About

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

Our Team

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed

Senior Fellow

Toronto, ON

Maryam’s work centres ‘dialogues of wisdoms’ and explorations around alternate ways of knowing, doing and being to decolonize social innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Daniella Balasal

Program Manager

Brampton, ON 

Daniella is committed to the development of inclusive, livable and resilient communities through fostering creative thinking and partnerships.

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Devon Bond

Operations Manager

Toronto, ON

Devon uses her dynamic set of skills and experiences to bolster SI Canada’s operations and its goal to strengthen its network of social innovators.

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Kathleen Cerrer

Digital Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Winnipeg, MB

Kathleen’s work is focused on creating meaningful change through connection, collaboration and amplifying stories that drive impact.

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Alex Charles

Program Coordinator

Toronto, ON 

From working in communications, education, public service, and the non-profit sector, Alex aims to empower social innovators and communities.
 

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Crystal Fung

Project & Research Coordinator

Toronto, ON 

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.

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Barnabe Geis

Senior Director of Cleantech

Toronto, ON 

With over a decade in the impact venture space, Barnabe is the Senior Director of Cleantech at SI Canada, and the Senior Director of Market Transformation at Foresight Canada. His work is focused on accelerating the development and adoption of Canadian cleantech.
 

Paluck Kohli

Communications, Client Engagement & Impact Coordinator

Toronto, ON 

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.
 

Andrea Nemtin

Acting CEO

Toronto, ON

Andrea’s work connects social innovation practitioners to each other, opportunities and resources to create the change required to put people and planet first.

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Jo Reynolds

Director Business Development & Engagement

Kingston, ON

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.

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Shea Sinnott

Director of Programs, Accelerate from Anywhere

Vancouver, BC

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.
 

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Pam Stein

Interim Executive Assistant

Toronto, ON 

I use my organizational magic wand to assist the executive in achieving the organization’s goals of applying social innovation to solve system-level problems.
 

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Randall Terada

Senior Manager, Adopting Common Measures

Toronto, ON 

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.

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Muska Ulhaq

Director of Programming

Courtice, ON 

Muska is focused on cultivating strong multi-sector partnerships and developing innovative programs that generate positive, social, cultural, and environmental impact. 

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Our Weavers

Kalen Taylor

Executive Director, Purpose Constructions

Winnipeg, MB

Kalen is a social entrepreneur with a focus on tackling tough societal problems through social enterprise and deep community collaboration.

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Mélanie Bisson

Conseillère principale, relations avec l’écosystème 

Montréal, QC

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.

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Barbara (Babs) Weber

Facilitator, ABSI Connect

Fort McMurray, AB

Barbara likes trying to help people understand the different experiences that lead to who we are as humans. She believes understanding leads to action, which breaks barriers and builds equity

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Our Stewardship Group

Diane Roussin

Project Director, The Winnipeg Boldness Project

Winnipeg, MB

ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ Anishinaabe. Skownan 1st Nation. Passionate Community Leader. In pursuit of mino bimaadiziwin (the Good Life).

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Patrick Dube

Executive Director, La Maison de l’innovation sociale

Montréal, QC

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.

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Tonya Surman

CEO, Centre for Social Innovation

Toronto, ON

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.

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Louise Adongo

Executive Director, Inspiring Communities

Halifax, NS

Louise brings care and intention to uncovering the roots of tangled problems; enabling shifts to greater resilience, sustainability and impact. 

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Shawn Smith

Vancouver, BC

Educator, entrepreneur, dad. Building an economy that works for everyone. 

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Jerome Morgan

Calgary, AB

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.

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Kalen Taylor

Executive Director, Purpose Constructions

Winnipeg, MB

Kalen is a social entrepreneur with a focus on tackling tough societal problems through social enterprise and deep community collaboration.

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Our Board

Darcy Riddell (Chair)
BC Program Director, Tide Canada

Michael Alberg-Seberich
Managing Director, Wider Sense

Tim Draimin
Senior Fellow, McConnell Foundation

Amanuel Melles
Director, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (York University) and Principal of Aman Consulting

Noura Kamel
Lead, Impact Team, Mastercard Foundation

Joshua Morry (Secretary)
Associate Tax Lawyer, Torys LLP

Marilyn Struthers
Facilitator, coach and organizational development consultant

Ben Weinlick
Executive Director, Skills Society and founder of Think Jar Collective

Jonathan Yu (Treasurer)
VP Performance Management, Capital Markets Finance at RBC

Social Innovation Canada operates with support from: