Introducing Social Innovation Canada
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.
Social Innovation Canada
Thought and practice leader in the human-centred future of work. Combines her background in design, community-building, and radically collaborative organizations into a drive to create a world where (all) life can thrive.
Coordonnatrice des relations avec l’écosystème d’innovation sociale, MIS
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.
Jonathan is a proud member of Norway House Cree Nation, a war vet, and has lived experience in our criminal justice system. He works towards hope and healing in the justice system through traditional Indigenous approaches to restorative justice.
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.
Director of Social Innovation Canada – Toronto, ON
What unites these practitioners is the shared desire to bring a systems lens to their work so that they can achieve a real and substantive impact in the world.
Shayna Rector Bleeker
Program Manager – Vancouver, BC
As program manager I help social innovators in Canada find the people, resources and knowledge they need – creating a stronger ecosystem.
Community Engagement Weaver – Vancouver, BC
My role to connect those who are innovating for survival, those who are innovating for progress, and those who don’t yet know they’re innovating.