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).

Engaged learning


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


    Innoweave helps community organizations learn about and implement new approaches to generate impact, more quickly, and at less cost.

Watch our latest video: Social Innovation Canada

Social Innovation Week Canada 2014 from Social Innovation Generation on Vimeo

Latest blog posts

  • A cup of sugar

    In a September Globe and Mail article, Doug Saunders compiled "Five schools of thought about where the world may be headed next." It is a thoughtful and robust analysis that includes scenarios as dire as wholesale climate panic to the beginnings of a new Cold War. The focus is on power -- emerging or declining, shifting allegiances, the … Read More...

    Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo – Seeding a Social Innovation Ecosystem

    Can a cross-sector partnership, that bridges the gaps between corporate, academic, public and social profit entities -- with their different cultures, values and perspectives -- foster a lasting ecosystem of social innovation in a region known internationally for its reliance on oil extraction?

    This was an unusual partnership in an …

    Microtainer: social innovation & lab links we’re following (October 2014)

    This mini blog, or bloggette, is part of our ongoing effort to spread information that we think will be interesting, insightful and useful to lab practitioners and the lab-curious. Below is a collection of resources that crossed our desks over the month of October 2014. Enjoy!
    1. Video of Christian …

News from the partnership

McConnellHigh-ResLogoCMYK-e RECODE officially launched! RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change. More.
MaRS_logo293Cnobg MaRS Centre for Impact Investing announces the second Community Finance Solutions cohort.  More. B1x16ATIgAA6b-5
wisir_waterloo Frances Westley, Nino Antadze, Darcy J. Riddell, Kirsten Robinson and Sean Geobey publish “Five Configurations for Scaling Up Social Innovation: Case Examples of Nonprofit Organizations From Canada.” More
PLAN for websiteNovember is Financial Literacy Month in Canada and PLAN launches a new (free) RDSP CalculatorMore.
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