2020

Future Economy Lab Montreal Report

Building an inclusive and resilient climate economy in Quebec At the Future Economy Lab (FEL) we are bringing together a select group of organizations to pioneer a new way of nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystems that create inclusive and resilient economies. The first iteration of FEL launched in partnership between Maison d’innovation sociale, McConnell Family Foundation, SecondMuse […]

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Social innovation in Canada: Reflections on past, present and future directions

In September 2020, The Philanthropist and the McConnell Foundation co-published a new book called Social Innovation in Canada: Reflections on Past, Present and Future Directions. It explores the possibilities, opportunities and challenges that the social innovation movement has faced and will continue to face in support of transformative systems change in Canada. The book includes insights from 2017 […]

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Beyond the Binder

Towards More Systemic and Sustainable Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing in K-12 Education In Canada, K-12 education systems have a key role in developing strategies to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff. While stand alone programs have provided useful content for educators in addressing mental health and wellbeing, it is […]

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COVID-19 Decision-Making: A Social Impact Tool for Social Purpose-driven Organizations

With the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, social purpose-driven organizations are stepping up to the challenge of pivoting their business models to play their role. Now, more than ever, leaders are called upon to make immediate and profound decisions with far-reaching consequences – and with the potential to accelerate and scale their social impact […]

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Re-Code: Milestone Report & Three Year Retrospective Review

The initiatives and observations found in the Milestone Report reflect on the developments made to accelerate and scale the social impact of higher education since the launch of the 2017 seminal paper “Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities”. The report is poised to help higher education institutions play an […]

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Catalyst: Common Wealth

Common Wealth, a business dedicated to expanding access to retirement security, is working to strengthen retirement security in Canada’s non-profit sector. Common Wealth, founded in 2015, addresses the challenges of retirement insecurity. It works with labour unions, professional associations, and groups of employers to deliver collective retirement plans for workers without access to traditional pensions.    […]

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Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures

Our Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures (SIPP) outlines the principles governing McConnell’s investment policy and addresses key matters such as investment beliefs, principles and asset mix. The SIPP helps to ensure consistency, continuity and good governance in the management of the Foundation’s financial assets. It also aims to make certain that fiduciaries of the […]

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Catalyst: SeedChange

SeedChange works to improve farmers’ livelihoods, increase biodiversity, and promote seed and food sovereignty — critical components in the health of people and of the ecosystems that sustain us. For over 30 years, SeedChange has worked with Canadians and partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to strengthen biodiversity, food sovereignty and the rights of […]

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Catalyst: Prosper Canada

Prosper Canada is a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. One of our biggest problems in Canada is we can’t always see — or understand — what’s going on in the financial lives of Canadians. This is partly because some Canadians don’t file taxes, […]

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