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Charting a Path for Social Purpose Administration: A CAUBO and RECODE joint project

July 20, 2018

How can higher education finance and administration leaders contribute to their institution’s social ambitions? RECODE and Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) are collaborating on a national initiative to support post-secondary institutions across Canada in exploring emerging trends and expectations in social purpose administration. The partnership draws upon RECODE’s insights and networks in advancing community-centered solutions and CAUBO’s mission to enable excellence in Canadian higher education administration. This initiative stems from broader research RECODE and Simon Fraser University pioneered last year on the roles post-secondary institutions can play to enhance community well-being – including and beyond their primary mandates of teaching and research. This concept–known as social infrastructure– is described in their report, Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education […]

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Mount Royal University wins top spot at the University of Oxford’s international Map the System competition

June 6, 2018

Last weekend, three teams represented Canada on the global stage at the Map the System final in Oxford, UK. Map the System is a competition run by the University of Oxford that encourages a systems-change approach by asking participants to gain an understanding of a social or environmental issue and its connecting factors. The teams from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Royal Roads University, and Mount Royal University (MRU) were the top entries in the Canadian finals co-hosted by the RECODE initiative of the McConnell Foundation and the Trico Charitable Foundation last May. Out of fifteen schools presenting at Oxford, the SFU and MRU teams advanced to the top six. Roisin Dillon, a nursing student from Mount Royal University, researched the […]

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Results of the 2nd Canadian Edition of Map the System 2018

May 8, 2018


  Last weekend, RECODE and the Trico Charitable Foundation co-hosted the second Canadian edition of Map the System in partnership with the Skoll Centre from the University of Oxford. Map the System is an ‘alternative’ challenge where post-secondary students are tasked with taking a systems approach to social change by demonstrating their understanding of a social or environmental issue. For the 2018 Canadian edition, the top teams from 14 universities and colleges from Newfoundland to BC met in Vancouver to present their findings. A special thank you goes out to Simon Fraser University Student Engagement and Retention and RADIUS for welcoming us to their downtown campus and helping to organize the event. Highlights 1. For the first time since the competition’s inception, we had the pleasure of […]

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Join RECODE and Ashoka Canada at the pre-conference networking session! 

January 24, 2018

Are you attending the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange in Boston this April? RECODE and Ashoka Canada are co-hosting a day of networking, relationship-building, and sharing promising practices in advancing social innovation in Canadian post-secondary. Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Location TBD We invite you to contribute to the agenda design here. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP with Jennifer Gammad Lockerby at jlockerby@mcconnellfoundation.ca. For any questions, email Danica Straith at dstraith@ashoka.org.

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Resources for Schools: Backgrounder on Social Procurement

December 12, 2017

Social Procurement benefits both the community and your institution, and it’s easy to implement. Interested in further building social infrastructure on your campus, but not sure where to start? Social procurement allows institutions to mobilize their purchasing power and decisions to increase community well being. In our latest resource for post-secondary institutions, we discuss social procurement strategies and how you can implement it at your school. The Social Procurement 1-pager is a follow-up document to the Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities report. Download the 1-pager

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The Canadian Edition of Map the System: Round Two Kicks Off

October 31, 2017

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by Jennifer Gammad Lockerby

Social Innovation Fellow, RECODE

After a successful year running the 1st Canadian edition of Map the System (formerly known as the Global Challenge), RECODE and the Trico Charitable Foundation are bringing the challenge back to Canada for another round. We are excited to announce that 18 Canadian universities and colleges registered for the 2018 challenge – nearly double the number of schools registered in 2017.

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Sign up for the Map the System Challenge

September 8, 2017

Build your social impact career, compete with students from across Canada, and win a trip to Oxford

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Resources for Schools: Building Social Infrastructure

How can we increase the impact of our institutions to better strengthen our communities?

In our new discussion paper we explore how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.

Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities was commissioned by RECODE and Simon Fraser University for a recent roundtable dialogue of 19 university presidents held during the C2U Expo in Surrey, BC.

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Meet RECODE’s New Social Innovation Fellow

September 7, 2017

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member, Jennifer Lockerby. As a RECODE Fellow, Jennifer will focus on building student facing initiatives (including the Map the System Challenge); strengthening relationships between RECODE partners; and exploring ways to create shared tools and resources that help post-secondary institutions increase their community impact. Connect with Jennifer at jlockerby@mcconnellfoundation.ca.

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Field Notes: NEW Lessons from the RECODE Network

September 6, 2017

In our latest round of Field Notes from RECODE schools and partners, we share lessons and on-the-ground stories from UBC, Trico Charitable Foundation, RADIUS SFU, Georgian College, and Ryerson University.

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Upcoming Events:

REGISTER: Cross-Canada series of talks and workshops on System Change Leadership with Daniela Papi-Thornton

September 09, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Duncan, Calgary

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