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If they fail, we all fail. When they thrive, we all thrive.

When our youth have the skills to thrive, they can lead Canada to a better future. This is Changemaking in Action.

Ashoka U campuses and Ashoka Fellows, together with RBC, are providing youth with the skills — like resilience, critical thinking, collaboration and financial literacy — they need to succeed. During the pandemic, Ashoka U campuses have adapted programming so that participants stay both safe and engaged.

Each year, Ashoka U programs inspire tens of thousands of students to become “shift disturbers”: the next generation of changemakers who will create and enact innovative solutions to solve wicked community problems.

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RBC has committed $500 million over 10 years to ensure Canada’s youth thrive in the new economy.

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Valerie Chort

VP Corporate Citizenship
RBC Executive Director
RBC Foundation

We are proud of our partnership with Ashoka U. Together we are providing access to the changemaking programs, tools, and resources that empower Canadian youth to thrive in a radically shifting future of work.”

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Ashoka U community

Join our growing network of students, faculty and staff accelerating the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

Meet the Canadian
Changemaker Campuses

A global community of post secondary leaders transforming student and faculty experience through social innovation and changemaking.

Ashoka U envisions a day when changemaking is embedded into the DNA of every college and university. With our partners we are making that vision a reality.


We are working alongside programs like RECODE, a McConnell Foundation initiative, to transform postsecondary education to realize a more just and equitable society.

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Highlights from the Network

Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Expanding Possibilities for the Future of Higher Education

The Exchange is Ashoka U’s annual global gathering for social impact educators. See highlights from our 2019 Exchange in San Diego, CA!

“What makes a movement?” Ashoka U Exchange 2019 keynote panel

Ashoka Fellows Saru Jayaraman, Jessica Ladd, Erica Gerrity and Rev. Jennifer Bailey discuss their work, their impact, and what it takes to build a better future.

Laurier’s team was named champion among 58 teams across Canada.

The team will represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup. Learn more about the amazing initiatives designed by WLU students.

HEC Montreal becomes the world’s first French-language Changemaker Campus.

The School joins a select group of colleges and universities worldwide, united in their commitment to social transformation.

Ashoka Canada and Royal Roads University have established a new research chair in changemaking.

The Ashoka Research Chair in Research Effectiveness aims to evaluate change through socially engaged and effective research.

Changing the Now in Simcoe County

Over the course of eight months in 2019, Georgian College — an Ashoka Changemaker Campus — took on the challenge of building a region of changemakers in Simcoe County.

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“I am very proud and thankful to be part of the Ashoka global movement and to be designated as a Changemaker campus. Collaborating with our Ashoka U colleagues helps our students, faculty and staff identify and maximize their capacity for social impact across Canada and beyond.”

 Dr. Johanne Turbide, Secretary General of HEC Montréal