Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She has developed and helps lead the social innovation programs at MaRS which has included Social Innovation Generation (SiG); the Centre for Impact Investing; Solutions Lab; and Studio Y which is helping develop leaders for the success in the innovation economy. She leads the programming in cross-sectoral collaboration.
She is a member of the federal Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group which is preparing a strategy for the government of Canada to advance and support innovation with high impact social outcomes.
Allyson is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Waterloo and a lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship and CSR. She is also on the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and is an educator/mentor in many programs related to social innovation & entrepreneurship.
Allyson has an academic background in Criminology, Law, Public Affairs, Voluntary Sector Management and Leading Change and she recently completed her Life Skills Coaching certification.
Allyson is currently leading an initiative to determine how best to engage corporate Canada in solving our most complex challenges.