The last nine months have seen Canada’s social impact sector go into survival mode. But survival alone is not sustainable. Huge challenges await Canada in the post-pandemic world, and vision, courage, and resourcefulness are required to remain relevant after the virus is defeated.
Candid conversation: Here’s what Stephen Huddart has learned about power and privilege in philanthropy
Stephen Huddart has worked as president and CEO of the McConnell Foundation for almost a decade — and has even more decades of experience in the social impact sector, giving him a unique vantage point on what’s evolved and changed through the years, what still needs to change, and what the sector needs to do to seize the current opportunity to build back better.
Social impact organizations must learn how Canadians are accepting or rejecting U.S. ideas in order to stay relevant. Any major advancements in climate justice, police brutality, misinformation, or gender equity will most likely be inspired by efforts (or setbacks) south of the border.
COVID-19 has exposed the depth of Canada’s digital divide, but major telecom companies lack the incentives to reach remote communities and vulnerable populations. Without more locally-driven solutions, digital equity advocates say millions of Canadians will continue to lack the “basic right” to a reliable internet connection.