Changemaker Campus Designation Process


by Johanne Turbide, HEC Montréal

Institutions of higher education are micro-societies that have a significant impact on society in general. If we want to achieve global change, we need not only to change individual perceptions, but also the way these institutions and organizations work.

Going through the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation process revealed that our campus already had more assets than we knew. The 360° Campus Scan revealed that students were more active than we thought, and that more actors than we knew wanted to lend their support in the process. Experiencing this cemented our conviction that the central role of social change itself is an important part of education.

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At HEC, we are in constant contact with future managers and administrators who will play central roles in various organizations. In order to influence them positively and to sensitize them to the dire challenges of our time, as well as to their personal and collective capacity to create change, is not just a theoretical aim. Being a Changemaker Campus makes it concrete and essential.

Johanne Turbide, Ph.D, M.Sc, CA

Secretary General of HEC Montréal

Director of the Sustainable Campus

Head of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Member of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management

Being designated as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus means being recognized as a school that is in constant transformation, and which aspires to promote business models that take into account social and environmental issues. We value impact rather than profitability”


This transformative process embeds social innovation as an educational framework through curriculum, pedagogy, and research.

Simultaneously, it mobilizes social entrepreneurship and innovation as a framework for institutional change through leadership development, building and strengthening communities of practice, and a shared vision of a purpose-driven post-secondary sector.

The four pillars of Changemaker Campus Designation:


Visionary leadership

Innovation and excellence in changemaker education

Institutional culture and operations

Field building and impact influence


of students on Changemaker Campuses feel better prepared for the future

Source: RBC Survey Data

Students who identify as Changemakers are


more likely to demonstrate the critical, creative, and systems-thinking skills needed to understand and address social problems

Source: Mission Measurement Impact Study


of Changemaker Campus students intend to dedicate their future career to creating positive social impact

Source: Mission Measurement Impact Study


Ashoka Canada envisions a day when changemaking is embedded into the DNA of every college and university.

How can you become a Changemaker Campus? Learn more about the designation here.

Highlights from the Network

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Changemaker Campuses renew their designation for another four years

Congratulations to Georgian College, Mount Royal University, HEC Montreal, Wilfrid Laurier University and Royal Roads University on the renewal of their Changemaker Campus designations!

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CERF research featured in special edition of Social Innovations Journal

Explore research from the Changemaker Education Research Forum, featuring Changemaker Campuses, in a special edition of the Social Innovations Journal (SIJ) published in partnership with Ashoka.

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Changemaking at Georgian College

Explore Georgian’s changemaking initiatives, including Changemaker in Residency Week and #ChangeTheNow.

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Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University

Changemakers from across sectors call the Studio home, as they connect with students from all faculties and work together on important and exciting social and environmental change initiative.

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“Changemaking puts a name to the kinds of inquiry that our students and faculty engage with across campus. It makes a dynamic connection between the 21st- century skills they learn with us in every department and their future, meaningful work lives.”

Dr. Natalie Meisner, Professor & Director of Changemaking, Mount Royal University