2011

Introducing Innoweave — Tools & Networks for Social Innovation

The Foundation is excited to announce the launch of Innoweave, an initiative that provides community sector leaders with new tools and processes to effect large-scale change. In collaboration with Social Innovation Generation (SiG), thought leaders, academics, and prospective partners from the private and public sectors, Innoweave will address critical operational and strategic needs within the […]

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Private Capital for Public Good

The one year anniversary of the release of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance‘s landmark report, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good, was celebrated at the official launch of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and the 2011 Social Finance Forum: Investing in Good Deals on December 13 and 14 in Toronto. Nearly four […]

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Official Launch of the Diploma in Social Innovation

On November 25, faculty, students, and collaborators gathered for the official launch of the University of Waterloo‘s Diploma in Social Innovation. Created by the University in partnership with the Foundation, the diploma’s goal is to respond to Canada’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. “To successfully address the complex problems we face as a society, […]

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Learning Network Launched!

Foundation grantee The Stop Community Food Centre recently launched an online Learning Network to share resources and foster dialogue about community food centre programming. The Stop is an innovative community food centre where people come together to grow, cook and eat food, as well as to advocate for measures that can increase food security in […]

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Canada's Boreal Forest Agreement

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement—a landmark agreement bringing together leading environmental organizations and major forest companies in an effort to conserve the biodiversity of Canada’s Boreal Forest—was featured in the November issue of Business 2020, a magazine on business and biodiversity. The article, Canada in forefront of conserving biodiversity of Boreal Forest, highlights the six […]

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A New Way to Measure Happiness

The Foundation supported Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)—an initiative of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation—which reports on the wellbeing of Canadians by tracking 64 indicators in 8 areas, was recently profiled in the Montreal Gazette. Focusing on the areas of leisure and culture, community vitality, living standards, environment, democratic engagement, education, healthy populations and time use, […]

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Vibrant Communities: Cities Reducing Poverty

The Foundation is pleased to highlight Tamarack Institute’s latest publication, Cities Reducing Poverty: How Vibrant Communities are Creating Comprehensive Solutions to the Most Complex Problem of our Times. Through stories and a unique analysis by editor Mark Cabaj, Cities Reducing Poverty details the poverty reduction efforts of collaborative groups in six Canadian cities—Calgary, Montreal, Surrey, […]

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Changemakers Competition Now Open!

It’s official! The Changemakers Competition, Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, is now open. The competition—an initiative of Ashoka Canada and several foundation partners, including McConnell—will solicit innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, using the Changemakers collaborative online platform. The platform will allow participants to share […]

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Farm-to-School in the News

The Farm-to-School program, which matches participating schools with farmers or small networks of growers who are paid fair market value to supply produce, is proving successful in many British Columbia schools. With Foundation support it is preparing to expand across Canada, widening its focus to Farm-to-Cafeteria to work with hospitals, long-term care facilities and even […]

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Author Lone Frank at Paragraphe Books!

Join us November 9th (6:30 p.m.) at Paragraphe Books in Montreal for a reading from My Beautiful Genome, followed by a Q&A with author Lone Frank. In My Beautiful Genome, Frank—a renowned science writer and speaker—chronicles her own experience with personal genomics. The event, co-hosted by the Foundation, Blue Metropolis Foundation and Maisonneuve Magazine is […]

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