CISED Welcomes its New Executive Director – Douglas Pawson

Dear Colleagues, On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Douglas Pawson as the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development. Douglas carries significant experience in building and managing social enterprise. He comes directly from the Causeway Work Centre, an Ottawa-based community economic development organization, […]

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Innoweave Social Enterprise Workshop: May 30th

Are you interested in putting your Social Enterprise idea into action?  Or using Developmental Evaluation to improve your new initiative as you roll it out? If yes, your organization may be interested in one of two upcoming workshops presented by Innoweave in partnership with United Way Ottawa: May 30th:  Innoweave Social Enterprise Workshop June 6th:   Innoweave Developmental Evaluation […]

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CISED Seeking an Executive Director

Short Description of CISED: At the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED), we believe in organizations, of all shapes and sizes, which meld the pursuit of a social mission with the drive of business innovation. We offer a continuum of support for social enterprise in the city of Ottawa and eastern Ontario and have […]

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Meetup on Business Model Design – April 16th

The Ottawa Social Entrepreneurs Meetup presents “Building and growing a social enterprise – revisiting your Business Model” featuring Michael Lachapelle. Wednesday April 16 from 6-8:30PM. Visit for more information. At this Meetup, Michael Lachapelle will draw on his extensive knowledge and experience in business design to introduce a highly effective method for innovating and […]

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Rural Economic Development Summit, April 30 to May 2 – register now!

One of Eastern Ontario’s leading social enterprise stars, Groupe Convex, is co-hosting a rural economic development summit from April 30th to May 2nd in Rockland, just east of Ottawa.  Tonya Surman and Paul Born are just a few of the exciting speakers featured during the event. Please visit the site (available in both English and […]

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Changing of the Guard: CISED seeks Executive Director

Dear friends, colleagues and partners of CISED It is with mixed emotion that we announce a shift in the role of Jonathan Wade at CISED. It is mixed because we are disheartened to learn that he has chosen to move back into his consulting role and become less of the face of CISED that many […]

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Legacy Conference for Entrepreneurs

The Legacy Conference is an annual event designed to inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs from every walk of life. It aims to bridge the gap between established and seasoned entrepreneurs with students who are in the process of creating their own venture. This year’s conference features a strong focus on social enterprise and businesses with […]

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Federal Non Profits: continuance required by Oct 17, 2014

Any federal non profit corporation that incorporated before Oct 17, 2011 must seek a “continuance”  under the new Canadian Not For Profit Corporations Act (CNCA). A continuance, put simply, is a re-incorporation process under the new Act. For most non profit corporations, this will not be a significant hurdle, but it is a legal requirement. […]

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Business ideation is a valuable exercise for a non profit

CISED’s Jonathan Wade has written an article on the SEE CHANGE blog about how the process of social enterprise ideation for a non profit organization has intrinsic value…even if it doesn’t create a business idea right away. Click here to read the article.

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Social Investment Opportunity: Solar Power in Ottawa

The moment has arrived: Your latest opportunity to invest in clean, co-operative, renewable energy in Ottawa! The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) is pleased to announce the offering of a new series of Preference Shares. Investments will enable a solar project on a high school, among others.  Ottawan’s  can invest in our city’s future while […]

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