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


The main course of action underlying all of these pillars is to foster interactions among students, researchers, social-purpose enterprises, social entrepreneurs, community-based organizations, "traditional" economic actors, and community residents.

About the SIIL Atlas

The SIIL Atlas is a cornerstone of the SIIL research project. It constitutes an interactive and virtual collection of maps geographically displaying qualitative and quantitative information on social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation initiatives.

The SIIL Atlas aims to display both interesting and relevant information for participating organizations as well as for researchers, students, potential workers and volunteers, donors, and members of the press. The project will be identifying and mapping out social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation initiatives and displaying relevant qualitative and quantitative information – for both the initiative and the sample as a whole.

Ultimately, by making local initiatives more public and transparent connections with potential partners can be fostered and valuable data can be accessible to support research projects – advancing our collective understanding of social economy development, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.

To view the SIIL map, please visit: siil.gcrc.carleton.ca


Contact

Interested in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social economy development? Looking to get involved in the project?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Dr. Julie Rijpens, PhD

Postdoctoral research associate

MDIIM, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

julie.rijpens [at] mcgill.ca


About the partners of the SIIL project

The SIIL research project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). An interdisciplinary team of academics including members from the Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill University) and a social geographer of the Geomatics & Cartographic Research Centre (Carleton University) support the program development. Key partner organizations include Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis, the Quartier de l’innovation of Montreal, and the Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest (RESO).