About us

Social Innovation Lab

Located in the DARE District at Algonquin College is the new Social Innovation Lab (find us here). The Lab is a key element of Algonquin College’s response to a 2017 report published by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE initiative and Simon Fraser University entitled: Maximizing the capacities of advanced education institutions to build social infrastructure for Canadian communities.(read it here)

The foundation of the work of Social Innovation Lab revolves around the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The lab provides opportunities to the Algonquin College community including students, staff and faculty to broadly engage in social innovation practices toward the global goals.

SLiDE's favourite Sustainable
Development Goals

  • 1 No poverty
  • 2 Zero hunger
  • 3 Good health and well-being
  • 4 Good education
  • 6 Clean water and sanitation
  • 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • 14 Life below water

SLiDE initiative

The inaugural program of the Social Innovation Lab is SLiDE (Service Learning in Design & Engineering) and is intended to harness the talents of Algonquin College students from the Schools of Media and Design and Advanced Technology. SLiDE provides support to community-based organizations (service agencies, charities, non-profits, social enterprise, etc.) in the area of digital technology.

The SLiDE program partners include representatives from IBM Centre for Advanced Studies, Impact Hub Ottawa, Centre for Social Enterprise Development(CSED), Ottawa Community Foundation, Carleton University and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The SLiDE program was established in part through a grant from the College and Community Social Innovation Fund funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2018-2020).

Meet the founding team

These are the seven amazing students at Algonquin College who came together to create the SLiDE.

picture of Byeongyun, also known as Allen
picture of Byeongyun, also known as Allen

Allen Goo

Allen is studying Computer Programming and graduating in the spring of 2019. He is very passionate about life below water because he believes in the importance of a sustainable ecosystem for current and future food resources. One thing you don’t know about Allen is that his real name is Byeongyun.

picture of Ambrosia
picture of Ambrosia

Ambrosia Cantin

Ambrosia is studying Public Relations and graduating in the spring of 2019. She cares much about zero hunger because she believes that everyone should have access to food to survive no matter what the circumstance. One thing you don’t know about Ambrosia is that she’s always wanted to learn how to play the violin.

picture of Cesar
picture of Cesar

Cesar Guerrero

Cesar is studying Mobile Application Design and Development and graduating in the spring of 2019. He is passionate about sustainable cities and communities. One thing you don’t know about Cesar is that he would like to upload his consciousness to a machine when the technology becomes available.

picture of Raquel
picture of Raquel

Raquel Alves

Raquel is studying Graphic Design and graduating in the spring of 2019. She is very passionate about zero hunger and clean water because she believes everyone should have easy access to food and water to survive. One thing you don’t know about Raquel is that she is also known as Kelli.

picture of Mike
picture of Mike

Mike Yang

Mike is studying Computer Programming and graduating in the spring of 2019. He cares about education equality because he believes it is very important to the younger generations to have a good education. One thing you don’t know about Mike is that he is a bad singer.

picture of Sandra
picture of Sandra

Sandra Medeiros

Sandra is studying Internet Applications and Web Development and graduating in the spring of 2019. She cares much about health and well-being and wants to aim for a greater future. One thing you don’t know about Sandra is that she never learned how to swim.

picture of Oliver
picture of Oliver

Oliver Luo

Oliver is studying Computer Programming and graduating in the spring of 2019. He cares about quality education, clean water and sanitation. One thing you don’t know about Oliver is that he would like to learn how to play piano.

Our project directors

Here are the two amazing project directors, that helped make SLiDE possible.

picture of Kevin
picture of Kevin

Kevin Holmes

Kevin is the Managing Director of the Social Innovation Lab and Programming Director for SLiDE. He is passionate about community and leveraging the significant public trust held within our post-secondary institutions towards the greater public good.

picture of Patti
picture of Patti

Patti Church

Patti is the founding Lead Professor responsible for the training and mentoring aspects of the SLiDE initiative. Working as a coach and guide, Patti provides support to student groups and teams. She is a community builder striving to make an impact with the groups she works with.

Special thanks to our amazing partners
for making all of this possible
(including our friends at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies)