Welcome to the Community Ideas Factory

The Community Ideas Factory is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded collaborative research project that blends the principles of Community-Based Research with the tools of Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) to develop fundable ‘social innovations’ for philanthropy; solutions… Read More


The project is conceived of in two phases:  Phase 1: Gathering of background knowledge A literature review is conducted to identify best practices in social innovation in the target sector. Data is then gathered in order to garner… Read More

Research & Reports

Sector: Housing Type of data collection: Focus groups When: October 13, 2016 Description: In October 2016, fifty individuals working within the housing community in the Halton Region participated in six focus groups to discuss the major issues and gaps… Read More

CIF Team Members

Co-investigators Dr. Michael McNamara, Project Director & Professor, Sheridan College. michael.mcnamara@sheridancollege.ca Dr. Sara Cumming, Co-Principal Investigator & Professor, Sheridan College. sara.cumming@sheridancollege.ca Sarah McPherson, Director, Communications and Development, the Oakville Community Foundation Collaborators Dr. Patrice Esson, Sheridan College Dr. Kirsten Madsen, Sheridan College… Read More

CIF News

Conferences Upcoming: Creative Problem Solving and Applied Sociology Workshop American Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, October 4-8, 2017. Michael J.M. McNamara and Sara J. Cumming http://www.aacsnet.net/2017-conference-use-sociology/   Community Ideas Factory: Exploring Community Collaborations to… Read More

Contact Us and Stay Connected

Email: Angela Di Nello, Project Coordinator, angela.dinello@sheridancollege.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/@communityideasc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/communityideasc/

Welcome to the Winter 2017 Issue of Alchemy

From the Dean’s Office

As we wrap up another packed and productive semester, we are grateful that Alchemy is here to keep track of the many research and creative activities, community engagement initiatives, student accomplishments and serendipitous teaching and learning moments enjoyed… Read More

FHASS at Sheridan Creates

Once again, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences found itself front-and-centre on March 1, 2017 at Sheridan Creates, the second annual Conference of Scholars, Creators, and Innovators at Sheridan’s HMC campus. Making up more than one third… Read More

Meet Prof. Marcus Freeman, Pre-Health Sciences

My journey to Sheridan College has followed some interesting twists and turns.  I knew, as a high-school student, I was going to be a marine biologist. I took up SCUBA diving, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marine… Read More