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Social Innovation Institute

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11-167A (Roundhouse), Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Taisa Ballantyne, Engagement Strategist

Engagement Strategist, Social Innovation Institute

11-169J, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Taisa Ballantyne is a project management professional and consultant with more than ten years of international experience in corporate/not-for-profit development and campaign organization, client relations, communications strategy, staff and volunteer management and professional development coaching. Taisa holds an MSt in Social Innovation from Cambridge and supports the Institute by activating and training communities of social innovation coaches, prototype teams and purpose-driven entrepreneurs.

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Heather Braid, Academic Lead

Academic Lead, Social Innovation Institute

On Leave

11-169E, Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Heather enjoys learning about the positive impact that people have on the world. She strives to connect these changemakers to each other and to the resources that can help them make a real and lasting difference. Trained as an Environmental Engineer, Heather likes to think about the science behind the issues facing our world, while also digging into how these challenges affect people’s lives. Heather gets some of her most creative ideas while working from the bean bag chairs in Roundhouse.

Leo Wong, Founding Director

Founding Director, Social Innovation Institute
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration
International Business, Marketing and Strategy

PhD (Alberta); B.Com. (Alberta)

5-256F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Leo is the founding director of the Social Innovation Institute and an assistant professor in the School of Business. He graduated with a PhD in Marketing from the University of Alberta. He teaches and researches new business concepts that are aligned with socially responsible thinking and ethical decision-making, working with a generation of students who will shape our sustainable world. He has done applied research with social enterprises, taught undergraduate and graduate business courses related to sustainability and designed courses focused on corporate social responsibility.

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Allard Hall


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