About Us


Jane Bisbee is the Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Fund, a collaborative initiative of the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Community Foundation.

A journalist by trade, with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University, Jane has experience in the Canadian book and magazine publishing industries, newspaper and radio reporting and documentary film. A special focus of her career has been the creation of non-traditional funding mechanisms for small business, in particular the cultural industries, through work with the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association, and the Province of Alberta.  As a freelance intellectual property developer she partnered with clients including the National Film Board of Canada, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canada Media Fund, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Independent Production Fund.  She is past president of the Edmonton International Film Festival and has served on many boards including the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Canada Give the Gift of Literacy Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts. She was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2006 by Alberta’s film industry.

When she has spare time, Jane is a bookbinder and paper maker, a spinner and weaver and historic re-enactor.

Please feel free to contact Jane at 780-756-0660, or jane@socialenterprisefund.ca.  Or, follow her on Twitter @sefjb.


Gail M. Yakemchuk  is the Administrative Associate for the Social Enterprise Fund.

Gail is an accomplished business and project manager, with several years working in the communication, television and arts industries. She has combined production expertise with commercial business awareness to implement effective management and accounting practices in the private and public sectors.  Gail has worked with Concrete Theatre Society, CHUM Television, Karvonen Films, Shaw Television Broadcast Fund (Shaw Rocket Fund), Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation, ACCESS Network and CKUA Radio.

No stranger to the volunteer world, Gail has served as a Board member to: Westmount Fitness Club, North Glenora Community, City Media Club, Canadian Women in Communications, Chinook Theatre Society, Brown Bag Cinema, Women in Film and Television and the Edmonton International Film Festival.

In work, or in play, Gail makes every effort to combine creative integrity, artistic desirability and practical necessity.

You can contact Gail at gail@socialenterprisefund.ca or call 780.758.0660.





Staff Bob Ward


Bob Ward (1949-2011) was SEF’s founding Executive Director, taking the fund from its concept phase to a vital financial resource for Edmonton’s emerging social entrepreneurs.

Under his passionate guidance, several organizations received loans and business advice to launch enterprises embedded with social value.  Bob came to SEF with over 30 years of “hands on” strategic business and economic development experience, ranging from financial services, commercial fishing, tourism, construction, forestry, big game outfitting and manufacturing.  His volunteer work included the chairmanship of CUSO and Director on the VSO International Board.

Bob is fondly remembered for the mischievous glint in his eye, his lively sense of humour, infectious laugh, and especially for his compassion and commitment to building a caring community.

Edmonton social enterprise seeks General Manager

FIND is a unique retail social enterprise of Homeward Trust, playing an important role in their mission to end homelessness in Edmonton.  The search is now on for a new General Manager for FIND, and you can find the details here.  

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New look, new stories

Our latest edition of Portfolio sports a whole new look, as SEF updates our brand after ten years.  Take a look and find out more about the great work being done by our clients across Alberta.   And stay tuned for a whole new website very soon!   SEF_Portfolio_SUMMER2018-14934-pages-F (3)

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ECDC starts the journey – Welcome Mark Holmgren!

January 2018 marks the start of a new phase for the Edmonton Community Development Company with the start of the organization’s new executive director, Mark Holmgren. “We couldn’t have asked for a more qualified candidate to fill this challenging role in an organization that is working to revolutionize approaches to mitigating poverty in Edmonton,” Martin […]

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Inspire, Learn, Connect...

Are you intrigued by the idea of social enterprise? Wondering if it might work for you? Then we've got the workshop just for you.

SEF is like "like Dragons' Den, but for good." Basically, we can provide patient capital to make social enterprise a reality.

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