Demystifying social innovation business models
There are various business models that have the power to influence global economies using business as a force of good. How do you know which one applies to your startup? Which one will have the biggest impact?
Join a panel discussion with social entrepreneurship experts who will take you on a journey to explore different business models that could apply to your startup. From not-for-profit to Beneficial corporations (B Corps) and co-op models, these experts will demystify the legalities, as well as the structures, for these models.
Whether you are already familiar with the fields of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, working for an organization that wants to increase its social impact or just starting out, this panel will help debunk common assumptions around what resources are needed to begin acting as a social innovator — and how you can get started.
5:30 to 6 p.m.
Registration and networking
6 to 6 p.m.
6:10 to 6:45 p.m.
Panel discussion on social innovation
6:45 to 7 p.m.
Question and answer period
About the speakers
Julie Hamel, social innovation business advisor and coach, will moderate the panel discussion.
Jason Prince is a social economy advisor at PME MTL Centre-Ville. An urban planner with nearly three decades of experience in community economic development, he coaches collective enterprises in the social economy. Prince has worked with entrepreneurs on a wide variety of projects such as community housing, retail cooperatives, placemaking, community energy, daycares and seniors’ services. Prince teaches social economy part-time at Concordia and has edited a couple of books on problems facing the city.
Craig Ryan is the director of social entrepreneurship at BDC. He leads the efforts of BDC to grow the entrepreneurial movement of certified B Corps. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience in the public, private and civil society sectors. He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School. He is a guest lecturer at McGill University’s business school and a member of the board of directors of Rise Asset Development.
Erika Gaudreault is a project manager at Réseau COOP. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in sustainability and management, Gaudreault completed a master’s degree in social innovation management at HEC Montréal. Her master’s thesis offers a portrait of promoters’ experiences creating a worker’s or solidarity co-op in Quebec. She was also on the board of directors of GRIS-Montreal and Protec-Terre for several years.
Marie-Pier Didone is a cooperative development advisor at the Coopérative de développement régional du Québec (CDRQ). She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Laval University and a specialization in management of agricultural cooperatives from the Nacional Agraria La Molina University in Lima, Peru. Her subjects of interest include the cooperative model, project management and sustainable development. In her role at the CDRQ, Didone supports the creation and development of cooperatives.
• Erika Gaudreault, project manager at Réseau COOP
• Craig Ryan, director of social entrepreneurship at BDC
• Marie-Pier Didone, cooperative development advisor at the Coopérative de développement régional du Québec (CDRQ)