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April 2018

Climate Guides & Refood Awarded SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Funding!

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The SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund is a joint initiative of Embark Sustainability and RADIUS that supports thoughtful change endeavours with social and environmental impact at their core. The Fund allocates sums ranging from $200-$1,500 to SFU undergraduate and graduate student social innovators. Our next application cycle closes May 18th, 2018. Apply now!

Climate Guides

Co-leads Caroline Mercer, Marina Melandis and Michal Marcis seek to guide a narrative of hope and opportunity rather than doom-and-gloom about climate change. Climate Guides is a youth-led initiative that connects youth under 30 to professionals addressing climate change through mentorship. Mentors come from fields of conservation, energy, food systems, marine science, communication, policy and waste, among others. In turn, these pairs champion adaptation, mitigation and awareness-oriented solutions. Recognizing that our generation of climate leaders is making tangible impacts, Climate Guides built a platform to support them.

Connect with Climate Guides online:

Facebook: @climateguides
Twitter: @climate_guides
Instagram: @climateguides


When the Refood team noticed that food vendors were tossing out healthy food surplus deemed ‘unsellable’ due to appearance, they started picking up these food items and delivering them to charities in Metro-Vancouver. The team soon realized the magnitude of the food waste problem when the amount of food they encountered often exceeded charities’ needs. So, they explored ways to repurpose the food into a product they could sell. The Seed Fund is supporting the Refood team to launch their first experiment: converting surplus tomatoes (the most commonly thrown out produce) into a nutritious, low-sodium, canned soup. They plan to sell the canned soups at existing grocery stores that they partner with, putting the revenue towards purchasing a refrigerated truck that will allow Refood to continue delivering food to more remote communities.

Connect with Refood online:

Instagram: @refoodcanada
Facebook: @RefoodCa

concAUCTION: ask. source. connect.

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Connect with changemakers on the leading edge of some of today’s toughest problems!

The 2018 RADIUS Fellows are a group of amazing local changemakers from diverse backgrounds who are working on a range of complex, pressing challenges – and you can help them!  

On May 15th, you’re invited to shake up your Tuesday with RADIUS at concAUCTION: our fun and inspiring networking auction and Fellows celebration.

You’ll hear pitches from each of the 2018 Fellows about their work and have the opportunity to respond to their “asks” of the audience. A unique chance to connect with the leaders who are shaping our world and shaking up our communities – this annual celebrations is not to be missed!

Get your concAUCTION tickets here.

About the RADIUS Fellows

The 2018 RADIUS Fellows are a remarkable group of 16 local changemakers from diverse backgrounds, working across the following areas:

  • Refugee and Newcomer Settlement and Integration
  • Health Promotion
  • The Future of Education
  • The Future of Work


About the “Asks”

Each Fellow will have 60 seconds to make an ask of the crowd. They are all working on awesome, impactful projects and initiatives – and they each need something or someone to help take their work to the next level. The asks can take any number of forms: an introduction, a piece of advice, a connection, a fresh idea or maybe even a collaborator. Audience members will be able to respond to these asks and connect with the Fellows about supporting their work.

concAUCTION is made possible by generous support from:

Event Agenda:

6:00pm – Doors Open
6:00-6:30pm – Networking, Finger Food (provided), Beverages (cash bar)
6:30-6:40pm – Welcome & Kick-off Door Prizes
6:40-7:00pm – Round 1 of Fellows Pitches
7:00-7:15pm – Networking Break
7:15-7:40pm – Round 2 of Fellows Pitches
7:40-9:00pm – Networking & Remaining Door Prizes

This event takes place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
The venue is certified accessible and has one gender-neutral bathroom.

(Image courtesy of SFU News)

Paola Ardiles: Practitioner-scholar, Social Trailblazer & Health Change Lab Instructor

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Paola Ardiles was recently appointed a Continuing Lecturer, Social Innovation, Health and Community Partnerships with SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. RADIUS is thrilled to continue working with Paola, and to welcome her to our team of instructors for the Fall 2018 Health Change Lab!

Paola co-developed the original Health Change Lab curriculum in 2016 and has since been involved as a valued mentor and teacher to our cohort participants.  As a practitioner-scholar, Paola brings an interdisciplinary, collaborative, systems-focused approach to community health into the classroom.

Holding a BSc (hons) in Psychology, a Master of Health Science and a Masters of Business Administration, Paola has dedicated her academic career and community work to exploring the complex systems and structures that impact health and well-being. Paola is the Founder of Bridge for Health, a startup co-operative committed to social innovation for improving well-being. Over the past year, Paola has been recognized as one of TD Bank’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians and also received a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business award in the Social Trailblazer Category.

Paola will be joining experienced Beedie School of Business instructors Shawn Smith and Tamara Connell to co-deliver Health Change Lab from September to December 2018. An experiential,  once-in-a-degree studio program, Health Change Lab invites SFU undergraduate students to investigate a real social, economic, or environmental challenge that impacts community health. Interdisciplinary student teams each build a creative intervention to a particular challenge and present their ideas to community influencers – all in just 13 weeks.

Applications for Health Change Lab are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. The Round 2 deadline is April 30th, 2018. Find program details at