Ottawa Social Impact Awards
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and voted this year, and congrats to the recipients, the shortlist and all the nominees! We announced the winners at the GenNext Mix & Mingle on February 22 to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, innovators, and change-makers. Find out more...
The 2018 Ottawa Social Impact Awards seek to:
- Highlight Ottawa-based community initiatives, student-led projects, and social enterprises that have significant potential for growth and lasting impact;
- Emphasize the power of the collective rather than the individual; and
- Recognize social innovation in our community that is turning the status quo upside down.
2018 Award Categories, Eligibility and PrizesOrganizations and groups can be nominated under one of three categories: Social Enterprise, Community Initiative and Future Leaders. For all three awards, individuals are not eligible, but can nominate their own group or organization, and nominees and their impact must be based in Ottawa. The eligibility requirements for each category are as follows:
Social EnterpriseAn organization that advances or fulfills a social purpose through a business model or revenue-generating component of their operations (must be incorporated or a legal entity, such as for-profit, non-profit, charity, or cooperative).
Community InitiativeAn organization or group of people collaborating on a project that advances or fulfills a social purpose (does not have to be an incorporated or legal entity).
Future LeadersStudents (up to 2) between the ages of 18-29 currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Ottawa, collaborating on a social enterprise or business concept with a social purpose (does not have to be an incorporated or legal entity).
Prior to being elected City Councillor for Somerset Ward, Catherine was an advisor to the Deputy City Manager, two City Councillors, and two Members of Parliament. She also worked as the Manager, Public Policy for Volunteer Canada and as Regional Manager for VoicePrint, which delivers print media in accessible format to people living with visual impairment.
We can accomplish more together than we can individually. As a proud member of Impact Hub Ottawa, since inception, I believe in the power of social innovation and enterprise to solve our greatest social challenges. My enthusiasm for social enterprise was sparked upon joining the board of Causeway Work Centre as Treasurer. As the Director of Junior Achievement (JA) Ottawa, with the Ottawa Network for Education, I engage volunteers to empower local youth with entrepreneurial, financial, and real-world job skills.
Leanna Verrucci has worked in a number of industries - consumer packaged goods, publishing, education, travel and tourism, television and hospitality - in a variety of positions - marketing manager, director of communications, senior brand manager, reporter, publisher, owner and operator. Currently she is a Managing Director at Algonquin College. Leanna is passionate about education and helping youth to ignite their innovation skills and entrepreneurial endeavours through experiential learning.
Partners and Collaborators
The 2018 Ottawa Social Impact Awards is made possible thanks to the province of Ontario, through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs Social Enterprise Partnerships. The Eastern Ontario partnership is comprised of Impact Hub Ottawa, Invest Ottawa and Capital Entrepreneurs.
*The Prototype Innovation Program provides access to the resources at MadeMill, specifically the Advanced Digital Media Lab (including access to expertise and personnel; equipment and material fees; training, etc.). To qualify, you must have a business number registered in Ottawa and your organization must operate as a social enterprise (including social enterprises delivering on arts and culture, environmental, and/or social missions). The target outcome of the winning project is the production of a minimally viable prototype: a minimum set of features that clearly demonstrate the viability of the design from a user perspective. MadeMill will vet potential winning recipients to ensure projects align with MadeMill services and Prototype Innovation Program requirements. *Must have a business number and be based in Ottawa.