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. 


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.

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 

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.

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

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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