Public Launch of Re-Code

recode_box_solid_tagline_horizontal_yellow-on-blackRe-Code, an initiative of the Foundation, created in collaboration with thought leaders and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, was officially launched at the Social Finance Forum held in Toronto on November 6. Re-Code is dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and social entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada.
In the initial phase of this multi-year initiative, fourteen colleges and universities across Canada have been awarded matching grants to encourage students to become social entrepreneurs, while contributing to Canada’s capacity for social innovation.
Re-Code Round One Recipients include:
Cégep de Sherbrooke; University of Victoria, Camosun College, and Royal Roads University; Memorial University of Newfoundland; University of Guelph; École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Dawson College, and Cégep André-Laurendeau; OCAD University; Mount Royal University; Simon Fraser University; Ryerson University; University of British Columbia; University of New Brunswick; Georgian College; Wilfrid Laurier University; and Concordia University.
Re-Code will:

  • Support the development of campus-level social innovation and social entrepreneurship ‘zones’, along with business, community and public sector partners.
  • Operate a national challenge and collaboration platform open to all post-secondary faculty and students in Canada.
  • Advance society’s ability to address social and environmental challenges through collaboration and innovation across disciplines, sectors and institutions.

Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, says, “Re-Code builds on the Foundation’s long history of support for Canada’s post-secondary sector, and aims to strengthen support for students who want to work on creating new approaches to the challenges of our time. With partners like Intel, MaRS, CBSR, Purpose Capital, SecondMuse, and many others, we are lining up resources for ongoing investment in society’s ability to innovate at a critical time”.
Monica Contreras, Director of Operations at the Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute at OCAD University, one of the schools receiving funding, says: “It is a truly transformative opportunity for OCAD University to develop a global-leading Art & Design Social Innovation Zone that will benefit and be in the service of our students, and Canada’s post-secondary sector.”
Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of the École de technologie supérieure (ETS), another recipient of Re-Code funding, adds: “Re-Code is helping ETS lead the way in training 21st century engineers, ensuring that they move forward conscious of their environment and their own capacity to offer innovative solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow.”
To learn more about the initiative please visit or join the conversation on Facebook (LetsRe-Code) and Twitter @LetsRe-Code #LetsRe-Code.
Re-Code press release