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).

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Latest blog posts

  • Becoming a Wise Traveller

    Are you like me? Do you feel frustrated by the limited impact you and others have had? Do you feel that despite your best efforts, and indeed successes, you have hit a brick wall?

    You may have mounted a fierce advocacy campaign, pioneered a social program, mobilized new funds or even changed a law, but the status quo has barely … Read More...

    Leaning in to Social Innovation

    As the newest member of the SiG team, I am looking at how I can contribute to this space and empower others to do the same. This is my Why time. The Why for social innovation and the people involved can be seen through the rest of the W’s below:
    What is social innovation?
    In accordance with Frances Westley’s definition, a social … Read More...

    What’s the creation story behind every social innovation?

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on The Melting Pot Website.  It has been cross-posted with permission from the author.

    Social innovators are often the disrupters, the ones who swim against the tide and question the status quo.  We may find them uncomfortable and challenging, but these people are also inspiring, … Read More...

News from the partnership


McConnellHigh-ResLogoCMYK-e The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation launches two Social Innovation Fellowships. Deadline to apply is February 28! More.

MaRS_logo293CnobgApplications for the Impact8 Spring 2015 cohort, Work & Learning, are open! The Spring 2015 program targets ventures developing innovations in education and employment. 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 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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