Allyson Hewitt

Allyson Hewitt

Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She has developed and helps support the social innovation programs at MaRS which has included Social Innovation Generation (SiG); the Centre for Impact Investing; Solutions Lab; and Studio Y which helped develop leaders for the success in the innovation economy. Allyson is currently leading an initiative to determine how best to engage corporate Canada in solving our most complex challenges. She was one of 17 members of a federal steering group to co-create a social innovation and social finance strategy for Canada. One of the recommendations from that group resulted in a $805M contribution to social finance over ten years from the federal government. She is also the Thinker in Residence leading developments in the “purpose economy” in South Australia and is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Conrad Centre at the University of Waterloo.