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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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New Models for Thriving - Jane Jenson: Y a-t-il des innovations pour l’inclusion sociale

May 5 / 15
On May 5th, 2015 in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, CIFAR held a Change Makers dialogue to explore the challenges of inequality in our society today, and the opportunities social innovation has to drive social inclusion.

This symposium brought together Research Fellows and leaders from business, government and community organizations who exchanged insights and understanding to uncover innovations that will help people thrive in our changing world.

Are There Innovations for Social Inclusion?
Presenter: Jane Jenson, Senior Fellow, CIFAR’s Successful Societies program; Professor, Université de Montréal.

Social innovation has been put forward as a key way to support a range of social policy initiatives and as a means to work towards greater social inclusion in light of growing disparities in health and wealth within society. Based on research comparing social policy approaches over the last thirty years in Europe and Canada, this presentation will explore what new innovative practices could be used to foster social inclusion and social cohesion in the present and into the future.