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, SiG West 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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Latest blog posts

  • The Scaling Imperative

    Today, it is quite common to come across promising social innovations that tackle important sustainability concerns. The excitement around them floods our newsfeeds, seeps into household conversations, and inspires new generations of social entrepreneurs. What is less common, however, is the wider adaptation and scaling of successful … Read More...

    Reframing the Local Food Dilemma

    A Global Perspective
    Getting a handle on complex issues – like food systems - sometimes means looking at the topic from a new perspective. For me, getting a new perspective meant getting out of Canada.
    For a year, I lived and worked in northern Ghana, where I witnessed first hand the influence of 'commodity dumping:' when a country … Read More...

    Microtainer: social innovation & lab links we’re following (March 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 March 2014. In no particular order:
    1. Booklet by Innovation Unit, “10 Ideas for … Read More...

News from the partnership


The cover article of the current (Spring 2014) issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation, cites the Foundation as an exemplary innovation funder. More.


On March 6th, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launches its newest initiative: Community Finance Solutions. Applications are open

wisir_waterlooThe Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, in partnership with Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, launches a six-day executive education program: Innovation Leadership Program. More

SiG WestThe Social Labs Revolution heads to BC April 28 & 29, offering workshops on addressing complex social challenges. BC Partners for Social Impact co-launches hubcapMore

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