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 fentanyl crisis in Canada. The team Bridging the Gap from Simon Fraser University focused on the mental health outcomes of second-generation Asian youth in Vancouver.
SFU placed 3rd overall, and MRU emerged as the 1st place winner worldwide. This year, 27 educational institutions participated in the competition with over 470 applications collectively. This is the second year in a row that a Canadian team has won the top entry.
“To have been selected the winner of such a prestigious competition is an honour,” said MRU student Roisin, “As a nurse, I’ve seen the devastation of the opioid crisis. It’s so important to continue to educate and work with one another to alleviate these impacts.”
RECODE and McConnell are thrilled for MRU and incredibly pleased to have been part of this journey with them. Their win along with SFU, showcases the great work happening in Canada. All three finalists are RECODE partners and Ashoka changemaker campuses.