Ryerson’s Changemakers

by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

During the recent Ryerson Changemaking Project Showcase which highlighted innovative work being done by faculty and students. In 2014, Ryerson received $500,000 from RECODE, an initiative created by the J.W. McConnell Foundation to catalyze social innovation and entrepreneurship in post-secondary institutions across Canada.

During the event, Dr. Cukier stressed the importance of understanding that the characteristics and processes used by entrepreneurs and innovators are similar regardless of whether they are aimed at for profit or social goals.

“Ryerson’s approach to social entrepreneurship, social innovation and changemaking provides a ‘big tent’ for students, staff and faculty working to create positive change including diverse projects focused on poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, health, education, human rights, violence prevention and more. We are well-known globally for technology innovation, thanks to the DMZ, ranked the top incubator in North America. But, increasingly our groundbreaking contributions on social innovation are also attracting notice. We are very grateful to the McConnell Foundation and Ashoka for helping us make a difference.”

Approximately 100 attended the showcase, which featured displays on Ryerson’s Changemaking projects and highlighted a handful.

Find out more about changemaking at Ryerson