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).

In Memoriam

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We invite you to visit our tribute page to our dear friend and colleague, Brenda Zimmerman.

We also encourage you to leave your own thoughts and memories in the comments there.

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

Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change – MaRS Global Leadership from MaRS Discovery District on Vimeo.

Latest blog posts

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

    Curator's note:
    From 2015, I will be handing over the creation of the monthly Microtainers to Terrie of the MaRS Solutions Lab. Terrie is extremely plugged in to all things design x social innovation and a natural fit for this bloggette. It has been an absolute pleasure to curate these lists ~ thank you for your readership and … Read More...

    Experiencing the shock of the possible in uncertain times…

    SiG Note: This article is cross-posted from MaRS Discovery District, with permission from the authors. 

    Indeed these are uncertain times that we live in… — Stephen Huddart
    Speaking to an over-200-person audience at MaRS Discovery District on November 24, Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, … Read More...

    Greater impact through youth collaboration

    Today marks the launch of a new program to foster youth collective impact initiatives in local communities throughout the province.

    Youth CI will support Collective Impact approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth in communities across Ontario. This new program is delivered by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Innoweave … Read More...

News from the partnership

McConnellHigh-ResLogoCMYK-e The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation launches a blog; President and CEO, Stephen Huddart, speaks on ‘Philanthropy in Uncertain Times;’ and two new collaborations take flight: Possible Canadas & Youth CIMore.
MaRS_logo293Cnobg MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada announce a national impact venture fund with $1 million in seed capital from Virgin Unite Canada and the Mindset Foundation. The fund will be managed by MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. More.
wisir_waterloo The 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 websiteStarting January 2015, B.C. will become the first province to ensure people receiving disability assistance will be able to calculate their earnings on an annual basis instead of monthly, reducing barriers to employment. More.
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