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

The Social Innovation Academy (SIA) is a national initiative for youth who want to solve pressing environmental, social, and cultural challenges through careers in social innovation or social finance.

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: In partnership with entrepreneurship@UBC, we launched the Coast Capital Savings 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: With initial support from HSBC Bank Canada, we launched the Social Innovation Academy with the mission to expand training and internship opportunities for youth across Canada.

Today: We have worked with nearly 170 youth through our Social Innovation Fellowship and SIA Analyst Programs, and have provided project support to over 100 impact organizations.

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

CHERALYN CHOK

Co-Founder & Executive Director (she/her)
Since SIA's inception, Cheralyn has led program design, management, and experiential learning for all programs. She brings entrepreneurial experience from founding and operating a zero-waste tie company and playing a key role in several social ventures. With a particular interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion, Cheralyn has loved initiating SIA's EDI efforts. Cheralyn is also a board member with the National Social Value Fund.

STEVE PETTERSON

Program Director (he/him)
Steve is the Program Director of the Social Value Fund Associate Program 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.

Tyson Bilton

Program Manager (he/him)
As Program Manager, Tyson supports both the Social Innovation Fellowship and Social Value Fund Associate Programs. 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 co-founded 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.

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