Our dedicated social innovators are focused on facilitating introductions and wayfinding for students, faculty, teaching staff, alumni and partners focused on social innovation at UofT.

We work with academic, co-curricular and extra curricular programs across the University and external organizations involved in social innovation and entrepreneurship within our local region, Canada wide and globally.

Cindy Ross Pedersen

Cindy Ross Pedersen

Executive Director


Tanya Adityan

Social Innovation Ambassador, Rotman

Muriam Fancy

Social Innovation Assistant, Innis

Cindy is a former tech entrepreneur who successfully sold her company in 2006, retired early in 2008 to refocuse on giving back.

She is a Senior Fellow Massey College, Past-President of the University of Toronto Alumni Association, supporter and community member of the Centre for Social Innovation and mentors students, alumni and entrepreneurs.

Cindy has previously volunteered at:

  • Laurier University, Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship as the Entrepreneur in residence
  • Advisory Committee Chair, Major Gifts, Amnesty International Canada
  • Consultant Habitat for Humanity Toronto

Contact: cindy@theagencyuoft.ca

Tanya is a first year MBA student at the Rotman School of Management with a focus in health sector management and business design. She has worked in healthcare with interdisciplinary teams in operations, program development and clinical research. She is interested in creating integrative solutions to social challenges in order to have sustainable impacts.

 She has worked and volunteered with:

  • Alzheimer Society, Program Support
  • Stewards of Cootes Watershed, Team Lead
  • Municipality of Durham Region, Recreation and Events

Contact: tanya@theagencyuoft.ca

Muriam Fancy is a Masters of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her previous work has focused on inclusive innovation, human rights, and cybersecurity.

Her role with the Agency includes creating and facilitating opportunities for students to learn more about social innovation, entrepreneurship, and impact.

Contact: muriamfancy@gmail.com

Raysha Vijendran

Raysha Vijendran

Social Innovation Ambassador

My name is Raysha. I have a huge interest in nutrition and helping others. My goal in life is to marry these interests to help marginalized communities gain better access to health, nutrition, and mental health care. I truly believe that these avenues can help people improve their lives.


Roshni Thawani

Social Innovation Ambassador

Roshni specializes in Criminology & Socio-legal Studies, Sociology, and Media studies! She spent her summer interning with the University of Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Program partnered with the Mary Ward Social Development Centre in Darjeeling, India. She brings with great enthusiasm an ambitious outlook for a career in Social Innovation!