Allyson Hewitt

Allyson Hewitt

Allyson Hewitt,
Director, Social Entrepreneurship, MaRS


Social Innovation Generation

February 2nd, 1:00-3:00 pm

Event Location:
MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street, Toronto M5G 1L7
T: 416.673.8100

MaRS drives social and economic prosperity by leading Canada’s innovation mission. We at MaRS envision Canadian communities that are prospering through enhanced employment prospects, the creation and retention of local wealth and an enriched cultural and social environment. To realize this vision, we foster and promote Canadian innovation.


SiG offers programs and services for social innovators and entrepreneurs. Providing access to resources that can help them turn their ideas into positive outcomes for society, enhancing the quality of life for people in Ontario and across Canada.

We focus on:

  • Programs to support the launch and growth of social ventures
  • Enhancing the skills of and networks for social entrepreneurs
  • Exploring new instruments of social finance
  • Fostering opportunities for technology platforms to help scale social ventures
  • Building the social enterprise community


Allyson leads the social innovation programs at MaRS including the Ontario node of the national initiative, Social Innovation Generation (SiG@MaRS). This program supports social entrepreneurs and promotes social innovation under the headings Advise! Convene! Accelerate!

A life long social innovator, she most recently worked at SickKids where she led Safe Kids Canada and was a passionate advocate for children. She was also the Executive Director of Community Information Toronto where she initiated 211, providing streamlined access to human service information. For this work she received the Head of the Public Service Award and several other prestigious awards for meritorious public service.

Allyson has been leading and volunteering in not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. Her academic background is in Criminology, Law, Public Affairs, Voluntary Sector Management and Organizational development including Leading Change.