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Canadian Social Innovation Exchange

November 27 - 29, 2017 | Toronto, Ontario

Artscape | Daniels Spectrum & Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Regent Park & MaRS Discovery District


Do you design or implement social and environmental programs, advance new policy, work to improve communities or shift deeper systems? This gathering of 250+ social innovators is for you.


We start from the premise that Canada -- and the world -- faces huge challenges that can only be solved through collaboration across all sectors -- public, private, and civil society. Spark! will facilitate the exchange of ideas among people with experience of working intentionally toward change. Whether it's education, climate change, social and economic inclusion -- whatever issue you are working on, Spark! seeks to promote learning, connect participants from across silos or regions, and forge a renewed commitment to concerted action.


Spark! brings together Canadian and local champions of social innovation and includes many voices with diverse perspectives on social innovation practices.  

We are  engaging front-line practitioners and anchor institutions across sectors, including government, financial institutions and funders who are supporting social innovation.



Event Snapshot


Land Acknowledgement

This event is taking place in Toronto, a sacred gathering place for many Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. 


Inclusivity Commitment

We aim to create an inclusive and bilingual space and welcome peoples of all backgrounds. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Subsidized tickets and travel subsidies will be made available for participants who face systemic barriers and/or whose contributions to the social innovation ecosystem are made in a volunteer capacity, through our scholarship program. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.



Spark! Canadian Social Innovation Exchange would not be possible without the vision, dedication and collaboration of the incredible collaborators and organizations whose collective mission is to create a social innovation movement across Canada and beyond.



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