WE-CAN: Social Enterprise 101


Tuesday July 14, 2020
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop
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About this Event

Did you know that adopting social and environmental objectives in your core business opens opportunities for growth while making the world a better place?

In this workshop, Jo Reynolds of the Centre for Social Innovation will discuss how companies with a social and environmental focus can gain new customers, create brand trust, and attract top talent.

During this 1-hour overview of social enterprise in Canada, participants will:

• Gain an understanding of what makes a business a social enterprise

• See examples of social enterprises across Ontario

• Learn what supports exist for social enterprise growth in Ontario

• Gather insight into creating a social enterprise business

• Have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in active discussion with other women entrepreneurs

Note: Attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to the online session the day before the event.


Kingston resident Jo Reynolds is a Social Innovation Specialist with the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. She has spent the past 13 years in the field of social finance, social enterprise and social innovation in Canada. Jo is also a part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) which supports women and non-binary people who are starting or growing a social enterprise get access to coaches, capital and a community.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.