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 Inspiring Action video

The Culture, Passion and How of Social Innovation from Social Innovation Generation on Vimeo.

Visit our Tour page to learn more about the visit of Carolyn Curtis and Ingrid Burkett. In the coming weeks, we shall post more video and a thought piece about the opportunities the tour revealed for social innovation in Canada.

Latest blog posts

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    Making Indigenous histories and futures visible

    The YVR Art Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1993 by the Vancouver Airport Authority to foster the development and enhancement of BC First Nations art and artists. The … Read More...

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    On wattle trees and maple leaves

    In two days from now, I fly out to Vancouver to begin a whirlwind tour with two of the brightest Australian social innovation leaders. I dare say, two of the brightest social innovation leaders, … Read More...

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    What I’m Learning from the SDX

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on the ABSI Connect website.  It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.  Twelve months ago, I wandered into the world of … Read More...

News from the partnership



The Foundation’s inaugural Civic Innovation Awards program, launched last fall as part of the Foundation’s Cities for People and RECODE initiatives, awards grants of $10K to $30K to seven projects across Canada that showcase innovative collaborations between cities and post-secondary institutions. More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgMaRS Solutions Lab publishes “Shifting Perspectives: Redesigning Regulation for the Sharing Economy,” a report from the Sharing Economy Public Design project, a partnership between MaRS Solutions Lab, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto. More.

wisir_waterlooThe Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience launches two seminal resources – the comprehensive Social Innovation Lab Guide and Social Innovation for Complex Problems, a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). More.

PLAN for websitePLAN co-founder Al Etmanski hosts the world’s first six-part Bookinar learning series with PLAN Institute, Tamarack, SiG National, ABCD Institute, BCPSI and Ashoka. Explore in-depth the six patterns to spread your social innovation featured in Al’s book: IMPACTMore.

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