organizational Resilience for Nonprofits

Building(s) Back Better: Bricks, Mortar, and Organizational Resilience for Nonprofits
Monday, May 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
As businesses and organizations plan for a post-pandemic world, it’s a great moment to reflect on if your space is optimized for your long-term goals. Join VCIB for a webinar about the benefits and drawbacks that come from nonprofits acquiring or redeveloping their own space.
 

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Effective Email Outreach
Tuesday, May 4, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Email outreach remains one of the most vital communications tools available to organizations for successful campaigns and development efforts. Learn how to make the most out of email marketing in this webinar from The Sustainability Network.

 

Two people walking on a forest path.

Walk Your Path: An Inside-Outside Retreat
Saturday, May 15, 7:30 AM or 8:30 AM start
CSI Member Winifred Hunsburger is hosting a semi-self-directed walking retreat, including meditation, gentle stretching and guidance for mindful walking.

 

Green-covered island on water.

Making Nature Investable Summit
Tuesday, May 11, 1:00 – 4:15 PM ET
What can we leverage or create to attract capital into conservation? What enabling conditions are necessary to effectively scale the market for Nature-based Solutions in Canada? Join leading experts, including UN Special Advisor on Climate Change Mark Carney, to explore these topics.

 

Venture Summit / Virtual Connect
Tuesday, May 18, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Three days of investor panels, workshops, and pitching! Get an extra 20% off early bird rates with code “CSIVIP” and apply to be a Top Innovator to pitch live and access one-on-one investor meetings.

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Director, Policy and Research | The Brookfield Institute
Deadline: May 5
The Director, Policy and Research will lead the short- and long-term strategic planning of Brookfield Institute’s policy and research vision, goals and objectives, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the rest of the leadership team.

Fundraising and Engagement Coordinator | Cycle Toronto
Deadline: May 7
This CSI Member is looking for a highly motivated professional looking to engage our donors, members, and partners in opportunities to grow their impact.

Communications Assistant (Part-time) | Good Foot Delivery
Deadline: May 7
Longtime CSI Member Good Foot is searching for a Communications Assistant to support strategies that increase Good Foot Delivery’s visibility and brand awareness.

Human Resources Generalist | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: May 12
We’re looking for an HR Generalist to fill a 1-year maternity leave contract!

Board of Directors | Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
Deadline: May 14, 12:00 PM ET
This CSI Member is seeking candidates for a number of positions on its voluntary Board of Directors, beginning in September 2021.

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In celebration of Mental Health Month, employees of startups with less than 20 employees can sign up for a free 30-day CheckingIn Challenge. You’ll take 30 seconds each day to check in on your mood and energy levels through the app. After the 30 days, you’ll receive a complimentary, tailored insight report where you can better understand yourself and your mental health. Deadline: May 3

SPECTRUM is seeking a service provider to develop, publish, and analyze a survey directed at the transgender community in Waterloo Region, then use the findings create a toolkit focused on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Deadline: May 7, 5:00 PM ET

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Level Justice recently worked with Brian from You&Media/Annex Improv to produce a series of animated educational videos explaining legal concepts. We’re always thrilled to see collaborations between our members!

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