News Release

REF NO.: 13

SUBJECT: Film Screening: The Millennial Dream

DATE: September 28, 2016

Memorial University’s Centre for Social Enterprise is holding its inaugural outreach event on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Innovation Hall (IIC-2001) in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.

In collaboration with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), the centre will screen The Millennial Dream, a feature-length documentary that explores the values that may replace the cultural motif known as “the American dream.”

The American dream is the cultural motif that has inspired North America for the last century. Work hard, save, sacrifice—and you will get ahead. America offers the freedom of upward mobility. But over the last decade the American dream has been called into question. For many, it no longer seems to be working. As the millennial generation becomes the most significant portion of the work force, what will education look like, what kinds of companies will succeed in the new economy, what kinds of living communities will be desired and what can cities and regions do to attract the new economy?

The Centre for Social Enterprise is a university-wide initiative with a mandate to generate knowledge about social entrepreneurship, particularly in the Newfoundland and Labrador context, support teaching and learning, and serve as a catalyst to strengthen social enterprises and social entrepreneurship. 

“Our vision is to catalyze?social entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador, helping Canada become a leader in finding innovative ways to address economic, social and environmental challenges,” said Nicole Helwig, manager, Centre for Social Enterprise. “This event featuring The Millennial Dream raises questions about the role of higher education in the 21st century and what our communities may look like in the future. We also hope to stimulate dialogue around what might emerge as social enterprise in our province.”

“We’re excited that a growing number of social enterprises in Newfoundland and Labrador are embracing the global movement of certified beneficial corporations (B Corps) which are featured in the film,” said Carolyn Wakeham, senior account manager, and member of the B Corp team, BDC.This approach—a new kind of company designed to solve social and environmental problems—is powerful and creates real change.” BDC was the first Canadian financial institution to receive B Corp certification in 2013 and the 100th Canadian company to join the international B Corp community.

A panel discussion will follow the screening with representatives from community, business, local government and higher education. The event will conclude with networking and refreshments.


About the Centre for Social Enterprise, Memorial University of Newfoundland

A collaboration between the Faculty of Business Administration and the School of Social Work, Memorial's Centre for Social Enterprise acts as a catalyst to nurture social entrepreneurs and strengthen social enterprises in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information, contact Nicole Helwig, manager, Centre for Social Enterprise, at nhelwig@mun.ca or (709) 864-6740.


About BDC

BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small-and medium-sized businesses. With its 110-plus business centres from coast-to-coast, BDC provides entrepreneurs in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital as well as customized growth and business transition capital. To find out more, visit www.bdc.ca.

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