2017

Building Reconciliation Forum 2017: 3 Lessons Learned

By Jennifer Lockerby, McConnell Re-Code Fellow At the third annual Building Reconciliation Forum, hosted by the University of Manitoba, Indigenous people and settlers discussed progress, possibilities and challenges for reconciliation in post-secondary education. First, I would like to thank the people who welcomed me, a settler, as a visitor to Treaty One territory. By extension, my […]

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After 10 Years of SiG: Looking Forward to Social Innovation’s Future

November 27 to December 1 was an eventful week for social innovation. In Toronto, the Spark! conference convened 300 diverse social innovators for a lively exchange of ideas and perspectives. In Ottawa, the Future of Good brought together 100+ invited guests to discuss the changing landscape for social change, given the increasing pace of financial […]

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Food Trucks, Cultural Identity and Social Justice

By Julian Agyeman McConnell Cities for People Fellow The urban foodscape is changing, rapidly. Fish tacos, vegan cupcakes, gourmet pizzas, and barbecue ribs, and all served from the confines of cramped, idling, and often garishly painted trucks. These food trucks, part of a wider phenomenon of street food vending or ‘street foods’, while common in the […]

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Best practices and courses of action for philanthropy

Stephen Huddart is the President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation. On November 15, he gave the closing address for Sommet2017, a summit in Montreal hosted by Institut Mallet. The theme of this year’s summit was philanthropic culture at the heart of the city. (The following text has been translated from French.) Welcome everyone. It […]

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SiG: 10 years of fostering human ecosystems for systems change

Stephen Huddart is the President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation. As vice-president at McConnell during the early days of the McConnell-Social Innovation Generation partnership, he has seen SiG grow and change since it began. These are his reflections, excerpted from the SiG book.   On June 8, 2017 the federal government established a 17-person […]

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Research is integral to making Montreal more inclusive, resilient and innovative

Support for CIRM part of McConnell’s broader city strategy Last week, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal received new funding totaling $3.25 million, which will help in integrating research from diverse academic disciplines and contributing toward efforts to build a more inclusive, resilient and innovative city. McConnell was delighted to join BMO in this […]

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Car is no longer king and people come first, says Danish thinker, Jan Gehl

By Alex Gillis In 1960, the life of Jan Gehl, a Danish architect and urban-design professor, suddenly changed. That year he obtained a degree in architecture and met his future wife, a psychologist, who challenged him and his friends: “Why are you architects not interested in people? Why doesn’t the school of architecture teach you […]

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Spotlight on new grants

The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved funding for several organizations and initiatives, including: Canadian Environmental Grantmaker’s Network (CEGN) ($300,000) The Canadian Environmental Grantmaker’s Network will use funds from McConnell to support scientific analysis, policy development, advocacy and government relations for its members.       Clean Economy Fund ($525,000) A grant […]

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Connecting the Seams of Patient Care With Food

By Jason Bilsky, CEO and President, Yukon Hospital and a member of the Nourish team. Jason Bilsky is the CEO and President of Yukon Hospital. The Yukon Hospital Corporation is participating in the Nourish Innovator program with innovator Leslie Carson, Manager of Nutrition and Food Services, and supporting participant Laura Salmon, Director, First Nations Health Programs.   When […]

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National Moose Hide Gathering

The Moose Hide Campaign and the McConnell Foundation invite you to be part of something extraordinary. It’s time to change Canada. It’s time to change the future for Indigenous women and girls. On an early August morning in 2011, Paul Lacerte and his daughter, Raven, were hunting moose near the infamous Highway of Tears. They […]

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