Partners

Our partners are activating their communities by mapping local ecosystems, bringing people together, and building their capacity. They help to signpost and navigate the social innovation landscape across Canada and build bridges between local, regional and national communities. If your organization would like to become a partner, get in touch with us.

Thank you to the Partners who have supported our work and collaborate on projects.

Developing community-driven standards for flexible, shareable impact measurement that centres the needs of social purpose organizations.

Accelerating the development and adoption of game-changing Canadian climate solutions to reach net zero.

Partners

Garth Yule

Strategy and Operations Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement

Valerie Adriaanse

Communications Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement

Social Innovation Canada operates with support from:

About Our Founding Organizations

SI Canada began its journey guided by six nodes who inspired and informed our development. We continue to amplify their work, engage in collaborative projects and weave connections between them. We thank them for their wisdom and ongoing leadership.

RADIUS

RADIUS builds programs to collaboratively develop, test, and accelerate innovative responses to tough social problems. Drawing on this leading edge work, we also offer training, events and educational opportunities to build collective capacity to respond to the challenges of our time.

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ABSI Connect

ABSI Connect seeks to bridge and amplify social, economic and ecological impact initiatives that are successfully challenging the status quo in Alberta, to transform the way we address our province’s most complex challenges.

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Social Enterprise Centre (SEC)

Since 2012, like minded organizations have been working along side each other in a renovated warehouse in North Point Douglas. We like to think of this space as an ecosystem. While each tenant is focused on their own mission, we all support each other, creating a strong network of organizations working together to affect change in Manitoba.

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The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) aspires to be the best place on earth to be a social innovator. Period. We offer coworking, community and acceleration services to people who are changing the world. Members get special rates on meeting and event spaces, promotional opportunities, networking and community, free consultations with experts, access to capital, and much more.

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Inspiring Communities

We tackle tough social problems by bringing together residents, governments, community organizations, and businesses in a way that honours their unique perspectives and valuable contributions. Despite many efforts to address systemic issues facing Nova Scotia, we know we can do better—by capitalizing on our collective strength and working cooperatively with respect, trust and transparency. This is what Inspiring Communities is all about.

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MIS

Organisme à but non lucratif localisé à Montréal, la MIS est une force vive et un levier déterminant dans l’émergence et le développement de projets à fort impact social positif en milieu urbain, auprès de collectifs citoyens, d’organisations gouvernementales, d’universités et du milieu entrepreneurial. Œuvrant à l’échelle québécoise, elle accompagne des leaders de projets de société sur le plan du développement social et environnemental.

A not-for-profit organization located in Montréal, the MIS is an important player in Québec’s social innovation ecosystem and a decisive lever in the emergence and development of projects with a strong positive social impact, among citizen collectives and government organizations, universities and the entrepreneurial community. 

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Weavers & Stewards

Claire Okatch

Knowledge and Engagement Lead

My passion has always revolved around facilitating more space making for those who hold marginalized identities.

Denise Soueidan-O’Leary

Director of Community Wealth Strategy, and Special Projects | Toronto, ON

Since 2016, Denise has embedded herself in the Regent Park Community, with a strong focus on building Community Wealth infrastructure at the neighbourhood level.

Diane Roussin - SI Canada weaver in Manitoba

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).

Jerome Morgan

Senior Innovation Manager for Clinical and Social Innovation | 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.

Jocelyn Li

Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships Lead, Inspiring Communities

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.

Leah Sanford

Associate Director, Education & Training, RADIUS | Vancouver, BC

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.

Mélanie Bisson - SI Canada weaver in Quebec

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.

Patrick Dube - SI Canada weaver iin Quebec

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.

Shawn Smith

Vancouver, BC

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

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.