Jim Green Memorial Lecture 2018: Tonya Surman

The Future of Social Innovation

Social innovation is at a cross-roads. How will it embrace and build on the social justice movements of the past? Will we be able to move to action while holding the space for the real conversations that need to happen?


Jim Green (May 25, 1943 – February 28, 2012) was an American-Canadian dual citizen who was a longshoreman, taxicab driver, community activist, non-profit housing developer, municipal politician, university instructor, and development consultant. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Green moved to Canada to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War. Green completed a Masters in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and studied at the Sorbonne, the Millennium Film Institute in New York, and the University of Colorado.

During the 1980's, he was Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association. He served in numerous roles in the provincial government in community economic and social housing development. In 2002, he was elected to Vancouver City Council. He was one of the leading forces behind the Woodward's redevelopment, completed in 2010.


Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur with a passion for bringing life to world-changing projects. Tonya is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), a coworking space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with four locations in Toronto and one location in New York City.

CSI provides its members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their social impact.

Tonya has been creating and leading social ventures since 1987.

Date : 2018-03-0723 views
Department : SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Category : SFU Events
Keyword : social network, Jim Green