Social Innovation Hub - Allard Hall

Innovation Institute

Community and campus, stakeholders and students—together we can change the world. If you are an individual, organization, government department or business with an idea you’d like to explore or a challenge you’d like to address, talk to us.

At the MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute, we connect you with experts and innovators who support your commitment to positive change. We convene events that encourage social innovation and collaboration, bring together community partners for learning and research and host social labs where prototype solutions are developed. Let us introduce you to the students, faculty and other changemakers who have the expertise and creativity to move your ideas forward.

Better together

Social innovation, social labs, social entrepreneurs—these are exciting times for people who want to influence the world in positive ways. Here are a few examples of the types of projects we support:

  • A new university graduate has the seed of an idea for a tech start-up, but wants to make sure it is a sustainable, socially responsible enterprise.

  • A group of neighbours who sponsored a refugee family wants to support these new Canadians in getting a business idea off the ground.

  • An arts organization wants to showcase the creativity of youth in the community while raising funds to support their operations.

Contact us with your idea today. Tell us what you're thinking. Discover what we can do together.

Social Innovation Institute


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

Leo Wong
Founding Director, Social Innovation Institute

Heather Braid
Academic Lead, Social Innovation Institute

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Changemakers meet here

Meeting rooms, co-working offices and conference space. A marketplace, break-out rooms and team-building zones. Social innovators from around the province gather at Roundhouse, sharing ideas and expertise that move their vision forward.


An academic perspective—whether it’s from statistics, nursing, computer science, design or any other area of the university—adds value for both the organizations we are serving and our students.
— Leo Wong, founding director, Social Innovation Institute