Social Innovation: Exploring Social Enterprise as an Alternate Business Structure

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers: Yassaman Nouri and Marc Soberano

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Social enterprises and social enterprise sectors have been growing across the globe over the years. This webinar aims to give you a general understanding of the root of social enterprises in Canada, the US, and UK, and to help you understand Canadian and global social enterprise markets and trends. We will review common opportunities and challenges in the Canadian social enterprise sector, walk through tools and resources to help you assess whether social enterprise is the right business structure for your team, and go through the journey of building a social enterprise.


Yassaman Nouri

yassaman nouri.jpgYassaman is a UBC BComm Finance graduate and a recipient of Queen Elizabeth’s Queen Jubilee medal for contributions that positively impacted communities domestically and internationally. She is originally from Tehran, raised in Vancouver and has worked in Iran, UK, China, Malawi, Tajikistan and Canada in diverse sectors including post-secondary education, international trade, international development, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, credit unions, non-profits, management consulting and government organizations. Yassaman currently serves on the community wealth board of Options for Homes as well as helping the Hamilton Community Foundation with their pilot impact measurement project.

She teaches various courses related to social impact through Social Enterprise Institute, such as "How to use Systems Thinking to solve social problems", "How to use storytelling to connect to stakeholders", and "Tips and tools on building local and global impact communities".


Marc Soberano

marc soberano.pngMarc is the Founder and Executive Director of Building Up, a non-profit social enterprise which trains and employs Torontonians with barriers to employment, to install energy and water efficient retrofits in Toronto’s low-income housing buildings. Marc believes that innovative business models are needed to solve complex societal issues. His time spent at Ashoka working with established social enterprises reaffirmed these ideas and inspired him to contribute to the movement through the creation of Building Up. Marc is the only known graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business to have canoed across Canada, and he intends to combine lessons learned from the classroom and life in the woods to lead this organization towards its vision.



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