Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation


Design a website to highlight the program and draw an audience from the tri-sectors (business, social, government).


The Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation, a partnership between leading academics at the University of Waterloo, expert practitioners from across the country, and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, will very intentionally engage professionals from different sectors. Together they will learn about the concepts and theories that frame ideas related to social innovation, form small tri-sector teams focused on an issue, and then apply new ideas to design strategies that address challenges. Professional coaching, expert advisors, and access to some of the world’s leading educators and consultants are just a few of the unique features of this collaboration for social innovation education.

Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience

| Design Project:

Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) Content Management and Rebranding

| Brief:

The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience is an academic department at the University of Waterloo that is strategically placed to continue the work of SiG@Waterloo in its emerging leadership role in generating new inter-disciplinary knowledge about social innovations and the social innovation process in Canada. This will be achieved through collaborative research across UW academic units, inter-institutionally, as well as, across sectors in society. Application and mobilization of this knowledge will be achieved through design and delivery of a range of new curriculum offerings and training opportunities, including the new Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation.

The University of Waterloo’s reputation as Canada’s most innovative university, its recognized expertise in a range of disciplinary areas concerned with systems, complexity and innovation, and its demonstrated commitment to cross-sectoral collaborations, provide a rich and supportive environment to create the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience. WISIR will be housed within the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment.

WISIR will further reinforce and realize UW’s statement that, “in the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.”

Visit the Website



Design a website for a new university department at the University of Waterloo called, The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. Included in the design is a content management system to organize and display a large amount of pre-existing content including papers, videos, and blog posts.

Description of WICI:

The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) facilitates transdisciplinary and collaborative research promoting innovation and resilience within— and beneficial transformation of— the complex adaptive systems at the core of human well being in the 21st century. Within the University of Waterloo, WICI acts as a “centre of centres” for research on complex systems. Within southern Ontario, WICI activities bring together scholars, practitioners, and policy makers working on both theoretical and applied complex systems problems. Beyond the immediate geographic scope of Southern Ontario, WICI uses online and interactive technologies to disseminate its findings and to engage vigorously with complexity researchers around the world.

SiG in the Waterloo Region


Design and build a website to showcase the work of a university department, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) at the University of Waterloo, in the local community.


From the website: “In spirit of of ‘why not’, Waterloo Region cultivates a community where innovation and boldness are celebrated. This website highlights the work that SiG@Waterloo does locally to contribute to the knowledge and passion that is generated here. We seek to create spaces where citizens can engage in provocative conversations and meaningful action.”