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Our Team

 

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James Stauch

Director

James has served as a foundation executive and non-profit sector consultant with nearly two decades of experience working in the field of philanthropy. He has guided or advised on programs that support the emergence of community leadership, or that help organizations uncover new possibilities for their programming and operations in order to be strategic, authentic and enduring in their impact. James has worked extensively with communities in the Arctic and Far North, with the non-profit sector in the Calgary and Greater Toronto regions, as well as with Aboriginal communities and organizations across Canada. E: jstauch@mtroyal.ca


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Anna Johnson

Community Engagement Strategist

Anna is a born and raised Calgarian and a graduate of the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University, where she focused her studies on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During her BBA, Anna worked for a social-purpose consultancy that supported organizations who create positive social, environmental, and/or cultural change in communities. Anna’s learning journey at Mount Royal University didn’t end after graduation - she has since worked with MRU’s Changemaker Campus Initiative and currently works with the Institute for Community Prosperity and the Trico Changemakers Studio, where she upholds her commitment to lifelong learning as a staff member.  At MRU, Anna works to inspire and empower students and community members to become changemakers and make a positive difference in the world. Anna dreams of living in a city where strangers say hello to each other on the streets, where organizations work in proximity and collaboration rather than isolation and competition, and where all buildings are dog-friendly.
E: ahjohnson@mtroyal.ca

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Tracy Pfeifer

Administrative Assistant

Tracy moved from Winnipeg to Calgary in July 2001 and started with the Institute in August 2001 when it was originally created.  She left her position working with the dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg to make the move with her husband. Tracy’s motto is “change is good” which has served her well as her roles are always changing and she loves the diversity her position brings. Tracy feels very fortunate to work with such an amazing team at the Institute for Community Prosperity. E: tpfeifer@mtroyal.ca

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Lena Soots

Changemaker in Residence

Lena is a sustainability educator, facilitator, and consultant with over 15 years experience working with local government, academic institutions and community organizations. Her work focuses on the intersection of sustainability and social innovation, with a focus on processes that foster deep collaboration and transformative learning. Lena comes to us from Vancouver, where she was the Program Manager and founding team member of CityStudio – an innovation hub for the City of Vancouver that brings students together with City staff to co-create and design sustainability solutions for the City. Lena was also a member of the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Steering Committee and is an Associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University.


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Cathy Glover

Changemaker in Residence

As Cathy retired from an over 16 year career as leader of the Suncor Energy Foundation, she was recognized and gifted with the name Aahpii Pitahgii - White Eagle Woman.  As Elder Casey Eaglespeaker described, he choose this name because of her ability to have a system wide view, to see unique interconnections and to bring people together to create space for collaboration and change.  As a strong proponent of social innovation Cathy and her team created a corporate community investment program that brought together unlikely partners to address complex social issues and transformative change at regional and national levels, while at the same time supporting employee initiatives and local priorities.  While the team developed expertise in working with external partners in the social innovation space, they also found that they gained an ability to work differently within their internal organization, and one of Cathy’s accomplishments was co-leading the team that designed Suncor’s social goal that focuses on reconciliation.  Cathy has worked on both sides of the philanthropy equation, with an almost equal amount of time working in charitable and non-profit organizations in Calgary ranging from Alberta Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cottage to the XV Olympic Winter Games and Junior Achievement.  She has an MBA and BSc in Psychology, both from the University of Calgary. E: cvglover@mtroyal.ca

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Walter Hossli

Changemaker in Residence

An MRU Alumnus, Walter took Momentum from a start-up to an award-winning organization with 20 programs and 4000 participants per year. After 15 years in the private sector, he studied social work before entering the community sector.  Walter serves in a number of volunteer capacities and has played key roles with several large collaborative or sector initiatives. For example, since 2003 he has been an integral part of Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC), an organization dedicated to sustainable poverty reduction through the involvement of broad citizen and sector participation.  VCC has succeeded in elevating the City’s role in addressing poverty. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Calgary Foundation since 2010 and, as of 2015, on the Board of the Canadian CED Network. He wrote “Competition in the Voluntary Sector: the Case of Community Based Trainers in Alberta” published by the Muttart Foundation.  In addition to his leadership work in Canada, Walter regularly volunteers his time and knowledge abroad in Africa and Central America.  In 2011, Health Nexus and 3M Canada recognized Walter as a finalist for the 3M Health Leadership Award, acknowledging outstanding community leaders across the country who have enhanced their community through dedicated contribution and inspiring change.

 


Affiliated Faculty

  • Yasmin Dean, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Disability Studies, Faculty of Health and Community Studies (main research/teaching interests - international education, including cross-cultural and Indigenous practices, community development)
  • Ray DePaul, Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MRU (main research/teaching interests include entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, fundraising, startups, mentoring, social enterprises)
  • Patti Derbyshire, Chair, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, Bissett School of Business (main research/teaching interests - human-centered design, cultural marketing, community-driven entrepreneurship, new media)
  • Wendelin Fraser, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, Bissett School of Business (main research/teaching interests - social enterprise & community purpose organizations)
  • Roberta Lexier, Coordinator, Cluster 3 (Community and Society), Department of General Education (main research/teaching interests - social change and social movements)
  • Jennifer Pettit, Department Chair, Humanities, Faculty of Arts (main research/teaching interests (main research/teaching interests - Canadian history and government policy pertaining to First Nations)
  • Mike Quinn, Director and Talisman Energy Chair for Environmental Sustainability, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, MRU (main research/teaching interests - interdisciplinary approaches to complex social-ecological problems, ‘resilience' analysis). 
  • Katharine McGowan, Assistant Professor, Social Innovation, Bissett School of Business & Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo (main research/teaching interests - social innovation history, Canadian history, Indigenous history, Indigenous social innovation, social innovation labs)
  • Catherine Pearl, Assistant Professor, Social Innovation, Bissett School of Business (main research/teaching interests - social enterprise, cooperatives, nonprofit management, marketing)