January 27-29th, 2017

CANADA  – THE NEXT 150. Reimagining what Canada will look like over the next 150 years.


Students and participants will be asked “What is Canada’s greatest challenge or opportunity of your generation?” and to imagine what Canada could look like in the next 150 years. Participants will be encouraged to design solutions and businesses to help address the challenges and issues, creating a legacy for coming generations. An emphasis will be placed on youth engagement, diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with indigenous peoples, and environmental stewardship.

This 150th remembrance is important for youth to contemplate issues such as the environment, diversity and Canada’s place in the world. It’s the young people that have the biggest stake in the future and their ideas and voices must be heard. Put our creativity and lived experience to the test with innovation in the social sphere at the 2017 Ryerson Social xCHANGE.

2017 Social xCHANGE Winners

1st-place Project: TimeAlive

Team Members: Kareem Olatinwo

Description: A time management application that will directly synchronize with university portals, Facebook events and other calendars to automatically create schedules for students, suggest study groups and monitor progress.

2nd-place Project: The Bruise Bar

Team Members: Ryan Schott, Jesse Han, Monique Chan

Description: A social food enterprise that repurposes unwanted produce into affordable, healthy meals.

3rd-place Project: On Track

Team Members: Gizelle Lao, Matea Andonova, Saadia Esat, Hansel Igbavboa

Description: A community building initiative that challenges current volunteering and education structures in secondary schools. The focus is to pair high school students with new immigrants to provide both groups with experience and insight in community engagement, future education options, and employment.



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Dennis Edney
Distinguished visiting professor,
Faculty of Arts

Defence lawyer Dennis Edney has been appointed distinguished visiting professor in the Faculty of Arts.

Edney earned his law degree from the University of Northumbria in 1987, and has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. He practices criminal, constitutional and human rights law.

The recipient of a number of awards and distinctions, Edney holds the National Pro Bono Award (2008) for his commitment to the Omar Khadr case, and the fight for access to justice and human rights. In 2009, the lieutenant governor of British Columbia awarded Edney with a human rights medal for fighting to uphold the Rule of Law without personal gain.

In 2011, Edney was appointed bencher at the Law Society of Alberta. He also received the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. Edney was awarded the prestigious Gerald L. Gall award by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human rights (2013), the Winnipeg Citizens Award for his contribution to human rights and justice (2014) and the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Canada (2014). He was named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer (2015), and received the Friend of the Muslim Community Award (2016).


Sandra Odendahl, P.Eng., CFA
Board Chair,
The Atmospheric Fund

Sandra is a corporate sustainability and social finance pioneer, with a passion for using the power of business and finance to drive social change. From 2007 to 2016, Sandra headed RBC’s Corporate Sustainability, Social Finance and Social Innovation teams.  At RBC, she oversaw the development and implementation of the RBC Environmental Blueprint, a multiyear strategy to mitigating environmental risks and acting on opportunities associated with RBC’s business activities. She led the development and roll-out of RBC’s Social Finance Initiative, a $20 million program to catalyse the use of private money and financial markets to solve environmental and social issues. The Social Finance Initiative includes the RBC Generator, a $10 million pool of RBC capital for investing in for-profit companies that are delivering social impact along with financial returns. She also designed a framework for partnering with start-up accelerators that nurture early stage companies with a social or environmental purpose.

Sandra volunteers on a number of non-profit boards and advisory groups that reflect her interests in finance, sustainability and innovation.   She is the Board Chair of the (Toronto) Atmospheric Fund (TAF), where she has been a director since 2011. TAF was established by The City of Toronto in 1991 with a $23 million endowment to finance innovative organisations and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. In 2016, the Province of Ontario provided TAF with an additional $17 million for its endowment.

In addition to her work with TAF, Sandra has been a Board member and Finance Committee member at Pollution Probe since 2012. From 2013 to 2015 she served on the federal government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Social Innovation.   In 2014, she was one of 2 Canadian members appointed to the Asset Allocation Working Group of the G8 Social Investment Task force.   And she recently joined the Board of Advisors of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead).


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Jessica Bolduc
Executive Director
4Rs Youth Movement
Lee Cadesky
Co-Founder & CEO
One Hop Kitchen
Adil Dhalla
Executive Director
Centre for Social
Nisha Sarveswaran
CEO & Founder
Ambience Data
Michael Wideman



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Great ideas can strike anytime, and living with like-minded people in an innovation community enhances those opportunities. St. Paul’s GreenHouse is the first and only live-in campus-linked accelerator in Canada focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship. The delegation is excited and ready to create initiative solutions to the xCHANGE theme for 2017.

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Located in one of Canada’s top innovative cities, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Social Innovation & Venture Creation team embrace the opportunity to inspire lives of leadership and purpose by taking innovative approaches to old, complex social issues. The Wilfrid Laurier University delegation is excited and grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Social xChange this year!


The Social Innovation Hub (SIHub) at George Brown College is an alternative placement for GBC students in the School of Community Services, and an early stage incubator and connector for the generation of innovative ideas, projects and social enterprises. The SIHub graduates the next wave of social entrepreneurs, social innovators and leaders focused on bringing economic and social justice to the world.

Ideas Congress (ICON) students at the University of Guelph foster innovative ideas for today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. ICON harnesses the power of collaboration in a project-based learning environment. Through partnerships with community organizations, ICON introduces students to real-world challenges and provides students with access to resources and expertise to make real change. Students are supported by Feeding 9 Billion and ICON to join the fun at the 2017 Social xChange.




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The Ryerson Social xCHANGE Sponsors:

Thank You to our Sponsors and Supporters.

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The Ryerson Social xCHANGE Partners:

Electric Brain
Science Discovery Zone, Ryerson University
Office of Social Innovation, Ryerson University
World Vision
StartUp HERE Toronto
City of Toronto
Ontario Centres for Excellence
Faculty of Arts
OVPRI Ryerson
Social Ventures Zone
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