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Diploma in Social Innovation: Information Webinar
Don't forget to register for the April 13 free information webinar on the 2012-2013 program theme for the University of Waterloo's Diploma in Social Innovation. The focus of this year's cohort will be on food systems, green technologies and urban sustainability.
Applications are coming in quickly for this innovative program, which recruits participants from the private, public and community sectors to work on complex challenges with top academic and advisory support. 
For more information on the Diploma in Social Innovation, visit To register for the April 13 free information webinar, click here.

Suzuki Diaries
Features Santropol Roulant 
Foundation grantee, Santropol Roulant was recently featured on the David Suzuki television program, Suzuki Diaries: Future City, where he and his daughter set out to discover if some of Canada's largest cities are ready to meet the challenges of the future.

To learn more about the work of Santropol Roulant, visit

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member—Aaron Good, Managing Director for SiG@McConnell.

Aaron brings a wealth of experience to the McConnell team, through his roles as a non-profit and business strategy consultant with the Bridgespan Group and Bain & Co., and as an executive in the federal government. He was most recently Vice President of the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa and will continue to work with the Forum on a part time basis.

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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight the achievements of several grantees and partners—including the winners of the Changemakers Initiative in Aboriginal Education; the winners of the Best Employers for New Canadians; and the continuing success of Timeraiser events across Canada.
Changemakers Competition:
Award Winners Announced!
The Foundation is pleased to congratulate the winners of the online Changemakers Competition Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. Through the competition, Ashoka Canada, Aboriginal organizations, and several foundations, including the McConnell Family Foundation, solicited innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. In all, 266 entries were received, 30 of which will take home a share of $90,000 in prizes.
“The Changemakers initiative on First Nations, Metis and Inuit learning demonstrates how much can be achieved when organizations work together with the national Aboriginal leadership” stated The Right Honourable Paul Martin. “I am very pleased to see the range of submissions. The projects and ideas demonstrate that creativity and partnership can combine to create innovative solutions.”
Winners of the 5 McConnell Family Foundation sponsored awards are: Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design (Quebec); A Tap on the Shoulder (Manitoba); Aboriginal eMentoring BC (British Columbia); Increasing Aboriginal Economic Inclusion through the Use of E-Learning Technology in the Aboriginal Community (Alberta); and Just Move It (Ontario). For the complete list of award winners, click here.
A national summit in Gatineau April 16-18 will celebrate winners and convene partners in discussions about next steps. Speakers will include The Right Honourable Paul Martin; Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Click here to learn more about the summit and how you can attend.
Framework's Timeraiser Event
Comes to Montreal
The Timeraiser event is coming to Montreal! A program of Framework—a Foundation grantee and collaborator—Timeraiser events connect people to causes and causes to people. Through innovative auction-style events, attendees can volunteer with local agencies and bid their time, not money, on works of local emerging artists. With the support of corporate sponsors and partners, artists are paid full market value for their work.
To date, Timeraiser events in cities across Canada have generated more than 100,000 volunteer hours for not-for-profit organizations such as Meal Exchange and Evergreen and secured more than $500,000 for Canadian artists. 
Tickets to attend the first Montreal Timeraiser event are on sale now. The event will be held in Old Montreal's Bonsecours Market on April 12—click here to purchase your ticket. To learn about upcoming Timeraiser events in other cities, visit
ALLIES: Best Employers for
New Canadians Announced
The winners of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians competition were recently announced in The Globe and Mail.
The competition—a partnership between Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and ALLIES, a joint initiative of the Maytree Foundation and the McConnell Family Foundation—celebrates employers who have reached out to support newcomers in practical and welcoming ways.
"Each one of this year's winning employers has developed and implemented practices which have given them a competitive edge. They demonstrate in different ways how recognizing international credentials, mentoring, and effective onboarding are helping them build a diverse and dynamic workforce."
Some of the recognized employers include: Bombardier Aerospace, The McGill University Health Centre, Energy Resources Conservation Board, BMO Financial Group, and KPMG LLP. For the complete list of winners, click here.
To learn more about the ALLIES initiative, visit
YouthScape at the Senate
On March 7, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) spoke on behalf of the Foundation to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: Study on social inclusion and cohesion in Canada.
Her presentation highlighted YouthScape—a program launched in 2006 by the Foundation and IICRD, to involve excluded or disengaged youth in planning and implementing community development initiatives—and its implications for youth engagement in Canada. To watch Natasha's presentation, click here (presentation begins at 17 minute mark).

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