Chairs: Adam Jog, Imagine Canada; Micheal Shier, University of Toronto
CityStudio London: A Partnership Model Working to Support Social Innovation
Leora Swartzman, Western University; Jacob Smith, Fanshawe College; Kinga Koltun, City of London, William Pol, Fanshawe College, Madison Mackenzie Loder, Western University, Mischa Schlemmer, CityStudio London
CityStudio London is an innovative model of community engagement that connects city staff with postsecondary faculty, students and nonprofit organizations in London, Ontario with projects that aim to advance London’s strategic plan to address persistent social and economic community issues. Through partnership engagement results are achieved that support the advancement of city projects, community well-being and helps students build job skills and professional network in London. This presentation brings leaders in this initiative together in a roundtable format to highlight the strengths of the program, showcase successful projects, and identify opportunities for sustainability and replication in other city contexts.