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Engaging Canadians across the country to shape a vision and action plan for how we can build livable cities.
Upcoming roundtables are taking place in cities across Canada, click here to find a roundtable near you, and visit to
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Cities for People National Curator, Jayne Engle, shares her thoughts on how citizens can collaborate to shape their cities and introduces the concept of 'Urban Acupuncture' in a recent post on the Smart City Expo Montreal blog.
Read Jayne's reflections here
 Program expansion and launch of new training platform
Foundation grantee, DiverseCity onBoard, recently launched the dissemination of its program, which connects qualified individuals from underrepresented communities with board opportunities, to six additional cities: London, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver.
DiverseCity onBoard, founded by Maytree, also recently launched an online governance training platform accessible to any individual, anywhere in Canada or the world.
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Bid time on art and support great causes. Artists get paid. Nonprofits connect to skilled volunteers. Skilled people put their time to good use.
Take part in a timeraiser in your
city—click here for information on upcoming events in Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, Regina,
and Toronto.
Sistema NB Merits Prime Minister's Award for Social Innovation
Congratulations to Foundation grantee, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO), recipient of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award for Social Innovation for the success of Sistema NB, the NBYO’s innovative after-school music program for children. 
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March News
Innoweave: New partnership to
reduce social isolation for seniors
On March 27, the Minister of State for Seniors, the Honourable Alice Wong, announced a new stream of funding and a call for proposals through its New Horizons for Seniors Program. The call for proposals opens in May and will focus on reducing social isolation for seniors. Successful projects will be supported by Seniors SI, a program of the Foundation's Innoweave initiative. 
Seniors SI is designed to work in partnership with the New Horizons for Seniors Program and builds on the work of the National Seniors Council and its recent Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors 2013-2014.
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In other Innoweave news, we are pleased to highlight that Program Officer Jillian Rodak was recently recognized among Corporate Knight’s Top 30 under 30.
Foundations Speak Out
On March 11, in an open letter published in Le Devoir, Quebec Foundations, including the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, joined together to voice concerns for the impact of reforms on social inequality. Here is an excerpt from the letter: 
For the first time, Quebec foundations are coming together to voice their concerns and express the unease felt by the individuals, families, and communities they support.
At a time when many government programs are being re-evaluated and the tax system is subject to an in-depth review, we question the potential impacts these changes could have on society.
We are particularly concerned about their impact on social inequality, a growing phenomenon worldwide which has led to calls for vigilance by the most credible economic organizations and, increasingly, by recognized political leaders.
Spotlight on Impact Investing
Webinar: The What and How for foundations
Join GrantBook on April 8 at 3pm (EDT) for a webinar discussion with Joel Solomon, Chairman at Renewal Funds and the Foundation's Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director of Social Finance, as they share their experiences with impact investing and provide valuable insights to both foundations who are considering impact investing and those who are already practitioners in the field.
To learn more, or to register, click here.
How universities can help
make cities great
Published in the Montreal Gazette on March 24, Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart shares his thoughts on how universities can help build thriving, innovative cities in his op-ed, How universities can help make Montreal great.
The article, based on a presentation given at Concordia University on March 23, highlights three things universities can do to make great cities: strengthen social entrepreneurship and service learning; align with city priorities; and leverage financial capacity.
Upcoming RECODE Supported Events
Social Enterprise Catalyst Gala & Day of Learning
May 20 & 21, 2015 - Nanaimo, BC
Taking place May 20, the seCatalyst Gala will showcase inspiring speakers, social enterprise pitches in a Dragons’ Den style format, and expert judges to raise the profile of Vancouver Island social enterprises and the social enterprise sector as a whole.
Following the Gala, on May 21, a Day of Learning will bring together organizations considering social enterprise, existing enterprises, and experts in the field, for a day-long skills-building conference focused on delivering practical and relevant learning to help social enterprises launch and expand.
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Canadian Open Data Summit - May 25, 2015 - Ottawa
An annual event where the most pressing challenges facing the open data community are addressed on a national scale.
Travel Grants Available: With support from the Foundation and the Community Knowledge Exchange, the Summit will provide travel grants to Canadian open data leaders, including five to Canadian youth leaders enrolled at a Canadian college or university. Deadline to apply is April 2.
Social enterprise survey
Help the British Council understand what support services are offered to social enterprises around the world by taking part in their short survey.
The Foundation's RECODE initiative is pleased to support seCatalyst, the Canadian Open Data Summit, and the British Council. Visit to learn more. 
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