Big Picture

We envision a strong non-profit and social enterprise sector on Vancouver Island and elsewhere. Our contributions to this vision include speaking, research, organizing events and convening/supporting cross sector collaborations.
Past and current work:

seCatalyst 2014-2016 was a series of events to raise awareness of social enterprise and impact businesses on Vancouver Island. Scale Collaborative convened the network of 30+ partners to host events and support the growth of local social enterprises. More than $150K in cash and technical assistance was distributed to nine local social enterprises:

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Robert Bateman Foundation
  • Cowichan Alternative Energy Co-operative
  • NS3 Summer Science Camp
  • Tofino Uclulet Culinary Guild
  • Skookum Cafe
  • Community Closet
  • Jane James Used Tack Store
  • Cowichan Green
seCatalyst 2014 Report seCatalyst 2015 Report seCatalyst 2016 Report

Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone (VISIZ) was a research, mapping, planning and innovation initiative to strengthen the local social enterprise eco-system. The result of this initiative is a comprehensive Strategic Plan for Vancouver Island.

Scale continues to convene this initiative as it moves from planning to action, in partnership with a strong network of partners. In 2017, Scale is taking the lead in researching local social finance case studies, and supported research on social procurement opportunities for social enterprises.

VISIZ Community Engagement Report VISIZ Strategic Plan

Social Enterprise Incubator worked with 5 non-profit organizations over a 8 month time frame to develop, test and launch employment social enterprises. Participating enterprises included:

In 2017/18, Scale is partnering to host a 5 day Social Venture Bootcamp to support and grow social ventures on Vancouver Island. The call for applicants for this initiative will be coming in Fall 2017.

Social Procurement: Mapping Existing and Potential Opportunities for Social Enterprise on Vancouver Island

Passionate people are at the core of everything we do.

Our Team