FOCUSING ON SOCIAL INNOVATION & SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

We host and partner on a variety of events at UofT and outside in the community.
Events benefit students and bring together fellow students, alumni, staff, faculty and practitioners.
For collaborations on events email info@theagencyuoft.ca.

Jan 14 + Feb 15, 2021 - Social Impact 101

Begin with the basics and analyze how you can use socially innovative solutions to local and global problems. This a foundation session  explores the language of social impact and examples of how social change can happen. This will prepare you for conversations at our Careers with Purpose events where our guests, living books, will share their stories of making social impact.

FEB 4 + Mar 10, 2021 - Careers with Purpose

We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library focused on careers that will create change in the world. Come meet people who are social entrepreneurs or social innovators with experience as students, employees, founders, researchers, academics, interns and volunteers. Join in to understand how your studies can lead to an impactful life.

Feb 25 + Mar 24, 2021 - Virtual Road Trip: Exploring social impact

Join us and learn where social innovation lives both on campus and beyond. Learn how UofT can help you start a social enterprise or understand how grad school lets you focus on social change. Virtually explore workplaces with a social impact imperative. Meet places and people on and off campus where social innovation happens.

Past events

FEB 27, 2020 - Careers with Purpose

Special session in conjunction with Rotman's Sustainable Finance Week
We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library focused on careers that will create change in the world. Come meet people who are social entrepreneurs or social innovators with experience as students, employees, founders, researchers, academics, interns and volunteers. Join in to understand how your studies can lead to an impactful life.

Jan 28, 2020 - Six Degrees of Social Innovation

We kick off 2020 with co-hosts Local2Global Solutions, Friends of Ruby, and The Agency along with social innovators from across the GTA coming together to meet-up and conjure a future that puts people and planet first! Join us at CSI Annex to share perspectives and ways of approaching social innovation and the Global Goals (SDGs).

Jan 14, 2020 - Social Impact 101

Begin with the basics and analyze how you can use socially innovative solutions to local and global problems. For our first event for 2019-2020 we will have two graduate students (one at the Munk School and the other a Rotman student) teach the basics of social impact, entrepreneurship, and cover our upcoming Careers with Purpose session.

Nov 15, 2019 - Road Trip: Sidewalk Labs

Join us and explore one of Toronto’s most impactful city partnerships. We are taking a small group of students to Sidewalk Labs, a public/private partnership focused on Toronto’s eastern waterfront that provides “an extraordinary opportunity to shape the city’s future and provide a global model for inclusive urban growth.” 

Oct 30, 2019 - Careers with Purpose

We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library focused on careers that will create change in the world. Come meet people who are social entrepreneurs or social innovators with experience as students, employees, founders, researchers, academics, interns and volunteers. Join in to understand how your studies can lead to an impactful life.

Oct 16, 2019 - Social Impact 101

Begin with the basics and analyze how you can use socially innovative solutions to local and global problems. For our first event for 2019-2020 we will have two graduate students (one at the Munk School and the other a Rotman student) teach the basics of social impact, entrepreneurship, and cover our upcoming Careers with Purpose session.

APR 4, 2019 - Road Trip: Discovering social impact at UofT

Join us and learn where social innovation lives on campus and programs available to you. Whether you are starting a social enterprise or just want to understand the thinking; maybe you are considering grad school and want a program with impact; or maybe you want to see how UofT is implementing sustainable practices, contributing to a healthy city.

MAR 18, 2019 - The Language of Social Impact

Join us as we explore the theory on social impact and show how together when we use social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social finance we can solve real social and environmental problems. We have much to learn from Indigenous approaches to innovation which are informed by cultures and languages, supporting community led solutions.

MAR 13, 2019 - Careers with Purpose

We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library focused on careers that will create change in the world. Come meet people who are social entrepreneurs or social innovators with experience as students, employees, founders, researchers, academics, interns and volunteers. Join in to understand how your studies can lead to an impactful life.

Nov 29, 2018 - Careers with Purpose

We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library focused on careers that will create change in the world. Come meet people who are social entrepreneurs or social innovators with experience as students, employees, founders, researchers, academics, interns and volunteers. Join in to understand how your studies can lead to an impactful life.

Nov 28, 2018 - Models for Social Enterprises

Take part in a workshop where you will develop a sustainable business strategy that creates value for people and planet. You will examine the ecosystems and identify potential systems change. You’ll learn how social enterprises expand the thinking beyond a single bottom line. We will start with the lexicon and quickly move into real examples that will change your perspective on what’s possible.

Nov 15, 2018 - Social Innovation Road Trip

Want to know more about social innovation, social entrepreneurship and how you can have a career with social impact? Join us for this Road Trip to Karma Co-op and the Centre for Social Innovation on Thursday November 15, 2018 9am to noon, to meet your future. Only 12 students invited.

Apr 6, 2018 - Road Trip to Mars

Join us and learn about the significance of this Discovery District and how multi-sector partners can come together to have an impact. We will tour the complex then you’ll be introduced to organizations residing at MaRS that support social innovation either as funders, consultants or as social enterprises. There will be time to meet and greet some of the employees and ask questions about their journey and discuss how social innovation is woven into the workplace.

Mar 19, 2018 - Careers for Social Change

We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library  to learn about people who are creating social change locally and globally. In small groups, you will get to sit down with our social innovators and changemakers and ask them questions about their path, how they are contributing to the social good and what advice they can offer you.

Jan 17, 2018 - Careers with Purpose

We invite UofT students to participate in an interactive living library focused on careers that will create change in the world. Come meet people who are social entrepreneurs or social innovators with experience as students, employees, founders, researchers, academics, interns and volunteers. Join in to understand how your studies can lead to an impactful life.

Oct 23, 2017 - A road trip for the changemakers!

Take a road trip down Spadina avenue to explore Canada’s most successful co-working space, the Centre for Social Innovation.We want you to meet some of Toronto’s most impactful innovators and become one for the day. As student changemakers you will get a chance to meet individuals who are helping Toronto become more accessible and tackling mental health issues, among others.

Sep 26, 2017 - The Basics: What is Social Innovation?

Our September Meetup at Innis College is about understanding this new field of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Through conversations and collaborations you’ll dig into the language and concepts of social change. Join the community and understand what it means to be an agent of change through your studies, extracurricular activities and future career.

Jun 22, 2017 - How to Engage the Private Sector to Develop a Green Economy

In partnership with CUSO International, join us for Q&A with James Odey, as he shares his work in sustainable economic growth in Nigeria’s Cross River State.

Apr 18, 2017 - A Fresh Keynote for Social Innovators & Social Entrepreneurs

In partnership with CUSO International, join us and hear from one of Africa’s top business leaders speak on the impact of social enterprise on the African economy, Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli.

Mar 28, 2017 - Doing Good and Making Money: Exploring Social Entrepreneurship

As part of Entrepreneurship Week at UofT, The Agency is offering this free session on social entrepreneurship open to all students and alumni!

Nov 21 2016 – It’s Time to be Bold/Social Innovation @UofT

This full day, student centric event, saw the conversations and commitments made at the June conference come to life. With focused sessions on specific topics like going global, social justice, funding and many more, participants connected with people who are working on various facets of social innovation at UofT.

Jun 27, 2016 - Exploring Social Innovation @ UofT

This was an exclusive event on campus for 60 stakeholders within the University and selected partners. It explored what social innovation is and could be at UofT. This conference surfaced activities, facilitated collaborations and raised the profile of this type of work. It was a precursor to a larger conference in the fall.