Education and Training

New! Social Innovation Professional Development Certificate

Find effective, sustainable solutions to complex problems. SFU’s Certificate is for professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors who want to effect strong and enduring change. 

Upcoming Term: September 2016-April 2017 – Downtown Vancouver.

Learn more: sfu.ca/social-innovation


Social Innovation for Complex Problems – Open online course

The courses include video lectures, coaching, and activities to deepen your understanding of the systems in which you live and work. These will give you more capacity to make positive change happen.

This is a completely open online course, free to all, which you can begin at any time and progress at your own pace, returning to segments you wish to review as often as you like. They are also stand-alone courses; that is, there are no monitored discussion boards, student groups, or graded assignments. However, that’s not to stop you from forming groups amongst like-minded friends or colleagues, going through the course together, and creating your own discussion groups! This would certainly add value to your experience if you choose to do this.

Find out more and register here.


A Social Innovation Residency

Annual – June/July

The Social Innovation Residency has been designed for the change maker with an innovative project that’s ready for significant refinement and development. Through intense focus and collaboration, you will advance your project towards implementation over the span of four weeks. If you are a leader from the private, social benefit, government, or the philanthropy sector with a vision for change, you are invited to apply. We also specifically welcome applications from innovators within arts and culture and from Indigenous communities. More information here.


Thinking Like a Movement

January (semi-annual)

PLAN Institute hosts a four-day learning opportunity with Canada’s leading experts in social innovation. Thinking Like a Movement is designed for social innovators in business, government and the citizen sector who want to extend the impact, durability and scale of their work. For more information, visit the website


Entrepreneurship 101

September – April (annual)

Interested in learning more about entrepreneurship? Looking to start a new venture? Look no further! MaRS offers a free, non-credit introductory course on entrepreneurship that introduces individuals to the nuts and bolts of building a business.

Entrepreneurship 101 is MaRS’ flagship free weekly lecture series featuring enlightening lectures on key topics related to starting a successful business, aimed at social innovators, technology and life sciences researchers and trainees. For more information, visit the website


Innoweave

Online resources and periodic workshops

In Canada’s community sector, business as usual isn’t delivering the results we seek. Rather than more of the same—bigger budgets, more activities—we need new ways to get things done, more quickly, and at less cost.

Innoweave helps community organizations learn about, assess, and implement these approaches. Innoweave is organized into modules. Each module focuses on a different social innovation and provides three levels of support:

  1. Innoweave.ca provides basic information on the approach, how it works, who is using it, and the results being achieved. Each module has a self-assessment tool to help non-profits determine whether they are at the right stage to further explore this new approach.
  2. Interested organizations can attend a workshop to learn more and plan for implementation.
  3. Implementation-ready organizations can connect with experts to help them put the new tool or approach into practice.

Innoweave is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with Social Innovation Generation (SiG), thought leaders, academics, and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. For more information, visit the website