Events

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Volunteer with the Sustainability Ambassadors Program! 

The Sustainability Ambassadors Program (SAP) is a year-long volunteering opportunity for students to promote sustainability on campus by leading engagement activities with the McGill community. Students will use their skills and creativity to grow the sustainability movement at McGill, receive sustainability leadership training, meet new people, and network with other sustainability leaders on campus. 

You’ll be able to choose between three focused streams depending on your interest.:

💰Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) Ambassadors

🗑Zero-Waste Ambassadors

📆Sustainable Events Ambassadors

 

 

Students from all disciplines are invited to apply by:

Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:59 pm EST

 

 

 

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Connecting African Youth with Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Per a recent UN report, 70% of the sub-Saharan African population is under the age of 30. Such a high number of young people is an opportunity for the continent’s growth – but only if these new generations are fully empowered to realize their best potential. It is expected that AfCFTA will establish a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion in Africa, as cited by UNECA. These statistics highlight a potential economic game changer for the continent if seized. With this knowledge, this summit will explore the entrepreneurial opportunities available to youth in Ghana through AfriVate Hub.

AfriVate Hub is born out of the insatiable penchant to lead a global social venture that offers innovative and cutting-edge solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, and enterprises who are solving problems in African societies. AfriVate Hub is motivated by the desire to be a model for a contextually-based, yet globally applicable, consulting enterprise. This means AfriVate Hub is offering local solutions.

AfriVate Hub recognizes that thriving in the 21st century as an individual, business or government largely depends on collaborations and networks. AfriVate Hub connects people to opportunities, companies to business, and information to people as well as organizations who require it for impact.

Presenters: Liz Thomas and Doreen Kiprono(Co-founders of AfriVate Hub)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

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Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition (EPC):

McGill University through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and the McGill Mastercard Foundation Transition Project (MCF-TP), has increasingly been involved with institutional partners on the African continent, including in Ghana and Senegal.

The McGill MCF-TP collaborated with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) in organizing an Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition (EPC). The EPC built on the first AGI youth entrepreneurship pitch competition held in 2019. The AGI invited young entrepreneurs to highlight innovations that would contribute to members’ efforts for leveraging technology for sustainable agri-food systems. Global food shortages amid supply chain disruptions during and following the Covid-19 pandemic have emphasized the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders from the private to public sectors in developing sustainable food systems. 

Agenda:

  • Welcome Address & Remarks by Premium Partners, including McGill University
  • Pitch Competition
  • Collation of results and Announcement of Winners
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Networking

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project (MCF-TP) Info Session:

The McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project (MCF-TP) is inviting you to an information and onboarding session. Essential updates will be discussed during the session. These will include updates regarding the McGill MCF-TP Experiential Learning/Internships, and other components such as professional development, Entrepreneurship and Employment Creation projects, Mentorship, and McGill-Africa outreach.

Note: You are required to participate in the Info session to be eligible to partake in McGill MCF-TP opportunities. Please submit questions during registration. 

Presenters: Dr. Nii Addy, MCF-TP Team and participants.
Wednesday July 27, 2022

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A Reflection on Sustainability for Businesses in Canada and Africa

On June 5th, the world celebrated World Environment Day 2022, with the theme- ‘Only One Earth’, reminding us as stakeholders to think about the sustainability of our world, and our environment. It compels us to reflect on our responsibilities towards it. As business leaders, organizations, and individuals, how are we implementing and staying close to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues in strategy and operation. Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in its commemoration, asked the question- “How are you inspiring a positive change?”

This collaborative webinar on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, will bring together a number of partners, including The Food and Beverage Recycle Alliance (FBRA)- (consisting of Global companies- Coca-Cola, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Nigeria Bottling Company- Coca Cola, Nestle, Guinness, Intercontinental Distillers, Tulip Cocoa, ABInBev, Prima Caps, and Preforms), B2Gold, the African Food Research Network (AfREN), McGill University, and the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business to reflect on sustainability in businesses between Canada and Africa.

 

 

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A key signature event as part of McGill’s Bicentennial celebrations is Global Health Week, a hybrid event running from May 16th to 20th, 2022.

Built around the overarching theme ‘Providing Solutions to Global Challenges', Global Health Week will include activities and events that showcase McGill University as a Canadian centre of excellence for ground-breaking global health research, advocacy, and training and the home of the next generation of leaders in the field.

The Bicentennial is an opportunity to bring the McGill global health community together to celebrate the University’s legacy in global and public health and to highlight the tradition of excellence and collaboration across all McGill campuses, affiliated hospitals, and research institutes, all the while raising the profile of our partners that continue to make a difference in Montreal, and around the world.

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What Happens in Africa Should Concern Us All: Integration of African students into the workforce - Examples from Canada and Benin

This virtual session is built on intergenerational collaboration between the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL), and the McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project (MCF-TP). We explored lessons being learned from programs supporting MCF Scholars to transition from studies to the workforce, drawing from examples at McGill and the Université d'Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin.

Short presentations followed by Q&A 

  • Dr. Wilfrid Ahouansou, Chef de projet, Transition vers l'emploi, l’Université d'Abomey-Calavi & Dr. Nii Addy, Associate Director (Africa Outreach)/Senior Outreach Advisor in the office of the Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning (DPSLL), McGill University: Supporting MCF Scholars and alums in Canada and Benin to have an impact across Africa 
  • Comments by MCF Scholar Alumnus and Program Administrator for the MCF-TP: Raphael Ajima
  • Roundtable Discussion: Sharing opportunities for collaboration on ongoing projects 

 

Friday, May 13, 2022

 

 

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Pathways for Entrepreneurship: A Focus on Women and Youth

 The virtual event between McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project (MCF-TP) and the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business (CACB) partnership will feature speakers from Makerere University and Nestlé to provide youth and women an avenue to understand the entrepreneurship arena in Sub-Sahara Africa.

 

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

 

Book Launch Event by Dr. Khalid Mustafa Medani, Book title "Black Markets and Militants, informal Networks in the Middle East and Africa"

The African Studies Students' Association (ASSA) will appreciate your presence at the Book launch event happening:

Thursday, April 14th
6:00-8:00 PM EDT
Venue: The Arts Lounge,
 McGill University - Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7. 

In the book, Khalid Mustafa Medani explains why youth are attracted to militant organizations, examining the specific role of economic globalization, in the form of outmigration and expatriate remittance inflows, plays in determining how and why militant activists emerge. The study challenges existing accounts that rely primarily on ideology to explain militant recruitment" CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

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What Happens in Africa Should Concern us All: Addressing Peace and Security for Development

This virtual session is built on intergenerational collaboration between the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) and the McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project (MCF-TP). We explored opportunities to address peace and security for socio-economic development through collaboration. We drew from the experiences and ongoing initiatives of participants.

Short presentation followed by discussion

  • Prof. Carola Weil, Dean, McGill School of Continuing Studies (SCS): Post-conflict development - Harnessing opportunities for change
  • Commentary about initiatives by McGill MCF Scholars/Alums, World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and partner organizations for refugees: John M. Madol Founder of Maisha Canada, Akuechbeny Kuol, Program Officer at WUSC Hires, and Gattuoch Kuon Founder of I stretch My Hand.

Roundtable Discussion: Sharing opportunities for collaboration. For any questions or concerns, please email mcf-transitions [at] mcgill.ca 

Friday, March 11, 2022
 

What Happens in Africa Should Concern Us All: Translating research and innovation into entrepreneurship for impact in Africa

This virtual session builds on intergenerational collaboration between the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) and the McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project (MCF-TP). We will explore the challenges and opportunities in translating research and innovation into entrepreneurship for impact in Africa.

Short presentations and discussion

  • Dr. Yi Zhang, Assistant Professor, Junior Chair, University of Pau and Adour Countries, France: Experiences engaging with academic and non-academic partners in Africa as a McGill post-doctoral researcher
  • Prof. Ben Simpson, Professor of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University: Challenges and opportunities with Technology Transfer between Canadian and African universities
  • Comment by Nii Simmonds, Founder, and CEO, eNubia (https://enubia.com/)
  • Roundtable Discussion: Sharing opportunities for collaboration on ongoing projects

Friday, February 11, 2022

McGill Desautels African Business Initiative (DABI): Eighth Annual Business and Development Conference

The McGill Desautels African Business Initiative (DABI) will be hosting its eighth annual Business and Development Conference for 2022 on the topic of "Pan-Africanism: Binding Africa Through Business and Trade”.

The 8th edition of the conference aims to provide a multi-faceted outlook on the sustainable economic and commercial integration of the African Continent.

For more information, please visit our website at mcgilldabi.com and make sure to follow DABI’s social media platforms:

February 4th and 5th , 2022

What Happens in Africa Should Concern Us All: Geopolitical Literacy and Canadian investment in Africa

This virtual session builds on intergenerational collaboration between the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL), the McGill Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Transitions Project, and the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. We will explore the importance of Geopolitical Literacy for venture Capital (VC) and institutional investments to unlock billions for impact in Africa. 

Short presentations followed by Q&A

  • Understanding how geopolitical literacy impacts VC and decisions for investors globally (Dr. Jim de Wilde, President of JdW Strategic Ventures & McGill alum)
  • The Canada-Africa investment landscape: Current VC trends and opportunities for investors ahead (Mr. Garreth Bloor, President, Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and co-founder of the Africa Foresight Fund)

Friday, January 14, 2022
 

McGill Mastercard Foundation (MCF)-Building 21 Collaboration: Thinking beyond the acknowledged, the recognized, and the comfortable

Perhaps you want to reinvent refugee camps, socially and economically? Or explore how to better connect small-scale creatives with colleagues and huge industry players such as music labels or theatre and publishing houses? Or study how aesthetics change in zero gravity – or completely reinvent democracy? Join our session with MCF Scholars (MCF-B21) from various academic disciplines, to ponder difficult, beautiful, and interdisciplinary questions. Click here to learn more about:- Building 21

Presenters: Anita Parmar (Ph.D., Physics); Ollivier Dyens (Ph.D., Literature); Bior Ajak; Doreen Kiprono; Renatha Giramahoro

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
 

 

Servant Leadership and Managing Failure for Growth:

Think about an example of when you failed (and write it down). In the current competitive world, how do we learn from our own failures and those of people we work with, to enable us to succeed both personally and professionally? You are invited to join students at Ashesi and McGill in an online session exploring how effective leaders learn from their own past failures and those of other people, to grow and actually thrive as leaders.

Presenters: Dr. Nii Addy & Dorcus Nakachwa

Thursday, November 25, 2021
 

Young Professionals Speaker Series: McGill Desautels African Business Initiative (DABI

McGill students joined in an exclusive conversation with young McGill alumni excelling in their careers. This series was hosted in collaboration with the African Impact Initiative of the University of Toronto and the Africa Awareness Initiative of The University of British Columbia. 

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Friday, November 12 to 19, 2021
 

Africa and Global Geopolitics

Development challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa should concern us all. Continuing the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) - Africa series, the MCLL study group participants will join students, McGill faculty members, and other change-makers from McGill partner organizations involved with African development

Presenters:

  • Prof. Khalid Medani, Chair of African Studies, McGill: Geopolitics and the prospects/challenges for democracy in Africa
  • Dr. Jim de Wilde, President of JdW Strategic Ventures and McGill alum: Global Geopolitical Literacy and engagement with Africa
  • Discussion: The role of McGill in engaging with Africa, Canada, and Global Geopolitics

Wednesday, September 29
 

Inception Workshop on MCF Partnership Research between Ashesi & McGill University

On behalf of the Provost of Ashesi University, Prof Angela Owusu-Ansah, we invite you, an essential stakeholder in the entrepreneurship education ecosystem, to a workshop organized by the Ashesi Team on an MCF-Partnership Research Project between Ashesi University (Ghana) and McGill University (Canada).

Friday, November 5, 2021;


 

Securing Africa’s Free Trade Future: Explore the Vital Role of Youth and Women in AfCFTA

Together with McGill University and the Ghana High Commission in Canada, join The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business  to explore the liberation of the continent’s enormous economic potential, through open markets, enterprise and youth leadership.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021;

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Mastercard Foundation North America Alumni Chapter – Meet and Greet

The North America Alumni Chapter Committee Members hosted its first Meet and Greet in July 2021. The event provided an opportunity for alumni to; (i) Meet Fellow Scholar alumni across partner institutions in Canada or the US; (ii) learned about the Chapter's objectives and how it can foster collaborations and participation in other events and activities.

Thursday, July 29, 2021
 

     

    Technology solutions for education in remote regions with no internet access: Lessons from 60 million girls

     The students of the Max Bell School of Public Policy (MPP) and guests, including from 60 Million Girls discussed how technology is innovatively applied to provide education in remote regions that have no internet access.

    Presenter: Max Bell School of Public Policy (MPP) Students
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
     

    Glimpse at the first decade: University of Ghana Nutrition Research and Training Center (UG-NRTC)

    You are invited to a webinar aimed at sharing and discussing some of the UG-NRTC's activities over the past decade. Ever since July 29, 2010, the UG-NRTC has been a center for nutrition -related research and training in Africa, bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to tackle the complex barriers to optimal nutrition and health. 
    Monday, July 19, 2021
     

    Businesses in policymaking for healthier agri-food systems: Lessons for engaging youth

     The MPP students of the Max Bell School of Public Policy and other McGill students joined the guest speaker from the Système alimentaire montréalais to discuss "Businesses in policymaking for healthier agri-food systems: Lessons for engaging youth"

    Presenters: Système alimentaire montréalais (SAM)
    Friday June 25, 2021:
     

    Challenges and prospects: Policymaking for empowering youth and women in business

    The MPP students of the Max Bell School of Public Policy and other McGill students learned about the experiences of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) & Sight and Life Foundation in addressing challenges and prospects of policymaking for empowering youth and women in business.
    Presenters: The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) & Sight and Life Foundation

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
     

    YCLML Nutrition Research and Education in Africa 

    The inter-generational panel drawn from McGill faculty, alumni, Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Scholars, Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES), and partner organizations in African countries and Canada explored the intersection of mobile learning, nutrition research, and education for improving agri-food and health outcomes in Africa. 

    Presenters: Nii Addy and Brian Webber

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021:

    Webinar on Nutrition-Sensitive Projects

    The Food Engineering Research Group at McGill University invites you to this presentation of a user-friendly and low-cost cost platform that advances better results in nutrition-sensitive value chain projects.

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

     

    The Internship Offices Network (ION) helps you before, during, and after your internship.


    Expert laden workshops full of useful information for internship search, applications, internship itself, and the bridging of your internship to career(s)
    January to April, 2021

    Is a career in agriculture worth it?

    Dr. Emmanuella Ellis, McGill-University of Ghana QEScholar, spoke for McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) Africa Study Group, with Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) & McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project(MFC-TP)
    Friday, April 9, 2021
     

    McGill Desautels Africa Business Initiative (DABI) Seventh Annual Business & Development Conference. 

    DABI Seventh Annual Business Conference's theme of "Post-Disruption: An Era of Reconstruction" brought together students, faculty members, corporate folks, and African business enthusiasts to learn and share ideas around the theme of reconstruction. The conference topics highlighted strides being made within the new age, exemplified by the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

    February 26 and 27, 2021

    McGill African Students Society's (MASS) annual Africa Speaks Conference

    McGill's annual Africa Speaks Conference (ASC) was organized by MASS in partnership with the African Studies Students' Association (ASSA). 2021's ASC theme was "Africa Beyond the Motherland."

    February 19 - 20, 2021

    McGill MCF Transitions Project Joint Session: Host Organizations and Interns

    Stakeholder meeting and discussion on internship project, McGill MCF Transitions Fund, and "Strategies for talent management and career growth" with Kamal Aderibigbe, Associate Vice President HR, BNP Paribas.

    Thursday, January 28, 2021

     

    PowerSkills Career Summit, a 3-day virtual career summit powered by McGill SCS and CATS

    POWER SKILLS 2021 Themes: Resilience, Reinvention, Reskilling

    January 21 - 23, 2021

    Resume 101 & Personas, with RBC Careers and CATS

    Friday, December 11, 2020

     

    McGill Africa Online Session featuring Ghana's High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Ayikoi Otoo

    November 26, 2020

    His Excellency Ayikoi Otoo shared some of his wisdom and experience with McGill Mastercard scholars and alumni around Africa - Canada Cooperation

    Transitions virtual session: "How I found my first job ... and others"

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Panelists, Dr. Tushar Parlikar (Kenya) of Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) and MCF Scholar alumni Justice Marfo (Ghana) and Ernest Habanabakize (Rwanda) shared experiences and strategies for a successful first job search and their career paths

     

     

    Unveiling of McGill MCF Transitions Project
    Friday, June 12, 2020

    The McGill Mastercard Foundation Transitions Project(MCF-TP) team presented opportunities available to MCF scholars and alumni. Focusing on scholars' transition into the workforce for impact. Project components introduced include experiential learning, entrepreneurship, professional development, and mentorship.

     

     

    Implementing Financial Sector Policy Reforms in Africa Webinar

    Friday, May 22, 2020

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