Launch: The Power of Civic Action
2015

Friday, December 11, 2015
9:30 am to 11:00 am
CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street

In addition to the release of The Power of Civic Action, this event will include a lively panel discussion featuring four leaders on issues of neighbourhood economic resiliency and micro-entrepreneurship.

Sabina Ali, Chair of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, will speak about how the Women’s Committee nurtures micro-entrepreneurship through their bazaar.
Robyn Hoogendam, Coordinator of Research and Community Development at The Learning Enrichment Foundation, will share challenges low-income entrepreneurs face and strategies to reduce barriers.
Howard Tam, Principal and Founder of ThinkFresh, will speak about the challenges facing micro-vendors and ways to create enabling conditions.
Karen Keskull, Small Business Consultant with the City of Toronto, will talk about the city’s policies and initiatives to support micro-entrepreneurs.

This is a free event but, as space is limited, we ask you to please RSVP via 

Eventbrite - The Power of Civic Action

 

Launch Event Video

In this video, taken from The Power of Civic Action launch event, Sabina Ali tells the story of how her group launched their successful weekly bazaar in Thorncliffe Park. Ali shares insights and advice from her experiences, and provides a powerful example of how grassroots efforts can lead to city-wide change.

Ali is then joined by Adriana Beemans of the Metcalf Foundation, Robyn Hoogendam of The Learning Enrichment Foundation, Howard Tam of ThinkFresh, and Karen Keskull of the City of Toronto who address the challenges and opportunities in supporting low-income entrepreneurs and minimizing the barriers to micro-entrepreneurship in Toronto.

In this video, taken from The Power of Civic Action launch event, Sabina Ali tells the story of how her group launched their successful weekly bazaar in Thorncliffe Park. Ali shares insights and advice from her experiences, and provides a powerful example of how grassroots efforts can lead to city-wide change.
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