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From School Project to Multinational Social Enterprise: Canada’s Arbutus Medical Drills Down to Impact

Arbutus Medical is a Vancouver based social enterprise developing devices that break down barriers to safe surgery. Michael Cancilla, Director of Engineering and Co-Founder of Arbutus Medical states:

“From the beginning, we have been focused on expanding surgical care and we do that through frugal innovation. That means we look for simple solutions to complex problems to break down barriers to care.”

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Skwachàys Lodge Wins the 2019 $100,000 Social EnterPrize

Presented by the Trico Charitable Foundation and the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates Canadian organizations demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in social enterprise. We are extremely excited to announce Skwachàys Lodge as the recipient of the 2019 Social EnterPrize! The award will be formally presented on the evening of November 21, 2019. Tickets now available!

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JUMPing the Chasm: JUMP Math Reaches Over 220,000 Students Worldwide

This journey update involves 2013 Social EnterPrize recipient JUMP Math, and our chat with Scott McMeekin, CEO of JUMP Math. JUMP Math’s mission is to help improve life outcomes for the students it reaches. To do so, it has developed an approach that builds math achievement, while promoting the social and emotional skills that are critical to academic and life success.  JUMP Math provides teacher and student resources for Kindergarten to grade 8, and supporting teacher professional development.  Although JUMP Math design criteria focus on the needs of students at risk of failure, its resources are used by some of Canada’s most elite private schools, highlighting the fact that all students benefit from excellent pedagogy.  Resources are also available for parents to use with their children.

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Trico Foundation Hires Liaison for Local Student Social Entrepreneurs

The Trico Charitable Foundation (TCF) is excited to announce a new role, and welcome its newest team member. Alexandra Daignault joins TCF as Liaison for Student Social Entrepreneurs. In that capacity she will work with post-secondary students that are developing a social enterprise, by providing coaching, workshops, and other materials developed by TCF. The position was created to support the growing number of student social enterprises in our city, and help Calgary take one more step to realizing its potential as a Canadian social enterprise hub.

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