The Mauril-Bélanger
Social Innovation Workshop
(The Atelier)

Opened in April 2018, The Atelier is a not-for-profit, member-based organization. We are an inclusive bilingual space (physical and virtual) for collaboration, training, knowledge-sharing, and support for social innovations. Our non-profit organization is the practical branch of an ecosystem located at Saint Paul University in Ottawa alongside the Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation and the Centre for Research on Inequalities and Social Transformations (CRITS). Our members are stakeholders in the field of social innovation: students, researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and local communities.

In collaboration with our partners, we offer training; professional support; opportunities for visibility and; funding to individuals and initiatives pioneering new organizational models, social practices and tools for civic engagement to be used in the fight against social inequalities and various forms of oppression.

What is social innovation?

It’s not necessarily new: social innovation has a rich history in social practices of self-organization, mutual aid and collective creativity. We define it as models of organization, social practices and civic engagement used to fight social inequalities and various forms of oppression. Oftentimes, this means focusing on reducing poverty. The social innovation sector includes not only social and collective enterprises, but also collective initiatives and experiments. It represents thousands of individuals and organizations.   


To become a catalyst for social innovation and social transformation.


The Atelier is an inclusive bilingual space for collaboration, training, knowledge-sharing, and support for social innovations particularly within the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region.


  • Welcome and support social innovation projects that meet the needs of their communities.
  • Promote initiatives that address inequalities and poverty efficiently and sustainably.
  • Connect social innovation initiatives with ongoing research, while facilitating the exchange and dissemination of practices and knowledge.




Social Justice


Membership and Room Rental

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Solidarity Individual Membership

Support social innovation


$50 per year


  • Access to the 40-hour individual work bank
  • Access to member rates (20% discount)
  • Subscription to the newsletter for members
  • Members benefits    

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Bank of 40-hour individual work



  • 40 hours of individual work
  • Members benefits         

$110 per month


  • Room rental for meetings, activities and events (member rate applies when a reservation is made)

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Organizations and Collectives



  • 6 hours per month of individual work and/or room reservations for small-scale events for 6 hours 
  • Access to member rates (20% discount) for excess usage time
  • Subscription to the newsletter for members

Small organization or collective (groups with annual revenues of $250,000 or less): $550 per year
Big organization or collective (groups with annual revenues of $250,001 or more): $850 per year

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Room rental


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Add-on services

PROFESSIONAL ADDRESS …………………………………………….. 30$/MONTH

Health & Safety

Update As of March 1, 2022, it is no longer necessary to show proof of vaccination when coming to the Atelier. However, we ask that members and others who come to use the space keep an appropriate distance and when this is not possible, masks are required. It is also required when moving around the…

The Space

Between June 1 and August 31, enjoy a summer discount of 25% when you rent one of our meeting rooms, the lounge area or the entire Atelier! reserve a room —————————————— We have Conference room  Lounge area Fully equipped kitchen Coworking space About the Space The majority of our space is dedicated to functional open-concept…

Facilitation and Hosting Hub

What is it? This group is a self-managed community composed of animation and group facilitation enthusiasts who share their experience through training and support services. This group, like The Atelier to which it is attached, works from a perspective of social justice where facilitation practices consider the power relations in organizations and work to transform…

Book a FREE appointment with one of our community’s social innovation experts to take your project to the next level.

Services Offered to Members

Idea Lab (Free for members and potential members) Personalised session according to members needs. A brainstorming and orientation session to plan the next steps for your organization (Length: 2h, Individual session upon request) Workshop Series (free for members and potential members, as well as paid general entry) Series of workshops on key themes surrounding the…

Our Team & Board of Directors

THE TEAM   Amélie Neault Administrative Coordinator Émilie Béland Youth Engagement Coordinator   THE BOARD Amanda Wilson President  Amanda is a Professor in the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University. Her areas of research include the food movement and carceral food systems, co-operatives and collective organizing, and questions related to prefiguration…


Main Address: 
The Atelier is accessible from 95 Clegg Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4. located on the street adjacent to Saint Paul University.

Mailing Address: 
223 Main Street, Ottawa, PO Box 83, ON, K1S 1C4

Phone number: 613-782-3006 (Voice mail)