RDN’s SEEnet to Host Two Events in Québec City for Social Economy Month

Québec City, November 7, 2023―The Regional Development Network’s social economy initiative, SEEnet, will host two events in Québec City in November as part of Social Economy Month in the province, in collaboration with local, provincial, and national partners.

The documentary film Révolution – le travail est humain, produced by Réseau Coop, will be screened at the Monastère des Augustines on Tuesday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m., followed by a panel discussion on the cooperative movement. The event, open to the public, will be held as part of the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation’s national convention taking place in the city. The film is in French with English subtitles.

The second event will be held at the Morrin Centre on Wednesday, November 22, at 5:00 p.m. The evening’s discussion will explore this building’s transformation from a historic but underused space into a well-loved English-language cultural centre and social enterprise. The Pôle des entreprises d’économie sociale de la Capitale-Nationale will also be on hand to discuss how social enterprises, cooperatives, and nonprofits play a major role in our region.

“We’re really looking forward to showcasing the social economy in Québec City in English with these two events,” said RDN Executive Director Cathy Brown. “SEEnet’s role is to get the province’s English speakers more involved with the social economy, and events like these are a great way to connect with our communities.”  

This year marks the first that SEEnet will be hosting English-language Social Economy Month events, doing so in partnership with other regional social enterprise organizations and the member organizations of the Regional Development Network. This year’s events will be held in Châteauguay, Québec City, Gaspé, and Baie-Comeau. The events are free of charge with refreshments provided. Registration is required. More information is available via the SEEnet website.


The social economy is made up of enterprises, typically either cooperatives or revenue-generating nonprofits, which include a democratic decision-making process and whose objectives go beyond generating profit for owners and shareholders. The province of Québec is a world leader in the social economy; however, its English speakers have historically been less involved than their French-speaking counterparts. SEEnet’s role is to increase English speakers’ participation in the social economy and explore the ways in which social enterprises can help solve community-specific issues. 


The Regional Development Network (RDN) is a provincial nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing socio-economic development for English-speaking communities across the province of Québec. Supported by a network of 18 community-based organizations serving English speakers in Québec, RDN collaborates with federal, provincial, and municipal governments as a way to represent its network’s needs and challenges and to create projects and partnerships.

Launched in 2021, SEEnet is the social economy initiative of RDN. SEEnet educates and informs English-speaking Quebecers about the social economy, supports the development of social enterprises by English speakers, and builds links with other social economy organizations in the province. SEEnet is funded by the Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise.



Hoffman Wolff
Social Economy Officer
Regional Development Network · 418-684-8810