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New Grants
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved the following grants and contributions:
Canopy/Salal Foundation ($410,000), to support the introduction of straw-based paper production as an environmental
and community economic development strategy.
Artscape ($350,000), to initiate
the Artscape program in British Columbia, and to consolidate and share learning about this award-winning program for revitalizing neighbourhoods through the creation of the Artscape Launchpad, an
arts-based innovation and entrepreneurship hub in Toronto.
Tides Canada Foundation ($352,000), for an emerging leaders program in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, focused on environmental sustainability and community cohesion.
Centre de répit Philou ($380,000), to support the integration of government-mandated education with personalized support to physically and intellectually disabled children, combined with periods of respite for the family.
SKETCH ($538,000), for the implementation and evaluation of a new program framework to enable this arts-based intervention with street-involved youth to consolidate, monitor, and disseminate its program model.
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community news
Public Launch of RECODE 
RECODE, an initiative of the Foundation, created in collaboration with thought leaders and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, will be officially launched at the Social Finance Forum held in Toronto on
November 6. RECODE is dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and social entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada.
RECODE's National Network activities will be introduced, which will include two upcoming National Challenges, impact investing opportunities, and more. RECODE's website ( which will allow people to engage and connect with the initiative, will also be launched that day. So stay tuned to learn more about RECODE!
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Notes on our
Vancouver Board Meeting

As a national foundation, our practice is to hold one quarterly Board meeting per year in a city outside our home base of Montreal, and this September, for the first time, we gathered in Vancouver.
Following the Board meeting, we took part in a workshop at the Museum of Anthropology, led by Chief Robert Joseph and his daughter Karen Joseph, of Reconciliation Canada—a Foundation grantee. Learning firsthand about the residential school system and ensuing intergenerational trauma was a shocking and humbling experience, and reaffirmed the fact that reconciliation requires a sustained commitment to overcoming past injustice and to building new relationships.
Thanks to the curatorial skills of Foundation partners Al Etmanski (Plan Institute, SiG West) and Vanessa Timmer (One Earth, Cities for People—New Economies) Trustees enjoyed one of two stimulating site tours. Al’s tour focused on social innovation, and introduced the work of the UBC’s Downtown Eastside Learning Centre, and InSite – the first safe injection site in North America. They also heard from Sarah Schulman, a pioneer in the use of social labs to solve complex social problems. Vanessa led a ‘new economies’ tour that included a visit to Strathcona BIA —a unique site for repurposing industrial waste; the Greater Vancouver Food Bank; and United We Can, which provides dignified and well-organized support to ‘binners’ — people who scavenge recyclable containers from waste bins.
We are especially grateful to our partners and friends Tides Canada Foundation and Renewal Partners who co-hosted a lunch for the Board, where we heard from Jodi White, Board Chair of Tides Canada Foundation, Merran Smith from Clean Energy Canada (a Tides initiative which the Foundation supports) and Paul Richardson from Renewal Funds (impact investment funds in which the Foundation invests).
Board Chair Lyn Baptist commented:
" Overall it was a wonderful trip out West and a great opportunity for our Board to visit our grantees and partners and see their work in action."
Our visit culminated with a reception at the Bill Reid Gallery where we were pleased to host and meet with 75 grantees, partners, and friends.
from collaborators and grantees
Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors, a report funded by the Foundation, draws attention to the social and environmental challenges facing global food systems, and the opportunity that investors have to influence food companies’ unsustainable practices. The Foundation’s Beth Hunter and Stephen Huddart contributed a foreword.
Shifting Cultures, Changing Systems, Preparing for Surprise: SIX Vancouver 2014 Reportcovers the Vancouver event that brought together leading social innovation thinkers, practitioners, grassroots activists, and policy makers from around the world to explore key developments in the field of social innovation. Social Innovation Generation was a
Philanthropy for Uncertain Times:
Social Innovation and Systemic Change 
On November 24 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, join Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart for the MaRS Global Leadership talk, Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change.
Sharing the Foundation's experience in the field of social innovation, as a funder, investor, and founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG), Stephen will discuss what the Foundation has learned from successes and failures, and explore the potential of social innovation to contribute to an evolutionary shift in society’s capacity to adapt in the face of complex challenges.
Transforming Institutional Food
A recent article from Alternatives Journal, When's the Last Time You Visited a Hospital for the Food? highlights how hospitals, universities, and other institutions are revitalizing their food services with fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients.
The article also shares the work of grantees from the Foundation's Institutional Food Program.
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