Archive for August, 2013

The Giant Colon visits Sherbrooke

The Giant Colon Tour made a 3 day stop from August 9th to 10th at The Carrefour de L’Estrie in the beautiful city of Sherbrooke, Quebec. The people from the Sherbrooke region were extremely gracious hosts and close to 7,000 of them passed through our fabulous 40 foot long interactive awareness exhibit. Since the Canada Games were also taking place during our stay, there were numerous out of town and out of province visitors.

Special thanks to Francine Chenard and Sophie Breault from the Carrefour de l’Estrie, Nathalie Guay and Pierre-Étienne Fillion from the CHUS laboratory and Gordon Lambie from The Record.

Our fabulous volunteers Hugo Douville and Jeannette Pane joined CCAC staffers David Black and Frank Pitman to make the Sherbrooke stop one of the most successful this year.

In the Name of the Father – Chris McGrath to Run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon This Fall

This year, close to 24-thousand Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. George McGrath, 56, is among them. Diagnosed in June, he just started chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In the meantime, his 25-year-old son Chris, is using social media combined with his networking skills to lift his father’s spirits, all the while training to run in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this fall in his father’s honour.

“I was able to wrangle up four friends who would like to do (the run) with me as well and they’re all really close with my dad too so it’s kind of taken off from there,” Mr. McGrath says.
The group — including Mr. McGrath, Dana Liddell, David Rostek, Matthew Rostek and Kevin Huinink — has already raised more than $3,000 within a few days and is aiming for a total of $10,000.

Help support Chris McGrath for the CCAC.

University of Ottawa Imagination Session

A team of volunteer student consultants from the Telfer School of Management’s MBA program is currently working with the CCAC to develop new event ideas and provide the framework in which the event will be successful and sustainable. To that end, an Imagination Session was held on July 24th at the Telfer School of Management on the University of Ottawa’s main campus. A total of 16 students participated in the event. Seven different faculties were represented at the event; Arts, Common Law, Civil Law, Engineering, Management, Medicine, and Science. 61 original ideas were generated at this morning-long session.

The structure of the Imagination Session was developed based on the study of research carried out by academics and practitioners. A number of subtle nuances were critical for the event’s success. While the group should not be too large or too small, there should also be an open flow of ideas. However, too open of a setting can prove intimidating for some participants, so there should be clear guidelines but they should not be restrictively specific. In this context, the structure of the event was developed.

The event started with an introductory presentation, necessary for providing the background and context in which the session fits. The background information included a presentation of CCAC as well as an overview of colorectal cancer. Idea information was then provided, including other events currently run by CCAC as well as the full range of creative to traditional events currently held in Canada. Finally, the session agenda was presented, with a strict timeline and objectives, and session rules were provided.

Small groups of four participants developed original ideas, while a designated scribe recorded the ideas on poster board. After 15 minutes of brainstorming, the scribes switched groups and presented the ideas generated by the previous group. These existing ideas were then built on by the new group and used as inspiration for new ideas. This process continued until the scribes had rotated amongst all groups. This structure allowed ideas to flow freely through the use of smaller groups, but also allowed all participants’ ideas to influence and inspire other ideas by having scribes that switched groups.

The ideas, frameworks for success, performance management techniques, as well as high-level implementation plans will be presented to the CCAC in the consultants’ final report, to be delivered and presented by mid-August.

Written by Guest Blogger:
Vincenzo Sposato
JD/MBA Candidate 2014 (uOttawa)