Archive for May, 2012

Geoff Mulgan on Austerity and Innovation

Geoff Mulgan—internationally recognized leader and speaker on social innovation, and Chief Executive of Nesta in the United Kingdom—recently visited Toronto for a whirlwind tour that included 22 engagements and four talks in four days. The tour was organized and presented by MaRS and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) as part of the Inspiring Action for Social Impact speakers series.

On May 2, Mr. Mulgan spoke about Austerity and Innovation to a packed house at the MaRS Discovery District and to audiences in nine cities across Canada via live stream. During his presentation he discussed the opportunities society has to overcome the barriers that fiscal challenges present to social innovation.

Click here to watch his presentation on Austerity and Innovation and here to simultaneously view the slides used in his talk.

Right to Food—UN Visit to Canada

From May 6 to 16, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, visited Canada on a mission to examine the way in which the human right to adequate food is being realized in Canada.
Over the course of the 10-day visit, the Special Rapporteur met with federal government ministries, provincial and municipal authorities, political party officials, Aboriginal groups and communities in four provinces, and convened meetings with civil society organizations in five cities across Canada.

On May 16, press conferences were held on Parliament Hill by the Special Rapporteur and by Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada—one of the organizations to help facilitate meetings for the Special Rapporteur’s visit—highlighting the need to adopt a national food strategy.

Read the Special Rapporteur’s preliminary report here. For media coverage of the mission, click here

Learn more about the Foundation’s support to Food Secure Canada and the Sustainable Food Systems initiative.

Imagine Canada Announces Standards Program

Imagine Canada recently announced its new Standards Program, designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and nonprofit sector. Offering accreditation to charities and nonprofits that can demonstrate excellence in five key areas, the program is one of the first-of-its-kind globally and at a national level.

Former McConnell Foundation Secretary-Treasurer, Claude David, is a Peer Reviewer for the  Standards Program.

Mary Gordon Profiled in Times

Mary Gordon—Roots of Empathy Founder and longtime Foundation grantee—was recently profiled in the New York Times. Roots of Empathy, created in 1996, offers empathy-based programming for children and to date has reached 450,000 children worldwide.

Click here to learn more.

CSL Awards—Winners Announced!

The Foundation is pleased to highlight the winners of the Community Service-Learning (CSL) Awards, which recognize successful community initiatives supported by robust community service-learning programs.

Announced May 11th at the 2012 Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning Conference at the University of Saskatchewan, the following community-university project winners take home a share of $30,000 in prizes: Lakehead University’s Food Security Research Network; l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières’ l’Université de la Rue and l’Écol’Hôtel K; the University of Ottawa’s Ecojustice environmental law clinic; and the University of British Columbia‘s The Aboriginal Community as Teacher program.

Click here to watch videos of the winning CSL projects.

CSL is a model of experiential learning that combines classroom learning with volunteer work designed to achieve community goals and to instill in students a sense of civic engagement. Learn more about the Foundation’s Community Service-Learning initiative.