Tonya Surman is a Toronto-based social entrepreneur, and the founding executive director and current CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation. She studied Environmental Studies & International Development at the University of Toronto.
Tonya has been creating and leading social ventures in Canada since 1987. She has acted as co-chair for the Ontario Nonprofit Network, is a founding trustee in the Awesome Foundation Toronto, and has been active within the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada.
In 2009 Tonya was named a Global Ashoka Fellow. She was recognized for building shared spaces and networks for social innovators designed to foster cooperation. The Centre for Social Innovation has three locations in Toronto and one in New York City. CSI is home to over 600 organizations.
In 2012 Tonya Surman co-authored the book "The Community Bond: An Innovation in Social Finance". The book details the process by which the Centre for Social Innovation raised $2 million through community bonds to purchase and renovate its Annex location. She also co-authored three books on creating shared work spaces for social innovation,and has developed an expertise in the creation of shared spaces for social innovation. Previous to her position at CSI, she was the founding Partnership Director of the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, a legislative framework to manage chemicals and the banning of BPA in baby bottles.
In an effort to inspire support for the downtown Las Vegas community, CatalystCreativ is excited to announce its enactment of Catalyst Week, a dynamic event series with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project. Held every fourth week of the month for 12 months, these engagements will explore strategic partnerships in philanthropy, wellness, music, fashion, education, and technology. Experts from each industry will immerse themselves in the downtown Las Vegas culture as part of this series, exclusively curated by CatalystCreativ. Attendees will be housed at The Ogden, a high-end apartment complex in the heart of Las Vegas, and work remotely from this site each week. Each attendee will also be invited to participate in a Zappos tour, a downtown tour, and become a part of the community, attending dinners hosted by Vegas leaders and spending time at locally-produced events. Additionally, attendees will be asked to give a filmed TED-style talk where they connect with an audience of social influencers and organizers.
Learn more about us by visiting catalystcreativ.com.
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