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

  • How Startups are Prototyping The Future of Business on Fogo Island

    Uncovering the keys to resilience in one of Canada’s oldest communities
    A social entrepreneur, an artist, and a fisherman walk into a bar. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s not. These days, collaborations are vital to mesh old ways of knowing with new ways of business – one that holds community resilience and prosperity … Read More...

    Talking ’bout my generation

    Decelerating is by definition, slowing down. That’s a prerequisite on Wasan Island; a beautiful cabin retreat in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario owned by the Breuninger Foundation, a German non-profit organization.

    Great thinkers, from Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics winner, Daniel Kahneman, to Ashoka Fellow and author, Al Etmanski, … Read More...

    Systems Mapping

    SiG Note: This article was originally published on July 7, 2015 on the RECODE Blog. It has been cross-posted with permission from RECODE. 

    Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of working with Intel on systems mapping, which involves crowdsourcing information gathered through their meticulously designed surveys and then … Read More...

News from the partnership



The Foundation releases Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems identifying major challenges in the Canadian food system that are being overcome, or still need to be overcome, to provide more local and sustainable food. 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 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 shares his greatest lessons and stories from 10 years of studying Canadian social innovation in an interview with the Vancouver Sun. Number 1? Ordinary people are an untapped force for social change. More.

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