Canadian Changemaker Education Research Forum March 15, 17, & 18, 2021

Ashoka Canada is pleased to announce our second Canadian Changemaker Education Research Forum (C-CERF).

We are delighted to welcome attendees from Canadian and non-Canadian campuses and to expand the scope of our conversations across borders!

Forum Dates:

  • Research Showcase Day 1: Monday, March 15 (1-3pm eastern)
  • Research Showcase Day 2: Wednesday, March 17 (11am-1pm eastern)
  • Research Connector Workshop: Thursday, March 18 (2:30-4:30pm eastern)

The Forum includes two streams:

  • The Changemaking Research Showcase through which researchers and practitioners can share their insights, findings, and learnings with other participants.
    • Date & time: Monday, March 15  from 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST
    • Date & time: Wednesday, March 17 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
    • Agenda: Please click here to view the Showcase agenda.
  • The Research Connector Workshop is our first move to create ideal conditions for collaborations that link the research capacity of Changemaker Campuses with the research needs of Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Staff, and other Changemakers.
    • Date & time: Thursday, March 18 from 2:30 – 4:30pm EST
    • Featuring Ashoka Affiliate Fellow Jennifer De Coste, Ashoka Research Chair in Research Effectiveness Dr. Brian Belcher (Royal Roads University); Dr. Deborah Zornes (Director, Research Services, Royal Roads University) and Tracy Mitchell-Ashley (Faculty Developer and Change Leader at Georgian College). Facilitated by Charmaine Lyn (Director of Changemaker Education, Ashoka Canada), and Nicole Norris (Manager, Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation, Georgian College).
    • Participants will engage with featured guests as we surface the distinctive features of a Fellow’s model of innovation and impact that invite partnership with post-secondary; and as we explore two promising pathways into post-secondary partnership with community (research and experiential learning).
    • Workshop objectives:
      • To create understanding of the needs /value creation for stakeholders (Fellows & Researchers).
      • Visualize to understand how each business/organizational model works and how they might intersect.
      • Begin to create conditions for collaboration.

About the Forum:

This year’s theme is Changemaking Research and is intended to create opportunities for sharing expertise and information, to build bridges between theory and praxis, and to engage in group-learning about changemaking in the Canadian context.

Researchers, practitioners, students, social entrepreneurs, artists, and community leaders, will share their experiences in designing, conducting, communicating and evaluating research that seeks to effect positive social change.

The Forum is designed to:

  • create opportunities for sharing expertise and information;
  • build bridges between theory and praxis
  • engage in group-learning about changemaking in the Canadian context.

What can I expect?

Participants can expect opportunities to build relationships and seed collaborations; share learnings; bridge theory and praxis; and engage in group-learning about changemaking in the Canadian post-secondary context.



Register Here  


  • The registration fee is $30 USD per person.  
  • Participation is FREE for registered Ashoka U Exchange attendees. You will nevertheless need to register for the Research Forum and provide proof of registration for the Exchange.  Reach out to Araseli Lara at if you need a code or have any questions related to the Exchange.
  • If you wish to attend, but the cost of registration is a barrier to your participation, please contact Charmaine Lyn at