In 2016, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) and British Council Canada launched Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE) in communities across the country. The programme trained over 170 young leaders in how to use the ACSE framework to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities.
This year’s workshops took place in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Together with young people from across their region, participants attended a three-day, intensive training session during which they explored the topics of identity, intercultural dialogue and community-conscious social entrepreneurship.
Of those who participated in this year’s workshops, up to 15 individuals will be selected to attend the Youth Innovation Summit and will be eligible for the chance to receive seed funding to grow their social enterprise.
ACSE in a Nutshell
Attend a 3-Day Immersive Training
Together with 20-30 young people from across your region, you will attend an ACSE training session in one of six cities across the country: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
Implement an SDG initiative in your community
Armed with the ACSE framework, you will return to your community after the training to implement your proposed SDG intervention with the support of peer or business mentors.
Have a chance to attend the Youth Innovation Summit in Ottawa
15 exceptional participants will be selected to travel to Ottawa in March, 2018 to showcase their work and exchange ideas with high level representatives from the public and private sectors, including socially minded enterprises and start-ups, the Canadian Government and the United Nations.
Are you aged 18 to 35 and living in Canada? Do you value fairness and social justice and have a strong sense of local culture and identity? Are you interested in exploring social entrepreneurship as a means of addressing a social or environmental need in your community? Check back in Summer 2018 for information on how to participate in the Third Edition!
Second Annual Youth Innovation Summit
March 12, 2018
The Youth Innovation Summit is a networking and capacity-building event, which gives 15 exceptional participants of ACSE programme, or Young Innovators, the opportunity to showcase their ideas for addressing the SDGs through social enterprise. Selected Young Innovators’ travel and accommodation costs for the Summit will be covered. They will also be given the opportunity to participate in ACSE’s Coaching Programme and to receive a small amount of seed funding to support their projects.
Apply to Attend as Young Innovator
To attend as a Young Innovator, you must have attended an ACSE: Second Edition (Fall 2017) workshop and go through a competitive application process.
Applications are now closed!
Attend as a Guest
The Summit is also open to general guests, who may attend for the opening ceremonies and pitching components of the day, taking place on the morning of March 12th.
If you would like to attend as a guest, please complete this form.
Become a Partner
If you or your organization is interested in supporting social innovation and progress toward the SDGs in Canada, we would love to hear from you!
Please contact us at [email protected]
Our Local Trainers
Amanda Wong (Vancouver) is a returning trainer for the Active Citizen Social Enterprise program and has been a volunteer with UNA-Canada for over 10 years. Amanda is an HR specialist and currently works as the HR Manager for a BC Crown Corporation. She holds a BA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and is currently completing a Master’s in HR Management at the University of Regina. Amanda is a certified yoga instructor and is an avid cyclist. She volunteers as a Domestique with WOW Cycling club, the only all women’s cycling club in Vancouver.
Farah Kammourieh (Calgary) is experienced working cross-culturally and across different sectors. She recently completed a year-long placement as an Entrepreneurship Advisor in Tamale, Ghana with Canadian project EQWIPHUBs. Farah worked directly alongside youth entrepreneurs who were on the look-out for opportunities in their communities and developing business plans. She also spent time working in business development and marketing for an Albertan construction company, where her interest in environmental sustainability was sparked. While completing her degree in International Relations and Economics at the University of Calgary, Farah worked at the Centre for International Students and also completed an internship in northern Ghana under what was then CIDA. As a first-generation Canadian Lebanese-Syrian, Farah is motivated to continue working internationally, in entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.
Hayley Mundeva (Toronto) is a global health researcher, budding social entrepreneur and graduate of ACSE First Edition. Having lived in Nepal, Tanzania and Canada, Hayley has witnessed how differences in access to health care can directly impact people’s livelihoods. Hayley went on to major in global health during her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees at UBC and SFU. She has since worked on projects investigating health outcomes in Tanzania, Malawi, and Ethiopia with the African Medical Research Foundation, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, and St. Michael’s Hospital. Through these experiences, Hayley has enjoyed learning more about the global health field and expanding her professional network. Since graduating, she has also realized how few resources are available to help emerging leaders transition into global health work. This experience sparked her desire to found a social enterprise called GH90. By providing professional matchmaking services, training, and mentorship opportunities, this employment agency connects individuals who are searching for global health work with the businesses scoping new talent.
Mitch Harrison (Halifax) is a commerce graduate from Saint Mary’s University, who has had the opportunity to launch and manage social startups that address key needs and spur ideation. As Co-President of the Enactus SMU program, Mitch co-founded a community based social enterprise that seeks to turn the issue of food waste on farms into a solution for food insecurity in city neighborhoods. As a problem solver, Mitch has developed a passion for thinking outside the box to discover new solutions.
ACSE First Edition
The First Edition of ACSE trained 170 young people in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. 15 were were selected to attend the First Annual Youth Innovation Summit on Parliament Hill in March 2017 and they are currently participating in ACSE’s Coaching Programme, working with expert advisers to take their initiatives to the next level!
Learn more about the First Edition and the Coaching Programme below:
Meet the Experts
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