Max's Big Ride - Social Innovation Project

Max's Big Ride. A group of students collaborating on a project.

Quick Links:

Max's Big Ride began in 2015 with a father and son 600 km cargo bike ride from Ottawa to Hamilton. Since then, they have expanded their fundraising efforts and each summer hold three events - Max's Big RideThe Ice Cream Ride and Max's Big Climb.  The organization has two goals - to increase awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy and to raise money for research into a cure. 

Learn more about Max's Big Ride here!

The Challenge(s)


Max's Big Ride became a registered charitable not-for-profit in April 2019 and are looking to become a full-fledged charity in 2020. We are looking to expand our reach and activities with the limited resources we have at our disposal.

Project Idea 1:

Max’s Big Ride will be creating and filming a short documentary that follows a family as they host a fundraising event to help end Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We will organize a panel of experts to coach the family through the process from beginning to end. The project will also include downloadable information and templates to help others run their own events

Project Idea 2:

Help us plan a day of action for Rare Disease Day on February 29th, 2020. One in twelve Canadian is affected by a rare disease and yet Canada is the only industrialized nation without a framwork for rare disease. Help us plan a powerful, fun, and interactive day of action to mark rare Disease Day. 

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on October 26th, we are looking for a team of UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing. The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 


Each Social Innovation Project opportunity relates to a theme. The theme(s) for this project include: Health Related.

Registration is now closed for 2019-2020 projects

There are a few steps before you can officially register for your project, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the mandatory online Volunteer Training module in Quercus. 
  2. Complete the registration form by Thursday October 24th by noon. (Register here)
  3. You will receive an e-mail confirming your spot in your project by October 24th.
  4. We'll see you on Saturday October 26th from 10am-4pm where you will meet your team, connect with your Communtiy Organization, and kick-off your project!


For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

Back to the top of page