As the Vice President, Impact at MaRS, Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She firmly believes it is possible to make money and achieve a positive social/environmental outcomes at the same time and she has helped hundreds achieve those dual outcomes.
She is a global leader in the field of social innovation and has developed many programs at MaRS to take this work from theory to action. This includes: Social Innovation Generation (SiG); the Centre for Impact Investing; Solutions Lab; and Studio Y which helped develop leaders for the success in the innovation economy.
Allyson is deeply committed to creating spaces for cross-sectoral collaboration and after many years working with social purpose organizations, academia and government she is currently spending her time engaging corporates in solving our most complex challenges.
Allyson’s work with government included membership on the federal Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group which resulted in a significant investment ($805M) of social finance funds into the sector. Most recently, she was the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Waterloo and a lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship and CSR and she was a member of the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.