Archive for May, 2011

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada launches

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is joining with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada to address how private funding can be best leveraged to empower Aboriginal communities. The Circle’s existence arises from the recognition that philanthropic organizations’ impact can be far greater by joining forces, and by building strong relationships with Aboriginal leaders and communities. Over fifty organizations have contributed to the creation of The Circle, the first network of its kind in Canada.

The Circle’s launch took place Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Native Education College in Vancouver and included a roundtable with seven leaders in the field of Aboriginal Education. The Foundation is pleased to be a founding member of The Circle.

For more information about The Circle, check out the new research-based discussion paper, Aboriginal Philanthropy in Canada: A Foundation for Understanding, which provides an overview of data, stories, perceptions, grant-making models and new opportunities and ways of thinking related to Aboriginal-focused philanthropy.

Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation now Open for Applications!

The first offering of the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation will focus on the issues of mental health, aging, and newcomers to Canada.

If you are seeking creative solutions to big problems, open to exploring and utilizing multiple and cross-cutting perspectives, and eager to develop the habits of thought and strategic skills necessary to make transformative change possible, this program was designed with you in mind.

  • Become a more creative and sophisticated systems-thinker
  • Learn to better identify, nurture and seize opportunities to address the problems of greatest importance to you
  • Build a national, cross-sectoral professional network
  • Develop strategic skills and ways of thinking that will make you more effective in all your endeavors
  • Position yourself to effectively address major social challenges

The Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation was created by the University of Waterloo in partnership with the Foundation.

Learn more about the program and application process from its website.

National speakers’ series, Inspiring Action for Social Impact, kicking off next week

Inspiring Action for Social Impact is a national speakers’ series comprised of a mix of in-person and online public talks by international thought leaders, applied learning workshops and dialogue on practical strategies for social innovation in Canada. The series begins with Christian Bason, Director of MindLab in Denmark, in Toronto on Monday May 9th at 6:00pm.

“For simplicity, I argue that the journey towards the highly innovative public organisation must be led simultaneously across four dimensions: Creating consciousness of what innovation is and means to the organisation; building capacity to innovate, from political context over strategy and organisational structure to people and culture; mastering a process of co-creating new solutions with people, not for them; and finally, to display the courage at all levels of management to really lead innovation.” from Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a better society

Inspiring Action for Social Impact is presented by SiG, in partnership with the Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, PLAN Institute, the University of Waterloo, and The Public Policy Forum.

Find more information about the series and register for the event here.

ALLIES Mentoring Conference underway in Calgary

The 2011 ALLIES Mentoring Conference, which is showcasing innovative practices on mentoring from immigrant employment councils, employers and service delivery agencies from over 15 cities across Canada, is currently underway in Calgary.

Included in the roster of speakers is Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi; Maytree President Ratna Omidvar; and the Foundation’s own Tim Brodhead and Stephen Huddart.

Mentoring is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to connect skilled immigrants with established Canadian professionals in the same or related occupation. And it works – many skilled immigrants have found employment using the skills and connections gained through the mentoring relationship.

Learn more about ALLIES’ National Mentoring Initiative from their website.