Director of Entrepreneurship at MaRS, Director of Social Innovation (SiG) @ MaRS
Allyson is establishing the social innovation program at MaRS that includes Social Innovation Generation (SiG@MaRS). This program provides social innovators and entrepreneurs access to resources to turn their ideas into positive outcomes for society.
Allyson comes to MaRS from SickKids where, as the Executive Director of Safe Kids Canada, she was an advocate in preventing injuries to children. Prior to that, Allyson was the Executive Director of Community Information Toronto, an agency that matches people with services. In this capacity, she helped lead the development of 211, providing three-digit and online access to social service, community and government information. For this work she was awarded the HRDC-sponsored Head of the Public Service Award and several other awards for meritorious public service. She has a BA in Criminology and Law, a diploma in Public Affairs and certification in Voluntary Sector Management and Leading Change.