Unleashed: The Social Enterprise Event is just over three weeks away, and we’re thrilled to be able to present the last two of this year’s keynote speakers: Elspeth McKay, Executive Director of Operation Come Home (OCH), and Chris Lord, Ottawa Manager of Knifewear!
Before joining OCH in 2007, Elspeth McKay spent the previous 25 years developing programs focused on supported employment, entrepreneurship, and education, as well as numerous social enterprises. She is now a leader in the social innovation space, and leads the charge at OCH, including its four innovative social enterprises. In addition, Elspeth provides social enterprise consultations to numerous non-profit organizations as well as the federal and provincial governments, working hard to develop the social enterprise sector and grow its impact. Elspeth has devoted her career to improving the lives of those that are marginalized and economically disadvantaged, and continues to create positive impact through the various organizations she’s involved with outside of her professional career.
Elspeth will be joined onstage, on the afternoon of November 16th, by Chris Lord, a successful local business manager, and partner of FarmWorks, one of Operation Come Home’s four social enterprises. Chris Lord manages Knifewear, a National chain, that selects a charity in the cities in which they operate to support. In addition to financial support Chris provides business advice as a seasoned entrepreneur, brings in local chefs to cook at OCH and has made media appearances to highlight the benefits of partnership with OCH.
Elspeth and her team have begun every social enterprise by ensuring each model serves a need for a particular customer. This mindset has led to the development and growth of five successful, profitable social enterprises that provide tremendous opportunity for the social enterprises they serve. In addition to a robust business model, the Operation Come Home team has created critical relationships within the community that have helped grow the businesses.
Relationships, like the one with Chris, have supported the growth of the social enterprise beyond just financial investment and support. Relationships and networks have proven to be a key aspect of the business model for Elspeth that have supported her revenue-generating activities.
Join Chris and Elspeth as they share the story of Operation Come Home and how they work together to create social impact within the city.
For more information about Operation Come Home and the impact that they have in the Ottawa community, you can visit their website at http://operationcomehome.ca/.
To see some of the other Unleashed speakers who’ve been announced, you can visit the Unleashed Website at http://seunleashed.com/.
Join CSED and some of the biggest players in the social enterprise sector on November 16th, at the Canadian Museum of Nature for Unleashed: The Social Enterprise Event.