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November is sustainable business month at Innovation Guelph

We’re celebrating Guelph’s growing sustainable business and social innovation ecosystem with events, workshops and activities all month long – check it out:

November Events


#GoodBizGuelph: Innovation Guelph’s 2nd Annual Sustainability Social

November 15th | 5:00pm – 7:00pm


Join us on November 15 to learn, collaborate and celebrate the growth of Guelph’s sustainable business and social innovation ecosystem.

  • Share and get support for your business sustainability challenges
  • Learn how you can help grow Guelph’s “good business” economy
  • Hear from experienced Guelph entrepreneurs – including Lucky Iron Fish and The Neighbourhood Group – about the process of embedding sustainable practices in all facets of their business
  • Meet corporate sustainability leaders Helmi Ansari, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, GROSCHE International Inc., and Craig Ryan, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at BDC, the only bank in Canada dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs
  • Network with socially-minded community members, entrepreneurs, municipal leaders and sustainability experts

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Toolkit Tuesday

November 15th | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

The November Toolkit Tuesday will feature our resident sustainable business expert: Erin Doherty

Erin is an advocate for sustainability – conserving financial, ecological and community resources – and uses design thinking to develop social impact programs and strategies that help businesses and organizations create meaningful and measurable change for their communities, for their workers and for the planet. Erin is an Innovation Guelph mentor, and teaches business ethics and corporate social responsibility to the next generation of innovators and business leaders.

Toolkit Tuesdays are open door sessions for current and potential Innovation Guelph clients. They feature the opportunity to network with our generous sponsors, including Miller Thomson, Meridian, Cowan Insurance, National Research and Development, and Grants Ontario. These sessions are an excellent opportunity for you to connect with the experts, ask questions and get advice!

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Employee Ownership Workshop

Rescheduled to February 16th, 2017


Every stage of business can be enhanced by the intelligent integration of people in the process.This one day workshop will equip attendees with a working knowledge of the business case for employee ownership and allow them to make an informed, educated decision as to whether it is part of the answer to the strategic goals of their enterprise.
Participants will be given the skills and knowledge to initiate a program, should they decide to move forward with this approach.

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Fast Track – B Corp Bootcamp

November 30th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Learn business sustainability basics and the ins-and-outs of B Corp certification in this one-day workshop.

B Corp is to business what fair trade certification is to coffee and chocolate, or USDA organic certification is to food. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. B Corp certification can help differentiate your business, generate press, attract investors and engage talent. B Corp certification makes good business sense.

In this hands-on session, the B Lab team will:

– Build your understanding of the four pillars of B Corp certification (governance, workers, community and environment)

– Provide one-on-one help with your assessment

– Demystify the B Corp Impact Assessment with tools, tips and strategies to improve your score and achieve certific

By the end of the session, you’ll be ready to submit the assessment and be one step closer to joining the Certified B Corp community!

Session Outline

2:00 – 2:20 p.m. – Introduction to the B Corp movement and community.
2:20 – 2:50 p.m. – De-mystifying the B Impact Assessment. Tips and strategies for completing the assessment, improving your score and achieving certification.
2:50 – 5:00 p.m. – Live working session and one-on-one support

This is a live working session, so bring your laptop and charger, and be prepared to work through the B Impact Assessment and/or your improvement plans in real time.

The workshop will be led by Joyce Sou, Director of B Lab Canada, and Erin Doherty, Business Impact Strategist and Innovation Guelph business sustainability mentor.

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