Leading the way for changemakers like you.
We are market makers, modern-day wayfinders if you will, who are dedicated to creating pathways for the changemakers of this world.
What we do
Whether you’re a changemaker looking to start a social enterprise, shift purchasing power towards social impact or provide financial capital, CSED can help bring it all together. We offer a continuum of support for social enterprises including access to coaching, financing, learning communities, training, and cross-sector partnerships. As marketmakers, we have initiated several projects to open channels, build social value into existing supply chains, and foster economies of scale within select clusters of the sector.
“A social enterprise is an ongoing, purpose-led initiative or organization that uses earned income strategies to achieve a social mission.”
CSED works with clients throughout the city in developing their social enterprise plans and providing them with the tools and strategies to perpetuate positive social change and grow profitably.
Vision & Mission
A thriving social enterprise sector that is highly valued as a driver of economic, environmental and social good.
To enable and inspire the development, launch and growth of Social Enterprises.
Capacity & Skills:
Ensure that social enterprises have access to the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their full potential.
Access to Capital:
Facilitate access to appropriate funding for social enterprises to test ideas, grow and scale.
Create market conditions that enable more organizations, businesses and consumers to purchase from social enterprises.
Demonstrate the role of the social enterprise sector and its ability to do economic, environmental and social good.
Build public awareness and support for the social enterprise sector.
Collaborative and client focused, Michael comes to CSED with more than 25 years of experience developing and implementing strategies and initiatives that improve the economic prosperity and environmental sustainability of local communities.
At the City of Ottawa, Michael spearheaded economic development programs and partnerships with industry stakeholders, chambers of commerce, business improvement areas and other levels of government to improve business conditions and support business success. He also helped build strategic business cases for multiple industries to create new opportunities within the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
Michael can be reached at Michael@csedottawa.ca
A global business executive with over 15 years of experience developing and executing business strategies in alignment with corporate objectives, Manu is no stranger to the Ottawa community. He has worked with and led multiple local organizations while designing and building unique technology solutions, encouraging young entrepreneurs, supporting community betterment initiatives, facilitating innovation relationships, championing social causes and developing niche talent advancement programs. He has a strong strategic interest in creating opportunities to empower individuals, organizations and communities to connect, communicate, collaborate and co-create.
Manu can be reached at Manu@csedottawa.ca
Director, Sector Development
Samuel has worked with social enterprises and nonprofits in India, China, Thailand, Ethiopia, Ghana, the United States and Canada. In 2013, Samuel graduated with distinction from Hult International Business School’s Master of Social Entrepreneurship program in San Francisco, California.
A social entrepreneur himself, he carries with him a deep interest and experience in marketing, partnership building, sustainability and employment-based social enterprises.
Director, Sector Development
Ysabel is an experienced professional with proven results in coaching organizations at all stages of development. Intrinsically motivated she has spent the past 13 years working with over 200 new entrepreneurs as a business consultant for both provincial and federal government programs.
Ysabel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager, Marketing & Communications
An accomplished, dynamic marketing & communications professional, Linda has 20 years of experience in developing and managing research and idea driven campaigns on national, regional and local levels. She has worked in the private and not-for-profit sector in the broadcasting, healthcare and hospitality industries. Goal oriented, Linda has a successful track record of delivering results and building long-term and productive relationships with clients, partners and team members.
Linda can be reached at Linda@csedottawa.ca