Posts Tagged ‘Social Innovation Generation’

Order of Canada honours social innovators Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack


MAY 8 2015

Order of Canada honours social innovators Al Etmanski and  Vickie Cammack for dedication to fostering communities of care and belonging across Canada



Announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, today British Columbians, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack will be appointed to the Order of Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa.


Al and Vickie founded the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) in 1989 as a family-led organization to secure a better future for people living with disabilities. Since that time, they have been instrumental in numerous social innovations, both locally and nationally. Perhaps most notable among their achievements is the development of the Registered Disability Savings Plan, which was championed into being by the late Canadian Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty. Now an internationally replicated financial instrument, it follows their work with PLAN, working to secure financial independence for people living with a disability well into older age.


Reflections on CKX

Social Innovation Generation’s Kelsey Spitz shares her reflections on the November 19th Community Knowledge Exchange Summit. Read the post here.

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Philanthropy for Uncertain Times

In the blog post Experiencing the shock of the possible in uncertain times, Social Innovation Generation’s Tim Draimin and Kelsey Spitz share their reflections on the MaRS Global Leadership talk, Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change featuring Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart.

A video of the talk is also available here.

Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change

MaRS-GLOn November 24 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, join Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart for the MaRS Global Leadership talk, Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change.

Sharing the Foundation’s experience in the field of social innovation, as a funder, investor, and founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG), Stephen will discuss what the Foundation has learned from successes and failures, and explore the potential of social innovation to contribute to an evolutionary shift in society’s capacity to adapt in the face of complex challenges.

Learn more about the event.

SIX Vancouver 2014 Report

SIXreportShifting Cultures, Changing Systems, Preparing for Surprise: SIX Vancouver 2014 Reportcovers the Vancouver event that brought together leading social innovation thinkers, practitioners, grassroots activists, and policy makers from around the world to explore key developments in the field of social innovation. Social Innovation Generation was a co-sponsor.

Read the report.

Cities for People Events

Cities for PeopleExploring the Cities We Want and How to Get There 

On November 12 at Ryerson University in Toronto, take part in the free public keynote, Exploring the Cities We Want and How to Get There, which begins the 2014 Cities for People Forum and features presentations and a discussion with internationally-renowned thinkers Jan Gehl and Sasha Issenberg.

Learn more.

Social Innovation and Resilience in Cities

Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation are launching a new online series, Social Innovation and Resilience in Cities,to examine the critical issues affecting our built environment and our lived experience in urban spaces.

A webinar with Enabling City author, Chiara Camponeschi launches the series on September 30. To register, or learn more about the series, click here.

New report from SiG

Social Innovation Generation (SiG), in collaboration with KPMGVolans, and MaRS, recently published Breaking Through: How Corporate Social Innovation Creates Business Opportunity. The report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges on our plate.

For the full report, or to learn more about Corporate Social Innovation, click here.

Partnership Brokers Training

From April 8-12 in Toronto, the UK Partnership Brokers Association, in collaboration with SiG, will host a four-day Partnership Brokers Training for practitioners in multi-stakeholder partnerships. Established in 2003, the globally recognized Partnership Brokers Training builds practical skills and practices necessary to address complex challenges in the partnering process at all phases of a partnership’s life cycle.

Click here to learn more.

Social Innovation Generation (SiG)

On February 21 in Toronto, Frances Westley—the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo—was the MaRS Global Leadership speaker on the topic of Social Innovation Labs. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Westley is developing a new guide to hosting such labs, due for release later this year.

At the same event, Foundation President Stephen Huddart launched the SiG Knowledge Hub—a collection of social innovation-themed resources and materials, including a catchy motion graphic that answers the question: ‘What is Social Innovation?’ Learn more at

Innovation, Austerity’s Grandchild

SiG Senior Advisor and former Foundation President Tim Brodhead was recently published in the quarterly journal, The Philanthropist. The article, Innovation, Austerity’s Grandchild, addresses how social finance is creating space for innovation, resulting in a new narrative that underscores the critical contribution of the community sector to tackling complex challenges facing Canadian society.

Read the full article here.