Tonya Surman

Tonya Surman has been working with social mission groups to collaborate, innovate and achieve success for over 15 years.

She is a co-founder and executive director of the Centre for Social Innovation, whose mission is to catalyze, inform and support social mission projects that use collaborative and entrepreneurial strategies to advance our social and environmental wellbeing. She has been the Partnership Director for the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, a senior partner in the Commons Group, founding business manager for and executive director of Web Networks. Tonya has been founding and managing social enterprises for over 10 years and has built her body of knowledge around multi-sectoral collaboration and entrepreneurship for social change. She is focused on building system innovations and transformations that address the root causes of our social and environmental challenges.

Tonya is a mother of two boys and is actively engaged in her community organizing street parties, movie nights, founding a cooperative day care, building a community garden and whatever trouble she can get herself into.