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Innoweave Workshops
Innoweave workshops on Cloud Computing, Developmental Evaluation, Impact and Strategic Clarity, Social Finance, and Social Enterprise are taking place across Canada.
To learn how your organization can participate, click here.
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Tides Canada Unveils Top 10
On March 6, Tides Canada unveiled the
Tides Top 10 
honorees for 2012, recognizing Canada's most innovative leaders and leading social change initiatives.
To learn more about the annual Tides Top 10 awards and this year's honorees, watch this short video.

Social Innovation Lab Resources
Montreal's Institute du  Nouveau Monde (INM) recently produced two documents outlining the key concepts and phases of their Social Innovation Lab process.
Developed by INM to support organizations, governments, and communities, the Social Innovation Lab uses a collaborative process to find solutions to complex social challenges.
To learn more, read INM's presentation and reference brochure.

Meet our New Team Member!
The Foundation is pleased to welcome its newest team member, intern Erin Montour.
With a background in social work and interest in community development, Erin comes to the Foundation from previous internships with the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal and Acosys Consulting. Welcome Erin!
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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight the launch of the Indspire Institute; share new reports from ALLIES and Girls Action Foundation; spotlight Timeraiser events and upcoming Innoweave workshops; and welcome our newest team member.
Indspire Institute Launches!
The Indspire Institute, a new Indigenous education initiative, was launched on March 15 in Calgary before almost 300 educators at Indspire’s first National Gathering for Indigenous Education. Indspire President Roberta Jamieson noted that while the Institute focuses on Indigenous learners, teachers, and families, it is open to all students interested in knowing more about their Indigenous fellow citizens.
A virtual space for learning, the Indspire Institute offers an array of online tools, resources, and forums designed to provide support to teachers and increase participation and completion rates among Indigenous youth. The Foundation is a founding partner in the Institute, along with Suncor Energy Foundation and the federal government.
At the launch, Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart spoke about the role that public, private, and philanthropic partnerships play in supporting innovation in education. His remarks can be read here.
To sign up as a member of the Indspire Institute or to learn more about Indspire programs, visit
ALLIES Report:
More Employers Adopt Good Immigrant Employment Practices 
ALLIES—a joint initiative of the Maytree Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation—recently released a report on ways that employers are improving immigrant employment practices.
The report, More Employers Adopt Good Immigrant Employment Practicesbased on a five-year review of applications to the Best Employers for New Canadians competition—highlights successful practices and provides recommendations on how employers can lead their peers by implementing immigrant employment strategies.
On March 13, the winners of the 2013 Best Employers for New Canadians competition were announced in the Globe and Mail, click here to see who made the list. 
Beyond Appearances:
A New Report from Girls Action Foundation 
A new report from Foundation grantee, Girls Action Foundation, reveals that girls still face many hurdles despite gains in education and legal equality.
Beyond Appearances: Brief on the Main Issues Facing Girls in Canadahighlights that while many advances have been made to improve the status of girls in Canada, significant real-life challenges (self-esteem, violence, mental and physical health, education and career prospects, and other systemic barriers) remain, especially for girls who are socially and economically marginalized.
Read the full report here to learn more.
Timeraiser Celebrates 10 Years
Timeraiser—a program of Foundation grantee and partner Framework—connects people to causes and causes to people through innovative auction-style events, where attendees can volunteer with local agencies and bid their time, not money, on works of local emerging artists.
This year, the Timeraiser program celebrates its 10th anniversary. Currently offered in 12 cities across Canada, Timeraiser events have generated more than 114,000 volunteer hours, engaged 7800 people as volunteers, and invested $690,000 in the work of emerging artists.
Upcoming Timeraiser events include Montreal on April 25 and London, Regina, and Winnipeg in May. For details on upcoming Timeraiser events in your city, visit
Visit the Foundation's 75th Anniversary Timeline to learn more about our founder, our history, and our work today.

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