2014 was an important year of growth for the Social Enterprise Fund, as we passed total investments of $19m, to more than thirty clients doing good in communities across Alberta. We are grateful to all our partners for the work they do, including the City of Edmonton, the United Way, and our biggest investor, the Edmonton Community Foundation.
I am delighted to welcome Gail Yakemchuk to the SEF team as our Administrative Associate. You can read Gail’s bio on the About us page, and I hope many of you have the opportunity to meet her in person soon. I know you will give Gail the same warm welcome to the social enterprise world that you gave to me.
With the cool fall weather comes lots of new learning opportunities for social entrepreneurs. Here’s a few that caught our eye. enp-ab is teaming up with Innoweave.ca to present an “Introduction to Social Enterprise” workshop in Calgary on 18 September 2014, plus a “Social Enterprise Feasibility Workshop” on 16 October 2014, also in Calgary.
Make Something Edmonton is launching a new breakfast series, and the first topic on offer is social entrepreneurship. On 14 July 2014, you can hear three great Edmonton social entrepreneurs tell their stories. Featured are Meghan Dear of Localize, Kyle Dubé of Verto Labour Services, and Antoine Palmer of Sustainival.
We have an opening for an Administrative Associate — and it might be you. Reporting to the Executive Director, the part-time Administrative Associate (17.5 hours per week) will provide a range of administrative, operations and loan servicing duties. Primary duties include record-keeping, recording loan disbursements and payments, general book-keeping and operation logistics.
With keynote speakers, workshops on a diversity of housing and homelessness topics, off-site tours of housing projects and plenty of networking opportunities, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) National Congress on Housing and Homelessness is the must-attend event for affordable housing and homelessness practitioners. The event is scheduled for Edmonton, April 30 to May 2 2014.
SEF was delighted to celebrate an early Christmas present this year, with the recent announcement from Toronto of a national award for the Edmonton Community Foundation. ECF was recognized for Excellence in Mission Investingfor its role in the creation an ongoing commitment to the work of the Social Enterprise Fund.
Edmonton Community Foundation CEO Martin Garber-Conrad has announced ECF’s expanded commitment to social impact investing through the creation of the Alberta Social Enterprise Venture Fund. He made the announcement on 4 October at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary. This investment structure will strengthen ECF’s response to the challenge from the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance to Canadian foundations to invest at least ten percent of their capital in mission-related investments by 2020.