About this event

A social and solidarity entrepreneurship celebration and conference that brings together dynamic forces of social and economic transformation in Montreal.

AIM : to encourage the acceleration and development of a regenerative socioeconomic model through the creation of new and ambitious social enterprises in all sectors of the economy, and through supporting existing organizations.

WHY?: To build momentum together towards a world beyond our current economic system. To solve collective problems collectively, to build a new transformative framework, and to specifically encourage democratic economic enterprise, within an approach of group empowerment and bottom-up movement-building for the long-term. To further solidify networks of support within the broader community of like-minded people working towards these goals.

Speakers

Entrepreneurs and experts of all walks of life, from here and around the world!

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Nancy Neamtan

Chantier de l'économie sociale

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Yves-Marie Abraham

HEC

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Michel Bauwens

P2P Foundation

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John Restakis

Community Evolution Foundation

At Concordia University

  • 1455 de Maisonneuve W, Montreal
  • transform.er.montreal@gmail.com

Programming

  • 8:00 - 9:00

    Welcome and registration

    Main Hall on the ground floor

  • 9:00 - 10:30
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    Judith
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    Opening panel

    Main auditorium : H-110
    Speaking from their work and/or research experience, our panelists will offer their insight on the theme of the conference and set the foundations for our work of the weekend.

    Speakers:
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    Jennie-Laure Sully

    Judith

    Judith Cayer

    Yves_marie

    Yves-Marie Abraham

  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Zimmerman

    PURPOSE : Park Slope Food Coop Keynote

    Main auditorium : H-110
    Allen Zimmerman will be teaching us all about the revolutionary PSFC model. PSFC is a grocery store that has more than 16700 member/owners, and those members purchase 52 million in annual sales. The amazing thing about this model is that 14500 members (all those able to!) are required to participate in the work with 2:45 hours of their time every 4 weeks to the coop. As a result, their labour costs are reduced by about half and this translates directly into 20-40% savings for members on groceries, and only members can shop there. Worried you won’t be able to find someone to babysit while you do your shift? No worries! They have a daycare right on the upper floor of the coop, and it's free! Not only is this coop financially sound, but it’s board meetings see as many as 250-600 members present each time, and they all vote! There is much more to learn, democracy enthusiasts won't want to miss out!

    Speakers:
    Zimmerman

    Allen Zimmerman

  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Lunch break

  • 13:00 - 14:15
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    POWER : Stocksy United Keynote

    Main auditorium : H-110
    Brianna Wettlaufer, CEO and co-founder of Stocksy United cooperative, will discuss the real-life, everyday challenges that come with actually running a democratic business. After only 3 years of operations, Stocksy has nearly 1,000 artist co-owners and annual revenue of over 7 million. This rapid growth has brought numerous questions about member involvement, employee self-management and the actual workings of economic democracy. Brianna will share the joys and pains of finding practical solutions to these issues.

    Speakers:
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    Brianna Wettlaufer

  • 14:30 - 15:45

    BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 1

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  • 16:00 - 17:15
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    POWER : Inter-cooperation in Argentina

    Main auditorium : H-110
    Flavia Beatriz Rodriguez is Secretary of Red Gráfica, one of the largest cooperative federations in Argentina. It mainly federates printing shop coops, of which maybe were originally private factories that were taken over by their workers during the last economic crisis. Flavia will share her experience both of taking over an existing business and of organizing a network of businesses as a transformative movement.

    Speakers:
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    Flavia Beatriz Rodriguez

  • H-420 -
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    Large room | Transforming the economic model through entrepreneurship : accomplishments and challenges

    (This session is offered in French)
    To promote and develop the social economy as part of a new development model: this is the mission of the Chantier de L'Économie Sociale which has been working for 20 years to connect democratic and social enterprises, social movements, local authorities and many others to support and build this ambitious mission. How can we reconcile the daily demands of our citizens' initiatives at the heart of the economy, and our will to change the logic of the Quebec and international economy? What lessons have been learned from this growing local & international movement? This will be an open and frank discussion for and by those who ask these big questions!

    Speakers:
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    Nancy Neamtan

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    Large Room | Behind the Curtain: Crafting a Fundable Business Plan

    (Stage whisper: We have just over an hour together to talk about the *business plan*. S’gotta be great, so you can get the funding, right? Well, let’s not waste any time!) With many years experience in evaluating collective business plans, Jason Prince will share some suggestions and hints on how to make your business plan stand out from the crowd and get the attention it deserves. Of course, this workshop will also cover the basics. Consider this a boot-camp for collective business start-up hopefuls.

    Speakers:
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    Jason Prince

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    Clara

    Visible Hand, toward pluralism in Economics

    (This session is offered in French)
    It is time for the traditional free-market economics to take a step back, and to start teaching a more holistic vision of the economy by learning from and integrating the lessons taught and sought after by civil society. This presentation will discuss the project of the Main Visible (mainvisiblehand.wordpress.com) (Visible hand in English!) and its role as part of an international movement that aims to reinstate pluralism into economics through interdisciplinary dialogue and the presentation of alternative economic theories (Feminist, institutionalist, environmentalist, Marxist, etc.). Main Visible seeks to energize these discussions, making information and knowledge on the reform of economic teaching in Canadian universities publicly available. Representatives of the project, Charles Guay-Boulet (UQAM) and Clara Dallaire-Fortier (McGill), will illuminate the tools that can lead to a democratization of the economy and will facilitate an open discussion with the participants.

    Speakers:
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    Charles Guay-Boutet

    Clara

    Clara Dallaire-Fortier

  • H-820 -
    Zimmerman

    Hands-on : Replicating Park Slope

    Interested in learning how we can work together to reduce our grocery bills by 20-40% while supporting a wildly democratic organisation, just by volunteering less than three hours every four weeks? Following the plenary on the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC) model, participants will have the opportunity to meet Allen Zimmerman in a practical context. He will draw on the experience of PSFC to offer advice on starting highly democratic grocery co-operatives with a mandatory volunteer requirement (2.45 hours every four weeks), explaining how their work sharing system works with +15 000 volunteers. The topics will range from startup to governance challenges while offering some concrete support tools, such as information about a fund that issues low-interest solidarity loans (with the exclusive purpose of locally reproducing this model!), set up by the PSFC itself.

    Speakers:
    Zimmerman

    Allen Zimmerman

  • H-603 -
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    Mondragón Operations 101

    Mondragón is the largest cooperative group in the world, comprising of 257 businesses spanning four sectors of activity : finance, industry, retail and knowledge. Its over 70,000 employees build a variety of products from machine tools to elevators, offer insurance and banking services, and teach cooperation at their own Mondragón University. Many people admire the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation's achievements, however less is know about their operations. This workshop provides an overview of Mondragón's operations that have allowed them to optimize processes and excel at costumer service while building a democratic and collective economy.

    Speakers:
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    Erika Licón

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    From Bosses to Bots : Technology and Economic Justice

    Is a bank on the blockchain suddenly democratic? Is all open source software necessarily more fair? We need to start differentiating between innovative technical models and the business-as-usual economic interests they often serve. This talk borrows from and contributes to emerging and critical conversations about technology, “platform cooperativism” and the social economy. It proposes that we need to start making more thoughtful distinctions between an organization's business model, its technical infrastructure, its social purpose and the product. So in this digital world of “sharing economies,” who’s doing the sharing, making and owning — and who’s just a thief? Together, we’ll untangle some of the myths and models that fuel this new paradigm, and imagine how they might serve a more cooperative, collective, and just economy.

    Speakers:
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    Lex Gill

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    Caucus : Urban development

    CAUCUS: The caucuses cater to democratic businesses -- either already in operation or aspiring organisations -- in a given sector. They aim to offer them a great opportunity to meet and discuss issues of concern and to explore collaborative opportunities that interest them from their perspective. This caucus is oriented towards urban development companies, both those that offer consulting services, those that develop real estate projects and those that support citizen projects. Following an informal consultation with some companies in the sector, the following discussion tracks have been suggested: 1- The synergy of social enterprises in the urban development of Montreal // How can we use our strengths to develop projects? 2- The positioning of our companies and our organizations // What place do we hold in public tenders or competitions, and how can we take our place? Confirmed companies: UTILE, L'Estrade, Arpent, L'Enclume

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    Caucus : Food and agriculture

    CAUCUS: The caucuses cater to democratic businesses -- either already in operation or aspiring organisations -- in a given sector. They aim to offer them a great opportunity to meet and discuss issues of concern and to explore collaborative opportunities that interest them from their perspective. This caucus is oriented towards food system businesses, whether they grow or transform produce. Following an informal consultation with some companies in the sector, the following discussion tracks have been suggested: 1- Emerging trends and networking 2- Given the alternative food system is quite marginal with regards to the mainstream food system, how do we get the consumers-citizens to be / feel engaged?

  • 8:00 - 9:00

    Welcome and registration

    Main Hall on the ground floor

  • 9:00 - 10:15
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    PROPERTY : Michel Bauwens on Reinventing Coops

    Main auditorium : H-110
    Michel Bauwens is one of the best-known faces of a new global movement advocating for a commons-based and peer-to-peer economy. As a founding member of the P2P Foundation, he has advocated for the reinventing of the cooperative model adapted to the 21st century. During his conference he will showcase the potential of innovative ownership structures and draft the outline of this new model : open coops.

    Speakers:
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    Michel Bauwens

  • 10:30 - 12:00

    BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 2

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  • 12:00 - 13:30

    Lunch break

  • 13:30 - 14:45

    BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 3

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  • 15:00 - 16:00
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    Closing keynote : Toward an economics of the common good

    Main auditorium : H-110
    In this session, seasoned cooperative organizer John Restakis will present an overview of both theoretical principles, and concrete examples, of local economies that operate on the basis of economic democracy. It will speak to the actual organization of economies oriented around progressive social values and the common good. The session will focus on the example of Emilia Romagna in Italy, and the application of co-operative ad commons principles to addressing the ongoing social and economic crisis in Greece.

    Speakers:
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    John Restakis

  • 16:00 - 17:00
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    Closing panel

    Details coming soon!

    Speakers:
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    TBA

  • 17:00 - 19:00

    Celebration cocktail

    Sponsored by the Chantier de l'économie sociale, this festive event will conclude the conference on a joyful note and allow attendees to continue conversations they may have started over the weekend. Drinks and appetizers will be offered.

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    Large room | Sharing Economy and Social Economy: Jolly Bedfellows!

    The Sharing Economy is threatening some established business models and the Social Economy has been nibbling away at them for many years. If things continue, and actors play their cards wisely, we might see a radically different society emerge in the coming years. What should the year 2050 look like, and how do we get there? Get ready to think! (Participation required: no spectators allowed!)

    Speakers:
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    Jason Prince

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    Isabelle-Lessard

    Large room | Collective businesses and sustainability - How can they benefit each other?

    (This session is offered in French)
    The challenges of the twentieth century are numerous and complex: climate change, growing inequality, resource depletion, democratic dificiencies, and more. These challenges lead us to think systemically about the long term sustainability of our choices and to seriously consider paradigm shifts: re-localising the economy, building a circular economy, etc. What role can the collective enterprises play in these shifts? And, can the environmental crises and the emergence of "green economy" be leveraged for the development of sustainable collective enterprises?

    Speakers:
    Bertrand

    Bertrand Fouss

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    Blaise Rémillard

    Isabelle-Lessard

    Isabelle Lessard

  • H-820 -
    Laurent-Levesque

    Introduction to democratic governance and legal structures

    (This session is offered in French)
    Democratic businesses are nice and all, but how do they actually operate on a day-to-day basis? This workshop will explore why and how we can put people (instead of money) back in the places of power. We will also discuss the different collective structures available in Quebec (nonprofit, coop, solidarity coop, etc.) and their comparative advantages. Participants will leave with practical knowledge about collective governance and what model to choose for their (potential) projects.

    Speakers:
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    Laurent Levesque

  • H-609 -
    Frederic
    Pascal Grenier
    Rachad
    Vincent

    Going farther together : shared services

    (This session is offered in French)
    How can we both consolidate existing democratic businesses while supporting the emergence of new ones? This panel discusses one way to answer that question: shared services. Buying groups, sharing services and even workspaces, these companies exist to help other businesses. This panel is an opportunity to hear from support organisations, while they share their models and histories.

    Speakers:
    Frederic

    Frédéric Bourrely

    Pascal Grenier

    Pascal Grenier

    Rachad

    Rachad Lawani

    Vincent

    Vincent Chapdelaine

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    Blinders off : Getting Real about non-hierarchical organizing

    Collective, non-hierarchical, and consensus based organizations are on the rise. As more and more groups and organizations attempt to take an alternative approach to organizing, new challenges and unexpected frustration may emerge for those involved. This sharing based session will bring together people of various skill levels and experience around the questions and challenges that arise from alternative organizing. This will include addressing key challenges surrounding inclusivity, authority, accountability, responsibility, expectations, inter-personal politics, and efficiency. What do we want to do through alternative organizing and how do we accomplish those aims? The session will also provide practical advice on implications for legal structure and other aspects of alternative organizing. As facilitators we will be prepared to guide a group learning session informed by the expertise and experience of those present, and we will also be prepared to share from our own knowledge and experiences as needed.

    Speakers:
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    TBA

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    Social franchising : A strategy to scale out to new territories

    Collective businesses can answer social needs or community issues in creative and original ways. But how can these ideas be replicated? This workshop is offered to businesses interested in scaling up who might be interested in a new concept : social franchising.

    Speakers:
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    Émilien Gruet

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    Pascale Lagacé-Brunet

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    Sarah Dahmani

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    Francesca

    Introduction to shareholder worker coops

    (This session is offered in French)
    A Shareholder worker coop is a cooperative that involves the workers within an existing for-profit business. It allows workers to be directly involved within the management of the business, as the co-op owns a significant amount of shares in the company. This insures seats for workers on the board of the business. Ideally the coop would one day hold over 50% of shares, but the result is often rather at least a state of worker/business partnership and greater transparency and accountability.

    Speakers:
    Francesca

    Francesca Nugnes

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    Nathalie-V

    Large room | Start-up funding : knowing your options

    (This session is offered in French)
    You have an idea or a business project? Wondering how to get startup or consolidation / development funding? Meet the main funders of the social economy to learn about their offers, find out how to access their resources, and ask them questions!

    Speakers:
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    Luc Rabouin

    Mireille Héroux

    Nathalie-V

    Nathalie Villemure

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    Large room | Urban Land, Housing : Private, Public or Community Ownership

    A panel discussing the importance of community land ownership on urban land for providing secure and participative housing to low income residents, for allowing management of housing based on SSE principles and for reclaiming city land as part of the commons. Importantly, the interaction of grassroots actors and municipal government will be explored as an important element. Such questions will be explored through the three Montreal case studies of the Milton Park Community in Milton-Park, Benny Farm in NDG and the Overdale project in downtown Montreal. These cases will be compared for their various successes and failures historically up until contemporary experience. They will serve as lessons to inspire with best practice and to illustrate potential challenges.

    Speakers:
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    Dimitri Roussopoulos

    jbradley

    John Bradley

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    Sam Boskey

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    Jonathan-Brun

    Guaranteed basic income to support collective entrepreneurship

    (This session is offered in French)
    Guaranteed basic income is in the news, with pilot projects in Finland and the Netherlands, a supportive minister (and Premier!) in Quebec and a referendum in Switzerland. Like any entrepreneur, collective entrepreneurs need financial support to start their project and to ensure their financial security in case of failure. A basic income will provide significant assistance to the movement of collective entrepreneurship and will create the economic conditions that allow more people to get involved in collective projects.

    Speakers:
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    Jonathan Brun

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    Diversity and inclusion in workteams : a discussion

    As members of a cooperative, we propose an egalitarian brainstorming workshop on the concepts of diversity (culture, gender, age, etc.) and inclusion. Different issues, depending on the interests of participants, will be addressed: In what way can the diversity of a team be a force for an organization? How do we promote diversity and what does it consist of? How can we work to ensure the welfare of all members of a team when it is composed of individuals from distinct cities, countries, languages, cultures, etc.? How can we minimise the creation of hierarchy or relationships of domination / power? How can reflections on personal privileges be an effective path to conflict resolution? How can we ensure optimal communication and representative decision-making? How can we think about diversity in recruitment? How can we integrate women into male-dominated work teams? * Please note that this is not a panel and everyone can express their views on these issues. This workshop is a discussion and collective reflection.* Animation: Julie Hervieux, Marilyn S. Veilleux, Étienne Després, members and workers at Territories

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    Workers' coops and the challenges of collective management

    (This session is offered in French)
    Despite 50 years of history in Quebec, the worker cooperative movement remains relatively unknown. Yet, more and more entrepreneurs are choosing this model when it is presented to them. The worker coop model is particularly interesting for groups of entrepreneurs who wish to pool their strengths and skills and rely on the synergy and dynamism of a team in a democratically managed work environment. This is an opportunity to learn about the different legal forms, and in particularly the worker coop model and its specificities. How worker coops combine values ​​and business management, to provide fulfilling work to worker-members. This workshop will review the main steps in launching a cooperative and success factors: the development of the business idea to mobilizing members through research funding and organizational development work.

    Speakers:
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    Isabel Faubert Mailloux

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    The Next Frontier : access to capital

    The most ambitious, original or atypical projects are often the hardest to fund. Furthermore, without private capital collective businesses face specific funding challenges, which entrepreneurs are already tackling everyday within their teams. During this panel, entrepreneurs facing these issues will explore the limits they have encountered as well as possible situations in company of Bernard Ndour, strategic counselor at the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins,

    Speakers:
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    Bernard Ndour

    GabrielFF

    Gabriel Fournier-Filion

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    Sarah Dahmani

    SimonRoux

    Simon Emmanuel Roux

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