New job opportunity: Communications Manager, Maternity Leave Replacement



The McConnell Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of a Communications Manager 12 month maternity leave replacement. This one year position will work closely with the Foundation’s teams to help manage communications activities, as well as its program-specific communications strategies.

Location: Montreal, QC
Closing date for applications: September 8, 2017
Ideal start date: October 16, 2017
To apply, upload your CV and cover letter to:


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Spotlight on new grants and contributions

The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation approved funding for several organizations and initiatives:

Revivre ($300,000)
Revivre will use funds to scale its mental health self-management program J’Avance across Canada.


Evergreen ($3,750,000)
Funds will be used by Evergreen to set up a new collaborative multisectoral initiative, the Future Cities network, which will develop and disseminate innovative approaches to city building across Canada.


New job opportunity: RECODE Social Innovation Fellow

The Foundation is seeking a Social Innovation Fellow for the RECODE initiative. Open to professionals in the early stage of their careers, this one-year, full time position is designed to support the program and administrative activities of the Foundation, while providing opportunities for the fellow to participate in training, exchange, and knowledge generation activities of the Foundation and with the broader social innovation community. Mentorship opportunities will also be provided. The fellowship experience is meant to be a trampoline for someone who is interested in future career within the community, philanthropic or government sectors.

Location: Montreal, with some travel within Canada

Closing date for applications: July 27, 2017

Starting date: End of August

Application deadline: July 27, 2017

Remuneration: annual salary 38k, plus health benefits

To apply, upload your CV and cover letter to:


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Responding to 21st century social challenges, requires an education fit for our times – one that’s rooted in new ways of thinking, doing and learning. There is a transformation afoot, with schools having bold visions for change. They are becoming vital social innovation hubs for surrounding industries and communities.

As a funder, capacity builder and convener, RECODE supports the capacity of schools to weave social innovation tools and practices into the very fabric of campus and community culture.

New Job Opportunity: Junior Investment Analyst


The is Foundation seeking an Investment Analyst to join its Finance team. Please send a cover letter and CV to

Junior Investments Analyst

Support the work of the Director, Investments in managing and safeguarding the Foundation’s investment assets.


Director, Investments

Main responsibilities:

  • Assists in the monitoring and evaluation of existing and prospective portfolio managers
  • Assists in the preparation of quarterly investment reports for the Investment Committee (IC).
  • Develops and recommends enhancements to investment performance measurement, reconciliation and validation.
  • Manages cash account balances and operational transactions.
  • Assists in the management of the currency hedging program.
  • Maintains contract, correspondence and statement files for all service providers (custodian, consultants, lawyers and investment managers).
  • Provides investment accounting services support in preparation for the annual audit.
  • Reviews management fee invoices, expense reports and payables.
  • Assists the program/granting team in the preparation and monitoring of budgets.
  • Provides support to the impact investing team.
  • Participates in and leads staff teams.


Skills and attributes:

  • Analytical, ability to initiate and take responsibility for projects.
  • Flexible, collaborative, willing to adapt to changing priorities.
  • High degree of professionalism and integrity


Essential conditions:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or economics.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Interest in and commitment to organizational objectives.
  • Fluent in French and English.


Deadline to apply: Open until filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2017.
Please submit your CV and cover letter to

New Job Opportunity: Junior Impact Investments Analyst


The Foundation is seeking an Impact Investing Analyst for its Solutions Finance team. Please send a cover letter and CV to

Junior Impact Investments Analyst



Support the work of the Director, Solutions Finance and the Solutions Finance Development Manager in managing and safeguarding the Foundation’s impact investments.


Director, Solutions Finance

Main responsibilities:

  • Monitor on-going performance of investments, including progress against financial return and impact objectives.
  • Assist with due diligence of investment proposals, present to the Solutions Finance Committee and to the Investment Committee.
  • Work with the Solutions Finance team to grow the knowledge base of financial models.
  • Assist in the production of quarterly investment reports.
  • Assist with managing capital commitments and monitoring of financial transactions.
  • Identify and implement procedures to increase operational efficiency.
  • Liaise with internal team to ensure financial records are current and to facilitate portfolio reporting.
  • Respond and meet with external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to proposals and reports to the Board and selected external audiences.
  • Undertake administrative and other tasks as needed.


Skills and attributes:

  • Strong interest in impact investing and social economy.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Collaborative approach to working in a small team.
  • Strong analytical skills, good knowledge of Excel.


Essential conditions:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or economics.
  • Two to three years of relevant work experience.
  • Interest in and commitment to organizational objectives.
  • Fluent in French and English (spoken and written).


Deadline to apply: Open until filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2017.
Please submit your CV and cover letter to

Cities as a commons: Sharing vision, resources and power

by Alex Gillis

Uber, Airbnb and other sharing enterprises allow people to buy rides, rent homes and hire people for everyday chores, but are those initiatives really about sharing?

“They are full of the steroid of venture capital,” explained Julian Agyeman, co-author of the book Sharing Cities and professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, in the United States. “These are not sharing enterprises anymore. These are about making lots of money, and about exploiting workers and neighbourhoods.”

Last month, at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, Agyeman spoke about true sharing enterprises, the types that involve “just sustainability,” as he puts it, a sustainability that melds human equality with environmental issues, merges social justice with ecological sustainability. He was one of four international experts at an event organized by Evergreen and the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Cities for People initiative, an event that’s part of collaborations to foster inclusive, innovative and resilient cities.

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Spotlight on new grants

The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation approved funding for several organizations and initiatives, including:



Rideau Hall Foundation ($125,000)
Funds will be used to support Imagine a Canada – an initiative that engages children and youth across the country in expressing a vision of a reconciled nation.


Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission ($325,000)
Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission will use this grant to help governments at all levels address challenging questions related to climate change and carbon pricing.



Engineers Without Borders (up to $420,000)
This grant will be used to support the expansion of the Engineering Change Lab, which addresses issue such as ethics failures, lack of cultural and gender diversity in engineering and the role of innovation in helping make progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada ($450,000)
A grant from the Foundation will support the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society in developing policy, training and education material to improve conditions for First Nations children across Canada.








Webinar: The role of food in healthcare

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

Join Sustainable Food Systems program director Beth Hunter for a webinar on the role of food in health and healing. Learn about our research and preliminary findings, and to hear from one of HealthCareCAN’s members that has made significant progress in this area. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, and consider ideas and strategies that may be valuable to your organization.


How school “health champions” can foster student wellness

New initiative at Saanich School District provides a potential model for other districts

Students from School District 61’s Coastal Kindergarden at Ogden Point, Victoria.

By Cara McKenna

Factors such as stress, lack of sleep and improper nutrition can have a big impact on students’ ability to learn. That’s why numerous B.C. schools have enacted plans or policies to nurture the social, emotional and mental health of students. But just because one school sees results, doesn’t necessarily mean others will follow. A new project at Saanich School District aims to better spread promising new ideas from one school to another. It’s a prime example of what WellAhead, an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, is hoping to see more of provincially and nationally.

WellAhead is a philanthropic initiative aimed at better integrating social and emotional wellbeing in K-12 education. Even though focusing on holistic wellbeing has been proven to improve academic performance and life outcomes, schools don’t consistently make wellness a priority, said Mali Bain, WellAhead’s B.C. lead.


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Committing to responsible investing

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is announcing today that it is committing to implementing responsible investing practices across 100% of its endowment. These practices include a range of approaches—for example, targeted negative screens that remove specific industries from the portfolio; positive screens, through which portfolios are constructed with best-in-class companies; and shareholder engagement and activism on priority issues. The full responsible investment strategy will be developed over the coming months.

In recent years, there has been considerable discussion and activity on the broader topic of responsible investing, based on the belief that environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors affect shareholder value across industries and over time. Read the rest of this entry »