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Social Entrepreneurship Option

The Social Entrepreneurship Option is the first Canadian undergraduate social entrepreneurship program grounded in the liberal arts. It was constructed with the ideal student in mind: someone who is intellectually and personally courageous, cares deeply about the world, and sees undergraduate education as a vital stage in their lifelong learning. Someone like you!

The world is an exciting and complex place, filled with beauty and wonderful people, but also struggling greatly with immense and complex challenges. How do we organize our lives, our goals, our work and our relationships to collaborate equitably and effectively in order to address difficult issues? Social entrepreneurship (SE) addresses this question. By definition, Social Entrepreneurship (SE) is mission impact driven, aiming to change the world for the better by pursuing social, ethical, environmental and financial sustainability – a quadruple bottom line.

Definitions of SE abound. Here are two:

  • “A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.” (csef.ca)
  • “Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.” (ashoka.org)

Come and help us create change, as together we explore the world’s challenges and seek to make our city, our country and the planet a better place for everyone!

Please address any questions to the SE Coordinator Edmund Pries (epries@wlu.ca; 519.884.0710 x4593; DAWB 5-132).

Contact Us:

Patricia Berdan, Administrative Assistant

E: pberdan@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3968
Office Location: DAWB 5-120

Alex Latta, Chair

E: alatta@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3115
Office Location: DAWB 5-120A

To book an advising appointment or contact the GS Advisor, Dr. Sara Matthews, please email gsadvisor@wlu.ca.

Need to contact the GSE Coordinator, Dr. John Ejobowah? Please email gsecoord@wlu.ca.