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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Greening Cities, Healthy Planet with Geoff Cape – MaRS Global Leadership from MaRS Discovery District on Vimeo.

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News from the partnership



RECODE is asking you—students, faculty, campus leadership—to help them map and understand the connections and opportunities for change in higher education. Your contributions will help indentify a set of waypoints to guide their collective strategic efforts moving forward. More.


November 12-13, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is hosting the 8th annual Social Finance Forum - an opportunity to network and build relationships with leaders in Canada’s diverse social finance sector and to learn about international advancements in the field. 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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