In early October, in collaboration with post secondary institutions, thought leaders, and partners, the following letter was sent to the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism; and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. We invite you to read on and join the conversation.
Dear Ministers Bains, Chagger and Duncan,
We are writing in response to your call to action for Positioning Canada to Lead: An Inclusive Innovation Agenda and specifically your question:”How do we work together to better equip our young people with the right skill sets for the economy of the future?”
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private foundation that works in Canada on systemic social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. Through granting and investing, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public, including the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, as well as the undersigned colleges, universities, national charities, and the Royal Bank of Canada we support social innovation and social finance initiatives aligned with our mission.
Students graduating from our post-secondary institutions will inherit some of the most complex challenges our society has ever faced. They need academic and hands-on skills, collaborative capacity, critical knowledge, global perspective, and a drive to serve the common good.
We wholeheartedly agree that “The goal of education should be to make every Canadian ‘innovation ready’—ready to spot opportunities, imagine possibilities, discover new ideas, learn and grow.” Additionally, it is also our experience that, as you say, “support needs to be provided to entrepreneurs who aspire to turn their ideas into successful businesses that improve people’s lives and make the world a better place”.
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