We are connecting Canada’s
Social Innovation Ecosystem
A robust, connected, social innovation ecosystem inspires new efforts to illuminate relationships between social innovators, bringing together key parts so they can combine to create a much greater whole.
We are at a powerful tipping point for a social innovation ecosystem in Canada that can lead to widespread social and environmental change. To make this possible, we need to pay greater attention to both the whole and to the parts. We need to create the collaborative infrastructure to connect, support and enable social innovators to maximize the potential for change.
Social Innovation Canada is working to provide the collaborative infrastructure to strengthen Canada’s social innovation ecosystem, empowering people, organizations and systems with the tools, knowledge, skills and connections that they need to solve real and complex problems.
In 2019, we began to build our foundations. Check SI Canada’s first year review and learn more about how the work was structured, what we have learned, and what comes next.
This builds on our strategic roadmap: Introducing Social Innovation Canada / Présentation d’innovation sociale Canada.
To see how we got here, have a look at Findings From The Field.
The SI Canada team consists of a small ‘secretariat’ team at the national/operations level, working in partnership with regional ‘nodes‘ or host partners in various parts of Canada. Each node has a ‘weaver’. These ‘weavers’ are natural networks who are responsible for convening regional gatherings and learning events to revel, share, unlock, and enable people, organization and systems to thrive. They meet regularly and work together to reflect the vibrancy, diversity and knowledge that is emerging from coast to coast to coast
From working in communications, education, public service, and the non-profit sector, Alex aims to empower social innovators and communities.
Gwen brings insights from a 20+ year career spanning the non-profit, public, and private sectors, where she's worked alongside community and elected leaders, policymakers, academics, youth, non-profit and corporate leaders to develop organizational capacity to drive social impact and innovation.
Paluck’s superpowers are building meaningful collaborations and creating synergies through impact tracking. Her work is focused on helping organizations align with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and measure their impact. She comes from a diverse background ranging from business consulting to Food and Beverage industries but found her purpose in social innovation.
Alanna is assisting SI Canada in fulfilling some critical infrastructure and information requirements that will support its development goals. This will involve a synthesis of SI Canada's current body of work, as well as conducting both primary and secondary research across Canada with global comparisons.
Jo collaborates with people in communities and regions across Canada and the globe to address the ways we live and work in order to achieve equity across our social, economic and ecological systems. They provide support with project development, strategy, social finance, impact measurement, social enterprise and building relationships that unlock potential.
Shea is an experienced facilitator and program designer with over a decade of experience in social innovation and environmental advocacy. In her role as Director of Programs, Accelerate from Anywhere, Shea works closely with our partners at Foresight Canada, delivering educational programs and integrating social innovation approaches into cleantech solutions.
Weavers & Stewards
Louise brings care and intention to uncovering the roots of tangled problems; enabling shifts to greater resilience, sustainability and impact.
Porteuse d’une vision ambitieuse pour notre société, Mélanie puise son inspiration dans la diversité des points de vue et la qualité des relations humaines qui mènent à l’ouverture et à l’inclusion.
With his entrepreneur and complex systems mindset, Patrick likes to disrupt status quo and provoke fierce conversations around the role of social innovation in achieving systemic changes by building civil society and people’s capacity.
Jerome Morgan specializes in strategy, human-centred design, organizational development and facilitation. He helps leaders get to better solutions using design thinking and community innovation that is centered on empathy.
My passion has always revolved around facilitating more space making for those who hold marginalized identities.
ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ Anishinaabe. Skownan 1st Nation. Passionate Community Leader. In pursuit of mino bimaadiziwin (the Good Life).
Since 2016, Denise has embedded herself in the Regent Park Community, with a strong focus on building Community Wealth infrastructure at the neighbourhood level.
Tonya is fuelled by her belief in the power of collaboration and belonging. Through multiple organizations, she’s unlocking the social innovation community to get at the root causes of problems.
Kalen is a social entrepreneur with a focus on tackling tough societal problems through social enterprise and deep community collaboration.