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Community Futures Pan West Network gets the inside story on entrepreneurship and success via webinar
March 27th, 2015

Community Futures Pan West Network gets the inside story on entrepreneurship and success via webinar

This week, 90 offices of Community Futures Pan West Network and their clients will connect to a live webinar interview of Frank O’Dea, the former homeless man and a founder of the Second Cup and several other successful international businesses. Frank is also a well-known humanitarian who has launched several remarkable charities, including the Canadian Landmine Foundation War Child Canada and Street Kids International.  He holds honorary degrees from two universities and is an Officer in the Order of Canada. Attendees will get the inside story on the keys to successfully launching and building a successful business.  

In 1985, Community Futures was launched as part of the Canada Jobs Strategy. Community Futures remains a national program with overall program aim to:

•Support to local rural communities and small and medium-sized enterprises in meeting their economic needs

•Help to rural communities to develop and implement long-term community strategic plans leading to the sustainable development of their local economies

•Provide support for the building of community capacity as a means of helping rural adapt to and manage change

The aim of the Community Futures program in Western Canada is to:

•Support Community Economic Development (CED)

•Diversify the economy

•Support the creation and expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises

•Maintain and create new employment

•Maintain Canada's capacity to deliver business services to rural communities in Western Canada.

In 1995, the responsibility for Community Futures was transferred to Western Economic Diversification Canada(link is external) (WD). With core funding assistance provided by WD, the Community Futures program is delivered through a network of 90 non-profit Community Futures organizations:

•34 in B.C.

•27 in Alberta

•13 in Saskatchewan

•16 in Manitoba

These are supported by four provincial associations, including the Community Futures Network of Alberta (CFNA). These associations, and the 90 Community Futures offices they represent, work in partnership through the Community Futures Pan West(link is external) organization.

A speech by Frank O'Dea will be a highlight of your event.


Frank's inspiring story is retold in his best-selling memoir "When All You Have is Hope", available in bookstores and online. Buy a copy for someone who is important to you.

See and hear excerpts of speeches by Frank O'Dea