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Upcoming Events

BC Social Enterprise MeetUp
November 4 (eve) - 5, 2010
Vancouver, BC

Participants will explore social enterprise's response to 21st century challenges within a stimulating, inspiring environment encouraging conversation, innovation and partnerships.  A quick-paced agenda features speakers and panelists with a wealth of knowledge and experience specializing in cross-sectoral approaches to solving social issues.  The keynote speaker will be Gerry Higgins of CEIS Scotland.  Sponsored by Enterprising Non-Profits. For further information and registration.

2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy

National Summit on a People-Centred Economy Held in Ottawa – May 30 to June 1, 2010

“The continued expansion of a People-Centred Economy is essential to the construction of a more just, equitable and sustainable world.”

“We, the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy, which includes members of the co-operative, social and solidarity economy, social enterprise and community economic development movements, declare our determination and our commitment to building a people-centred economy.  Our organizations and networks – local, regional, provincial, national and international – are active participants and leaders in a common project to build sustainable communities that are based on the values of social justice, solidarity, economic fairness, environmental justice, inclusion and democracy.”

The above words begin the final declaration of the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy.  The summit, which took place recently in Ottawa, included around 350 participants from ten provinces and two territories in Canada and five continents internationally. Participants heard from a range of speakers and debated strategies for strengthening action towards a sustainable economy that puts people and the planet first.  BALTA was a co-sponsor of the summit along with nine other organizations and BALTA’s lead investigator, Mike Lewis, co-chaired the summit.

Mike Lewis introduces Michael Ignatieff at the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy

Mike Lewis introduces Michael Ignatieff at the National Summit on a People-Centred Economy

The Summit focused on six themes, each of which were addressed by theme papers that had been developed and discussed in advance of the summit:

  1. 1. Finance and Investment
  2. 2. Enterprise Development
  3. 3. Local Revitalization
  4. 4. Organizing the Social Economy Marketplace
  5. 5. Strengthening the Movement
  6. 6. International

Speakers from all elected parties in the House of Commons, including two Cabinet ministers and the Leader of the Opposition, brought significant messages of support and shared their views of the importance of a people-centred economy for revitalizing rural and urban Canada.  The summit was preceded by a workshop on applying a gender lens to the people-centred economy and women’s voices were prominent throughout the debates.

A joint declaration proposed by Summit organizers and debated by participants was approved and a large number of specific actions were announced in the closing plenary.

See the National Summit's Final Declaration

See the National Summit's List of Recommendations



Annual Conference of the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
June 2-4, 2010, Concordia University, Montreal
For further information, visit

Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation
June 2-4, 2010, Concordia University, Montreal
For draft program

Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships’ (CSERP) Events

The Southern Ontario node of CSERP, headquartered at the University of Toronto’s Social Economy Centre, has hosted symposia on the social economy in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.  For further information about these symposia, click here.

Building Policy 4 the Social Economy
The Atlantic node of CSERP hosted a policy colloquium in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 30 to October2, 2009.  Several BALTA members were in attendance.  Audio and print records of presentations and background documents can be accessed at their website. Click here.

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