Social Innovation Fellows

Social Innovation Fellows

All SI Fellows provide research and communications support to the Foundation, and ensure learnings in different domain areas are shared and promoted widely.

Current Social Innovation Fellows

Jacob Wildman-Sisk is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick. He was recently the Social Lab Manager at the University of New Brunswick's Pond-Deshpande Centre and the New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association.

Fellowship mandate: Jacob works on RECODE and RECODE Collaborate. His work focuses on RECODE's national engagement strategy, network building, and communications to accelerate learnings for greater impact.


Past Social Innovation Fellows

Sophie Silkes is a graduate of McGill University's International Development Studies program, where she focused on urban sustainability and economics. She directed the McGill Food Systems Project, which launched the University's local and sustainable food procurement policy, and developed the Student Sustainability Ambassadors Board program. She is member of Women in Cities International and has also spent time in the food world at a nut milk startup in Brooklyn, a farm-to-table restaurant in Lyon, a vegetable farm in Grenoble, a goat farm in upstate New York, and volunteering for Santropol Roulant in Montreal.

Fellowship mandate: Sophie works on the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, supporting all projects, including the Institutional Food and the Banking on Change programs.

Danica Straith has worked with social entrepreneurs from around the world through her work with the Institute for Ecological Economy Research in Berlin as well as the BALTA Scaling Innovation for Sustainability Project in Canada and the UK. She is also the co-founder of StreetSuds social enterprise, which serves as a transitional employment program from men and woman struggling with homelessness in Montreal.She earned her M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University.

Fellowship mandate: Danica works on RECODE, where she focuses on the national engagement strategy, network building, evaluation and communications to accelerate learnings for greater impact.

Lyndsay Daudier was a project manager at the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design, where she developed an international network working with UN-Habitat on urban development. She also worked for the Québec Government as a political attaché in the Ministry of Culture and Communications, where she was in charge of urban issues. She has degrees in world studies, urban planning, law and management.

Fellowship mandate: Lyndsay works on two initiatives — Cities for People, where she supports the national effort to improve cities’ livability and resilience— and Amplifier Montréal, which aims to bridge between and multiply the impact of civic initiatives in the Foundation’s home city. 

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