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.


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.



Executive Director (he/him)
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.


Program Manager (she/her)
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.

Tyson Bilton

Program Coordinator (he/him)
Tyson is a Program Coordinator with the HSBC Social Innovation Academy who helps to run both programs SIA offers to youth and students across the country. Tyson is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a BComm. (Hons.) in Finance & Sustainability. He served as the Co-Chair for the Sustainable Development Goals Alliance and has cofounded the Calgary Social Value Fund and Reimagine 17 which both have missions to engage, inspire, and spark action in students who want to pursue careers in impact.


Learning Manager (he/him)
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 BComm. (Hons.) in Finance and Sustainability.


Program Manager (he/him)
Steve is a Program Manager 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.