Canadian Cleantech Innovation Leaders Partner to Drive Capital Investment into Quebec Cleantech Ventures

Four cleantech innovation leaders have teamed up to tackle cleantech’s access to capital problem. The Quebec Cleantech Investment Challenge, powered by HSBC Bank Canada, aims to increase the flow of capital investment into Quebec-based cleantech ventures, while preparing up-and-coming investors to invest.  The Challenge, delivered by SI Canada, Foresight Canada, Cycle Momentum, and Spring Activator,…

Designing an Impact Economy: The Taskforce on Impact Investing in Peru

Prepared by: Jo Reynolds, SI Canada and Canadian Impact Investment Specialist, Technical Assistance Program, Global Affairs Canada.   This past October 20th – 27th The Taskforce on Impact Investing in Peru with support from the Canadian Embassy, Field Support Service Program, and Global Affairs Canada Technical Assistance Program facilitated a series of strategic engagements towards…

A Dashboard, Two Wheels and Social Impact

Photos provided by The Bike Brigade Written by Angela de Burger   The Adopting Common Measures program is highlighting key social purpose organizations across Canada and showcasing their impact and the progress they are making towards a more sustainable future for Canadians in keeping with Canada’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “We go with the…

Investment Readiness Case Study Windmill Microlending

Author: Sarah Stuewe, Associate Director, Philanthropy, Windmill Microlending This case study is part of a social finance case studies series on investment readiness. Through a partnership with Investment Readiness Program (IRP), SI Canada is working with ten entities (SPOs non-profits, co-operatives, for-profit social enterprises) that have achieved investment readiness and provide them with an opportunity…

Evaluating Social Innovation Prototypes

Photo from Evaluating Social Innovation Prototypes: A Guide. The fourth step in the evaluation process consists of three tasks: Review the Findings, Judge the Merit of the prototype, and Make a Decision about the future of the prototype.   By Mark Cabaj “Evaluating Social Innovation Prototypes: A Guide” is a practical resource for those involved with…

Climate Ventures Merges Into A Partnership Between SI Canada and Foresight

By Barnabe Geis Climate Ventures was opened by the Centre for Social Innovation in September 2018, and has since accelerated 133 early-stage ventures. Our alumni have earned and raised over $169M developing and implementing their climate solutions. A lot has changed since we launched: while we started as a coworking space, our focus rapidly shifted…

Q&A: River Stone Recovery Centre Social Research & Development Field Guide

Photo by River Stone Recovery Centre. A lego prototype of the iOAT room that was used to test the concept and layout with potential therapy participants.   This blog post has been co-authored by Katie Upham (Substance User Network of the Atlantic Region), Sara Davidson (River Stone Recovery Centre), Tiziana Zevallos (All In), and Jules…

SI Canada supports the advancement of Impact Investing in Peru

By: Jo Reynolds, Social Innovation Specialist at Social Innovation Canada   Peru gathers momentum to launch a National Advisory Board on Impact Investing – Offering a vision of how finance and investment can demonstrate value for people and the planet. In 2019, a dedicated group of leaders formed the Taskforce on Impact Investing in Peru…

Creating Change Together

Attendees at the Investment Readiness recipient announcement

Andrea Nemtin, Executive Director of SI Canada, Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby with representatives of the funded organizations    A renewed Investment Readiness Program funds 26 organizations to accelerate social innovation The Centre for Social Innovation and SI Canada were pleased to host…

SI Canada Charts New Course 

Five people work together in an office

Toronto, June 6, 2022 For immediate release   SI Canada Charts New Course  The Centre for Social Innovation, a pioneering social enterprise and Canada’s first coworking space, and the Centre for Social Innovation Institute, a charitable organization and home of the national network of social Innovation institutions and practitioners, have announced the consolidation of their…