We are developing the next generation of social entrepreneurs, impact fund managers, and non-profit leaders.

The HSBC Social Innovation Academy is a non-profit organization that operates experiential learning programs for youth interested in the intersections of impact with research, finance, design.

OUR HISTORY

2007: Our team founded the UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) with a focus on social venture incubation and cultivating student talent through a summer internship program.

2012: We launched the Innovation Hub, an incubator focused on growing social enterprises in BC.

2016: With the support of McConnell Foundation, we helped launch the RECODE Initiative at UBC as well as the UBC Impact Fund.

2019: We launched the HSBC Social Innovation Academy with the mission to expand training and internship opportunities for youth across Canada.

Today: We have worked with over 60 youth through our SIA Fellowship and SIA Analyst Programs, and have provided project support to over 75 social enterprises.

LED BY PEOPLE WHO WERE IN YOUR SHOES, NOT TOO LONG AGO

JAMES TANSEY

Executive Director
James is the Executive Director of the HSBC Social Innovation Academy. As a serial entrepreneur, James founded Offsetters, NatureBank Asset Management, and the Pacific Impact Investor Network (PIIN), through which he has helped mentor and accelerate over 30 Canadian impact companies in the last decade. He has served as an advisor to the federal and provincial governments on social innovation and impact investing and was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for service to the environment in 2014.

CHERALYN CHOK

Program Manager
As Program Manager at the HSBC Social Innovation Academy (SIA), Cheralyn connects students and social purpose organizations across Canada. Prior to joining the SIA team, she worked for social enterprises with various focuses, from tech for mental health to advancing the circular economy. During her undergrad, she launched Fly at Risk, a tie company committed to zero waste production. Cheralyn graduated from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in 2018 with a BCom in Operations & Logistics.

BRUNO LAM

Learning Manager
Bruno manages the education and curriculum development at the HSBC Social Innovation Academy. In his role with SauderS3i, he leads applied impact investing research projects with impact investors with a focus on cleantech venture capital and climate finance. Previously, he has contributed to piloting Income Share Agreements to finance higher education in Ghana with Brighter Investment. Bruno is a graduate of UBC’s Sauder School of Business with a B.Com (Hons.) in Finance and Sustainability.

MARIANA MARTINEZ RUBIO

Program Advisor
Mariana is a fifth-year Entrepreneurship and Sustainability student at the UBC Sauder School of Business. Since the beginning of her undergraduate career, she’s taken on a variety of leadership roles advocating for youth entrepreneurship and leadership, as well as for gender and menstrual equity. She has worked with S3i on a variety of advisory and impact measurement projects with social ventures, investors, and nonprofits, and now supports youth and social purpose organizations across Canada through her role with SIA.

STEVE PETTERSON

Program Advisor
Steve is a Program Advisor at the HSBC Social Innovation Academy and the Executive Director of the National Social Value Fund, a Canadian endeavor to support high-impact, under-served social enterprises in communities across the nation. NSVF takes a blended capital approach to provide impact-adjusted financing to social purpose organizations. Prior to starting the National Social Value Fund, Steve worked at Helder Ventures, an impact investing and social venture advisory firm based in Vancouver, B.C.

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