Members of the Social Innovation Advisory Council
The Social Innovation Advisory Council (SIAC) is comprised of leaders and experts from the social purpose, social innovation and social finance sectors.
The Government of Canada appointed members through a public call for applications. Members were selected to ensure the SIAC represented varied skill sets and knowledge of Canada’s social innovation and social finance ecosystems. Members were also selected to ensure the SIAC reflected balanced Gender Based Analysis Plus considerations.
The Government of Canada may appoint additional members, up to a maximum of 15.
Mike Toye lives in the traditional territory of the Abenaki and Wabanaki Confederacy in south-central Québec. He is Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. It is a national association of innovative community organizations and individuals who are building more inclusive, sustainable and democratic local economies.
His previous experience includes:
- consulting on community economic development and the social economy in 2 worker co-operatives he co-founded
- author of numerous articles and reports
- co-editor of the book Community Economic Development: Building for Social Change
- lecturer and researcher
- Policy Analyst for the Library of Parliament
Lauren Sears is a Principal at DLM Consulting, an advisory firm supporting the cultivation of thriving communities, primarily working with organizations undergoing bold transformation. She is a Founding Partner of Placemaking 4G. It is a social enterprise that supports socially-conscious recruiting and invests 60% of its profits back into its mission.
She is also currently a collaborator with Imaginal Ventures, a women-led advisory firm. This firm delivers the Scale-Up program focused on supporting female-identifying founders to scale their climate or health innovation businesses. She is the former Managing Director at Common Good Solutions (CGS), a launch pad for social enterprises and incubator for social innovation start-ups.
Lauren has worked with global sector leaders to create an agenda for change centred around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. With CGS, she facilitated discussions at national and international conferences with themes centered around rural issues, racial equity, gender equity, and community enterprise strategies.
Lauren has an educational background in psychology, business, and organizational behaviour.
With a successful university athletic career and 13 years of coaching high-performance sport, she has an inherent motivation to develop people and teams.
Lauren is now pursuing her formal mediation designation.
Jane Bisbee is the Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Fund (SEF), an organization that invests in Alberta’s social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. In just over a decade, she has built SEF’s portfolio to more than 90 projects across many sectors, with more than $90 million invested.
A special focus of Jane’s career has been the creation of non-traditional finance for small businesses, in particular the cultural industries. This includes working with organizations such as:
- the Association of Canadian Publishers
- the Prairie Publishers Group
- the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association
- the Government of Alberta
She is the former president of the Edmonton International Film Festival and has served on many boards including:
- the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
- the Canada Give the Gift of Literacy Foundation
- the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts
Jane currently serves on the board of the national Table for Impact Investment Practitioners. She is co-chair of Alberta SEED, a social finance ecosystem capacity builder. She is also a fellow of the BALLE/RSF Financial Community Foundation Circle, which explores new ways for foundations to invest in their communities.
Rupert Downing has been involved in managing sustainable development policies and programs for the last 40 years in various settings. This includes rural, urban and Indigenous communities across Canada and in other places around the world.
His work has focused on:
- leading the development of social, environmental and economic policy in local, regional, and national government settings, and
- managing national and international civil society networks
More specifically, he has:
- helped to establish and direct Canada’s Social Economy Research Partnership
- led the Canadian Community Economic Development Network
- helped to establish the Ministry of Community of Development with the Government of British Columbia as the Executive Director for Community Social and Economic Development Programs
- owned and managed a Fair Trade Social Enterprise on Vancouver Island, “Laloca”
Currently, Rupert runs an international consulting firm that specializes in sustainable community development, research and public policy development. He is Co-Chair of the British Columbia (BC) Coalition for Community Impact Investing. He also runs a Learning Network of Indigenous and multicultural Social Enterprises in BC with the BC Centre for Employment Excellence.
Roselyne Mavungu is the Executive Director of the Centre pour la prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence. This organization aims to prevent hate-motivated acts through education, mobilization and support. With more than 10 years of experience in managing community support organizations, Roselyne has held many positions, including:
- Executive Director of Compagnie F – Entrepreneurship for Women
- President and CEO of the MicroEntreprendre network
- Senior Advisor in Development and Management with the organization Oxfam-Québec
She has also been involved in the governance of various organizations in Québec’s social economy, such as:
- Chantier de l’économie sociale
- Cap Finance
- Territoires innovants en économie sociales et solidaire
- Femmessor (now Evol)
- Conseil des Montréalaises
Roselyn was a member of the Government of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group. She is actively involved in local economic development. She is particularly interested in issues related to diversity and inclusion, the status of women, and women's access to financial resources and leadership.
Katie Miller brings immersive knowledge of the social impact sector with over 10 years experience working across Canada and internationally. From leading a social enterprise to fostering the conditions for them to grow, her passion to ‘do good better’ has led to roles working across public, private and not for profit including:
- Chair of Impact Hub Global and Managing Director of Impact Hub Ottawa. The Impact Hub is a locally rooted and globally connected network of co-working and incubation spaces. It is one of the world’s largest entrepreneurial communities for impact
- Head of Digital Programs at Future of Good. She helped to curate learning events for thousands of impact-focused professionals to navigate the trends and transformations in social impact
- Senior Portfolio Manager at RADIUS, supporting clients in delivering projects around community engagement, organizational development, and problem-solving using inclusive design approaches
Currently, Katie is the Head of Ignite, a fund dedicated to transforming the lives of young people from underserved backgrounds. She also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Water Rangers, a social enterprise empowering communities in protecting waterways.
Ajmal Sataar is the Founder of Small Economy Works. This organization provides culturally informed entrepreneurial and leadership training in rural, remote and Northern Canada. A key component of this organization is the Inspire program. It provides new innovation and community leadership opportunities for young people and educators in the Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut.
His vision is that entrepreneurship and social innovation can be utilized to:
- to engage youth
- create positive impact, and
- solve many of the world’s complex problems
Ajmal has supported the establishment of social enterprises that have targeted:
- at-risk youth
- marginalized immigrant women
- individuals with a mental illness
- high school students
- homeless people
- food insecurity
- Indigenous youth
Ajmal has knowledge of remote, northern and Indigenous contexts. He established a 3-year social innovation and social enterprise curriculum that is being used by a Nunavik school board.
Ajmal is also the former Co-Chair of the Government of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group.
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