Team

SI Canada is a remote-first team working at a national level in partnership with innovative organizations across Canada.

Photo by Ian Schneider

Core Team

Andrea Nemtin

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.

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.

Brittany Goldhawke

Senior Manager, Earth Tech 2050 | Vancouver, BC

Brittany brings nearly a decade of experience spanning Biotech, Agtech, and working with cleantech startups, all with the goal to fuel innovation and sustainability on a global scale.

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.

Emma Kerr

Operations Manager | Toronto, ON

Emma combines her drive for operational excellence with her passion for social innovation to support SI Canada, its team, and its partners in creating transformational change.

Geraldine Cahill

Director of Engagement | Drayton Valley, AB

Geraldine is driven to counter negativity and doubt with an irresistible invitation to work together to support our communities and our ecosystems to thrive.

Gwen Joy

Managing Director | Toronto, ON

Gwen brings insights from a 20+ year career spanning the non-profit, public, and private sectors, where she's worked alongside community and elected leaders, policymakers, academics, youth, non-profit and corporate leaders to develop organizational capacity to drive social impact and innovation.

Jo Reynolds

Senior Director of Partnerships & Development | 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.

Kathleen Cerrer

Digital Communications & Engagement Specialist

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

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.

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.

Pam Stein

Manager, Executive Office and Special Projects | 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.

Simon Ongom

Director of Finance

Partners

Garth Yule

Strategy and Operations Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement

Valerie Adriaanse

Communications Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement

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.

Board Members

Amanuel Melles

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

Ben Weinlick

Executive Director, Skills Society and founder of Think Jar Collective and Action Lab

Darcy Riddell, PhD (Chair)

Consultant: Nature Conservation and Indigenous-led Economies

Jonathan Yu (Treasurer)

Chief Financial Officer for Fionic Canada Ltd.

Marilyn Struthers

Facilitator, Coach and Organizational Development Consultant

Michael Seberich

Managing Director, Wider Sense

Noura Kamel

MarketShare Associates

Tim Draimin

Senior Fellow, Community Foundations of Canada

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