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About – McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.  McGill was founded in 1821 thanks to a generous bequest by James McGill, and since then, we’ve grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and 39,500 students. The University also partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.

Involvement in Le Salon 1861 – Since February 2013, the Office of Research and International Relations at McGill has been strongly involved in the planning of Salon 1861 – a socially responsible project that will protect the architectural heritage of St-Joseph’s Church in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood of Montreal in order to transform it into a wellspring for social and cultural innovation, as well as social entrepreneurship. Several faculties and schools from McGill are involved in this innovative project, including the Faculties of agriculture (located on McGill’s MacDonald Campus), Music, Arts, and Management (the Desautels Faculty of Management along with the schools of urban planning and architecture. Innovative projects like this one create the context for further collaboration between individuals from different institutions and disciplines,  that translates  through the increased (and inclusive) approach to community engagement into the development of new initiatives within the community itself.  These help to enrich students’ experience, leverage research funding and accelerate entrepreneurial activities with community partners.

The Salon 1861 ecosystem will host several projects and event series, led by McGill students or professors including:

  • The Laboratory of Urban Culture: A creative space for artistic and social science collaborations between artists, professors, students and local residents and aimed at creating benefit for the whole community. Led by the McGill Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)
  • The Social Innovators’ Integration Lab (SIIL): A shared observatory and clearing house for social innovation and entrepreneurship, led by MDIIM at the Desautels Faculty of Management
  • Architectural research and sustainable design workshops, led by the McGill’s School of Architecture
  • Urban agriculture and design landscaping workshops, led by Faculty from McGill’s MacDonald Campus