Danielle wears a mask and holds a clipboard and she stands outside closed doors in a professional setting.

Creating Greater Access to Legal Support: My Experiences with the Elizabeth Fry Society

By Danielle Bailey-Heelan What did your Stretch Experience involve? My Stretch Experience was with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northern Alberta (EFRY) where I contributed in various ways. I worked as a Court Worker, triaging individuals through to duty counsel, and providing general information on legal proceedings and support for disadvantaged populations. Early on, my […]

Smiling Mattias poses outside of an Emergency Centre entrance wearing an Alberta Help Services volunteer badge.

Studying and Improving Workplace Culture at a Non-Profit Organization

By Mattias Neset What did your Stretch Experience involve? In my Stretch Experience, I worked on the internal and external culture of Policywise⏤a non-profit organization⏤to help improve productivity and employee motivation, in turn helping to improve services provided to the community at large. I practiced my leadership and learned valuable skills through various projects, including […]

Engaging difference: Where East Africa meets Canada

By Salma Ibrahim Since her much-anticipated online, feature-length publication is not yet released to the public, she shares her latest report here, depicted in a cartoon format that aligns with the project’s creativity. We hope to share the final project when it’s published! Salma’s Stretch Experience was a creative writing endeavour dedicated to engaging difference. […]

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Using AI to try to detect COVID-19 and improve livestock monitoring

By Adam Czarnecki What did your Stretch Experience involve? I worked with Alpha Phenomics, a local company developing livestock monitoring technologies, for my Stretch Experience. The project that they were working on was a system to track individuals in a certain population and accurately predict if they have a virus based on various biometrics. The […]

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Using Interim Leadership to Navigate the Uncertainties of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo derived from MIT Sloan Management Review. By Nicholas Vankka When the state of uncertainty had become far too certain, I, like many, came into the summer of 2020 with no clear vision of what the next four months would look like. My initial Stretch Experience proposals were canceled due to obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, […]

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Leadership Transition in Times of COVID-19

By Maite G. Latorre The importance of leadership transition was never top of mind for me, even after participating in a variety of organizations, clubs and committees that have gone through changes in leadership. But when I started my Stretch Experience with Halford Consulting Inc., a specialized leadership transition organization, the projects I worked on required me to […]