Graham Singh - Let's Imagine

    If only the foundations or if only government could pay on a systematic basis for the outcomes that our organization could create. And if only we could make that case and scale up to be able to do that, well, hey, that's the beginning of what social finance will become.


    You're listening to Let's Imagine, an Imagine Canada podcast for everyone interested in social issues and the nonprofit sector.

    I'm your host, Bruce McDonald. At Imagine Canada, we believe that by leveraging our national vantage point, Building cross sector relationships, and sharing and developing our knowledge base, we can advance social, economic, and environmental justice through our collective action. Join us as we dive deep into conversations that have big implications for the non profit and charitable sector here in Canada.

    A special thank you to our knowledge partner, Carter's Professional Corporation, and our supporting partner, Sage Canada. Together, let's imagine a stronger future.

    In this episode, we're going to dig into a growing part of the mixed ecology that makes up social good in this country. Social innovation. For purposes today, we're going to describe social innovation as new ideas, methods, or practices for solving social or environmental problems, which once adopted have a transformative impact across organizations, communities, regions, and systems.

    Over the last decade or so, we have witnessed the rise of new ways for engaging in the betterment of communities. While sometimes connected to the charitable and or not for profit model, social entrepreneurship is testing new ways of providing access to investment capital, creating public and private partnerships, and expanding the range of possibilities for identifying solutions to complex social problems.

    Today, we're delighted to be joined by Graham Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal based Trinity Centers Foundation. The organization that Graham leads has been a major innovator in transforming space for community benefit. Graham, welcome. It's great to have you on the podcast.


    Thanks so much, Bruce.

    Great to be with you. And I know we have many common friends joining us today, so welcome and hello to all of our listeners.


    We're going to have the opportunity to talk more specifically about aspects of social innovation, but to get warmed up, maybe you could take a few minutes and tell us about the Trinity Centers Foundation and the work it does.

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