Did you miss our May 17 webinar with Vancouver’s LEDlab on Leveraging Mitacs Partnerships for Social Change? Catch up and check out the recording below.
May 18, 2017
April 12, 2017
Join us Wednesday May 17 at 12pm EDT for a webinar with the Local Economic Development Lab‘s (LEDlab) Program Manager Kiri Bird, where she’ll share the details of their Mitacs partnership and funding model.
The LEDlab is a three-year university-community partnership modeled on social innovation labs around the world. This ‘think and do’ initiative is concentrated on understanding the conditions required for inclusive and sustainable economic development in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and building ground up solutions engaging stakeholders from across the system.
LEDlab leverages a Mitacs Accelerate Research Grant to incorporate 30 living wage, four-month, full-time graduate internships over three years. Graduate interns provide actual human capacity, research and prototyping support to under-resourced community organizations to advance innovative ideas. We use a cohort model for projects, students, and community partners to develop shared skills and knowledge, collaborate, and change the economic system in support of the local community over time.
March 30, 2017
Last week in Calgary, along with the Trico Charitable Foundation, the Alberta Treasury Branches, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, we were pleased to host the Canadian Final of the Global Challenge. This unique challenge, turns the traditional business pitch competition on its head by rewarding presenters for their knowledge of a problem and not their proposed solution.
Congratulations go out to the winners of the Canadian Final: Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University! Our panel of international judges had a difficult choice to make and ultimately rewarded MRU’s Braden Etzerza for his work on food-security in fly-in communities in Northern BC, and the SFU team for their project on reducing the volume of medical waste generated by Canadian Hospitals. A special congratulations to Braden for also winning the people’s choice award.
Last month at the Ashoka U Exchange in Miami, RECODE and Ashoka Canada hosted the second annual Canadian Network Day. The Exchange is the largest gathering of social impact educators in the world (over 700 attendees) and with 10% of attendees and multiple workshops and panels featuring Canadian examples, there was a strong Canadian presence.
In keeping with RECODE’s spirit and practice of experimentation, the first half of this year’s “Canada Day” day was devoted to a workshop on Indigenous Reconciliation. Over the course of the morning we saw a deep appetite for entering and learning how to navigate the Reconciliation space, and we also recognized the relatively few pathways or access points to do so. Participants came away with an increased understanding of their role in Reconciliation and some tools to set the stage to hold a similar conversation at their home institutions. Thank you to Reconciliation Canada for leading the workshops. More information about their work can be found here.
February 23, 2017
Tackling our most complex global challenges requires an understanding of both the root problems and their wider context.
On March 25th from 3:30pm – 7:00pm, join us at the Hotel Arts in Calgary for the first ever Canadian edition of the Global Challenge competition, where teams from Canadian post-secondary institutions will compete for two spots at the Global Challenge final in Oxford, England, and other prizes.
Come mingle, network and cheer on the final four teams as they present to an international panel of judges, plus cast your vote for the crowd favorite (who’ll receive a $1000 prize).
New Report: Insights & Observations at the Intersection of Higher Education, Indigenous Communities & Local Economic Development
January 23, 2017
“How can social enterprise be implemented within the Indigenous world view of economy? Why aren’t Indigenous people leading the conversation?”
These questions (and many others) were raised during our November 7th pre-Indigenous Innovation Summit dialogue on supporting Indigenous social entrepreneurship. We invite you to read our post-dialogue report, which includes discussion notes, insights, observations, and suggestions for next steps.
December 15, 2016
Les 1er et 2 mai 2017, en partenariat avec Fondations communautaires du Canada, le programme RECODE de La fondation de la famille J.W. McConnell, la Ville de Surrey et Vancity, l’Université Simon Fraser accueille Community Jam, en préconférence de C2UExpo. Cet échange éducatif interactif de deux jours a pour but de créer un héritage durable entre les collectivités et les campus qui bâtissent des collectivités de cœur et d’avenir.
Si vous faites partie d’un partenariat campus-collectivité novateur, inscrivez votre délégation!