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What is Co-production?
Developed in partnership with the Foundation’s Program Officer, Vani Jain, SiG has created a resource document explaining and summarizing key components, examples and the value proposition of "co-production" as an approach to delivering public services. Click here for details.

The third Montreal Timeraiser will take place on Thursday, May 8th at the Centre des sciences de Montréal.  To find out more about this event, where bids for art are made in volunteer hours instead of in dollars, click here.
Unleash the Noise
The Jack Project’s second annual Unleash the Noise summit took place on March 28-29th at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. This mental health summit is unique in that it is entirely student-inspired, student-organized and student-led. Watch the 2014 Summit Wrap video here
Innovation Leadership Program
The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, in partnership with the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society are launching a new professional development program Innovation Leadership: New Change Strategies for a Complex World". There will be a free webinar on Wednesday, April 16th at noon (PST). To register, email Laurel Currie and to find out more about the program click here. 
Please see below for news from grantees and programs of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Cities for People Launches
The Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative, Cities for People. This initiative is a unique collaborative and philanthropic experiment involving four curators and is based on the core proposition that cities can be made better – that is more resilient and livable through urban innovation networks and experimentation. 
The initiative is launching with four core themes: 
Cities for People aims to raise expectations and create new narratives about what cities can be by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders. To find out more, visit their website here.
McConnell at the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission 
The final national gathering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) took place in Edmonton from March 27-30, and the Foundation was honoured to be invited to make an ‘expression of reconciliation’ at the event. Junior Program Officer, Erin Konwarihse Montour, and Foundation President, Stephen Huddart, co-presented a statement that referred to the short history of philanthropic and voluntary sector involvement in Indigenous issues, and announced the Foundation’s Reconciliation Initiative – dedicated to supporting necessary change in this area that might take a generation to complete. 
Recent examples of our support include helping Reconciliation Canada to extend its work beyond BC; a partnership with the Huron-Wendat to develop new options for housing ownership on reserves; and the Winnipeg Boldness Project (WBP) – a partnership with the Manitoba government and the Point Douglas community to improve early childhood outcomes.  
 Tides Top Ten
Each year, Tides Canada honours ten of Canada’s most innovative social change efforts – communities, organizations, or individuals that inspire people to take action, think in new ways and make the world a better place. 
We are pleased to announce that Innoweave, as well as Foundation grantees, Dechinta and Food Matters Manitoba, have been selected as part of the 2013 Tides Top Ten list. Congratulations to the other recipients, and thank you to Tides Canada for recognizing the work of Innoweave, Dechinta and Food Matters Manitoba!
SIX Summer School is Coming to Vancouver
The Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) inspires, connects and supports thousands of individuals and organizations, across sectors and industries, to build the field of social innovation globally. 
Over the past 7 years, they have been hosting annual ‘SIX Summer Schools’, bringing together leading social innovation thinkers and practitioners from across the world to explore some of the key issues facing the field – such as scaling and innovation in a time of crisis. This year, SIX Vancouver will focus on culture shifting, and the role culture plays in enabling or hindering social innovations. 

Hosting SIX Vancouver alongside the 
Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), is Social Innovation Generation (SiG), and British Columbia's Partners for Social Impact. Several supporting events are taking place around the same time, including a public Festival of Ideas and a Global Labs event. The full suite of events comprise Social Innovation Week Canada, taking place from May 22-30 in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.
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