Social Enterprise World Forum

Social Enterprise World Forum

April 30, 2013 09:00 ET

Social Enterprise World Forum Comes to Canada

Marquee event to welcome more than 1,200 delegates from 30 countries

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 30, 2013) - Registration is now open for the 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), a global event dedicated to furthering social enterprise. SEWF will take place on October 2-4, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta and be hosted by TRICO Charitable Foundation.

"This is the first time Canada has hosted the Social Enterprise World Forum, and it is our goal to make this year's event a watershed moment in the ever-growing social enterprise movement." explained Dan Overall, TRICO Foundation's Director of Innovation and Collaboration and the coordinator for SEWF 2013.

This special occasion has led to a historic collaboration. TRICO Charitable Foundation is partnering with the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Social Innovation Generation, the Social Finance Forum and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network to make this THE social enterprise event in Canada.

The technical definition of a "social enterprise" is any organization or business that uses market-oriented production and sale of goods and/or services to pursue a public benefit mission. This covers many types of organizations - ranging from enterprising charities, non-profits and co-operatives to social purpose businesses, which are for-profit businesses designed to fulfill a social mission.

In essence, it's about the power of markets to serve organizations that have a social purpose mission.

"Over the coming months, we will be announcing a number of local and international speakers who will empower, innovate and inspire delegates; providing them with the knowledge and tools to enhance their social and environmental impact", said Overall.

Early bird registration runs until July 25.

"While SEWF 2013 will be many things to many people, there are really three key cross-currents," explained Overall. "A powerful idea - the notion of markets as a tool for social good; tackling big issues - resolving the world's most complex and confounding social challenges; with a very wide tent - all sectors devoted to enhancing social impact, from social enterprises to policy makers, private sector leaders, social good businesses, not-for profits, the public sector, philanthropists to entrepreneurs."

"The Social Enterprise World Forum brings together social enterprise leaders from across the globe to hear from inspiring speakers, exchange ideas, share innovation and good practice," added Peter Holbrook, Chair of SEWF. "Countries around the world are facing their own unique social and environmental problems, but social enterprise is a global solution. This annual event aims to strengthen and shape the future of one of the most inspiring and necessary movements of our time."

SEWF 2013 will focus on six program tracks:

  1. Social Finance/Impact Investing
  2. Indigenous Social Enterprise
  3. Social Enterprise Skills Building
  4. Research and Public Policy
  5. Cross-Boundary Collaboration
  6. Social Innovation

For more information and to register, please visit

About SEWF:

The inaugural SEWF met in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008. Since then it has been to Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco, U.S.A; Johannesburg, Africa; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A Steering Group oversees the operations of SEWF. Consisting of national social enterprise leaders committed to collaborating internationally to advance social enterprise development, the 13-member group includes representatives from Canada, the USA, Scotland, England, Germany, South America, South Africa and Australia.

TRICO Charitable Foundation:

TRICO Charitable Foundation, established in 2008, seeks to provoke innovation and build capacity in social entrepreneurship. Its programs, initiatives and partnerships are dedicated to growing a community of sustainable, entrepreneurial organizations. For more information please visit

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