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News Release: The Canadian Council on Social Development announces new partnership with Professor Ann Dale

January 13, 2014 – Peggy Taillon, President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), is pleased to announce a new partnership with Professor Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, Royal Roads University.

Professor Dale brings a wealth of experience as a researcher, educator, acclaimed author and former federal government executive. Noted for her ability to bring about practical solutions, her research in the areas of governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers. Professor Dale has received both national and international recognition for her work. She is devoted to bringing expertise to bear on critical public policy issues, drawing on social capital using innovative on-line technology, such as through her e-Dialogue series.

“We extend a warm welcome to Ann Dale,” said Peggy Taillon. “Ann’s cutting edge work brings to the CCSD the capacity to lead collaborative research through virtual, online collaboratories, extending our ability to implement social development by design.”

Social development by design is a deliberative approach to improved problem understanding and solving. Evidence, collaboration, analysis and solution design are undertaken in open, experimental, physical and virtual spaces known as collaboratories. This approach has the potential to produce outcomes that are innovative and sustainable.

“As a researcher committed to speeding the exploitation of knowledge, I am interested in developing new models of collaborative research,” said Ann Dale. “Online e-collaboratories present a new way of collaborating to produce evidence-based, leading edge social innovations. I am delighted to undertake this work with Canada’s longest serving social development organization, sharing our respective expertise, networks and commitment to sustainable community development.”

Dale uses novel research dissemination tools, such as her YouTube channel, HEADTalks. An active researcher, Dale leads MC3, a climate change adaptation and mitigation research program studying best practices and innovations in community responses throughout British Columbia. Learn more by visiting her personal blog and her Canada Research Chair blog.

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CCSD is a not-for-profit organization that partners and collaborates with all sectors (not-for-profit, philanthropic, government and business) and communities to advance solutions to today’s toughest social challenges. As a neutral, non-partisan, non-governmental and independent organization, the CCSD provides an evidence-based “safe space” that facilitates open and honest dialogue among the many sectors and the public. This safe space leads to innovative and active problem solving to address a wide variety of the issues and challenges we face in our society today.


For more information:

Nancy Shipman
Vice-President, Strategic Communications & Social Media
Canadian Council on Social Development
Direct: 613 762 3795
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Web: www.ccsd.ca

Professor Ann Dale
Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004)
Canada Research Chair
Royal Roads University
School of Environment & Sustainability
Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, B.C., V9B5Y2
Tel: 250. 391-2600, x4117
Fax: 250. 391-2587
www.crcresearch. org


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