About

We are connecting Canada’s
Social Innovation Ecosystem

A robust, connected, social innovation ecosystem inspires new efforts to illuminate relationships between social innovators, bringing together key parts so they can combine to create a much greater whole.

We are at a powerful tipping point for a social innovation ecosystem in Canada that can lead to widespread social and environmental change. To make this possible, we need to pay greater attention to both the whole and to the parts. We need to create the collaborative infrastructure to connect, support and enable social innovators to maximize the potential for change.

Social Innovation Canada is working to provide the collaborative infrastructure to strengthen Canada’s social innovation ecosystem, empowering people, organizations and systems with the tools, knowledge, skills and connections that they need to solve real and complex problems.

In 2019, we began to build our foundations. Check SI Canada’s first year review and learn more about how the work was structured, what we have learned, and what comes next.

This builds on our strategic roadmap: Introducing Social Innovation Canada / Présentation d’innovation sociale Canada.

To see how we got here, have a look at Findings From The Field.

The SI Canada team consists of a small ‘secretariat’ team at the national/operations level, working in partnership with regional ‘nodes‘ or host partners in various parts of Canada. Each node has a ‘weaver’. These ‘weavers’ are natural networks who are responsible for convening regional gatherings and learning events to revel, share, unlock, and enable people, organization and systems to thrive. They meet regularly and work together to reflect the vibrancy, diversity and knowledge that is emerging from coast to coast to coast.

Our team

Chloe Waretini

Digital Strategist,
Social Innovation Canada 

Montreal, QC

Thought and practice leader in the human-centred future of work. Combines her background in design, community-building, and radically collaborative organizations into a drive to create a world where (all) life can thrive.

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Joshua Cubista

Dean, Social Innovation Institute 

Toronto, ON


Experiential designer and facilitator. Co-creating learning pathways for social innovation and systems change.

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Our weavers

Kalen Taylor

Executive Director, Purpose Constructions

Winnipeg, MB

Kalen is a social entrepreneur with a focus on tackling tough societal problems through social enterprise and deep community collaboration.

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Jo Reynolds

Director of Social Enterprise, Centre for Social Innovation

Kingston, ON

Jo works to build bridges that create meaningful connections so that good ideas that put people and planet first can flourish.

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Mélanie Bisson

Coordonnatrice des relations avec l’écosystème d’innovation sociale, MIS

Montréal, QC

Porteuse d’une vision ambitieuse pour notre société, Mélanie puise son inspiration dans la diversité des points de vue et la qualité des relations humaines qui mènent à l’ouverture et à l’inclusion.

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Laura Gaaysiigad Cuthbert

BC Regional Weaver, RADIUS SFU

Vancouver, BC

Laura builds movements that challenge systems. She values reciprocity, community, and connection above all else.

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Jonathan Meikle

Winnipeg, MB

Jonathan is a proud member of Norway House Cree Nation, a war vet, and has lived experience in our criminal justice system. He works towards hope and healing in the justice system through traditional Indigenous approaches to restorative justice. 

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Elise Martinoski

Information Designer, ABSI Connect

Calgary, AB

Elise utilizes the design thinking process to make sure communication is clear and consistent for change makers that ABSI Connect works with.

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Our stewardship group

Diane Roussin

Project Director, The Winnipeg Boldness Project

Winnipeg, MB

ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ Anishinaabe. Skownan 1st Nation. Passionate Community Leader. In pursuit of mino bimaadiziwin (the Good Life).

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Patrick Dube

Executive Director, La Maison de l’innovation sociale

Montréal, QC

With his entrepreneur and complex systems mindset, Patrick likes to disrupt status quo and provoke fierce conversations around the role of social innovation in achieving systemic changes by building civil society and people’s capacity.

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Tonya Surman

CEO, Centre for Social Innovation

Toronto, ON

Tonya is fuelled by her belief in the power of collaboration and belonging. Through multiple organizations, she’s unlocking the social innovation community to get at the root causes of problems.

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Naomi Mahaffy

Facilitator, ABSI Connect

Edmonton, AB

Naomi believes we can become better changemakers together if we connect, celebrate, and support those creating and testing new ways of addressing society’s most pressing problems.

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Art Ladd

Executive Director, BUILD Inc. and President, Social Enterprise Centre

Winnipeg, MB

A catalytic leader and open systems thinker, Art is passionate about empowering communities to create their own innovative solutions to the most wicked policy problems facing society.

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Annika Voltan

Executive Director, Inspiring Communities

Halifax, NS

Annika works with multiple stakeholders to develop partnerships and identify opportunities to maximize social impact. She is dedicated to breaking down barriers and creating equal opportunities for all.

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Shawn Smith

Vancouver, BC

Educator, entrepreneur, dad. Building an economy that works for everyone. 

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Social Innovation Canada operates with support from: