May 11th, 2023
Janielle Maxwell – CWCF JEDDI Business Conversions Project Coordinator
Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido – CWCF BIPOC Board Advisor, Black Women’s Professional Worker Co-op & Whole Women Network
The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation participated in the Women’s Economic Council’s (WEC) May 2023 Conference entitled “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Inclusive BIPOC Leadership and Economic Empowerment”.
This theme aligns well with CWCF’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, Decolonization, and Inclusion (JEDDI) Business Conversion Project, as it focuses on engaging more members of Equity-Denied Groups (EDGs) i.e. BIPOC, women, youth etc. into the Social Entrepreneurship space. As such, representatives from CWCF were invited to present at this free, EDG focused online event.
Presenters Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido and Janielle Maxwell shared their insights on “The Need, the History, and the Legacy of Social Purpose”. This involved an overview of CWCF’s JEDDI Business Conversion Project, including its objectives, initiatives and events, and a discussion on why a JEDDI-centered approach to Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs) is needed for true transformational change in the realm of Canadian employment.