Innovation and social enterprises—building a better world

Speaker: Renee Black (MA ’09), founder of Peace Geeks

Not all entrepreneurs start a business with the sole objective of generating revenue. The social entrepreneurship movement has grown by leaps and bounds around the world, finding solutions to today’s complex social problems. PeaceGeeks, co-founded by alumna Renee Black (MA ’09), is an example of one such organization.

Renee Black will talk about her road to entrepreneurship, the challenges she faced along the way and why she chose to start a social enterprise. Following her presentation, a panel including other alumni will talk about their career paths, as well as the differences between a social enterprise, a not-for-profit and revenue-generating business with a social mission.

This event takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and is possible thanks to the collaboration of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Faculty of Engineering, Telfer School of Management and the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Association.


To be confirmed. Stay tuned!

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Desmarais Building (55 Laurier East), Room 12102, 12th floor
Cost: $5

Registration required. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot early.
*Light snacks will be served

About Renee Black and PeaceGeeks

A graduate of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Renee Black (MA 2009) co-founded PeaceGeeks in 2011. PeaceGeeks is a social enterprise that puts technology and communications tools in the hands of peacebuilders, human rights defenders and humanitarian responders to help them have the greatest impact possible on their communities. In March 2016, PeaceGeeks was one of the winners of the Impact Challenge. This Vancouver organization received a $750,000 grant from to develop an app for new Canadians that will allow them to access services to help them rebuild their life in Canada.

Accessibility needs

We’d be happy to make any necessary arrangements so you can fully participate in these events. If you would like to attend and have any accessibility-related needs, please call Johanne Albert-Cardinal 613-562-5800 extension 3602 no later than October 30.


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Innovation and social enterprises—building a better world
November-13-17 at 5:00 PM
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Attendees: 1 $ 5.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 5.00 ea.

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