Social Economy Initiative

Celebrating Social Innovation and Impact Interns in the Quartier de l’innovation

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Join McGill’s Social Economy Initiative and Social Innovators’ Integration Lab (SIIL) as they celebrate the 4th cohort of the SEI Impact Internship Program. This unique internship program pairs McGill's top undergraduate students with social-purpo

Social Innovators’ Integration Lab

About the SIIL project

The Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL) is a shared observatory for the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Announced in November 2015 and officially launched in May 2016, it is an initiative managed under the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM)'s Social Economy Initiative and supported by McGill University.

Located within the Quartier de l'innovation (QI) district, SIIL aims to nurture a presence for McGill researchers, students, and practitioners to work alongside social economy organizations with the overarching goal to develop scientific and practical knowledge to better understand social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation in urban environments.

The SIIL Action Program is built around three pillars of engagement, with an underlying course of action to foster interactions among students, researchers, social-purpose enterprises, social entrepreneurs, community-based organisations, “traditional” economic actors, and community residents. These groups and individuals work together to co-produce both scientific and practical knowledge relating to the social economy.

Convene & Connect

To connect people from various backgrounds through virtual and physical spaces.

Actions: Mapping the SE/SI ecosystem, Mapping SE/SI initiatives (SIIL map), Open workshops and courses

Research & Document

To better understand social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation in urban environments.

Actions: The SIIL map, Research project on "Designing business models for social enterprises to inspire circular economies"

Teach & Learn

To teach social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation using multi-format materials.

Actions: Courses at the Salon 1861, SEI Impact Internship Program, Trainings / Workshops / Tools for SE/SI

Official Launch of the Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL)

On May 30, 2016, members of the McGill and Montreal community gathered for the launch of the Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL). The SIIL research project, located at Le Salon 1861 in the heart of Montreal's Quartier de l’Innovation, is dedicated to develop scientific and practical knowledge around the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in urban environments.

Published: 31May2016

SEI Homecoming Keynote: From Ebola to Imbalance

28Oct201616:00
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Bronfman Building Auditorium Room 151, 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

All alumni, students, staff and faculty are invited to join us as the SEI hosts a special Homecoming presentation with Dr.

McGill Management Students Focus on Helping Syrian Refugees

By Karen Seidman, Montreal Gazette, April 26, 2016 :

"Every semester, McGill University faculty lecturer Anita Nowak challenges her students to come up with projects for her social entrepreneurship and social innovation class based on a theme that she finds particularly timely and relevant.

For this semester, it was helping Syrian refugees integrate into Canadian society.

Published: 27Apr2016

Social Innovators’ Integration Lab Welcomes Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management’s Social Economy Initiative is pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Rijpens as the new Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Social Innovators’ Integration Lab (SIIL)

Published: 27Apr2016

SEI Impact Internship Program - 2016 Cohort Announced

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) is pleased to announce the Social Economy Initiative’s Impact Internship cohort for the 2016 year. Now in its fourth consecutive year, the SEI Impact Internship Program pairs top undergraduate students who offer various management skills with social-purpose organizations for ten weeks over the summer.

Published: 20Apr2016

McGill students give future Syrian newcomers English lessons online

Many people are offering help to Syrian refugees after they arrive in Quebec, but students are reaching out to refugees while they remain overseas.

... "We're filling that void," said Anita Nowak.

The Mentor-in-Residence at McGill said the image of Alan Kurdi, the young Syrian boy who drowned trying to make it to Turkey, motivated them to reach out overseas.

Read full article: CTV News, January 5, 2016

Published: 7Jan2016

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