Laurier has appointed alumnus Mike Morrice (BBA and BSc ’08), the founder of Sustainable Waterloo Region and Green Economy Canada, as its Social Entrepreneur in Residence. During his eight-month term, Morrice will support Laurier’s ongoing strategic commitment to social entrepreneurship and social innovation. His term began on Jan. 1.
“In the years since graduating, I’ve been so inspired by the wide mix of Laurier students I’ve met who are working to solve the interconnected social inequities and environmental challenges of our time,” said Morrice. “To now have the opportunity to directly support this next generation of social entrepreneurs as they bring their solutions to life is a dream come true for me.”
In the new part-time role, Morrice will focus his attention in three areas: providing mentorship to students engaged in social entrepreneurship and social innovation; delivering guest lectures and speaking engagements; and building on Laurier’s reputation as a Changemaker Campus.
Laurier’s Changemaker Campus designation was renewed for another three years in November by Ashoka U, a global network that strives to foster a culture of social innovation in higher education. The designation recognizes the university’s commitment to social innovation, a value that is reflected in the university's Strategic Plan and institutional priorities. Morrice has been an Ashoka fellow since 2012.
Morrice founded Sustainable Waterloo Region in 2008 and Green Economy Canada in 2013, both dedicated to helping businesses and organizations reduce their carbon impact. Green Economy Canada now has Green Economy Hubs in seven communities across the country. These hubs help more than 250 businesses set and meet their carbon-emission targets by providing support through networks, resources, training and recognition.