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Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation provides shared space and shared services to more than 500 social entrepreneurs & social ventures.

  • Stage $3M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Other
  • Location Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2004
  • Employees 16
  • Website

Company Summary

The Centre for Social Innovation provides shared space, shared services and training to more than 500 nonprofits, social start-ups and social entrepreneurs in Toronto, Canada. This is a growing market that lacks access to the infrastructure and supports needed to grow their ventures and create real social impact. We currently operate 70,000 sq ft of space across three sites and now face an opportunity to expand to New York City.


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    Tonya Surman
    Chief Executive Officer

    Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur with a passion for bringing life to world-changing projects.Tonya is a Global Ashoka Fellow—the highest recognition in social entrepreneurship—for her innovative work building models of collaboration. She has been creating & leading social ventures since 1987, and has built her body of knowledge around multi-sectoral collaboration and entrepreneurship for social change.

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    Eli Malinsky
    Director, Strategy & Partnerships

    Eli Malinsky has been working to spur collaboration and entrepreneurship within Toronto’s social change sector over the past ten years. In 2005, Eli joined the Centre for Social Innovation to help fulfill the organization’s strategic and programming vision. Eli has a master’s degree in Communication and Cultural Studies and has a special interest in complexity science and network theory.

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    Dave Kranenburg
    Director, Programming

    Dave Kranenburg co-founded the University of Guelph chapter of Meal Exchange in 1997 and was a founding member of the national organization as a student director when it received charitable registration status in 1998. Serving as the Executive Director of Meal Exchange from 2004 to 2012, he was a nominee for the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007.


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    Brian Iler, Iler Campbell

Previous Investors

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    Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative
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    Dozens of others through our "Community Bond"which we issued to
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    raise funds needed to acquire a 36,000 sq ft building