Ryerson University Changemaker Campus

As a comprehensive innovation university, Ryerson University was designated Canada’s first Changemaker Campus in 2013. 

Being innovative is true to who Ryerson is as a community that embraces unconventional, creative thinking and approaches to learning, teaching, scholarly, research, and creative activities, and day-to-day operations. Innovation allows Ryerson to stand apart. It builds on these roots, continuing to develop and foster an innovation ecosystem throughout the institution. (Ryerson University Academic Plan, 2020 – 25)

Ryerson’s social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives are led by the Office of Social Innovation and Social Ventures Zone, respectively. The Office of Social Innovation (OSI) strives to create transformative solutions to complex social issues through teaching, learning, and research. Advancing opportunities to support, drive, and lead change at Ryerson University and with the broader community. The Social Ventures Zone (SVZ) works with students, alumni, faculty, and people from the broader community to build social ventures that create real impact. The SVZ model is based on rigorous research and global best practices about how social ventures can be best supported.

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.