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April, 2009

Evaluating the CSR of Alterna Credit Union: Focusing on Microloan Impacts

The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation and Alterna Savings Credit Union are collaborating on an innovative study that will assess the impacts of Alterna’s Microloan Program in Toronto and Ottawa.   On April 24, 2009, 3ci Chair Edward Jackson, Alterna CSR Manager Susan Henry and graduate student Michele Tarsilla presented the purpose and design of this research project to the Social Economy Symposium held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  The study is part of a larger initiative by the Centre, and funded by the McConnell Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, to apply a variety of methods and tools to evaluate the corporate social responsibility activities of major co-operatives and credit unions in Ontario.   To view the April 24 presentation, click here



September, 2008

Edward T. Jackson presents at the CIRIEC-International (the International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy) 27th Annual Conference in Seville, Spain. The general topic of the conference was "Innovation and Management: Answers to the great challenges of public, social economy and cooperative enterprises".

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June, 2008

Remembering Katharine Pearson

Nearly 200 people gathered in Montreal on June 25 to celebrate the life of Katharine Pearson, philanthropy leader and social-justice activist. Speakers included Katharine's mother, the Honourable Landon Pearson, and sister Hilary Pearson, as well as close friends, family members and professional colleagues. Katharine's deep commitment to her two sons, to lifelong friendships, to social change and to a way of working that brought people together, as well as a love for poetry and literature, were highlighted by all the speakers.

The J. W. McConnell Foundation, where Katharine worked for nearly a decade, has established the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society at McGill University. The Foundation has also produced a booklet of tributes to Katharine from social-sector leaders across the country, which will be posted on its website.

Katharine worked closely with Carleton University for many years as the Foundation's program manager responsible for the Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program. "She pushed us to live up to our plans and to be clear about our theory of change-to be better-and always in solidarity with our mission, and always with a smile," said FPA Associate Dean Ted Jackson, who directed CEDTAP. "Katharine was an engaged and strategic funding partner of the best possible kind."

"She will be missed," said Katherine Graham, Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. "It was our great privilege to have known and worked with such a fine social change leader and such a wonderful human being."

April 2008
Case Study of Bell CEDTAP Partnership Now Available
CEDTAP had the privilege of working with Bell Canada on the country’s largest and most productive corporate-university partnership in the field of community economic development. From 2004 through 2007, this partnership supported 150 local projects across Canada. Former CEDTAP National Coordinator, Gail Zboch, who led this work on CEDTAP’s side, has written up the experience as the latest in our series on corporate sector engagement in CED. The case provides important lessons for corporate managers and CED practitioners alike in how to structure and maximize the benefits of joint initiatives between corporations and civil society organizations. 

March 2008
Corporate Sector Engagement: A selection of Case Studies and Tools.
A series of articles drawing lessons from corporate engagement to advance community economic development (CED), examining innovative corporate engagement strategies, and ways in which social impact can be captured, communicated, and enhanced.
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April 2007
CEDTAP: Shifting From Grant-Making to Knowledge Mobilization

After ten years as Canada's largest non-governmental grant-maker in the field of community economic development, the Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program (CEDTAP) is shifting its focus from grant-making to knowledge mobilization...

January 2007
The Social Economy Research Network

Canadian researchers and practitioners are hard at work on co-generating new knowledge about the social economy in every part of Canada. This pan-Canadian research network, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is coordinated by Ian MacPherson of the University of Victoria and Rupert Downing of the Canadian CED Network. Regional sub-networks have developed customized workplans for the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Southern Ontario, the Prairies and Northern Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, and the North. CEDTAP, and its host agency, the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, are active on the Advisory Board of the national Hub and in the research activities of the Southern Ontario and Northern nodes. To learn more about the research network's activities,
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October 2006
A Nobel for Yunus and Grameen
CEDTAP joins development organizations around the world in celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. This "bank for the poor" has provided micro-loans to nearly 7 million women borrowers in 70,000 villages across Bangladesh. Professor Yunus and Grameen have inspired the worldwide micro-finance movement as well as an array of social businesses in Bangladesh, including Grameen Telecom. For more information, go to
  June 19, 2006
Ottawa - ON: Measuring Social Return on Investment

As part of its ongoing work on CED impacts, CEDTAP organized a workshop on social return on investment, or SROI. Led by Bill Young, President of Social Capital Partners, and Joanne Norris, SCP's Director of Social Returns....

June 2006
"Guide for Analysis of Social Economy Enterprises"

The expertise acquired over years by actors and organizations specialized in financing social and solidarity economy in Quebec has now its English version. This guide is an important tool for advisors and analysts and is very well known by experts of solidarity finance...

  May 16, 2006
GUELPH, Ontario - "Innovation Pathways: Tools for Rural and Northern Community Innovation"

A 118-page book filled with exercises, tips, ideas and strategies for creating an innovation culture was launched today at a celebration at the Arborteum, University of Guelph...Read More

March 16, 2006
Assessing CED Impacts

CEDTAP is carrying out a major study of the CED impacts of its projects and grantee organizations. The study has multiple components, including a literature review on relevant impact assessment methodologies, analysis of completed CEDTAP projects by knowledge cluster... Read More


2006 National Conference on CED and the Social Economy:
March 15-18, 2006 - Vancouver, BC
"Leaf, Tree, Forest: Rooting Development in Community"
Register now for Canada’s premier annual community economic development (CED) event. Join 600 CED and social economy practitioners, academics, government partners, technical assistance providers and citizens in vibrant downtown Vancouver.
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February 27, 2006
Measuring Expanded Value-Added

Laurie Mook, Co-Director of the Social Economy Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, led a workshop for CEDTAP staff and associates on the Expanded Value Added Statement (EVAS). Read more >>

  February 14, 2006
How Corporations Can Engage with CED

CEDTAP joined with Bell Canada and Imagine Canada to organize a Roundtable on Community Economic Development at the Bell Canada building in Calgary. Attended by some 15 corporate representatives with responsibility for community investment, Aboriginal relations and corporate social responsibility: Read more
Ottawa, ON, October 19, 2005
The Ontario Trillium Foundation Gives $624,900 to Carleton University--CED Network Taps on Talents of Non-Profit Sector.

In one of its largest grants ever, the Ontario Trillium Foundation recently approved a grant of $624,900 over 30 months to Carleton University on behalf of a collaborative of three non-profit organizations: Read more - PDF size 134 KB.

  August 26, 2005
Implementation of a health services co-operative: Factors for success and failure.
An analysis by: Jean-Pierre Girard
If there is a sector in which community economic development can be established with vigour, it is that of the health sector. Read More - PDF size 606 KB

July 25, 2005
CEDTAP Program Update

We would like to take the opportunity of the summer months to provide you with a brief update on CEDTAP's progress. Read more.

  March 18, 2005
Approved CEDTAP initiatives in 2004 now available

CEDTAP funded 53 projects in 2004, on a range of activities focused from feasibility studies, business and strategic planning, to marketing, evaluation, and training... Read more.




Le Boulot Vers... 20 Ans à Meubler des Vies -written by Anne-Marie Mottet and recently published by Éditions du Boréal, tells the story of a local venture entirely dedicated to employment insertion of young adults in difficulty.  

The Business of Building Strong Communities - article by CEDTAP's co-founder Edward Jackson

Grantmaking from the inside
- article by Edward Jackson

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