Silvia Dorado

Visiting scholar

Silvia Dorado is an associate professor of Management at the University of Rhode Island and visiting professor at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation (WISIR) and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo.

Darcy Riddell

Darcy Riddell

Director of strategic learning at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Darcy Riddell has worked to change systems as an environmental activist, strategist, consultant, and educator for almost 20 years.

Steve Quilley

Stephen Quilley

Associate director

Stephen Quilley is the Associate director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience as well as an associate professor of the School of Environment, Resource and Sustainability in the Department of Environment at the University of Waterloo. 

Visit Dr. Quilley's blog: Navigators of the Anthropocene 

John Abraham

John Abraham

Assistant Professor

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Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy


Dan McCarthy is the Director of the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), and the  Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies, as well as an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Resource and Sustainability  at the University of Waterloo.

Kaitlyn Rathwell

Kaitlyn Rathwell


Kaitlyn Rathwell is an environmental change scholar and practicing performance artist.

Erin Alexiuk

Erin Alexiuk

Research associate, PhD student

Erin has an academic background in social-ecological resilience, critical indigenist methodologies, and social innovation. Through her PhD research, Erin aims to explore links between transformative learning theory and emerging literature on unsettling settler colonial society as a way to foster greater equity and sustainability in Canadian resource planning and management.

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Melanie Goodchild

Senior indigenous research fellow and associate

Melanie Goodchild, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow and Ambassador, Suncor Fellow, The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR)

Sean Geobey

Sean Geobey

Director of academic programs

Sean Geobey is the Director of academic programs for the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience as well as an Assistant Professor in the

Melanie Chaplier

Melanie Chaplier

Post doctoral fellow

Melanie Chaplier is a cultural anthropologist from Belgium who just joined WISIR as a postdoctoral Research Fellow. She previously earned her PhD at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and was a Fulbright Fellow at Dartmouth College in 2015-2016.


Ola Tjornbo

Archipelago consultants

Ola Tjornbo's research interests are primarily focused on social innovation, social-ecological transformation, governance and complexity, and social media and virtual social networks.


Katharine McGowan

Assistant professor, Mount Royal University

Lead researcher on the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo project, Katharine has advanced work on Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience's (WISIR) developing social innovation theory based on historical case studies.

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Nino Antadze

Visiting assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Bucknell University

Nino is a post-doctoral fellow with the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED).  Read about her current work on “Cross-sector alliances to solve complex environmental issues.” 

Kirsten Robinson


Lead researcher on the Social Innovation Simulation project at Social Innovation Generation (SiG) / Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), Kirsten is doing a PhD in systems design engineering.

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Nina Ripley

Office coordinator

Nina has been with The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) since 2011. Her previous experience is a combination of administrative/management and customer service in the wellness and beauty industry.

Frances Westley

Frances Westley

The J.W. McConnell chair in social innovation

Frances Westley joined the University of Waterloo as the J.W. McConnell Chair in social innovation in July 2007. In this capacity she is one of the principle leads in a Canada wide initiative in social innovation, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) a cross sectoral partnership to build capacity for social innovation in Canada funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, University of Waterloo and the Ontario government. 

Michele-Lee Moore

Michele-Lee Moore

Adjunct professor

Michele-Lee Moore is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria where she leads the Water, Innovation, and Global Governance lab based at the Centre for Global Studies. Michele-Lee is one of the faculty responsible delivering the Rockefeller Global Fellowship Program, and has previously helped deliver modules for the Graduate Diploma on Social Innovation.

She is a former McConnell Fellow in Social Innovation at Social Innovation Generation SiG@Waterloo, where she led a number of projects that examined the role of networks, social finance, and public policy in supporting social innovation.

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