Announcing the Civic Innovation Award winners!

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Winning projects showcase the high potential of city-university collaborations

We're excited to announce the winning projects of the inaugural Civic Innovation Awards program. Seven projects from across Canada have been awarded grants of $10K to $30K to showcase innovative collaborations between cities and post-secondary institutions. The awards program, launched last fall as part of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's RECODE and Cities for People initiatives, attracted 150 applicants.


"The projects selected show real potential to bring about positive change," said Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation. "We're delighted with the strength of the applications overall, and very hopeful that collaborations between cities, post-secondary institutions and other civic organizations are going to keep growing in impact and scale."

Jurors were looking for projects that were highly innovative, and defined innovation to mean any "initiative, product, process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system." The prize winners are:

Grand Prize Winner ($30K):

Northern Innovation Hub | Iqaluit, Nunavut

Second Prize Winners ($20K):

Local Economic Development Lab | Vancouver, British Columbia
MR-63 | Montreal, Quebec
Vivacity | Calgary, Alberta

Third Prize Winners ($10K):

Civic Accelerator | Guelph, Ontario
Community BUILD | York Region, Ontario
Building a Virtual Knowledge Commons for Pop-up Shops | Toronto, Ontario

Click here to read full descriptions of the winning projects.

Click here for the press release.

Webinar: The Role of Cities in Sustainable Consumption (20 Oct; also recorded)

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West Coast Climate Forum’s next webinar:

The Role of Cities in Sustainable Consumption: Making the Case for Local Action

Tuesday, October 20, 9:30-11:00 am, PT 

 Register here: Consumption Report_Cara Pike

In this webinar, we return to the role of cities in advancing sustainable consumption and explore how municipal leaders can effectively frame the issue for successful local action.  How do we engage in positive, meaningful conversations within our communities about changing our consumption patterns in a way that resonates with our shared values?

In this webinar, Babe O’Sullivan, Sustainability Liaison with the City of Eugene, will provide a review of the Eugene Memo which lays out the rationale and opportunities for cities to take action, and Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth and Cara Pike with Social Capital Strategies will discuss the report, Sustainable Production and Consumption Framing: A Research Summary.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

If you are unable to attend this webinar, you can find the webinar recording here by October 27th.

The State of City Building Project Launch (Toronto)

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On Wednesday, July 15, The Ryerson City Building Institute will launch their State of City Building Project, which includes the first annual State of City Building Report and the Citylinx online database.

Citylinx identifies and categorizes leading organizations that are involved in studying or advocating for excellence in city building. This growing list allows the public, key decision makers, and other organizations to search for and work with city building organizations. Their aim is to increase awareness of existing city building initiatives and, in doing so, build the capacity of civil society to improve the region as a whole.

To celebrate the launch of the State of City Building project, leading city builders from across the GTHA will gather for a panel discussion and reception. Alan Broadbent of Maytree will moderate a discussion between leaders from key city building organizations in the GTHA to discuss challenges, successes, and lessons learned. The discussion will be followed by a reception for city builders to connect and network. Copies of the new State of City Building report will be available. You can register here.  

The evening's agenda:

5:15 - Sign in and registration

5:30 - Welcome and Introduction to the State of City Building project

5:45 - Panel discussion: The State of City Building 2015 moderated by Alan Broadbent, Maytree
with Rahul Bhardwaj, Toronto Foundation
Richard Joy, Urban Land Institute
and Sharad Kerur, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association

6:30-8:00 - Reception
Light fare and refreshments

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