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Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and Graduate Professional Skills workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Putting People and the Planet First: Models for Social Enterprises

Take part in a workshop where you will develop a sustainable business strategy that creates value for people and planet.

You will examine the ecosystems and identify potential systems change. You’ll learn how social enterprises expand the thinking beyond a single bottom line. We will start with the lexicon and quickly move into real examples that will change your perspective on what’s possible.


Next session: Wednesday, November 28, 12 pm to 2 pm

Location: Instruction Lab, 2nd Floor, Gerstein Library

Facilitators: Joanna Reynolds, Director of Social Enterprise, National Social Innovation Institute, Centre for Social Innovation,
Cindy Ross Pederson, Executive Director, The Agency at U of T,

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Chris Kim, Entrepreneurship Librarian,

Register here


Note: This workshop is free and registration is required. However, we have a minimum attendance threshold for this course to run. If you cannot attend this workshop, and fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing others on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign-in next to your name on the attendance sheet for this workshop. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.

About the Facilitators

Joanna Reynolds, Director of Social Innovation, National Social Innovation Institute, Centre for Social Innovation.
Joanna works alongside community groups, foundations, social entrepreneurs, and business leaders to advance the application of social finance and social entrepreneurship. In her role at The Centre for Social Innovation, she leads social enterprise and social innovation development across a number of vibrant networks in Ontario and Canada. She is part of the team developing the Impact Dashboard and and engaged with an emerging national initiative called, Social Innovation Canada.


Cindy Ross Pederson, Executive Director, The Agency at UofT.
Cindy is a former tech entrepreneur who successfully sold her company and refocused her skills and efforts in the field of social innovation. She is a Senior Fellow Massey College, supporter and community member of the Centre for Social Innovation and mentors students, alumni and entrepreneurs. In 2016 she founded The Agency which is a hub that facilitates introductions and wayfinding for students, faculty, teaching staff, alumni and partners focused on social innovation at UofT.