Map the System Challenge

Last weekend, Re-Code 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 OxfordMap 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.
  1. For the first time since the competition’s inception, we had the pleasure of an all-women judging panel with seven judges. Thank you to Claudia, Annelies, Catherine, Hana, Hillary, Danielle, and Alejandra for your time and expertise. We certainly didn’t envy the tough decisions you all had to make to choose the winners.
  2. This year’s projects were so high-calibre that the organizers decided to send an additional team to the global competition in Oxford than originally planned. Bravo to all student participants!
  3. The quality of the projects also points to the efforts of the social impact educators from each institution. From months of preparing students, to the diverse content of the projects, to the educator’s workshop, their commitment to the work and support of the students were on full display throughout the competition.
Congratulations to all of the participants for a fantastic weekend and best of luck to the 3 teams presenting their research on the international stage in Oxford, UK next month.
Teams selected to go to Oxford:  
  • Mount Royal University: Opioid Crisis in Canada
  • Royal Roads University: Agricultural Food Waste in Canada
  • Simon Fraser University: Mental Health in Second Generation Canadians
Winner of the Audience’s Choice Prize: 
  • McGill University: Menstrual Hygiene Management within the Montreal Homeless Population
Runners Up: 
  • Ryerson – From Farm to Fork to Landfill: Food Waste in Toronto
  • HEC – Helping Children with Dyslexia in Quebec

As finalists, the above six teams are also eligible to apply for Apprenticing with a Problem funding in order to deepen their knowledge about the levers of change for their chosen issue.

All Participating Teams: 

UBC – Inclusive Education for Students with Autism in British Columbia
Gurkamel Gill
Alexandra Lemon
Samantha Wong
Joanna Xia
MRU – Opioid Crisis in Canada
Roisin Dillon
MUN – The Bahamas’ Mitigation Efforts against Climate Change
Gabrielle Charlton
NSCC – Textile Waste Diversion
Phyllis Dharmaratnam
Rebecca Mitton
Kyley Forbes
SFU – Mental Health in Second Generation Canadians
Stephanie Lam
Katrina Jang
Janani Ravikularam
Benta Cheng
Hussein Elhagehassan
University of Guelph – Mapping the equity challenges of addressing physician shortages with International Medical Graduates
Olivia Magwood
Oreen Mendonca
Vanessa Ymele Leki
Ryerson – From Farm to Fork to Landfill: Food Waste in Toronto
Aalokita Singla
Gursewak Singh
Carleton – Traditional knowledge to extend democracy to the highest mountain pastures in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
Jason Wong
MacEwan – Affordable Housing
Misbah Mahal
Royal Roads – Farm Food Waste in Canada
Collin O’Halloran
Kevin Wattier
University of Calgary – Access to Prescription Drugs for Low-Income Calgarians 
Kathleen Cadungog
Darren Corpe
HEC – Helping Children with Dyslexia in Quebec
Tanya Gianellia
Chloé Balland
Gabriel Rompré
Concordia – Language Barrier in Health Care
Haman Mamdouhi
Sahram Aryanpour
McGill – Menstrual Hygiene Management within the Montreal Homeless Population 
Samaa Kazerouni
Paige Rumelt
Aidan McLaughlin
Sreya Belbase