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McConnell Foundation, Canada

McConnell Foundation benefits in numerous ways from its partnership with SIX and the Global Council. We take regular advantage of SIX's overview of the global social innovation scene and its ability to feed into our strategic foresight system, identifying new resources, knowledge, activities and field leaders relevant to the range of our program interests. SIX has provided customized opportunities for McConnell to bridge relationships with new learning partnerships, a recent example being SIX hosting an event for us with UK philanthropic organizations sharing our interests. 

- Tim Draimin, Senior Advisor, McConnell 


The McConnell Foundation has moved onto the Global Council following the twilighting of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) - a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, PLAN Institute and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR). SiG focused on fostering social innovation to achieve impact, durability and scale by engaging the creativity and resources of all sectors. They sought to address Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation. 


The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. They do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public.