The Institute works with the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension to develop and deliver the following programs for new and experienced community practitioners.

Social Innovation Certificate

PLEASE NOTE: The Social innovation Certificate program at MRU has been discontinued. This program will be replaced with an exciting new learning program for social impact changemakers co-designed and co-hosted by the Institute for Community Prosperity and the Trico Changemakers Studio. This program will draw from social innovation, systems change, futures thinking, and leadership frameworks, and will be open to social impact practitioners in any sector (e.g. policymakers, community activists, nonprofit and network leaders, social entrepreneurs, ESG and community investment practitioners, grantmakers, evaluators, etc.). More details on this new program will be provided later in 2022.


Community Investment Professionals Certificate

Effective September 1, 2021, the Community Investment Professional Extension Certificate program will be suspended.

Current students will have the opportunity to complete the required courses from September 2021 until June 2022. After June 2022, these courses will no longer be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 403.440.6861.


The only program of its kind in Canada, this Certificate is designed for professionals working for large and medium-sized businesses who have responsibilities for enacting their company's philanthropy, corporate citizenship, community engagement or social responsibility activities.  Using industry-best standards and innovative approaches, it will help you align your company's business goals with the needs, opportunities and aspirations of the communities in which it operates.   This graded program, delivered by professionals with years of experience in community investment, is designed for professionals in the early stages of their career in community investment (i.e. with less than 5 years experience).