Laura Dickson

Director, Family & Volunteer Services, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta

Non-profit leader, Social Entrepreneur and Social Justice Advocate


Trico Charitable Foundation - SocialEnterprize 2015 Winner: WINS (Women In Need Society)

Recipients Generate Millions in Market Revenue While Serving Social Needs
Calgary, November 12, 2015— Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates Canadian social enterprises that demonstrate best practices, impact and innovation. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that blend financial success and social impact by using markets to solve social problems.

Each of the 2015 Social EnterPrize recipients receives: $50,000 prize money; $5,000 in consulting services from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC); A video profile; An in-depth a case study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution; Paid airfare, accommodation, and registration enabling three team members to attend the 2015 Social Finance Forum. The awards were formally presented during a luncheon on November 12, 2015 at the Social Finance Forum (SFF). The SFF occurs in Toronto and is hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.

About Trico Charitable Foundation: Established in 2008, the Trico Charitable Foundation seeks to promote innovation and capacity in social entrepreneurship in the Canadian context. We do this through our support of Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta and Canada, our biennial Social EnterPrize Awards, grants and partnerships.

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Laura Dickson

Christmas in July

CTV News, July 25, 2015Television


Human interest news story airing on CTV news Calgary featuring Laura Dickson.

660 News, August 21, 2015Radio/Podcast


WINS finds a new donor to help 300 students return to school ready to learn.

Creating a win for Calgary women in need

Calgary Journal, December 22, 2015Online


An article that is partially biographic about Laura's passion and commitment for helping others achieve their full potential.

What does it mean to do business while doing good?

Published by Women In Need Society - Blog

June 5, 2015

If the purpose of traditional business is to create shareholder value and that of a charity is to raise donations to further its charitable mission, is there a third option that considers the generation of profit through business activities designed to benefit society? A social purpose business, or social enterprise, creates value for individuals and the community – as a whole – by ‘doing business while doing good’. Women In Need Society (WINS) is a tenured social enterprise operating four retail locations in Calgary with the goal of helping women and their families to help themselves.


International Women's Day, 2016

Published by Women In Need Society - Blog

March 9, 2016

Today, we celebrate the success of women in social, economic, cultural and political achievements. And yet, the World Economic Forum predicts the gap in gender parity will not close until 2133. Research shows that over a lifetime, a woman with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn a third less than a man with the same degree and that gains in salary made through the 1980s and 90s have levelled off with salaries earned by men once again pulling ahead.


A New Model of Business

Published by Zaypo - Blog

May 6, 2014

What if a business’ real reason for existence was the very purpose that drove it into existence in the first place – a collective pain resolving, light shone into the darkness kind of purpose? Enter a new way of thinking about business and the value created for a wider span of stakeholders – and yes, its shareholders (we’ll call them financers) are one such stakeholder – but equally important are its customers, employees, suppliers and the community (be it real or virtual) where it resides. In a new business model, equally important are the stakeholders upon whom the business relies to deliver its solutions. Equally important are those who depend upon their delivery.


Achievement & Sufficiency

Published by Women In Need Society - Blog

June 15, 2015

The economics of sufficiency balance privilege with moderation and reasonableness. Business growth and sustainability, positive social impact and global citizenship can co-exist to create prosperity. The thinking behind the economics of sufficiency reveals new possibilities for doing business that balance the values shaping our society with a desire for wealth and prosperity. A social enterprise creates opportunity by offering, for example, a first Canadian employment experience while delivering value to customers through the goods and services provided.



Laura Dickson joined Women In Need Society (WINS) as the Executive Director in September, 2014. Dickson brings close to 20 years of experience in the public and not for profit sectors in Alberta and Ontario. Prior to joining WINS, she served for two and a half years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Calgary Homeless Foundation as part of the team that launched Canada's first 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Passionate about women’s economic participation, affordable housing and social justice, Dickson is committed to helping women and their families flourish. She holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria B.C., a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Post-degree Certificate in Health Promotion from Canadore College in North Bay.


Trico Social EnterPrize Award | Professional

In 2015, Laura and the Women in Need Society accepted the national, biennial award presented by the Trico Foundation for leadership and excellence in social enterprise.

Business in Calgary, Leaders Award | Professional

In May, 2016 Laura was one of Calgary's top 20 Business Leaders recognized through this annual leadership award.

Past Talks

Strategic Capabilities Network

Non-profit Leadership, Panel Discussion

Calgary, AB, November 16, 2015

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

Icons of Alberta, Panelist

Calgary, AB, April 16, 2015


  • Women & Nonprofit
  • Social Services
  • Social Enterprise
  • Social Entrepreneruship
  • Retail - Thrift
  • Poverty Alleviation


  • University of Toronto
    B.Sc - 4 Year, 1995
  • Royal Roads University
    MBA, 2013
  • Canadore College
    Health Promotion
    Post Degree Certificate, 1997