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Office Romance Likelihood Goes Pan-Canadian with Coworking Passport

Toronto February 13th 2013

This Valentine’s Day four Canadian coworking organizations are sharing the love with the launch of a Pan-Canadian Coworking Passport. The passport allows social innovators, entrepreneurs and creative professionals to use amazing shared workspaces across the country. Though the main goal is for them to tap into new communities and resources to better deliver programs, products and services, Cupid’s arrows will now surely fly far past their local office printer.

The Passport will connect entrepreneurs at four workspaces, allowing the members of each space to have office, meeting space and networking opportunities whenever they are in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver or Halifax at no or little extra cost.

Canadian social entrepreneurs from coast to coast are answering the call to address the scale and complexity of challenges facing our communities and the world. They are creating new ideas, strategies, products, services and organizations that solve old problems and achieve better outcomes for people and planet.

These entrepreneurs make their home at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in Toronto, the HiVE in Vancouver, and the HUB in both Halifax and Ottawa – shared workspaces that inspire, connect and empower people to develop and implement new ideas and innovative solutions to our society’s most pressing needs.

“Connecting people is at the heart of our work and the Passport will support the flow of ideas, people, resources and collaborations across Canada,” says Dave Kranenburg, Director of Programming at CSI. “When people and ideas collide, new initiatives and ventures can emerge… and yeah, office romances too.”

The Passport program launches February 14, and details can be found at passport.socialinnovation.org

About the Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation is a coworking space, community centre and incubator for people and organizations who are changing the world. CSI provides people with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to transform ideas into impact. CSI currently operates three locations in Toronto, supporting more than 800 members working in a diversity of sectors from finance to farming and everything in between. www.socialinnovation.org

About HiVE Vancouver

HiVE Vancouver is an inspired, community-developed work, event, meeting and arts space. We host over 130 member social entrepreneurs, small businesses, co-ops, and self employed creative types, fostering a comfortable, professional space for making connections. With focus on the space’s amenities and dedicated event, services and networking programming for HiVE members and guests, the HiVE has quickly become Vancouver’s top choice for creative professionals and casual workers to meet and collaborate on the projects that will address some of society’s most pressing challenges. HiVE Vancouver is the place for changemakers to work, create and cross-pollinate.

About HUB Ottawa

HUB Ottawa is a coworking community, learning academy and incubator that’s uniquely designed and optimized for social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, professionals, creatives, projects and ventures dedicated to sustainability and social change. The HUB provides members with workspaces, relationships and experiences that maximize their impact. Our coworking community consists of 150+ people doing work in 30+ disciplines including arts and culture, immigrant services, ethical fashion, urban farming, international development, and more. http://www.ottawa.the-hub.net

About HUB Halifax

HUB Halifax is the nexus point of development and collaboration for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and community. It is a place where non profit and for profit social change ideas can build and scale into viable enterprises that have a positive impact on our community and in the world. People and organizations find the support they need at the Hub to reach their goals faster, surrounded by a community that makes everyone smarter and more effective.

Contact Details

For further information please contact:

Dave Kranenburg, Centre for Social Innovation dave@socialinnovation.ca 416-824-1917
Vinod Rajasekaran, HUB Ottawa vinod@hubottawa.org 613-680-3506
Joanne Macrae, HUB Halifax, joanne.macrae@the-hub.net 902-209-8481
Aaron Cruickshank, HiVE Vancouver aaron@hivevancouver.com 778-800-1250

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