Four B.C. post-secondary institutions to collaborate on social infrastructure development

Posted on June 12th, 2018

Social infrastructure

Four of the province’s leading post-secondary institutions committed to establish the B.C. Collaborative for Social Infrastructure. Simon Fraser University, (SFU), The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and Vancouver Island University (VIU) are founding partners of this innovative partnership.

The project, supported by the McConnell Family Foundation, will enable the institutions to use their collective energies and strengths to make real, sustainable impact in our communities.

The collaboration will focus on the following action areas:

  • Green and sustainable campus and community building
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship and social finance
  • Social procurement
  • Library outreach and community scholar programs

“The McConnell Foundation has supported innovation in post-secondary institutions for the past 25 years through such initiatives as the introduction of community service learning. We’re pleased to build on this work through our engagement with the B.C. Collaborative for Social Infrastructure,” says Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation.

“Helping build social infrastructure is a way for universities and colleges to contribute to social and environmental resilience and sustainability, while deepening relationships with their local communities.”

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