Dr. Benham Rennick is the Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. She is Associate Professor of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics (Policy & Law) and the Faculty of Arts (Global Studies). She is a Fellow of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa and spent three years a Director of Beyond Borders, an interdisciplinary, international internship program at the University of Waterloo where she was responsible for program design, partnership development, and program monitoring and evaluation. Prior to her academic profession, she spent approximately ten years in the field of Information Technology and consulting. Academic publications include Religion in the Ranks (UTPress 2011), The World is my Classroom (UTP 2013) and a number of journal articles and book chapters on international development; immigration, policy and citizenship issues; and social entrepreneurship as a catalyst for systemic change. Her current focus is on capacity building through entrepreneurship and leadership development.
We have employment, co-op and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Numerous interdisciplinary publications and media projects including books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and research reports for government.
[monograph] 2011. Religion in the Ranks: Belief and Religious Experience in the Canadian Forces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 224 pages. Foreword by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire http://www.utppublishing.com/Religion-in-the-Ranks-Belief-and-Religious-Experience-in-the-Canadian-Forces.html
[refereed journal article] 2015. “Learning that Makes a Difference: Pedagogy and Practice for Learning Abroad” in Teaching and Learning Inquiry. 3(2):71-88.
[refereed journal article] 2013. “Canadian Values and Military Operations in the 21st Century” in Armed Forces and Society 39 (3): 511-530.
[refereed journal article] 2011. “Canadian Military Chaplains: Bridging the Gap Between Alienation and Operational Effectiveness in a Pluralistic and Multi-Cultural Context” in Religion, State and Society: A Special Issue on Military Chaplaincy. Eds. Stella Rock and Philip Walters. 39 (March): 93-109.
[media project] 2016, August 3. “Social Innovation and the Serious Business of Play.” Invited guest blog for the RECODE network. http://www.re-code.ca/en/blog/53
[media project] 2015, March 29. “The Class of 2015: Volunteering and the job market.” Invited subject matter expert interview. CBC Radio.
[media project] 2015, March 15. “Entrepreneurship: Not just for business.” Invited subject matter expert blog editorial for Research Matters. http://yourontarioresearch.ca/2015/03/entrepreneurship-not-just-business-anymore/ .
[book chapter] 2016. “From Fragility to Resilience: Social Innovation at the Nexus of Conflict and Development in Africa” in Security, Education, and Development in Contemporary Africa (Izarali, Masakure and Shizha, eds.). New York NY: Routledge.
[edited volume] 2013. The World is my Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education. Joanne Benham Rennick and Michel Desjardins, Eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 256 pages. Foreword by Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger http://www.utppublishing.com/The-World-is-My-Classroom-International-Learning-and-Canadian-Higher-Education.html
[refereed journal article] 2013. “Is Religion a Force for Good? Reformulating the Discourse on Religion and International Development” in Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 34(2): 175-188.
[refereed journal article]2012. “The New Mission Field? International Service Learning in Canadian Universities” in Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education. Eds. Rebecca Tiessen and Marc Epprecht. 2 (1): 91-107.
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