2022 Events

New Directions for Business: The shift toward triple bottom lines

Local Sustainable Economies: New Directions for Business

Gathering businesses, nonprofits, government, and philanthropic leaders to explore how together we build our Local Sustainable Economies

About this event

Local Sustainable Economies

6-part regional online discussion series, 2022

PART 3 – New Directions for Business: The shift toward triple bottom lines

Wednesday, September 21, 4:30-6pm

There is a growing number of entrepreneurs who are creating new enterprises, or evolving existing ones, to align purpose, values, and profit. In this event, speakers will share their insights as to why more businesses are wanting to be socially and environmentally impactful and what the benefits are for our communities.

At this event, you’ll gain insights, connections, and learn more about:

  • companies that are passionate about sustainability,
  • the impact of B-Corporations,
  • multi-sector partnerships,
  • social enterprises designed to create positive social, environmental, or cultural value, as well as
  • investment and mentoring opportunities for ensuring success.

SPEAKERS

Elly Green, Elly Green.com

Elly has over 20 years of project-based work experience supporting non-profits and emerging organizations pursue innovation, social enterprise and impact- driven work. Her work was key to the success of Georgian College’s Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation programs, including SENCO (Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario). She will share insights about the breadth of SEs in SGB, their benefits, and the potential for growing more.

Cathryn Love, Executive Director, Catapult Grey Bruce

Catapult Grey Bruce is propelling opportunities at home by empowering established entrepreneurs with connections, knowledge and space to take their business to the next level. Located in the Sydenham Campus in Owen Sound, it is unlike any in the Bluewater Region and the perfect place for like-minded business owners to gather, learn and get new ideas to grow their business.

Jacquie Rushlow, Founder, The Keep Refillery, Creemore, Meaford and Kingston

Passionate about sustainability, Jacquie is the founder of a business that is helping to reduce plastic pollution. Their mission is to rid the world of single use plastic, one community at a time by way of refilling all your home and personal care needs. Her thriving business is filling the need for a growing number of residents, who want to reduce their own environmental impacts and support a sustainable future.

Jacklyn Tuckey, Associate Lawyer, Barriston Law – B-Corporation, Collingwood and Barrie

Jacklyn is the Chair of Barriston’s B Corp Committee. The firm believes in using business as a force for good, which is what originally motivated the company to undergo the B Corp assessment and continue to improve the way they operate as a firm and member of their communities. She practices law in the areas of civil/commercial litigation with a particular focus on construction law and has experience obtaining favourable outcomes for her clients through negotiation, litigation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

 

MODERATOR

Stuart Reid, Executive Director, Community Foundation Grey Bruce (CFGB)

Stuart has over 30 years experience in community service through his leadership in the non-profit, visual arts, and philanthropic sectors. As Executive Director of CFGB, he oversees the foundation’s work in social impact investing, supporting creative investment in organizations that build a vital, healthy, and resilient community. In the year ahead, CFGB will be participating in the Investment Readiness Program, supporting social purpose organizations to build their capacity to access social finance and participate in the larger social finance ecosystem.

 

JOIN THIS IMPORTANT CONVERSATION!

Potential outcomes:

  • Broaden awareness and knowledge about new kinds of businesses
  • More interest in nurturing and investing in enterprises working to do good
  • More businesses and entrepreneurs going beyond profit as a single bottom line
  • Understanding the Social Finance ecosystem, which includes Social Enterprises and B-Corporations. (see The Institute’s Social Finance Primer https://tisgb.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-Updated-Social-Finance-Primer.pdf )
  • Mapping existing Social Enterprises in our region
  • Building the audience for the Green Economy Hub event and feasibility study for a Green Economy Hub in SGB
  • Outlining the feasibility for a Social Enterprise/BCorp Network and Platform in Southern Georgian Bay for knowledge exchange, coaching and mentoring, and networking
  • Inspiring potential entrepreneurs

 

We hope that you can join us and participate in the question and answer period with our speakers and on the chat.

It’s time to get excited about, and stand behind sustainable and socially impactful businesses in SGB!

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Sustainable Affordable Housing: Data to Drive Effective Decision-Making

Gathering businesses, nonprofits, government, and philanthropic leaders to explore how together we build our Local Sustainable Economies

About this event

Local Sustainable Economies

6-part regional online discussion series, 2022

We believe that Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…without compromising the needs of future generations.

Opportunity: Gather businesses, nonprofits, government, and philanthropic leaders and build on the Institute’s 2021 programming and input from over 400 participants. Integrate the knowledge being shared in the UN Habitat in Towns: Collingwood World Summit held in 2020 and 2021, and work together to create integrated, resilient, and equitable transformations towards sustainability.

The Local Sustainable Economies series will explore:

  • Key elements of successful local economies,
  • How they can contribute to a more resilient, inclusive, safe, and sustainable region, and
  • How best to work together on strategies, collaborative projects, and measure our success.

PART 2 – Sustainable Affordable Housing: Data to Drive Effective Decision-Making

Wednesday, June 22, 4:30-6pm

Affordable Housing: spending only 30% of pre-tax household income on shelter costs including rent or mortgage payments, realty taxes and utilities, for everyone.

This community conversation for the Grey/Simcoe region is a chance to hear what the numbers tell us about finding home in our communities in the midst of a housing crisis. The goal of this event is to bring residents and business, government, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders together to discuss how each of us can help.

Stuart Reid, Executive Director, Community Foundation Grey Bruce and Marg Scheben-Edey, Chair of the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force South Georgian Bay will share their data perspective from two recently published reports. These reports illustrate the magnitude of this community challenge and how it affects all of us. Through this knowledge-sharing we are better-positioned to move towards solution-making, where each of us can play a role.

Please join this important conversation!

Pre-reads to find out more:

Questions for our speakers:

  • Why do we have an affordable housing problem?
  • What are the consequences when there is a lack of affordable housing?
  • How is this a social justice and an economic sustainability issue?
  • What can municipalities do?
  • What can we all do?

We hope that you can join this important discussion and participate in the question and answer period and on the chat.

If not now, when? Let’s create collaborative solutions to our housing and environmental challenges and begin connecting innovative towns and districts to accelerate progress!

Please subscribe to the Institute’s newsletter, stay connected, and receive updates on events and collaborative projects at www.tisgb.com

Key Elements to Build Sustainable Communities

Gathering businesses, nonprofits, government, and philanthropic leaders to explore how together we build our Local Sustainable Economies

About this event

Local Sustainable Economies

6-part regional online discussion series launching June 1, 2022

We believe that Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…without compromising the needs of future generations.

Local Sustainable Economies: Key Elements for Ensuring Sustainable Economies

Opportunity: Gather businesses, nonprofits, government, and philanthropic leaders and build on the Institute’s 2021 programming and input from over 400 participants. Integrate the knowledge being shared in the UN Habitat in Towns: Collingwood World Summit held in 2020 and 2021, and work together to create integrated, resilient, and equitable transformations towards sustainability.

The Local Sustainable Economies series will explore:

– key elements of successful local economies,
– how they can contribute to a more resilient, inclusive, safe, and sustainable region, and
– how best to work together on strategies, collaborative projects, and measure our success.

Launch event – Key Elements to Build Sustainable Communities
Wednesday, June 1, 4:30-6pm

Chief Administration Officers from across the Region will discuss:

– key elements that make communities sustainable
– the connections between issues like housing and our labour force
– the work still to be done to secure a resilient future
– updates on Official Plans, Zoning, Community Sustainability Plans, and Community Improvement Plans

Speakers:

Rob Armstrong, CAO, Meaford
Shawn Everitt, CAO, The Blue Mountains
Sonya Skinner, CAO, Collingwood
George Vadeboncoeur, CAO, Wasaga Beach
John Ferguson, CAO, Clearview

We hope that you can join this important discussion and participate in the question and answer period and on the chat.

If not now, when? Let’s create collaborative solutions to our housing and environmental challenges and begin connecting innovative towns and districts to accelerate progress!

Please subscribe to the Institute’s newsletter, stay connected, and receive updates on events and collaborative projects at www.tisgb.com