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.
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
Project & Research Coordinator
Crystal is committed to utilizing systems centred approaches to untangling and understanding complex challenges. Her work involves collaborating with stakeholders and partners to map, visualize and communicate complex systems as well as find and develop the best tools and strategies needed to create lasting equitable systemic impact.
Senior Director of Cleantech
Communications, Client Engagement & Impact Coordinator
Director Business Development & Engagement
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.
Director of Programs, Accelerate from Anywhere
Senior Manager, Adopting Common Measures
Randall seeks to overturn convention and move the needle on innovative projects, starting with supporting social purpose organizations to align their work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and track the impact they’re making.
Conseillère principale, relations avec l’écosystème
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.
Our Stewardship Group
Executive Director, La Maison de l’innovation sociale
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.
Darcy Riddell (Chair)
BC Program Director, Tide Canada
Managing Director, Wider Sense
Senior Fellow, McConnell Foundation
Director, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (York University) and Principal of Aman Consulting
Lead, Impact Team, Mastercard Foundation
Joshua Morry (Secretary)
Associate Tax Lawyer, Torys LLP
Facilitator, coach and organizational development consultant
Executive Director, Skills Society and founder of Think Jar Collective
Jonathan Yu (Treasurer)
VP Performance Management, Capital Markets Finance at RBC