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.

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Adapt or Challenge: responding to Precarious Employment from Social Innovation Generation on Vimeo.

Latest blog posts

  • 44% of Toronto’s workforce is now precariously employed. Do we need an official response?

    On June 25th, SiG is hosting a webinar with Sean Geobey of the University of Waterloo, Wingham Rowan, Director of the UK’s Beyond Jobs project, Dr. Wayne Lewchuk, Professor in the School of Labour Studies & Department of Economics, McMaster University and Michelynn Laflèche, Director of Research, Public Policy & Evaluation, … Read More...

    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...

News from the partnership



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

MaRS_logo293CnobgThis year, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is inviting you to apply to design and host a session at the 8th annual Social Finance Forum, on November 12th & 13th, 2015 in Toronto! Submissions are open until 5pm, July 31st, or until they feel they have a great selection to choose from. 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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