3rd Annual

Changemaker Education Research Forum (CERF) 2022

Online and Onsite: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

September 17 – 18, 2022

Ashoka Canada and Ashoka U are thrilled to co-convene our third Changemaker Education Research Forum (CERF), held alongside the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia in September 2022.

Calls for Proposals – Deadline Extended!

We invite 250-word proposals (or other formats that clearly express the key ideas and components of the presentation) from educators, practitioners, Ashoka Fellows, Change Leaders, and others with interests and experience in the world of changemaking.

The proposal submission deadline has been extended to May 31st, 2022.


Stream 1: Impact of Changemaker (Social Innovation) Education

Chairs: Wray Irwin (University of Northampton) and Matthew T. A. Nash (Duke University)

Click here for the Stream 1 Call for Proposal

Stream 2: Cultural, Geopolitical, and Structural Barriers to Social Innovation

Chairs: Athena Madan (University of Victoria), Robert Mittelman (Royal Roads University), and Kenny Panza (Ashoka Canada)

Click here for the Stream 2 Call for Proposal


Propsal submission deadline

Notification of proposal accceptance

Registration opens

Deadline to book accommodation with special rates

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Monday, June 20, 2022

Monday, August 1, 2022


The Changemaker Education Research Forum (CERF) brings together practitioners and scholars from across the world to enhance the knowledge base of social innovation and changemaking.

Our focus is to create the conditions for deeper collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst the Changemaker network and beyond tapping into valuable insights from Ashoka Fellows, academics, researchers, Change Leaders, university staff and students. The theme for 2022 falls across two core streams; Impact of Changemaker (Social Innovation) Education and Cultural, Geopolitical and Structural Barriers to Social Innovation.

CERF was initially launched by Ashoka Canada in 2020, previously the Canadian Changemaker Education Research Forum (C-CERF), and has now grown into a global gathering hosted by Ashoka U and Ashoka Canada.


Send us an email at [email protected]

Ashoka defines a “Changemaker” as one who desires change in the world, and who, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.