Tim Draimin

Tim Draimin is the executive director of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National. He supports SiG’s network of academics, practitioners, social entrepreneurs and institutions in expanding Canada’s social innovation ecosystem.

A leader in the non-profit sector, Draimin was the founding CEO of Tides Canada. There he established Canada’s first national support system for social entrepreneurs—Tides Canada Initiatives—and supported a world-renowned model of integrated conservation, B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest initiative.

In his over-30-year career, Draimin has worked with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, the International Development Research Centre, Synergos and the Ford Foundation. He has served on international delegations, including Canada’s official delegation to UNCED, and has participated in UN prepcoms. He authored Canada’s first national study of social entrepreneurship and is a frequent advisor to government, non-profits and businesses.

An active volunteer, Draimin serves on the boards of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation (Toronto) and the Trico Charitable Foundation (Calgary), and is a senior advisor to the new MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. 

Tim is an advisor for the Social Innovation Certificate program.