Keynote Speech by Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy


Bronfman Building 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

The Marcel Desautels Institute of Integrated Management will be launching the Social Economy Initiative (SEI) in the winter term of 2013. As a prelude to the public launch, the SEI is delighted to welcome social entrepreneur Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy, to offer an address to McGill alumni during Homecoming.

The Social Economy Initiative aims to integrate social entrepreneurship & social innovation more formally into teaching, research and outreach at the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Date: Friday, October 12

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Bronfman building, Room 151

This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Ariane: ariane.guay-jadah [at]

About Mary Gordon:

Roots of Empathy is a pioneering, evidence-based classroom program that helps to reduce levels of aggression among schoolchildren, while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. At a time besieged by stories of bullying, Gordon's organization exemplifies social innovation that translates into social impact.

Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, child advocate and parenting expert. In 2002, Gordon was named the first female Canadian Ashoka Fellow, recognizing her as a member of an international circle of social entrepreneurs who have the creativity that enables them to envision new and better ways to address persistent social problems and the entrepreneurial skill and determination required to bring their ideas to fruition. In 2011, Ms Gordon was named an Ashoka Globalizer, joining a select group of Ashoka Fellows supported in extending their message and impact to the global level.