University-based initiatives to support entrepreneurship. The case for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

In looking for new ways to cater to the needs expressed by industry to foster innovation and bridge the skills gap, universities are starting to look at cross-disciplinary approaches that increasingly draw on knowledge and expertise in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The panel will bring different perspectives on an answer to the question: How can the Social Science and Humanities support inclusive success in small business and entrepreneurship by developing talent, partnerships and new interdisciplinary programming that leverage social science and humanities disciplines.

The/La Collaborative organised a panel on the topic at the 2020 Annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship on 17 October. The participants included:

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management & Director, Diversity Institute

Dr. Sandra Lapointe, Professor of Philosophy and Director of The/La Collaborative at McMaster University

Zeeshan Hamid, CEO Campaign Raven & Councillor Ward 4, Municipality of Milton

Dr. Leonard Waverman, Dean, De Groote School of Business, McMaster University

Dr. Lauren McNamara, Founder of The Recess Project, Ashoka Fellow