SCALE INSTITUTE

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FOR THE SOCIAL CHANGE SECTOR

SCALE INSTITUTE

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FOR THE SOCIAL CHANGE SECTOR

Providing research, development, and educational programming in the areas of social innovation, social enterprise, social procurement, and social finance.

Scale Institute supports the sector through a variety of different means: resources and toolkits, case studies, webinars and workshops, and programs.

Scale Institute is funded through a combination of grants, government funding, contracts, and sponsorships. We work on a project-to-project basis, identifying areas of innovation and developing new approaches grounded in research and tested for impact.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Non-profits are increasingly operating social enterprises. If you are a non-profit thinking about starting a social enterprise, why not buy one of the many businesses that are for sale?

Community wealth building redirects wealth back into the local economy, and places ownership, control and benefits into the hands of local people and organizations.

Local governments invest billions of dollars annually with few options for investments in positive local impact. If they can invest in other countries’ communities, why not in their own?

Municipal Place-Based Investments

LEGACY PROJECTS

seCatalyst was a series of events to learn about, showcase and inspire social enterprise. seCatalyst hosted learning events, conferences, pitch galas, incubation bootcamps, and networking events.

Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone (VISIZ) was a research, mapping, planning and innovation initiative to strengthen the local social enterprise ecosystem.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, Chair
Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, Chair Chief Impact Strategist | Ideas for Impact
Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber is the Chief Impact Strategist at Ideas for Impact, a full-service social impact agency specializing in social impact incubation and acceleration systems, impact-focused growth, innovative business models, and comprehensive actionable strategies to address social and environmental challenges through the business lens. Joanna believes we can create enterprises that are not only profitable but create social and environmental value in our communities through their activities and brands.

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Jolynn Green, Vice-Chair
Jolynn Green, Vice-ChairExecutive Director | Community Futures Central Island
Since 2010, Jolynn Green has been Executive Director at Community Futures Central Island, where she understands the need for diversified income streams and self-reliance for non-profits. Jolynn’s hands-on experience assisting hundreds of small businesses from startup to expansion and her rich and diverse work experience combined with lifelong learning has created a business acumen steeped in human resources, project management, organizational development, and nonprofit sector management. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has been self-employed.

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Kariann Aarup, Board Member
Kariann Aarup, Board MemberDirector, Partnership and Program Development | Aqua Forum
Kariann has been working with AquaAction since 2017, focusing on scaling its flagship program, the AquaHacking Challenge, as well as developing new programming to further leverage young Canadian entrepreneurial and tech talent for freshwater outcomes. This has enabled Kariann to bring her deep connection to the natural world as well as her professional experience in multiple sectors to bare on freshwater.

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PARTNERS & FUNDERS

Scale Institute appreciates the generous support of these partners and funders:

Island Coastal Economic Trust
Rural Opportunities Fund
Royal Roads University
Government of British Columba