Summer News
A new economy that serves people and the environment — not just shareholders. Is it possible?
The current economic model is falling short when it comes to equity, ecology and wellbeing. “Voices of New Economies,” a report from One Earth and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) proposes different paths forward.
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"I don’t know if the British Council could have put together a more inspiring or brilliant group of people to embark on this new opportunity."
That’s the verdict of just one of 18 Canadian and British students participating in the British Council’s Students for Social Impact initiative, a RECODE partnership.
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Can Ontario’s tender fruit industry contend with foreign competition, thrive, and provide economic, environmental and social benefits?
Canadians have a growing demand for fresh tender fruit -- peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes, and pears, etc. The Ontario Tender Fruit Lab’s first-of-its-kind study explores how this demand might be better met locally.
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Spotlight on new grants 

The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved new grants and contributions to: Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Tetra Society of North America, and the Canadian Fair Trade Network.
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Resilient Places, Resilient Peoples: Elder Voices Summit
From September 19 to 22, Saanichton, B.C. plays host to this international summit on Indigenous and intercultural approaches to social and ecological resilience. Presentations include a panel on social innovation with Foundation President and CEO, Stephen Huddart; Paul Lacerte, Executive Director, British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Colleen McCormick, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training, B.C. Government; and Al Etmanski of the PLAN Institute.  
See the full schedule
Have you read the McConnell Blog?
Every week we feature new blog posts from our staff and guest writers as a way of openly sharing our learnings, insights and reflections on the Foundation’s work and that of our partners and grantees. 
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We want to know what you think!
It's been over six months since we started writing, reflecting and sharing on our McConnell blog. We want to know: How do you like our blog so far? What do like, or not like? What would you like to see more or less of? 
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Change the world? Change your organization too.
Workers in the community sector strive for change, but what if their own organizations don’t reflect the values they want to see in the world? A new video, “Changing the Way We Change the World,” explores the issue.  
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Brave New World of Digital Data: What’s in it for the Philanthropic Sector?

Thanks to digitization, huge streams of data are now available to foundations in Canada. Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) has a new report that gives advice on how to make sense of it all.
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Canadian Sport for Life
Foundation grantee, Canadian Sport For Life, recently launched the Community Connections e-journal, created in collaboration with the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC).
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2015 Alan Thomas Fellowship
Congratulations to Frances Waithe, co-founder and Executive Director of Foundation grantee DESTA Black Youth Network, on winning the Carold Institute’s 2015 Alan Thomas Fellowship! The annual $60,000 award enables leaders in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society.  
Greenest City Leadership Award of Excellence
Congratulations to Foundation grantee Climate Smart for winning the Greenest City Leadership Award of Excellence from the City of Vancouver for its work helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Community News
Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Funder's Collaborative
The Foundation is pleased to highlight the launch of the NMFCCFC's new website. The website includes information for potential grantees, stories from past grant recipients and resources for northern communities.
Watch this video to learn more about what the NMFCCFC funds. 
Mount Royal Community Investment Certificate Course

RECODE grantee, Mount Royal University recently launched the Community Investment Professional Extension Certificatea new online certificate course, open to all interested individuals, from any sector.
The certificate is eligible for a federal training grant, covering up to two-thirds of the course cost and up to $10K per employee per year. Learn more about the training grant.
To learn more about this certificate, click here.
Constructive Engagement Webinar (food policy focus) 

Innoweave will be hosting a Food Policy Constructive Engagement webinar on September 11 at 2:30 pm ET. Led by Sean Moore and Rod MacRae, this webinar will help participants learn more about Constructive Engagement, and explore the potential for their participation in a special Food Policy Constructive Engagement online workshop later in the fall of 2015.