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A Community Celebration Goes Virtual and We Honour the Toronto Tool Library

Events
It’s snowing and the end of year is in the air as innovators across our community wrap up their work. At CSI, this usually marks the end of year holiday party, an all-out bash famous for its cocktail and cookie competitions and sweaty dance floor. Despite the challenges of being physically distant, we weren’t about to give up on a ritual. On December 18th we brought together over 250 of our nearest and dearest to celebrate community resilience in a year that showed us just how important community is.
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Six Big Ideas for the Next Economy

Events, Next Economy
2021 is going to be a year of recovery, and we need big, bold ideas to get us started. We’ve chosen some highlights from the Next Economy Conversations we had last year, with the leaders from across Canada who are creating a future that is regenerative, equitable, and prosperous for all.

A Just Transition for Oil and Gas Workers: A Conversation with Bruce Wilson

Climate Ventures, Events
Bruce Wilson of Iron & Earth sat down with our Senior Programs Manager Shea Sinnott for an online conversation about the challenges faced by oil and gas workers, hydrogen as an energy source, and the complexity of the fossil fuel industry.

The Evolving Role of Workspace

Spaces, Staff
A year of remote work has proven that it is, indeed, possible — but it doesn’t spell the end of the office completely. Our CEO Tonya Surman spoke to The Professional Centre about office space, harbouring community, and leadership in our current world.

Bringing small businesses to the global stage

Alumni Stories, Programs
Agent of Change Maheshi Wanasundara is building a social enterprise that supports small business owners in Sri Lanka as they scale to global markets.

CSI CEO Tonya Surman talks to Bloomberg about The Future of Cities

News, Next Economy
The global pandemic changed everything in 2020. Now it is going to change everything forever. In their “The Future of” series, BNN Bloomberg looks at what is next for our transformed economy and daily lives. For their examination of The Future of Cities, they spoke with people like Richard Florida, and CSI CEO Tonya Surman.

Dwelly.ca makes buying and renting a home simple and more affordable for every Canadian

Member Stories, Next Economy
The decision to buy, sell or rent a home is an overwhelming one. Dwelly’s mission is to make buying and renting a home simple and affordable for every Canadian. We talked to Broker of Record (and CSI member!) Karim Elbarbary about how he has simplified this complex, thorny experience and dramatically lowed the cost of buying a home.

Inspiring growth and impact

CSI Accelerates, Member Stories
Agent of Change Devesh Tilokani is providing a platform for leaders that inspire growth and action through his Progressholic podcast.

Creating opportunities for youth in Regent Park

CSI Accelerates, Member Stories
Agent of Change Nayeon Kim is building an employment social enterprise that would train and hire young people to provide landscaping services for buildings right in their neighbourhood in Regent Park.

We can give more when we give together

News, Next Economy
You can give to your community as your community gives back to you. Namely, when you buy something from our Holiday Giving Catalogue, you will get a discount on your purchase, while our Community Resilience Fund gets a portion of the proceeds.
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