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CSI is hiring a Control Freak for Social Change

Job Opportunity – Program Manager (AKA – Control Freak for Social Change)

CSI is seeking an extraordinary individual - part left brain, part right brain, part project manager, part entrepreneur and part mother Theresa. We have insanely high expectations and are only interested in working with the cream of the crop world-changers. Control freakish, action-focused, charming, professional and crystal clear... is it really so much to ask?

Parkour, Pedagogy & Innovation

Last week I attended the Innovation Parkour held at MaRS as part of Net Change Week.  The event was hosted by Matt Milan and Michael Dila (Torch Partnership).   

June 11th Innovators Update


Every couple weeks, we send out a newsletter called the Innovators Update to keep everyone updated (hence the name!). Some of the highlights from this past issue are news about our 5th anniversary, the newly released CSI brochure, a conference on social enterprise, and an event titled "Collaboration through Co-Location: Strategies for Sharing Resources".

For a full listing, please visit:

ONN calls for nonprofit intake for economic stimulus fund

The Ontario Nonprofit Network calls the federal government to recognize that the nonprofit sector is poised and positioned to help build Canada's


CRA releases Guidelines on Fundraising by Charities

Canada Revenue Agency Guidance on Fundraising by Canadian charities

CRA has just released its Guidance on Fundraising. You can view the document in English at: and in French at:

Social Enterprise Council of Canada speaks for economic stimulus from feds for nonprofits

There is a tremendous opportunity to support enterprising nonprofits through the economic stimulus fund. These social enterprises can play a key role in revitalizing both our communities and our economy.  From CSI's perspective, Toronto cannot be forgotten in and is home to social enterprises that want to be part of fixing our future. CSI is actively engaged in collaboratives that would begin shovel-ready projects.  We would love to see the fed's pay attention to the multiple bottom line solutions that we can create on the ground in Toronto.


Job opportunity at Ontario Social Economy Roundtable

CSI is a proud partner in the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and is delighted to announce that we are hiring. OSER is a collective of independent and connected organizations interested in facilitating a conversation about growing Ontario's Social Economy. We are looking for "an experienced bilingual project manager to manage the Roundtable activities in the first phase of Building the Ontario Social Economy, a province wide project funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation".  Check out the attached job description.

The BEST 5th Innoversary Party ever!!!

We chose to celebrate our 5th anniversary last Friday with a party at CSI! I thought it was so incredibly appropriate that we started the celebrations with an intimate cake cutting ceremony and story sharing with the tenants about the early days in the original suite downstairs. It was good to celebrate the birthplace of CSI and then continue our celebrations on the 4th floor where CSI had expanded to (a few years ago) for the great big party!

ENP is back!

We are absolutely thrilled to confirm that the Enterprising Non-Profits (ENP) Toronto program is back for 2009!

Enterprising Non-Profits is a social enterprise skills training and funding program.  ENP began 10 years ago in British Columbia to help nonprofits pursue their missions, fill gaps in the marketplace, and diversify their funding sources. Last year, the Centre for Social Innovation brought a pilot program of ENP to Toronto in partnership with twelve progressive funders.

It was worth the wait. Right?!

At long last, the Centre for Social Innovation has a brochure. A real, honest-to-goodness promotional brochure!

The back-story is that we have started and stopped a brochure about a dozen times since opening our doors. We'd get half-way through its structure and decide it wasn't working. Or we'd write 80% of the content and then decide the tone just wasn't suitable. Or that the design didn't feel right. And in the meanwhile, visitors kept asking if we "had anything" they could take away to understand more about what we do.

Mandatory Green Roofs for All Types of New Buildings in Toronto!

Woot! Did you hear?


Toronto City Council Adopts Mandatory Green Roof Requirements

Toronto leads North America by requiring green roofs on new buildings!

Save the Date - November 18-20 - Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise

Living Our Values: Social Enterprise in Action


Join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada at the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise taking place in Toronto, November 18-20, 2009.

The conference will consist of three days of training and work sessions toward a national policy agenda and action plan.

DAY 1:

Intensive training sessions geared to your stage of planning, development or growth.