Allyson Hewitt leads the social innovation programs at MaRS. Her team works on a broad range of projects—from not-for-profits interested in revenue generation to entrepreneurs committed to social change. She brings considerable expertise in the public sector—including the introduction of 211 and several award-winning innovations—to her role.

“MaRS integrates social entrepreneurs into our mission—which makes us unique among innovation centres around the world. It’s absolutely the right thing to do—applying the best minds to these seemingly intractable social challenges.”


  • Hospital for Sick Children, Executive Director, Safe Kids Canada
  • Community Information Toronto, Executive Director
  • Carleton University, BA (Criminology)(Law); BA honours (Law)
  • Graduate certification in Public Affairs, Voluntary Sector Management and Leading Change/Organizational Development from Algonquin College, York University and the University of Toronto

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