About Us

At Saint Paul University, social innovation takes place within two organizations: the Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation and the Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop. Deeply connected, these two organizations are in direct contact with both the Ottawa-Gatineau community and the social innovation sector in Ontario and Quebec.

The Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation

The Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation is the first social innovation school in Canada. It offers a variety of academic programs that combine critical thinking, social action and democratic management. Designed for both students completing their first university education and for professionals who want to improve their skills, it offers solid theoretical training coupled with a practical focus in teaching.

The School of Social Innovation’s mission is to provide theoretical and practical training in the field of collective action and social innovation in local communities. More specifically, the School focuses on the dissemination of knowledge related to the emergence of new models of organization, social practices and civic engagement to combat social inequalities and various forms of oppression, as well as fight against poverty. Social innovation includes not only social entrepreneurship and collective enterprises, but all initiatives, movements and experiments responding to immediate needs while promoting democracy, justice and social change.

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The Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop – The Atelier

The Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop is a place for training, collaboration, collective work and initiating social organizations that can have a positive impact on the community and fight against poverty.

This unique space is attached to the Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University. The Atelier is a dynamic hub for the incubation of innovative projects, non-profit organizations and social enterprises.

The Atelier aims to provide a collaborative workspace, training, knowledge transfer and support to social innovation initiatives, organizations and businesses.

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  • Welcome and support social innovation projects at their incubation and start-up stages
  • Support projects that meet the needs of their communities in a unique, concrete and innovative way
  • Promote initiatives that address inequalities and poverty in an efficient and sustainable manner
  • Support initiatives targeting Francophones, newcomers and First Nations
  • Connect innovation initiatives with research projects
  • Facilitate the exchange and dissemination of practices and knowledge.