Uniting Practitioners

Coming Together for the Social Innovation Ecosystem in Canada

Why It Matters

Social Innovation Canada is a new entity with a mission to connect and enable practitioners. It builds upon the legacy work of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and other actors. Given the Government of Canada’s renewed focus, we asked Chi Nguyen, Director, Social Innovation Canada, about what practitioners can expect in 2019.

How has the social innovation landscape evolved in Canada in the past five years?

The sector has matured. We have a new generational cohort who think of this more as a vocation and professional calling, but who also want purpose and meaning in their lives. We have people working at a grassroots or localized level, and we have so much to learn from each other, but we have the challenge of dealing with a country that is so big and the need to bridge across that vastness. To tackle the hairy, messy problems, we need to all be on board. It’s about finding ways to work across sectors and with different players.

What issues for practitioners will you address at SI Canada?

I am often inspired by the work of strong Canadian feminists who have been amazing at creating the connective tissue for this country. For example, the Canadian Women’s Health Network, which emerged in the earl

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