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Nov 19, 2019

Rideau Hall Foundation Statement on Pitch@Palace Canada

The Rideau Hall Foundation’s agreement with Pitch@Palace is coming to an end, and it will not be renewed for 2020. Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship is a key priority for the Rideau Hall Foundation. We will continue to support Canada’s incredible entrepreneurs and look forward to other opportunities to celebrate and grow Canada’s culture of innovation. […]

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Sep 06, 2019

And the winners are…

Congratulations to the winners of our #IdeaofCanada book giveaway!* Christina Arlene Nicky Marie Bonnie Mccleery Rose Robinson Hately Anitia Kennedy Shamarra Gray Cathy L Brown Marilyn Day Christopher Bowes Howie Rabb Bonnie Reynolds Sullivan Judy Wiseman Jodi Murphy Ryan Pelley Ahmed Ali Lorraine Cyr Angel April Turcotte Donna Sweeney Mara Donnachie Jo-Ann Horgan *Winners’ names […]

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Aug 20, 2019

Enter the #IdeaofCanada Book Giveaway

The chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation, the Right Honourable David Johnston, has authored or co-authored 28 books throughout his long career. One of his more recent books, The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation, was recently published in paperback. To celebrate, we’re giving away 20+ copies signed by Mr. Johnston himself. For a […]

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May 13, 2019

 Governor General’s Innovation Awards 2019 Recipients Announced

Six recipients from across Canada recognized for their groundbreaking work and excellence in innovation   Ottawa, ON – May 13, 2019 – Today the Rideau Hall Foundation announced the recipients of the fourth-annual Governor General’s Innovation Awards. These awards recognize and celebrate the exceptional Canadian individuals, teams and organizations for their excellence in innovation and […]

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May 01, 2019

New report by Rideau Hall Foundation cites diversity as biggest influence on Canada’s “culture of innovation”

First-of-its-kind survey explores how Canadians feel about their country’s innovation culture May 1, 2019 – OTTAWA, ON – Today the Rideau Hall Foundation released Canada’s Culture of Innovation Index, the first survey to specifically measure the state of Canada’s culture of innovation and the key factors that foster it. The first-annual report equips Canadian organizations, […]

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Feb 28, 2019

Building inclusion and equity into Canada’s innovation economy

Did you know that “trust inequality” has risen in Canada? We are pleased to share a new article by The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., 28th Governor General of Canada and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation; Diversity, collaboration, trust and a more inclusive innovation economy. Mr. Johnston’s article on inclusive innovation is the lead […]

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Jun 07, 2018

Rideau Hall Foundation Names New President and CEO

The Right Honourable David Johnston, Canada’s 28th Governor General and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) is pleased to announce the selection of Teresa Marques as the RHF’s new President & CEO. Ms. Marques, currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the RHF, is an accomplished charitable sector leader and senior executive with extensive […]

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May 31, 2018

Canadian Tech Community Launches Tech for Good Declaration at True North Conference

Waterloo, May 31, 2018- Communitech, in collaboration with Deloitte, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Ipsos Canada, and the University of Waterloo, is pleased to unveil the Tech for Good Declaration at the True North conference in Waterloo Region. The Right Honourable David Johnston, Chair of the RHF, addressed the outcomes of the declaration built by […]

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May 16, 2018

Rideau Hall Foundation launches inaugural Canadian Innovation Week

OTTAWA, May 16, 2018—As part of its commitment to strengthening Canada’s culture of innovation, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) proudly introduces the first annual Canadian Innovation Week (May 22-31). The week will bring together partners and stakeholders from the innovation ecosystem to connect, cultivate and celebrate Canadian innovation. With an eye to inspiring the next […]

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Apr 25, 2018

Interview with David Johnston – An Hour to Give

On April 21, 2018, the Right Honourable David Johnston spoke to Sam Laprade, host of An Hour to Give on 1310 News, about philanthropy, volunteerism, and the Rideau Hall Foundation. Listen here to their conversation here. (44 minutes)

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Apr 24, 2018

Interview with the Rt Hon David Johnston – CBC Radio

On April 10, 2018, the Right Honourable David Johnston spoke to Vanessa Vander Valk, host of Shift on CBC Radio One in New Brunswick, about Thirty Years of Giving in Canada – a new report that examines charitable donations and giving patterns from 1985 to 2014. Listen to the full interview here. (10 minutes)    

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Apr 10, 2018

Charities and non-profits must lessen reliance on aging, affluent donors

Canadians give more than $14 billion annually, but current demographic trends suggest revenues will decline significantly over time if action not taken Ottawa, April 10, 2018 – The long-term viability of Canada’s charitable sector depends on higher donation rates among younger and new Canadians, according to a study released today by the Rideau Hall Foundation […]

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Feb 06, 2018

Innovation in teaching and learning: Students and leaders across sectors explore innovative solutions to preparing youth for disrupted economy

OTTAWA – More than 80 university, public service, business and civil society leaders convened with student entrepreneurs and innovators at Univation, a national forum co-hosted by Universities Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation, in Ottawa February 5 and 6. Against the backdrop of increasing digital change and technological disruption, Univation participants explored the challenges and opportunities for preparing […]

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Nov 30, 2017

Inspiring the next generation of Canadian innovators – Ottawa

OTTAWA—More than 600 elementary students will learn the importance of having an innovative spirit during a special visit to Fisher Park Public School/Summit Alternative today. Former governor general of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, and Mr. Tom Jenkins, Chair of OpenText and of the National Research Council, will be discussing Innovation Nation and Ingénieux Junior, the […]

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Nov 28, 2017

Inspiring the next generation of Canadian innovators

TORONTO—Students as young as six years old will learn the importance of having an innovative spirit during a special visit at Dewson Street Public School in Toronto today. Former governor general of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston will be sharing Innovation Nation and Ingénieux Junior, the young readers edition of his popular book Ingenious, with students […]

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Oct 26, 2017

New learning partnership a path to reconciliation

By: Scott Haldane and Reeta Roy This article was originally posted by the Vancouver Sun on October 23, 2017. When Sheldon Scow recounts his path to a university education, it is a story of tenacity and hard-won courage. A third-year First Nations Studies student at Vancouver Island University, Sheldon dropped out of university twice before […]

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Sep 29, 2017

Federal gift supports the Rideau Hall Foundation as David Johnston’s Legacy

OTTAWA—The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) would like to thank the Government of Canada for its contribution in honour of The Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada (2010-2017). The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, announced today a grant of $3 million and a commitment of up to $7 million in matching funds towards the […]

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Sep 28, 2017

Statement by the Prime Minister to thank the outgoing Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

Ottawa, Ontario – September 28, 2017 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to thank the outgoing Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston: “On October 2nd, 2017, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston will return to private life after holding this country’s highest and oldest office. […]

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Sep 20, 2017

Innovative Learning Partnership for Indigenous Youth Launched at Vancouver Island University and Yukon College

Vancouver Island University and Yukon College to increase enrollment and completion rates of Indigenous learners NANAIMO, B.C.— In the spirit of reconciliation, a new learning partnership for Indigenous youth at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Yukon College is being announced today. Building from the guidance of Elders and the aspirations of Indigenous youth, VIU will […]

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May 24, 2017

Rideau Hall Foundation and the Government of Canada building towards Canadian Innovation Week

OTTAWA—As part of its commitment to building a stronger culture of innovation in Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), along with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, are calling for groups working to promote innovation across different sectors to come together around an annual Canadian Innovation Week every May. […]

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Mar 27, 2017

Next generation research leaders from Canada and low- and middle-income countries to pursue innovation and community-building projects

OTTAWA – More than 450 researchers at the doctoral, postdoctoral and early-career levels will undertake global research projects as part of the new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program, contributing to improved global talent exchange between Canada and other nations. This expanded second round of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program will fund […]

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