Archive for June, 2012

Sustainable Food Systems Update

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation will be supporting Food Secure Canada (FSC) to convene a learning and action network of organizations working to strengthen local and regional food systems. This will include groups funded under the Foundation’s Sustainable Food System initiative.

The first in-person meeting of the network will take place immediately after FSC’s Biennial Assembly in Edmonton, November 1-4, 2012. The call for proposals for workshops and presenters for the Assembly is open until July 8.

Supporting Social Entrepreneurs

With many of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs and innovators often finding initial support and recognition outside of Canada, the recent Toronto Star article, Canada’s best undervalued asset: its social entrepreneurs, highlights the need for Canada to support local innovators.

Successful social entrepreneurs and Foundation grantees—John Mighton, JUMP Math founder; Mary Gordon, Roots of Empathy founder; Geoff Cape, Evergreen co-founder; and George Roter, Engineers Without Borders (Canada) co-founder—are highlighted.

Click here to read the full article.

Goodbye Claude

The Foundation recently bid adieu et merci to Claude David, who is retiring after serving as Secretary-Treasurer for 17 years. Claude came to the Foundation after a career as a senior financial manager in business and government. Along with his wife Mary, he devotes his volunteer time to the Huntington’s Society of Quebec. He also continues to advise Imagine Canada’s new standards initiative.

Past McConnell Presidents Honored

On May 31, past McConnell Foundation President, Derek Price, was honored with the 2011 Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal in the Business Volunteer category for his contributions to the McCord Museum.

Tim Brodhead, former McConnell Foundation President, was also honored recently. In recognition of his many contributions to Canada, Tim was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Governor General David Johnston.

Black Out, Speak Out Campaign

On June 4, websites of more than 500 organizations went dark in support of the Black Out, Speak Out campaign to protest changes to environmental laws proposed in the latest federal budget.

Environmental Defence CanadaÉquiterre, and the Pembina Institute, are just a few of the Foundation grantees supporting this important campaign to protect the environment and democracy.

Click here for a list of the top 10 items of environmental concern in the budget bill.

Learn more about the Black Out, Speak Out campaign.

Timeraiser Videos

Montreal’s first Timeraiser—an innovative auction style event where attendees can volunteer with local agencies and bid their time, not money, on works of local emerging artists—took place on April 12 at Marché Bonsecours and was documented by filmmaker Paul Shore.

A set of three videos, showcasing the event and the benefits for volunteers, artists, and community organizations involved in a Timeraiser, are now available to watch here.

To learn more about Timeraiser, a program of Foundation grantee, Framework, click here.

Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation

Reminder! Applications are currently being accepted for the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation‘s 2012-2013 program at the University of Waterloo. The upcoming program will focus on Food Systems, Green Technologies, and Urban Sustainability.

Created by the University in partnership with the Foundation, the Diploma’s goal is to respond to Canada’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. The 2011-2012 offering, which recently concluded, focused on mental health, aging, and newcomers to Canada. Click here to watch a short video with reflections from Diploma participants.

To learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation or to apply for the 2012-2013 program, visit www.gradsi.ca.