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2016 United Way corporate challenge a huge success!

Congratulations to all of the faculty, staff and students that made this year’s United Way Corporate Challenges a big success!
The “Pull the Plane”  fundraiser was a group effort with plane pullers, Denise Chenger, Victoria Calvert, Christian Cook, FSO and Aviation students who pulled the plane 50 feet in 22 seconds! This fundraiser brought in $1350.00.
Bissett Faculty: Denise Chenger and Christian Cook

The “Shave the Beard” event was held Oct 25th, raising $1400 for the United Way and $1000 for  the Terry Fox campaign. Over seventy students, faculty and administrators attended. The Financial Students Organization raised the majority of the funds through several activities including a raffle. The Book Store, Dana Foods, and Continuing Education kindly donated items for the raffle.

Many thanks to Victoria Calvert who organized the event, and to Jim Fischer for volunteering to shave his beard, Katharine McGowan who baked over 150 cookies and to Chair, Jim Silovs for dedicating $200 from his area to cover the cost of pizza to feed the crowd.

Thanks also goes to Dean,  Elizabeth Evans,  for donating $500 from her office to finance  the United Way banana fundraising activities organized by Kendra Hart and her four marketing classes on October 27th. Through banana sales and the use of social media, they raised an amazing $4000.00!

Jim Shaving his beard.
The “After” Picture
Katharine McGowan and her freshly baked cookies

Institute of Community Prosperity Introduces New Conversations


About New Conversations
Hosted by Mount Royal University’s Institute for Community Prosperity, the New Conversations events are designed to challenge ideas and provoke dialogue around important and emergent community topics. Citizens, leaders, innovators, students, and community members provide a rich atmosphere for diverse and powerful discussion. The Institute for Community Prosperity is hosting October’s New Conversations event in partnership with Calgary Employment First Network.
About Octobers New Conversations:
October is Depression Awareness Month, as well as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM), and so a dialogue on ‘Inclusive Community’ will be both fitting and powerful. It is important to recognize that all disabilities, visible and invisible, have a place within community, and therefore fall within the scope of this topic and event.
The event will consist of a Pecha-Kucha-style presentation that provides a series of storytellers with 7 minutes to speak to their personal experience or story that relates to the topic of disability within an inclusive community. Storytellers will all then host table discussions about their respective topics with small groups of audience members.


MaRS Studio Y commissions discussion paper by authors James Stauch and Devon Cornelisse

The Bissett School of Business congratulates James Stauch and Devon Cornelisse from the Institute of Community Prosperity for being commissioned to author a discussion and literature review paper.  The attached discussion paper/lit review was commissioned by MaRS Studio Y  in preparation for the National Youth Leadership and Innovation Summit to be held in Toronto in April, 2016. We are also very exited that two MRU/Bissett students were accepted to this inaugural event.
The report serves to deepen understanding of the ecology of youth leadership and innovation across Canada, and also to provide a launching point for an understanding of, and discussion about, the broader impact and potential of leadership development for Canada`s competitiveness and social well-being. To read the paper and find out about the National Youth Leadership and Innovation Summit, please follow the links:

Peter Elson, Institute for Community Prosperity, releases publication

The Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate, Peter Elson PhD., Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University,  for his work on the a new publication in the IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance that has just been released.

“Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada is the first book written explicitly to profile provincial nonprofit funding policies in Western Canada and involves authors who have spent decades analyzing and/or living this relationship” -Peter Elson.

Please  review the highlights and table of contents; and then add it to your bookshelf.

The Institute of Community Prosperity partners to bring the first ever pan-Canadian National Youth Leadership and Innovation Strategy Summit to Toronto

The Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate The Institute for Community Prosperity as they will be one of 20 organizations partnering on a National Youth Leadership and Innovation Strategy Summit on April 29 and 30 in Toronto, Ontario.  In addition, they are conducting the context-setting research for the event, which is the first ever pan-Canadian gathering of youth leadership development initiatives.

“On April 29 & 30, the country’s most innovative employers, youth leadership organizations and top young talent will come together to architect the first national plan for engaging young leaders to strengthen Canada’s capacity to develop young leaders and innovators.”

Community Prosperity Student Research Award Program

Following the exciting success of last year’s pilot Community Prosperity Student Research Award Program (CPSRA), The Institute for Community Prosperity is pleased to announce the second installment of students accepted into the Award Program for 2015-2016. The Institute received student applications from across faculties and are pleased to introduce this year’s seven award recipients:

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Institute for Community Prosperity appoints new member to Changemakers in Residence: Walter Hossli

Bissett School of Business congratulates the Institute of Community Prosperity on the addition of Walter Hossli to the Institute’s Changemakers in Residence.
Walter Hossli will join existing members Jill Andres and Pat Letizia – in providing a bridge between academia and the community.  This position is supported by Momentum, a Community Economic Development (CED) approach that offers hope and opportunity to people living in poverty in Calgary

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Dustin Paisley Joins Institute for Community Prosperity

Dustin Paisley has joined our team as the Social Innovation Animator at the Institute for Community Prosperity.  In this role, reporting also to the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is working to develop a social innovation hub (co-working and incubation space).

Dustin is a recent graduate from Mount Royal University where he focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with a particular interest in Social Innovation. While in University, Dustin spent 3 years with Enactus Mount Royal where he worked on community development projects and learned how to use the positive power of business to change lives. Dustin is an advocate for social innovation and plays an active role in the greater social impact community.