SiG aims to foster a culture of continuous social innovation

We are a collaborative partnership of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, PLAN Institute and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR).

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    Visit our SiG Knowledge Hub; a website designed to provide learning resources about creating conditions for social innovation.


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Latest blog posts

  • Seeing the patterns in our work for systems change

    There was a strong sense that our Canadian Inspiring Action Series event on May 12 would be special.

    We had yet to host Al Etmanski in Toronto, but he has been a close colleague for years. Alongside Vickie Cammack, Al began an exploration into Canada's social innovation ecosystem before SiG was launched in 2007. This scoping work, … Read More...

    Order of Canada honours Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack

    For immediate release
    May 8, 2015
    Order of Canada honours social innovators Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack for dedication to fostering communities of care and belonging across Canada

    Announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, today British Columbians, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack will be appointed to the … Read More...

    Doing Good Better: Upping Canada’s Game with an R&D Engine

    Canadians take great pride in our history of innovating for the public good. Today there are a wide range of people, projects, networks, and organizations working in the social impact space across diverse sectors - ranging from enterprises and social service agencies to schools and community foundations.

    Innovations such as The …

News from the partnership



The Foundation announces two new initiatives: the Child and Youth Wellbeing Initiative and the {Re}conciliation: Innovative Arts Partnership. These unique programs centre on collaboration and co-producing new opportunities and expressions for change. More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgImpactOntario is back! On May 25th, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is hosting the 2nd ImpactOntario, a landmark conference that brings world-changing Ontario ventures together with world-leading investors and intermediaries. More.

wisir_waterlooThe Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience and The Banff Centre announce a Social Innovation Residency with the support of Suncor Energy Foundation. The Residency takes place June 21 – July 19, 2015. More.

PLAN for websitePLAN co-founder Al Etmanski ’unlaunches’ his new book, Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation. The book can be purchased 2-for-1 throughout the month of May to celebrate. More.

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