Archive for March, 2012

Changemakers Competition: Award Winners Announced!

The Foundation is pleased to congratulate the winners of the online Changemakers Competition Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. Through the competition, Ashoka Canada, Aboriginal organizations, and several foundations, including the McConnell Family Foundation, solicited innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. In all, 266 entries were received, 30 of which will take home a share of $90,000 in prizes.

“The Changemakers initiative on First Nations, Metis and Inuit learning demonstrates how much can be achieved when organizations work together with the national Aboriginal leadership” stated The Right Honourable Paul Martin. “I am very pleased to see the range of submissions. The projects and ideas demonstrate that creativity and partnership can combine to create innovative solutions.”

Winners of the 5 McConnell Family Foundation sponsored awards are: Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design (Quebec); A Tap on the Shoulder (Manitoba); Aboriginal eMentoring BC (British Columbia); Increasing Aboriginal Economic Inclusion through the Use of E-Learning Technology in the Aboriginal Community (Alberta); and Just Move It (Ontario). For the complete list of award winners, click here.

A national summit in Gatineau April 16-18 will celebrate winners and convene partners in discussions about next steps. Speakers will include The Right Honourable Paul Martin; Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Click here to learn more about the summit and how you can attend.

Framework’s Timeraiser Event Comes to Montreal

The Timeraiser event is coming to Montreal! A program of Framework—a Foundation grantee and collaborator—Timeraiser events connect people to causes and causes to people. Through innovative auction-style events, attendees can volunteer with local agencies and bid their time, not money, on works of local emerging artists. With the support of corporate sponsors and partners, artists are paid full market value for their work.

To date, Timeraiser events in cities across Canada have generated more than 100,000 volunteer hours for not-for-profit organizations such as Meal Exchange and Evergreen and secured more than $500,000 for Canadian artists.

Tickets to attend the first Montreal Timeraiser event are on sale now. The event will be held in Old Montreal’s Bonsecours Market on April 12—click here to purchase your ticket. To learn about upcoming Timeraiser events in other cities, visit

Our Newest Team Member

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member—Aaron Good, Managing Director for SiG@McConnell.

Aaron brings a wealth of experience to the McConnell team, through his roles as a non-profit and business strategy consultant with the Bridgespan Group and Bain & Co., and as an executive in the federal government. He was most recently Vice President of the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa and will continue to work with the Forum on a part time basis.

ALLIES: Best Employers for New Canadians Announced

The winners of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians competition were recently announced in The Globe and Mail.

The competition—a partnership between Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and ALLIES, a joint initiative of the Maytree Foundation and the McConnell Family Foundation—celebrates employers who have reached out to support newcomers in practical and welcoming ways.

“Each one of this year’s winning employers has developed and implemented practices which have given them a competitive edge. They demonstrate in different ways how recognizing international credentials, mentoring, and effective onboarding are helping them build a diverse and dynamic workforce.”

Some of the recognized employers include: Bombardier AerospaceThe McGill University Health CentreEnergy Resources Conservation BoardBMO Financial Group, and KPMG LLP. For the complete list of winners, click here.

To learn more about the ALLIES initiative, visit

YouthScape at the Senate

On March 7, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) spoke on behalf of the Foundation to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: Study on social inclusion and cohesion in Canada.

Her presentation highlighted YouthScape—a program launched in 2006 by the Foundation and IICRD, to involve excluded or disengaged youth in planning and implementing community development initiatives—and its implications for youth engagement in Canada. To watch Natasha’s presentation, click here (presentation begins at 17 minute mark).

Learn more about the Foundation’s commitment to youth engagement.