Heather Farquharson

Director of Partnerships
Centre for Social Innovation
Toronto, Canada

Heather is the Director of Partnerships for the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) - a centre of excellence for social enterprise development and a social innovation community. She is responsible for multi-sector partnership development and sector leadership, through non-profit collaboration, corporate engagement and Government relations.

She is a strategic planner, partnership broker, policy advocate, program designer and social marketer. Within and from, Canada and South Africa, her work has focused on a wide range of issues, including: civic innovation, youth empowerment, environmental stewardship, public health, human rights, early-childhood development, consumer behaviour change, poverty reduction and economic development through social enterprise. She has worked in partnership with the multiple government departments and ministries, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sesame Workshop, Tim Hortons and USAID - among others. Heather’s contribution to the development of a multimedia, life-skills tool for African youth, was honoured with a Cannes MIP TV - Content 360 Challenge Award, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada. She is an advisory committee member for a variety of social innovation labs working in health and global development.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University, Kingston, specializing in investment strategy; accreditation from the Harvard Business School - Creating Shared Value program, on corporate-led impact; and, the Rotman / Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) - Not-For-Profit Governance program. She lives in Toronto and is the proud mother of two strong girls.