Community Prosperity Student Research Award

The Institute for Community Prosperity is pleased to announce the second year of the Community Prosperity Student Research Award Program (CPSRA). The Research Award provides a collaborative research experience for six to eight Mount Royal University students nearing completion of their degree. The Award program is open to senior students in any degree-track program at Mount Royal. Following successful completion of the Award program, Award recipients will be supported in presenting their research project at a relevant conference. Each Award recipient will receive a $1,500 stipend and a maximum of $2,000 in conference travel and registration support.

Students are invited to produce a research report that extends or complements their existing research (for example, a term paper, an output from a directed reading course, or honours thesis work) by developing an understanding of theories, issues and research methods relating to the study of the social economy, social innovation, community change and community investment.  Original research projects not associated with existing research or completed projects will also be considered.

The Awards program will be put on hold during the 2016/2017 academic year, while the Institute revisits the design of the program and its approach to supporting students as changemakers.  In the meantime, please review the Skoll Global Challenge, which the Institute is cohosting at MRU this Fall and Winter.

The 2015-2016 Award Recipients/Participants:

Priyash Bista (Bachelor of Computer Information Systems): The Fight for Equal Information Dissemination: Article 22 of the United Nations Charter of Rights and Freedoms- Entitlement of Realization in the Digital Context

Roisin Dillon (Bachelor of Nursing): Success Variables of Social Media Campaigns as Donation Elicitation Strategies in the Nonprofit Sector

Braden Etzerza (Bachelor of Science):  An Exploration of Urban Aboriginal Community Food Projects in Western Canada

Alda Garunia (Bachelor of Nursing): The Experience of Refugees Accessing Health and Social Services in Calgary: A Health Care and Social Program Providers’ Perspective

Timothy Lipp (Bachelor of Business Administration, Minors in Economics and Social Innovation): Fire that Talks

Angie Tucker (Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology): Media and the Perpetuation of Western Bias: Media’s Role in the Reinforcement of Negative Stereotypes of Indigenous Identity and the Manifestations of Violence Toward Murdered Women

The 2014-2015 Award Recipients/Participants:

Lauren Cross, “Thinking Through Borders and “Illegality”: A Survey of the Resources Available to Migrants with Precarious Status in the Calgary Area”

Paisley Dressler, “Immigrant Women Finding Meaningful Employment in Calgary”

Zak Ismail, “Brewing Innovation: Modelling Opportune Dynamics for Social Innovation in Calgary’s Brewing Industry”

Lindsay Johnson, “Plummeting Oil and the Potential for a Prosperous Community”

Megan Schimpf, “Authenticity: The Lifeline of Organizational Corporate Social Responsibility”

Alexandra Zabel, “Matchmaking in an Economic Downturn: Strategic Partnerships for Community Prosperity”

Campus Transformation Challenge

Organized by three student clubs (Enactus MRU, SAMRU’s Centre for Student Initiative, and CIS3), the Campus Transformation Challenge is MRU’s new annual student social innovation tournament. It is co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Prosperity, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Developed and delivered by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the JMH Venture LaunchPad was created to help MRU's most entrepreneurial students launch their own ventures. The LaunchPad program provides grants to students as well as valuable mentorship, culminating in the annual Dragon’s Den-style LaunchPad Pitch Competition. The Institute for Community Prosperity, along with the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, provide an award to the venture with the strongest social and environmental change component. Congratulations to the 2015 winner, Urban Ag.

Making Waves

The First Energy Capital Making Waves Challenge is a 24 hour challenge that engages students of different disciplines across MRU to convert unused, derelict or abandoned spaces in Calgary into spaces that have environmental, social or cultural value. The Challenge is co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Prosperity, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Cooperative Design Competition

The course SINV 5010 - Social Enterprising introduces students to the organizational structures and practices of social businesses, enterprising nonprofits and cooperatives. A major component of the course entails student teams working to design a cooperative enterprise. The Institute sponsors a cash prize for the winning team, selected from a jury of co-op and credit union community panelists.