Posts Tagged ‘Tim Brodhead’

Innovation, Austerity’s Grandchild

SiG Senior Advisor and former Foundation President Tim Brodhead was recently published in the quarterly journal, The Philanthropist. The article, Innovation, Austerity’s Grandchild, addresses how social finance is creating space for innovation, resulting in a new narrative that underscores the critical contribution of the community sector to tackling complex challenges facing Canadian society.

Read the full article here.

PFC’s 2012 Symposium

Resources from Philanthropic Foundations Canada’s (PFC) 2012 Symposium, Funder Collaboration: Making it Work, are now available, including a video of the Symposium’s opening dialogue, a conversation on collaboration with past Foundation President Tim Brodhead and the Right Honourable Paul Martin. A summary of Symposium highlights can be downloaded here.

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.

Social Finance Spotlight

Visit our website spotlight on Social Finance to learn about the Foundation’s commitment and collaborations in this emerging field.

Spotlight resources include the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance‘s report Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good – Measuring Progress During Year One, and a Social Finance Q & A with past McConnell President, Tim Brodhead.

Spotlight: Social Impact Webinar Series

The Guardian online recently included Tim Brodhead’s webinar, New Trends in Philanthropy for Grant-seekers from a Social Innovation Perspective, in their Best of the Web spotlight—a round up of useful and interesting philanthropy links from around the web.

The webinar is part of the Inspiring Action for Social Impact Series, which explores social innovation through emerging concepts and ideas, lessons learned and sharing of best practices. The series features leaders of the Social Innovation Generation (SiG) initiative.

Past webinars are available on the series website.

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.

New Foundation Publications

The Foundation is pleased to announce its latest publication: Resilience. With the purpose of sharing the Foundation’s evolving strategies and granting focus, Resilience provides an understanding of why we fund what we do and highlights lessons learned from work with our grantees and partners.

Resilience is available to download from our website.

During Tim Brodhead’s tenure as President of the Foundation, one of the most popular sections of the Foundation’s website was the “President’s Corner”, which contained the speeches that he delivered to various national audiences.

These speeches, on topics ranging from the environment to the economy and from social inclusion to social innovation have been compiled in the publication Reflections on Philanthropy and Society: The Speeches of Tim Brodhead

To download Reflections on Philanthropy and Society: The Speeches of Tim Brodhead or for more publications, visit the Resources section of the Foundation’s 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.

Tim Brodhead in Axiom News

Two recent Axiom News articles by Camille Jensen featured Foundation President and CEO Tim Brodhead.

In “Why We Should Equip and Encourage our Voluntary Sector to be Enterprising,” Tim stresses the importance of Social Finance to ensure the resilience of the community sector:

“Our hope is that social finance will create new sources of funding for activities undertaken by community organizations, not for profits and charities. New sources, being both diversified and additional. I think we need to really stress that the purpose of encouraging new sources of funding is not to substitute for what exists already but to increase and complement what exists.”

In “Demonstrate by Doing, Engage Others: McConnell Foundation’s Strategy to Promote Social Finance,” Tim speaks about the leveraging power that would result from Foundations investing their capital assets to support their missions.

Learn more the Foundation’s contributions to Social Finance here.

Board appoints Stephen Huddart as next President and CEO of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Ms. Lyn Baptist, Chair of the Board of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, announced that the Board has appointed Stephen Huddart as the Foundation’s next President and CEO. Stephen, who is currently the Vice-President and COO, joined the Foundation in 2003.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Stephen worked with children’s singer Raffi as Executive Director of Troubadour Music Inc. and the non-profit Troubadour Institute.

As well, he co-founded and operated the Alma Street Café, a community-oriented business that for a number of years was Vancouver’s jazz café of record. He also held several executive positions with the BC SPCA, where he introduced innovations in humane education, animal-assisted therapy, and food labeling.

His community service commitments include advisory roles with Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies, ArtsSmarts, and the Canada Council. He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill.

The appointment will take effect during the summer of 2011 when the current President, Tim Brodhead, retires. Ms. Baptist expressed the Board’s thanks to Tim Brodhead and welcomed Mr. Huddart’s appointment.