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.
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
Founding Director, Social Innovation Institute
PhD (Alberta); B.Com. (Alberta)
5-256F, City Centre Campus10700 - 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3269
11-167A, Allard Hall11110-104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3464
Leo is an assistant professor at MacEwan University who 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.
Academic Lead, Social Innovation Institute
11-169E, Allard Hall11110-104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3464
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.