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.

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Mindful mentorship

Meet Kori Chilibeck and Matt Moreau, social entrepreneurs in residence at the Social Innovation Institute. They look forward to sharing advice, encouragement and stories of lessons learned with you.

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

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

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

9-411C, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

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.

Heather Braid, Academic Coordinator

Academic Lead, Social Innovation Institute

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.

Triple bottom line

More companies are donating portions of their profits to social causes, choosing to place equal value on profits, people and the planet. Dr. Etayankara (Murli) Muralidharan is curious about what motivates these social entrepreneurs to look beyond the traditional bottom line.

Etayankara (Murli) Muralidharan

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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