Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Huddart’

Moving forward in partnership with Indigenous youth

The Globe and Mail recently published an op-ed written by Erin Montour and Stephen Huddart of the Foundation. This editorial argues that Indigenous youth are poised to change their future, and that community organizations must establish meaningful relationships with them to help make that happen. The piece, entitled “Indigenous Partners Not Prisoners,” provides examples from the Foundation’s recent publication, Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnership. Click here to read the full article.

McGill Launches New Initiative

The Social Economy Initiative (SEI) at the Desautels Faculty of Management integrates social entrepreneurship and social innovation into its teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Over 600 people attended the inaugural event on April 16th in Montreal, where a panel comprised of the Right Honourable Paul Martin, the Chantier de l’économie sociale’s Nancy Neamtan, Prof. Henry Mintzberg and the Foundation’s President Stephen Huddart discussed new approaches to creating social and economic value.

Click here to learn more.

Indspire Institute Launches!

The Indspire Institute, a new Indigenous education initiative, was launched on March 15 in Calgary before almost 300 educators at Indspire’s first National Gathering for Indigenous Education. Indspire President Roberta Jamieson noted that while the Institute focuses on Indigenous learners, teachers, and families, it is open to all students interested in knowing more about their Indigenous fellow citizens.

A virtual space for learning, the Indspire Institute offers an array of online tools, resources, and forums designed to provide support to teachers and increase participation and completion rates among Indigenous youth. The Foundation is a founding partner in the Institute, along with Suncor Energy Foundation and the federal government.

At the launch, Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart spoke about the role that public, private, and philanthropic partnerships play in supporting innovation in education. His remarks can be read here.

To sign up as a member of the Indspire Institute or to learn more about Indspire programs, visit

Upcoming Panel Discussion:
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

On February 4 at Carleton University, the Foundation’s Stephen Huddart will chair the panel discussion, Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: The Federal Budget and Food Insecurity. Examining Canada’s current food challenges and proposing policy and budget measures to address them, the discussion will mark the official launch of Carleton’s Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) initiative, which aims to strengthen Canadian communities through action and research on the best practices of community-campus partnerships.

To learn more about the event, click here.

TIM Review: Social Innovation

Foundation President Stephen Huddart is the guest editor for the July issue of Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Review. The issue highlights the promise and potential of technology-enabled social innovation and features contributions from some of Canada’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs.

Articles include: Renewing the Future: Social Innovation Systems, Sector Shift, and Innoweave by Stephen Huddart; From Stories to Evidence: How Mining Data Can Promote Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector by Michael Lenczner and Susan Phillips; Being Disruptive: How Open Growth is Delivering Effective Social Change at a Fast Pace by Elisha Muskat and Delyse Sylvester; Evergreen Brick Works: An Innovation and Sustainability Case Study by Seana Irvine; Accelerating a Network Model of Care: Taking a Social Innovation to Scale by Vickie Cammack and Kerry Byrne; Hacking Health: Bottom-up Innovation for Healthcare by Jeeshan Chowdhury; and
Platformation: Cloud Computing Tools at the Service of Social Change by Anil Patel.

Click here to download TIM Review’s July issue.

Official Launch of the Diploma in Social Innovation

On November 25, faculty, students, and collaborators gathered for the official launch of the University of Waterloo‘s Diploma in Social Innovation. 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.

“To successfully address the complex problems we face as a society, it is essential that we learn to work collaboratively among the private, public and community sectors,” said the Foundation’s Stephen Huddart. “The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation is pleased to support the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation and looks forward to the new partnerships, fresh thinking and actionable solutions that emerge from this talented group of faculty and students.”

Thirty-three participants from across Canada are enrolled, with a first year focus on three key issues: aging, newcomers to Canada and mental health. Led by Frances Westley—the J. W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation and Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience—the program draws on the expertise of world-renowned academics and expert practitioners and thought leaders from across the country.

Click here to learn more about the Diploma in Social Innovation.

Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series

On November 2, Social Innovation Generation and Frances Westley—the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo and the co-Founder of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience—launch Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series, a new webinar series focusing on Canadian ideas in social innovation.

The 8-week series, featuring leaders of the SiG initiative, will explore social innovation—sharing lessons learned, best practices and emerging concepts and ideas.

Upcoming webinars:

  • November 2: Frances Westley on Social Innovation and Resilience
  • November 9: Stephen Huddart on Managing Social Innovation
  • November 16: Allyson Hewitt on Shared Value & what it means for the non-profit sector
  • November 23: Cheryl Rose on Community-University Partnerships
  • November 30: Tim Draimin on Supporting global learning: Australia/Canada social innovation synergies
  • December 7: Al Etmanski on Natural Care
  • December 13: Tim Brodhead on Key trends in philanthropy for grant seekers from a SI perspective (Note: this event takes place on a Tuesday)
  • December 20: Dr. Ilse Treurnicht on Upcoming Trends in Innovation

For full webinar details, visit the SiG series website.

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.

On-Ramping to the Next Economy: Financing Innovation, Sustainability, and Resilience

Stephen Huddart’s recent contribution to the Open Source Business Resource speaks about creating resilient local economies and the possibility of networking these nodes to “reshape markets in the public interest, rather than to a race to protect and monopolize benefits for a select few.”

An excerpt:

According to one feisty audience member at a conference I spoke at in Phoenix recently, growing US indebtedness and a weakening dollar will result in the US dollar losing its role as the world’s reserve currency. As other countries elect to price their transactions in Euros, gold, or something else, they will dump their unwanted dollars, driving the greenback even lower. Consequently, he insisted, it’s time to think about creating local and regional currencies, along with the militia we’ll need in order to protect ourselves when the US government goes bankrupt… Without subscribing to the alarmist and defeatist rhetoric of our commentator, we can agree that resilient local economies are an important element in any innovation ecosystem.

Read the blog post in its entirety here.

ALLIÉS Montréal launches mentoring program

ALLIÉS Montréal, an organization that aims to integrate skilled immigrants into the workforce, recently launched its mentoring program. The April 7 launch event included nearly one hundred businesses and organizations and featured a speech by Foundation Chief Operating Officer Stephen Huddart, where he emphasized the value of cross-sectoral collaboration to support continuous social innovation.

Also featured at the event was “Parcours inspirants,” an exhibition of 24 photographic portraits and profiles that showcase the successes and trials of new immigrants to Montreal. The profiles, which have run in the newspaper Métro Montréal since April 2009, are on display at Place Ville-Marie until April 30.

ALLIÉS Montréal is an initiative of the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ), a regional coordinating agency for Metropolitan Montreal, and is part of the wider network of ALLIES Canada, an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation in partnership with the Maytree Foundation.

Learn more about the ALLIES National Mentoring Initiative here.