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Women in Need Society (WINS): Social EnterPrize Case Study

We are excited to announce that the The WINS case study is the first of its kind to have three local post-secondary institutions collaborate on a case study! It’s a testament to Calgary’s growth as a social enterprise hub and the cooperative spirit of that hub that a) three local post-secondary institutions wanted to do a case study on social enterprise and b) they were happy to work together.

The WINS case study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to working with women and their families facing a range of challenges – financial, in the process of leaving shelters, outfitting a home, adapting to a new city or country, or single parents caring for their children. WINS’ balance of delivery of a quality product and service along with profits for re-investment in business operations confirm that it is a deserving recipient of the Social EnterPrize.

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Trico Foundation Announces 2017 Social EnterPrize Recipients

Fogo Island Inn and Furniture Bank are the 2017 recipients of the Social EnterPrize, a $100,000 award celebrating excellence in Canadian social entrepreneurship. The awards will be formally presented during EconoUs2017 on the evening of September 14th, 2017. Tickets now available!

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Trico Foundation Announces 2017 Social EnterPrize Jury

Specifically hand-picked for their expertise, leadership, and knowledge of social entrepreneurship, the selection of the 2017 jury members was a strategic part of Trico Charitable Foundation’s plan to take the Social EnterPrize – and its work in building capacity in social entrepreneurship – to the next level . We are also thrilled the jury members represented Canada coast to coast, all the way from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Vancouver, British Columbia, while also drawing heavily from our home city, Calgary. We are grateful to our jury for choosing the two amazing and deserving organizations to be celebrated at EconoUs2017 on September 14th, 2017.

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Social Enterprise as a Coral Reef: Insights into the Evolution of Social Impact

To mix metaphors, seeing successful social enterprises as coral reefs may be the tip of the iceberg in a new understanding of how social enterprises grow and affect social change, and how we can help them do so. These themes will be explored more fully at our EconoUs2017 event Doing Business Differently: An evening of celebration and insight on September 14, 2017.

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Groupe Convex: Social EnterPrize Case Study

Recipient of the Social EnterPrize in 2011, Groupe Convex is featured in the latest edition of our case study series, our effort to more effectively tell the stories of amazing Canadian social enterprises.

Written by the Ontario Institute for Students in Education, University of Toronto, the case study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to generating meaningful jobs in an increasingly diverse number of ways. It also highlights the possible challenges of relying too much on a particular government policy and the difficult choices that come when one income stream does better than another.

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EconoUs2017– Innovating for Shared Prosperity

On September 13-15, 2017, EconoUs2017 will convene up to 350 delegates and community leaders from across Canada and abroad for three days of learning, connecting, and celebrating the heart and soul of local economies. Trico Charitable Foundation is honoured to partner with EconoUs to bring the Social EnterPrize back home to Calgary and host a panel celebrating doing business differently on Thursday September 14th, 2017.

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Mission Possible: Social EnterPrize Case Study

Recipient of the Social EnterPrize in 2011, Mission Possible is featured in the latest edition of our case study series, our effort to more effectively tell the stories of amazing Canadian social enterprises.

Written by Okanagan School of Business, Okanagan College, the study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to solving its customer’s need of effective community security and building a healthier and more inclusive community in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

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Potluck Cafe Society: Social EnterPrize Case Study

Recipient of the Social EnterPrize in 2011, the Potluck Café Society is featured in the latest edition of our case study series, our effort to more effectively tell the stories of amazing Canadian social enterprises.

Written by RADIUS of the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, the study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to extensive and ongoing evolution – from pivots in its models, to changes in leadership, to impact that ranges from serving sandwiches to systemic food security.

“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever” Native American Proverb

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Rethinking Social Entrepreneurship: Trico Foundation Releases New Report

Drawing on years of working with social entrepreneurs, conversations from across the globe, and lessons from case studies of its Social EnterPrize recipients, a new report from the Trico Foundation, “Building on Getting Beyond Better” (BonGBB) , calls for a rethinking of how we see the intricate yet inescapable interaction between the social and the entrepreneurial that is “social entrepreneurship”.

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