Innovating with Communities
Urban Matters launches social ventures that help vulnerable people enjoy a higher quality of life.
Our team works with social entrepreneurs, governments and socially-conscious business leaders to introduce and scale social innovation in communities. We combine 40+ years of community development experience with social planning and social finance methodologies to achieve results. Change is hard — we can help.
By Erin Welk, Civic Social Innovation Lead, Urban Matters Al Etmanski is an inspiring mentor for us at Urban Matters – as a poignant social change agent, he reminds us: “we do not live in a leaderless society. Our society is full of leaders who commit without fanfare,...read more
First Nations Social Enterprise Creates Sustainable Food Access When Shaun Loney visited Garden Hill First Nations for the first time in 2014, he showed up with an empty stomach. Despite having the ability to pay, there was nowhere to buy a meal. A modern grocery...read more
New Executive Director for Program Aiming to Address Indigenous Unemployment Hits the Ground Running Interview by Cindy Hughes Danielle Levine has never been afraid to try new things or explore what she calls “paths that never seemed like paths.” So her new role as...read more
It is not every day Ken Gauthier gets an invitation to Fogo Island – an offshore island off of the northeast coast of Newfoundland, home to the world-famous Fogo Island Inn. Invited by the Smith School of Business to the Queen’s Centre for Social Impact Workshop, Ken...read more
Hello Canada! My name is Michael Flood, I’m 21 years old, and I grew up on the beautiful Wolastoq river in southern New Brunswick, a region settled by my Irish ancestors in the early 19th century. I’m currently studying in the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics)...read more
For some of us the term social finance is a bit obscure, and sometimes we have some disagreements about what we mean when we use this term. Urban Matters’ new Social Finance Director, Jerome Lengkeek, decodes some of the terminology in this article. Defining Social...read more