Get Informed!

Resources for

Everyone

Keep watching this space for resources from the Community Innovation Hub and other communities of faith  about social entrepreneuship, community hubs, and other socially innovative movements! Let Sarah know about resources that you think should be on the page by emailing info@communityinnovationhub.org.

 ListeN to the Giveback Podcast

 

Community Innovation Hub co-founder Peter Miller interviews the social innovators making a difference in the world with their world with their work. Social enterprise changes lives!

Watch for a new interview every week.

2020 Podcast Episodes 

Check out our podcasts for the year!

November 21 – Work in Culture with Diane Davy. Diane tells Peter about her work as executive director of Work in Culture, a non-profit organization that has been in operation for 20 years supporting the cultural sector in Ontario. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify 

November 17 – Age Big with Nancy Angus. Nancy Angus created Age Big in Thunder Bay based on her professional experience with seniors and her personal experience with her mother. Her interview with Peter Miller tells quite a story. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

November 12 – Choices for Youth and Impact Construction with Brian Hanley. Choices for Youth and Impact Construction are located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They are social enterprises helping youth learn and apply construction and other life skills. Brian is the general manager of Impact Construction and is passionate about what the organizations do. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

November 6 – Concierge Strategies with Alex Bishop. Alex takes Peter through how his corporate experience, business development experience, and government relations work led him to open Concierge Strategies. Concierge’s corporate social responsibility commitment includes work with communities of faith and a plan to build detox centres that give people in non-emergency addiction and/mental health situations a better option for treatment than the ER. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.    

October 19 – Table Coworking with Daryn DeZengotita. Daryn talks to Peter about how Table Coworking is bringing coworking to churches in Dallas, Texas, and helping churches around the world do the same. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

October 14 – Clean Slate Industries with Ralph Gutkin. Ralph tells Peter about how his personal story led him to start Clean Slate Enterprises, a social enterprise that creates job opportunities for people facing employment barriers.  Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

October 10 -About Space Designs with Manina Murphy. Manina talks to Peter about her social enterprise, About Space Designswhich uses evidence- based design in residential and commercial situations. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

October 5 – iLead Youth with Cheraldean McDonald. Cheraldean speaks with Peter about iLead Youth, the social enterprise that she founded to provide support to youth, helping them to learn leadership skills and to lead by example. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

September 12 – Sam: An Immigrant Success Story. – Sam came to Canada and has had great success as an entrepreneur. He started three businesses and sold two, the remaining being a financial services consultant business at a college (Albanese Consulting, which he self-funded). He also does financial services training, and co-wrote a book with royalties going to the Sick Children’s Hospital. Sam is a social innovator who gives back to community! Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.   

September 4 – Dare to Care with Lisa Dixon-Wells – Lisa speaks with Peter about Dare to Care, a unique program regarded as the most comprehensive and practical bully prevention program in Canada. Dare to Care enables schools, sport organizations, community groups and workplaces to mobilize and maintain a caring community. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

August 20 – Joe – Joe is an entrepreneur with a unique background and a powerful desire to bring his ideas to the world. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

August 12 – Emilie Lenevue – Emilie is an entrepreneur with a passion for equity, education and the environment. She has studied in various fields from biotechnology to design thinking, project management and marketing, giving her a unique perspective in a variety of industries. In 2018, she graduated as an advanced biotechnologist and valedictorian for Loyalist College. Emilie believes that youth representation is required at all levels of governance and that sustainable practices and intersectional thinking are key pillars to successful policy making. Did we mention that Emilie is just 23 years old? Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

July 31 – Ability Online with Michelle McClure – Michelle McClure talks about the Ability Online social networking platform, which provides youth/young adults with disabilities, parents and professionals a secure online experience that removes social barriers and promotes independence, respect, acceptance and inclusion. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

July 15 – The Village Hive with Charlotte Kirby – Charlotte Kirby talks about The Village Hive and about why coworking spaces may replace traditional offices as the places where important work gets done. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

July 2 – Herowork with Paul Latour – Paul Latour talks about how his company Herowork does Radical Renovations on buildings and spaces that house charities, with the generosity, expertise and volunteer time of Victoria, BC residents. Building community on multiple levels! Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

June 25 – Stone Soup Network with Rev Alexa Gilmour – Alexa Gilmour talks about being the founder of the Stone Soup Network, which pairs people in need with people who can help them. She also talks future directions for the network as she works to develop  “Soup in a Box.” Alexa is a Social Innovation Challenge winner! Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

June 10 – Poverty Reduction and Prevention as Social Enterprise – Gary St. Amand talks about the Bissell Centre and its innovative approach to addressing poverty and poverty-related issues in the Edmonton, Alberta area. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

May 27 – Compassionate Justice Speaker Series with Dan Lang – Dan Lang of Eglinton St. George’s United Church talks about the extremely successful Compassionate Justice Speaker Series and his plans for it. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

May 13 – Small Economy Works with Ajmal Sataar. Ajmal Sataar of Small Economy Works talks about his ‘university in the  field’ experience, the need for employees to look at the big picture, and seeing innovation everywhere. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify 

May 13 – My Pass Kit: Mental health with Tina Chan. Tina Chan, Founder of PASS Inc., talks mental health, her life and career, and what led her to develop the My Pass Kits. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

May 12 – Winged Canvas: Covid Response. Fei Lu of Winged Canvas discusses her choice to shut down her bricks and mortar art hub and pivot to an on-line business. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

May 7 – Shanta Sundarason, Social Innovator. Shanta, from non-profit organization The Giving Tree in Unionville, Ontario, talks about how she was inspired to give back to Canada after moving here, and how her program gives young leaders the resources to dive into service learning through the causes that spark their interest. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

May 1 – Gordon Cressy, Social Innovator. Gordon Cressy is a long-time social Innovator, former member of Toronto city council, VP of multiple Canadian universities and colleges, former President of the Toronto chapter of the United Way, and Peter’s cousin. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

April 16 – The Pivotal Point with Valerie Fox. Valerie Fox is co-founder of the DMZ at Ryerson University – Canada’s leading university business incubator and in the top three worldwide. Valerie talks about her extensive career, continuous education, and what led to her creating The Pivotal Point, her social enterprise. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

April 10 – Dave Harder, Community Developer and Spiritual Entrepreneur.  Dave, the co-founder of the Parish Collective Canada, stops by for a morning chat about being a good neighbor, and his life and career as a social and spiritual entrepreneur. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

April 4 – COVID-19 Positivity: Acts of Kindness. COVID-19 has changed the world in so many ways…including giving rise to positivity and acts of kindness!  Peter also discusses pandemic activities and scheduling tips. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

March 18 – Rural on Purpose with Mary Doyle. Social entrepreneur Mary Doyle of the Rural on Purpose social enterprise discusses her career, and why people are choosing to live and work in rural communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 27 – Agrihood with Simon Johnson. Simon stops by to talk about agrihoods – organized communities that integrate agriculture into residential neighborhoods. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 27 – New Step 4 U with Marina Mais – Executive Director and Founder of Markham-based New Step 4 U, Marina discusses her background and explains how expressive art programs enhance health and well-being. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 21 – NewMakeIt with Derroll Salmon. Derroll Salmon discusses makerspaces and shared workspaces. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 21 – Winged Canvas Art Hub with Fei Lu. Fei Lu discusses her Markham, Winged Canvas Art Hub and how art can be used in social innovation. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 21 – United Church Supports Social Innovation – Rob Dalgleish and Joshua Fernandes from Edge Ministry discuss support for social innovation in the church, and how they’re making it happen. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

February 4 – Project Restore FIBI with Aisha Francis. Aisha Francis discusses PROJECT RESTORE FIBI, which exists to serve and support families who have a loved one behind bars. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 4 – Indigenous Social Enterprises with Ed Champion and Steven Jackson. Interview with Ed Champion and Steven Jackson on the effect of social enterprise on the present and future of Indigenous communities across Canada.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

2019 podcast Episodes 

November 16 – Corporate Social Responsibility. A discussion about how small, medium and large businesses, as well as non- profits and charities, can give back to the community through small or large actions, programs, or support. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, or Spotify

November 16 – Neighbourliness and Giving Back. Many people do not interact with or even know their neighbours. Simple acts of giving back help to connect people and create stronger communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

November 16 – Andrew Funk. Interview with Homeless Entrepreneur founder Andrew Funk in Barcelona, Spain. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

November 16 – Community Innovation Hub. Interview with Carla Langhorst and Colleen Lowrie, igniters of the Community Innovation Hub. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

November 15 – Key Social Innovation Terms. A discussion of important terms like social innovation, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility, with examples. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

November 14 – Podcast Introduction. Host Peter Miller introduces the podcast and talks about the origins of its name. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

 

 

 

OTHER PODCASTS

Interested in becoming a Community Innovation Hub?