CHEPA member Jeremiah Hurley, Dean of McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences, has been awarded catalyst funding for an initiative entitled “Canadian capitals hub: Public and social investment for a flourishing Canada,” under the recently-announced Future of Canada Project, which is supported by a $5-million gift from McMaster Chancellor Emeritus L.R. “Red” Wilson, and McMaster University.

The project draws together interdisciplinary teams of McMaster scholars, students and research groups to undertake research and engagement to support policy development by deepening our understanding of Canada’s various capitals: people’s health, knowledge, and abilities (human capital); infrastructure supporting social relationships and organizational networks (social capital); the health and diversity of the natural world (natural capital); and digital capital. 

It will produce:

  • A white paper on these diverse capitals and their role in contributing to a flourishing Canada;
  • Knowledge mobilization on the investment nature of government expenditures in these areas
  • An Intersession course offered this spring on these capitals ;
  • Contribute to the development of a certificate in social innovation.

The initiative involves several other CHEPA members: David FeenyMichel Grignon, Emmanuel Guindon, Arthur Sweetman, and Jean- Éric Tarride, as well as Sara Bannerman (Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance; Clifton van der Linden, James Gillett, Jim Dunn and Leora Sas van der Linden (Social Sciences) and Susan McCracken (Business).

For more information about the project, click here.

To read an article about the Future of Canada Project, click here

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