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The Big Ideas series explores the perspectives, research, lived experiences, and hopeful aspirations from our community on important topics, both trending and emerging and showcases Mount Royal’s leadership in solving local challenges.





What is Social Innovation?

Social Innovation is an interdisciplinary concept that emphasizes the interconnectedness of systems and problems. One foundation of social innovation is that for a problem to actually be solved and for change to truly occur, the problem must first be properly identified.

From climate change and environmental protections to human rights and racism – the stakes for real change couldn't be higher, and well-intentioned and resourced leaders at all levels keep getting “it” wrong. Why?




Meet Your Speakers

Daniel Major


Bachelor of Science — Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Mathematics

Daniel was born in Mohkinstis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory and now lives in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. He is in his second year of medical school at the University of Alberta and was part of the Institute for Community Prosperity’s Catamount Fellowship.

Latasha Calf Robe


Bachelor of Business Administration — General Management

Latasha is a proud Kainakii from the Kainaiwa First Nation (Blood Tribe). In her role at the Trico Changemaker Studio, she is able to weave together traditional knowledge and systems thinking into the delivery of the Anitopisi Leadership Program.


Marshal McCallum


Bachelor of Business Administration — General Management (Honours)

Marshal was the project lead, podcast host and paper author for Measuring What Matters. Apart from his current work in territory management with Wajax, Marshal is working with two other MRU alumni to create the social impact consulting firm ‘System Mechanics.'

Cordelia Snowdon-Lawley


Changemaking and Community Research Strategist, Institute for Community Prosperity

Cordelia (she/her) is currently a Changemaking and Community Research Strategist at the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University. She is responsible for the mentorship and supervision of student fellows to help support their development as changemakers.



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