Nonprofit Driven 2017 @ When 09 Nov 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Location Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place |
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Together, we’ll tap into the trends and issues, and explore opportunities and strategies to build toward a stronger sector.

City of Toronto’s Social Procurement Program: Networking with Diverse Suppliers
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

HOLD THE DATE. More details to follow.

Unleashed: The Social Enterprise Event @ Canadian Museum of Nature
Nov 16 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Unleashed, powered by the Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED), is a one-day conference designed to bring thinkers, disrupters, and doers together to learn and to share their knowledge and insights around the growing social enterprise landscape. This year, we are excited to bring the event back, and showcase the incredible work of the sector while helping to define the different roles that can be played in growing social enterprise in Ottawa.

This year’s event will feature keynote speakers, workshops, and panels around 4 major themes: Money, Markets, People, and Ideas. In addition to these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to browse through our Social Enterprise Marketplace, where they’ll not only have the chance to meet the social entrepreneurs and practitioners behind 18 local social enterprises, but also purchase directly from them.

On the morning of the event, there will be an Executive Director and Board Chair Breakfast, made possible by United Way Ottawa, for the EDs and Board Chairs of nonprofits and charities. If you fit this description, you can either purchase tickets to both the breakfast and full day conference, the conference only, or the breakfast only (see ticket descriptions for more details).

Ottawa’s social enterprise sector is growing, be a part of it.

For more information about the event themes, speakers, or agenda, visit

Buy Social Canada Summit: Exploring the Future of Social Procurement @ Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm

Social Procurement

Social contribution to the development of social and economic development.

Very often social procurement is accomplished through taking social enterprises are embedded into existing supply chains. Social enterprises are social, economic, social and environmental issues.

Social procurement does not negate the need for competitive pricing, quality of service and goods, and environmental issues; it merely adds another value lens into the purchasing consideration.

Social procurement is emerging as a tool for government, private sector and non-profits to leverage their existing purchasing into an added value outcome. They are moving their purchasing from being a simple business to being able to contribute to building a healthy community.

With this increase ‘demand’ for goods and services with a social value consideration, social enterprises are expanding and increasing their social impact. One key outcome we are experiencing across Canada is that many people with barriers are being employed by social enterprises. That means we are intentionally directing our purchasing to address issues of poverty, homelessness, and social isolation.

The aim of this paper is to provide a framework for identifying and addressing the needs of the social partners.

For more information on social procurement, please visit or e-mail .

Conference Tickets:
You can purchase tickets through this Eventbrite page. The regular ticketed price is $ 300.00.

50 standard rooms at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa have been blocked off for $ 149.00 / room. To reserve a discounted room, state that you are attending the Buy Social Canada Summit and be sure to make your reservation before October 12, 2017. Please call the room number 1.819.778.3880.

We look forward to having you join the Social Canada Social Summit in November!

Social procurement generates a social value of existing purchases

Social provision occurs in a variety of formats and models, but is more frequently achieved through the addition of social value to purchasing and procurement criteria and an agreement on community benefits to initiatives development and infrastructure.

Often, social provision is achieved by ensuring the incorporation of social enterprises into existing supply chains. Social enterprises are organizations that seek to have a social, environmental or cultural impact and that reinvest the majority of their profits towards social initiatives.

Social supply does not deny the need for competitive prices, quality of services and products, or environmental challenges; it simply adds a valuation framework when considering a purchase. Social procurement thus emerges as a tool for government, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations insofar as it will be used to influence their current procurement practices towards a value added result. Indeed, these efforts lead to the replacement of a simple transaction by a contribution towards the creation of healthy communities.

Social enterprises are able to extend and increase their social impact through the increasing demand for services and products of social value. One of the main successes witnessed across Canada is the hiring of people who face barriers imposed by social enterprises. As a result, we intentionally use our purchasing power to identify issues related to poverty, homelessness and social isolation.

The Summit will bring together a range of buyers from the Government and the private sector as well as representatives and providers of social enterprises to commit themselves to a full day to discover common goals, identify current and future challenges seek solutions that will contribute to the future of social supply.

For more information on social procurement, to register, or to become a sponsor, please visit or email .

Tickets for the Summit:
You can buy the tickets on this page. Early bird tickets are available from now until October 15 for $ 225.00 each. Regular tickets will be $ 300.00.

Fifty (50) rooms at Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa will be available at a discounted rate of $ 149.00 / night each. You can take advantage of this offer until October 12, indicating your participation in the Buy Social Canada Summit at the time of booking. You can complete this by calling the following number:

1 (819) .778.3880.

We look forward to seeing you at the Buy Social Canada Summit in November!