The Rise and Implications of Social Enterprise in the DTES


A talk and discussion about social enterprise in the DTES with Wes Regan 5:15 - 7 pm, Tuesday, January 6th

566 Powell St.

wes reganWes Regan has worked in community economic development in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside since 2009, with a particular focus on social innovation and inclusion, social enterprise and community programming. As a current graduate student in the SFU Urban Studies program Wes was the 2014 Rosenbluth Intern with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he conducted research into the social economy space, social enterprise and gentrification along with Jeremy Stone, PhD candidate at UBC SCARP, also a Rosenbluth Internship winner. Wes is the Executive Director for the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, current Chair of LOCO BC and is a Partner in the BC Partners for Social Impact, examining the impact and potential of social innovation throughout British Columbia. Currently he was Business and Communications Associate at Building Opportunities with Business. This presentation focuses on the rise of social enterprise in the DTES, considerations in this emerging industry and community space, typologies of social ventures and forms of community impact.