Monthly Archives: June 2012

SARC Fall 2012 Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan

I will be giving a presentation on social enterprise to senior managers at the Fall Conference  of the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (Fall Conference Brochure 2012) on October 17, 2012. The conference will be held at the Travellodge Hotel in Regina. Established in 1968, the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC) is a non-profit association representing community-based organizations that provide residential, developmental, and employment supports/services to thousands of individuals with disabilities. SARC Members are located in every corner of this province and employ more than 2,000 people. SARC provides a variety of supports to its Members so that they can provide a quality service to persons with disabilities

Case study on Inner City Renovation

A case study on Inner City Renovation, a social enterprise in Winnipeg’s construction sector since 2002 is being submitted to the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) for consideration in their Case Research Journal (CRJ) publication. The CRJ is distributed directly to libraries, publishers and universities including Harvard school of Business and Economics in the U.S. and Laurier School of Business and Economics in Canada.

The case illustrating various challenges facing Inner City Renovation in 2007 when it lost it largest customer will be a useful tool in business schools offering courses in social enterprise. The case is co-authored by my colleague John Melnyk at University of Winnipeg, Business Faculty and myself, ICR founder and past general manager.

Carrot Common in Toronto inspiration for Neechi Common in Winnipeg

Carrot Common home to The Big Carrot health food store on Danforth Avenue in Toronto is celebrating its 25 th. anniversary.  In 1987, I was assisted The Big Carrot to find a new larger location for their popular store. I introduced Mary Lou Morgan of the Big Carrot to David Walsh who I had met at a CED workshop some years earlier. It gave birth to Carrot Common, a two building two story complex with 21,000 sq. ft. retail store space and 10,000 sq.ft of office space for health care professionals. The Big Carrot is the anchor store in the Common and  has expanded over the past 25 years to take on an even larger presence.

The Carrot Common complex has been an inspiration to various organizations over the years including Neechi Foods Co-op Ltd. in Winnipeg who are about to open Neechi Common on Main St in Winnipeg’s North End later this summer. The 50,000 sq.ft complex will be home to community businesses promoting healthy foods and lifestyles.

Both Neechi Foods and The Big Carrot are worker co-operatives where the workers are the owners of the enterprise. Both are social enterprises with an environmental consciousness providing healthy food and lifestyles as well as employment for their workers.