Testimonials

What people are saying about Transform/er Montreal

Featuring

(More announcements to come!)

Esteban Kelly

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Victoria Martínez

Catalan Integral Cooperative

Susan Basterfield

Enspiral.com

Sandrino Graceffa

SMart Coop

Program

  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Light Breakfast & Registration

    H-110 | H-239 | Bilingual |
    Enjoy a light breakfast at the Hive Café Solidarity Cooperative (H-239) and register for the conference (H-110).

  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Opening

    H-110 | Bilingual |
    What is this conference about anyways? How are we really going to Transform Montreal?

  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    The Enspiral Network: More People Working on Stuff That Matters

    H-110 | English |
    Enspiral is a horizontal network of social ventures and social entrepreneurs working to change the world. Members and Contributors share decisions (on Loomio) and pool ressources (on Cobudget) to build the movement and start new ventures. Operating as an open source organization, many of the online tools they developed have now spun off as separate ventures (loomio.org, cobudget.co). As the network expands, more resources are pooled, more creative individuals join the movement, and incredible things happen!

    Speakers:

    Susan Basterfield

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Workshop Breakout Session (Block 1)

    One of four workshop breakout sessions happening at Transform Montreal! Refer to Block 1 to see what workshops are available, where they are happening, and what language they are in.

  • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

    Lunch Break

    7th Floor of the Hall building | Bilingual |
    Get a bite and breathe, you deserve it! Vegetarian and vegan light lunch is provided.

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Workshop Breakout Session (Block 2)

    One of four workshop breakout sessions happening at Transform Montreal! Refer to Block 2 to see what workshops are available, where they are happening, and what language they are in.

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    La Louve : a Grocery Store Without Customers

    H-110 | French |
    They were not satisfied with the food offered to them, so they decided to create their own participative and democratic supermarket! Join us as we engage in a live video conference with Tom Bothe from La Louve in Paris, France to discuss the massive movement of worker-member grocery co-ops happening in France, as well as the Park Slope Food Co-op model in Brooklyn, New York that inspired them.

    Speakers:

    Tom Boothe

  • 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    Closing Remarks

    H-110 | Bilingual |

  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Network and Celebration Cocktail

    Reggie's Solidarity Cooperative H-231 | Bilingual |
    This festive event will conclude the first day on a joyful note while allowing attendees to initiate and continue conversations. Let's have, fun and take the "work" out of network! This event is organized by Transform Montreal and was possible with the support of Le Fiducie and RISQ.

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Loomio Showcase: A Testimony of Platform Taking Off

    H-110 | English |
    Loomio is quite certainly one of the most successful digital co-operatives active today. Founded as a venture of the Enspiral network, it was born of the collaboration between activists of the Occupy movement and social entrepreneurs. Together, they were seeking to find ways to simplify and support self-management through digital tools. This workshop will showcase the history and the work of this unique project.

    Speakers:

    MJ Kaplan

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Collective Business Funding

    MB-2.255 | French |
    Funding is one of the fundamental elements to consider for the viability of a business project. The objective of this workshop is to give participants the maximum amount of information on how to finance their project and the financial resources available to start their business project. As a result of this workshop, participants will have learned: the financial needs assessment for their project, the resources that will help them in financing their project, and the most common mistakes to be made in the funding strategy.

    Speakers:

    Dave McNicoll

    Didier Kazadi Muamba

    Pierre Charette

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    “Human Resources” or Workplace Democracy? Tools to Avoid Reproduced Inequalities

    H-623 | English |
    One of the greatest challenges to developing truly social justice oriented organizations is cultivating a workplace that is itself equitable, harmonious, and just. Drawing from experiences of labour organizing, best practices in human resources, and strategies for equitable and anti-oppressive hiring and retention, this talk will provide concrete strategies for your organization to resist replicating oppressive power structures in its own day-to-day work. Kira Page and Emily Yee Clare are facilitators and trainers with the Centre for Community Organizations. Amongst other things, they accompany organizations who are interested in developing anti-racist hiring practices. Emily is also the project lead on Diversité d’Abord, a research project that tackles racism in the social sector in Quebec. Mark Phillips is a Montreal-based lawyer who supports worker rights and workplace organizing.

    Speakers:

    Emily Yee Clare

    Kira Page

    Mark Phillips

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Getting Around Together: Shared Transport & Cooperative Platforms

    H-629 | French |
    The theme of the "sharing" economy emerged in Québec's imagination at the same time as the debate on digital carpooling platforms was launched. It is possible to imagine much more innovative solutions than the ones currently being offered to "share" our transport. At the frontier of the collaborative economy, collective solutions to our transportation needs are on the way - and Quebec is at the forefront!

    Speakers:

    Bertrand Fouss

    Stephanie Guico

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Developing Financially Sustainable Social Projects

    H-625 | English |
    Money sucks, and capitalism is powerful. In order for our alternatives to be a real challenge to capitalism, they need to financially sustainable and viable.In this discussion, we will explore learning how to identify the financial health of your project/organization. We will discuss how to improve the financial health of an organization, including who to consult, what to prioritize, and how to deal with immediate financial crises with long term vision.

    Speakers:

    Leigh Hoffman

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Collective Housing and Innovation

    MB-5.265 | French |
    The steady rise in real estate values ​​since the early 2000s makes our living environments increasingly unaffordable.This situation calls for new avenues of housing and the opening of our collective imagination to other ways of inhabiting the territory. Innovating on housing issues is challenging the very foundations of a system that generates unapproachability. The financial and development challenges of these initiatives are related to the greater social and political context of our society.

    Speakers:

    Jocelyne Rouleau

    Luc Rabouin

    Marie-Sophie Banville

    Mathilde Rudloff

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Level up : Case Studies in Network-level Organizing

    H-631 | French |
    Direct collaboration between democratic businesses is a central theme to Transform Montréal. But what does that even mean? This panel will explore some very different and very concrete manners in which business networks or clusters are organizing to scale up and increase their impact. This should allow us to explore the different motivations that bring people to create networks and the movement-building potential of these structures.

    Speakers:

    Anyle Côté

    Chloe Waretini

    Vanessa Huppé-Hart

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Introduction to Democratic Governance and Legal Structures

    MB 2.285 | French |
    Democratic businesses are nice and all, but how do they actually operate on a day-to-day basis? This workshop will explore why and how we can put people (instead of money) back in the places of power - more specifically, of the strategic power in the business rather than day-to-day management. We will also discuss the different collective structures available in Quebec (nonprofit, coop, solidarity coop, etc.) and their comparative advantages. Participants will leave with practical knowledge about collective governance and what model to choose for their (potential) projects.

    Speakers:

    Laurent Levesque

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Z.A.P, the wifi for everyone... and not for profit

    MB 2.255 | French |
    Île sans fil (ISF), now ZAP, is more than a technological project, it is above all a social project with an innovative business model. Active agent in local dynamics, ZAP multiplies the areas of public wifi access by weaving a wide network of public, private and solidarity members. ZAP's objective is to promote the accessibility and appropriation of technologies while developing the largest free wireless network among: our living environments, tourist and cultural locations, community centres, leisure and sports centres, commercial arteries, and in our cafes and bistros. Everywhere near you.

    Speakers:

    André Boisvert

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    First Nations and Community Economic Development

    H-623 | French |
    During this workshop we will look at the socio-cultural and economic development models of First Nation communities. By focusing on concrete social economy actions that contribute to the fight against poverty and improving the living conditions of First Nation communities, this workshop will help provide a better understanding of the advocates and outcomes of local First Nation community economic development; and how community mobilization and the enhancement of cultural wealth can adequately respond to the social change that is gradually taking place in Quebec's First Nation communities.

    Speakers:

    Karine Awashish

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Start Your Social Economy Business on the Right Foot

    MB 5.265 | Bilingual |
    Start your social economy business on the right foot is a networking workshop presented by the PME MTL network and the Conseil d’économie sociale de l’île de Montréal (CESIM). Come ask questions about your business plan or just learn more about the conditions for building a sustainable, profitable, and social enterprise. An opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with experts from the PME MTL network and the CESIM.

    Speakers:

    CÉSIM

    PME MTL

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    The Future of Work : Digital Mutations, Collective Solutions and Resistance

    H-631 | French |
    Fiverr, Taskrabbit or Uber: freelance work ("micro-entrepreneurship") has never looked so cool, thanks to digital platforms. But when the "sharing economy" shows its true face - that of a "gig economy" of super-precarious work - what strategies do we have to resist or build alternatives? What role should co-ops and labor unions play on this issue?

    Speakers:

    Jennie-Laure Sully

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Digital Democracy and the Social Economy: A Participatory Fishbowl

    H-625 | English |
    This event is a "fishbowl" workshop, an experimental format that lets everyone take turns to participate in a shared, facilitated conversation. Together, we'll explore questions like: who owns our data? who should? how ought online platforms be governed? who should govern them? what rights do you have online? what obligations do platforms have toward users? how do conversations around participation, collective ownership and democracy translate into the digital sphere? what do emerging conversations around "platform cooperativism" mean for the sharing, social and solidarity econom(ies)? This is a conversation for users, designers, developers, innovators, and anyone else with a stake in our collective digital future.

    Speakers:

    Lex Gill

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Funding Platform Cooperatives : Successes and Challenges

    H-629 | French |
    Developing digital platforms costs less and less, but it's not free. Circulating off the beaten tracks of for-profit start-ups, digital cooperatives need to develop their own funding practices. These are beginning to emerge, for example with Loomio borrowing for nearly half a million dollars. But many still face significant funding challenges. Exploration of best practices and solutions.

    Speakers:

    Laurent Levesque

    Luc Rabouin

    MJ Kaplan

    Solen Martin-Déry

  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Light Breakfast & Registration

    H-110 | H-239 | Bilingual |
    Enjoy a light breakfast at the Hive Café Solidarity Cooperative (H-239) and register for the conference (H-110).

  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Opening

    H-110 | Bilingual |

  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Building an Economy that Works for Everyone

    H-110 | English |
    Building an inclusive economy: If we really want to build a new, more democratic and fair economy, how can we ensure that it is open and empowering to all? How can we ensure that we do not reproduce the structures of exclusion and dis-empowerment of the current system? The answer is at all levels, from theory to practice!

    Speakers:

    Esteban Kelly

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Workshop Breakout Session (Block 3)

    One of four workshop breakout sessions happening at Transform Montreal! Refer to Block 3 to see what workshops are available, where they are happening, and what language they are in.

  • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

    Lunch Break

    7th Floor of the H building | Bilingual |
    Get a bite and breathe, you deserve it! Vegetarian and vegan light lunch is provided.

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Workshop Breakout Session (Block 4)

    One of four workshop breakout sessions happening at Transform Montreal! Refer to Block 4 to see what workshops are available, where they are happening, and what language they are in.

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    SMart: Redesigning Work

    H-110 | French |
    Due to his on the ground experience in several worker cooperatives, Sandrino Graceffa, Managing Director of SMart offers an analysis of the evolution of the workforce and serious avenues to accompany the changes at work in a perspective of social progress. Does the social contract of wage labor based on subordination in exchange for protection have a future? Will wage employment and social protection resist multiple attempts at increasing flexibility and security? Is it really essential that all workers become entrepreneurs of themselves? While the increasing uberization of the world of work appears to some to be fatal, voices rise to experiment credible alternatives, especially through the movement of the commons. Can the new forms of open labor co-operatives become a true model of a post-capitalist society?

    Speakers:

    Sandrino Graceffa

  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC)

    H-110 | French |
    Catalan Integral Cooperative is perhaps the most advanced experimentation of a post-capitalist economy in the world today. Part of a transnational network of Integrated Cooperatives. Founded in 2010, it is itself a self-managed group of hundreds of freelancers and cooperatives pooling resources to build autonomy. Not satisfied with implementing collective business practices, they have also started developing their own alternative currencies and cooperative public systems (Housing, Health, Transport, etc.) to progressively phase out both the Euro... and the State.

    Speakers:

    Victoria Martínez

  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Closing the Conference

    H-110 | Bilingual |
    This event is just the beginning - on the other side, a new economy awaits. The door is ajar. Can we kick it? Yes we can!

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 PM

    Citizen discussion around the Complimentary Local Money concept (CLM)

    H-553 | French |
    The community-based and local nature of a CLM allows power redistribution, even if only symbolically at first, back into the hands of citizens. Together, they can try to limit the negative impacts of a globalized national currency by experimenting democratic alternatives. This interactive workshop will explore how such a project could happen in Montréal.

    Speakers:

    Karim-Tarek Alinsania

    Maïza Abdelhamid

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    The case of a Quebec cooperative platform : Desjardins' Espace Collectif

    H-603 | French |
    Espace Collectif is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting emergent community and entrepreneurial projects in Québec. Desjardins, the largest credit union in North America, is thus offering its expertise and its wide network of partners to support project leaders that are contributing to Québec's socioeconomic development. In the first part of the workshop, the platform will be showcased to participants, along with its objectives and components. The second half will be a participative discussion in the "fishbowl" format to explore how the platform, still in development, can best meet the needs of collective entrepreneurs.

    Speakers:

    Alexandre Bigot-Verdier

    Benoît Bisson

    Sylvie Audet

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Management Practices to Fight Precariousness

    H-607 | French |
    In precarious areas such as communications, can we implement intentional collective practices to reduce individual precariousness? What are organizational practices that serve the workforce, rather than shareholder profit? The example of Belvédère, a communications cooperative founded in 2014, which now employs about 15 people, shows that it is possible to organize collectively to provide quality working conditions.

    Speakers:

    Léa Laure Bergeron-Dennie

    Mathieu Morin

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Workers' Co-ops & the Challenges of Collective Management

    H-609 | French |
    Despite 50 years of history in Quebec, the worker cooperative movement remains relatively unknown. Yet, more and more entrepreneurs are choosing this model when it is presented to them. The worker coop model is particularly interesting for groups of entrepreneurs who wish to pool their strengths and skills and rely on the synergy and dynamism of a team in a democratically managed work environment. This is an opportunity to learn about the different legal forms, and in particularly the worker coop model and its specificities. How worker coops combine values ​​and business management, to provide fulfilling work to worker-members. This workshop will review the main steps in launching a cooperative and success factors: the development of the business idea to mobilizing members through research funding and organizational development work.

    Speakers:

    Isabel Faubert Mailloux

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Bâtiment 7 : Feeding Pointe St-Charles Today & Cultivating a Healthy City Tomorrow

    H-611 | French |
    Acquiring an industrial building to convert it into an autonomous collective factory: this is the concretizing history of Bâtiment 7 in Pointe-Saint-Charles. 90,000 square feet of space will become a vibrant alternative and gathering place for projects, proximity services, collaborative workshops, alternative health care, child care, community gardens and food production facilities. The area around Bâtiment 7 is recognized as a chronic food desert, and the development of community amenities to increase the autonomy of the neighbourhood is obvious. That's why more than 20,000 square feet are reserved for the implementation components to develop a local food system including: production, distribution, processing, and management of outputs. The Food Hub of Bâtiment 7 will become a real demonstration, appropriation, and experimentation project to feed the Pointe today and to cultivate the city of tomorrow.

    Speakers:

    Isabelle Monast-Landriault

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Behind the Curtain: Crafting a Fundable Business Plan

    H-621 | English |
    Are you considering entrepreneurship? Are you already working on your business plan? During this workshop, a seasoned counsellor will highlight what to focus on in your preliminary research to increase your chances of success with the selection committee, the bank, or any investor. The councillor will present all key elements of a good business plan and share a typical "entrepreneurial path", adapted to social economy projects of course, but based on common grounds for any business project.

    Speakers:

    Jason Prince

  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    Emancipating Ourselves as Working Women

    H-623 | French |
    Our past work experience has demonstrated that the currently dominating types of enterprises (for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations) do not allow women to fully emancipate themselves, or only partially, for a variety of reasons. It is for this reason that we have decided to set up a cooperative of women workers in a non-traditionally female environment (car mechanics), a legal form that we believe is the only way to achieve real empowerment and liberation for women. During this presentation, we will discuss our distinctive yet common paths in entrepreneurial forms and non-mixity.

    Speakers:

    Agnès Gaudreau

    Marilyne S. Veilleux

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Hip Hop & Economic Democracy: Rapping throughout the Political Spectrum

    H-603 | English | Rap Battles for Social Justice |
    Microphone check 1, 2, 1 ,2. Join us for a fun interactive workshop that will explore the history of Hip Hop and its relations to politics and society. Transformative at its conception, Hip Hop was used since the 1970s to provide a voice for marginalized and impoverished community. From the ashes of economic neglect rose a universal tongue that manifested in the urban parks and neighborhood parties of ghettoized youth. Decades later and now Hip Hop is now a global force for artistic expression. How did Hip Hop evolve and shift throughout its many epochs? What was the form and content of political speech employed by the genre? If you had to take a guess, where would you place Hip Hop on the political spectrum? Is the genre 'holding it down' for Donald Trump or Karl Marx more? Come and discuss these questions with us as we try to trace the history of Hip Hop's social narrative.
    Furthermore, a rhyme-writing workshop will be held in the second part where participants will be given the elementary tools needed to express themselves through rap. We wish to provide a welcoming, encouraging environment for participants from all skill levels. After we will give participants a fair amount of time to write their lyrics (with the help of coordinators and other participants) and then we'll share them together in a group-cypher format that will be videoed for your later viewing. (If you feel uncomfortable with this please let us know)

    Speakers:

    Rap Battles For Social Justice

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Koumbit: Impacts of Self Management

    H-607 | French |
    This workshop will beginning by showcasing the organisational structure of Koumbit and how it works. We will explore important questions, such as : How can we make self-managed groups sustainable? What risks are they subject to? What role can they play in the economy? How can we reconnect society to the means of production and technological automation? How do self-management practices prefigure a more democratic society? To finish, we plan to invite workshop participants to gather in small groups by activity sector to actually begin the work of removing hierarchical structures and domination dynamics from our organizations.

    Speakers:

    Guillaume

    Julie C. Delorme

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Crowdfunding and Community Bonds : Opportunities and Best Practices

    H-609 | French |
    This workshop will explore different participative funding practices : crowdfunding and community bonds. It will feature learnings from the practical experience of Bâtiment 7. TIESS is currently working on two hands-on guides : one on crowdfunding and the other on community bonds specifically. Both are ways for collective startups to transform their social capital into financial capital. Both represent significant challenges that TIESS hopes to reduce by sharing best practices.

    Speakers:

    Émilien Gruet

    Kevin McMahon

    Vanessa Sorin

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Practical Challenges of Building a Democratic Urban Community

    H-611 | English |
    After the city of Christchurch, NZ was largely destroyed by earthquakes in 2010-11, central government began to rebuild. Everywhere the corporate world emerged the victor, with massive new constructions over most of the downtown - except for 21,000 square feet of land, which the community managed to take over to meet their own needs. The Ōtākaro Orchard project encompasses downtown urban agriculture, a food hub, community-centric building, and much more - a blueprint for a resilient urban community. Join Chloe Waretini, Enspiral Member and Project Lead for the Food Resilience Network, to discuss the solutions they've developed to get government, activists, engineers and urban farmers working together on an ambitious project.

    Speakers:

    Chloe Waretini

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Tooling Up Self-management

    H-621 | Bilingual |
    Self-management is key to a healthy collaborative and democratic working culture. Even though self-management is growing in awareness and adoption, the operational tools and practices that dominate organisational culture are primarily grounded in a hierarchical management paradigm. We need to be developing a whole new range of tools and practices that support an efficient self-managing culture and structure. Percolab has been innovating its own operational tools and practices for self-management for some time and has recently partnered with the Collective Intelligence Research Group to create OrgBook an application supporting organisations to design and run their own custom self-organising governance system. It scaffolds the creation of an efficient self-management culture. Furthermore percolab has been innovating different self-managing practices, for example, remixing Holacracy techniques with Art of Hosting practice. Let's get together and share our experiences, tools and insights.

    Speakers:

    Damien Douté

    Samantha Slade

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    What's Next? Strategic Reflections for the Construction of our Movement

    H-623 | Bilingual |
    Opening the door to a dialogue between movements, this workshop will bring together members of the Transform Montreal collective and the Lutte commune, a trade union network, to create a rare space for reflection on what can be done after the conference to build a social movement. Construction of a post-capitalist economy. What institutions will we have to found? What modes of organization might we have to invent? What collaborations would allow us to accelerate this work? How can these efforts be reconciled with the heavy operations of a collective enterprise? And especially: where to start? There is not a single answer to these questions. But it's time to start asking them! Our panellists will provide strategic leads, and engage in a conversation will the participants.

    Speakers:

    Alain Savard

    Jessica Cabana

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Using Public Policy to Support the Transformation

    H-553 | French |
    How can local and national governments be made aware of the potential for emerging initiatives and movements on the ground? How can policies and programs be developed to help remove the barriers faced by emerging projects and further support the development of innovative projects? How can policies be built with the State to strengthen the the social economy movement? What type of challenges to we face when trying to obtain these public policies? One of the mandates of the Chantier de l'économie sociale is precisely to create conditions and tools conducive to experimentation, development, and consolidation of new niches and projects in social economy. They will present the functioning of this work and will lead a discussion to explore how this work cans be improved and expanded.

    Speakers:

    Béatrice Alain

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Gentrification and Urban Transformation: What Can Platform Cooperatives Do?

    H-420 | French |
    Montreal is the least expensive of North American cities thanks to decades of relentless activism and community housing construction. Today, gentrification, condo conversion and temporary housing are threatening our rental stock. Numerous digital and collective initiatives have emerged in recent years to meet these challenges. Alternative shelter for temporary accommodation, open data on rental housing, housing cooperatives, all are solutions advanced by some researchers, groups of citizens and collective contractors. View of the situation in Montreal.

    Speakers:

    Jennie-Laure Sully

    Julien Fortier

    Luis-Gaylor Nobre

    Stephanie Guico