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Inclusive economies fellowship

London joins Kingston and Windsor in hosting a fellowship that will provide an immersive inclusive economy learning experience


Inclusive Economy London and Region is proud to partner on the Inclusive Economy Fellowship for Mid-Sized Cities.


With seed funding from Social Innovation Canada, three cities—Kingston, London, Windsor—have formed an Inclusive Economy Network to connect community organizations, institutional policy makers, and local economic development innovators to scale practices built on the following principles: inclusion, equity, stability and resilience.


We are offering a $5,000 stipend for London’s Inclusive Economy Fellow and we are prioritizing candidates who identify as women, gender non-binary, Indigenous Peoples, African, Caribbean and Black, racialized peoples, persons with disabilities, youth, immigrants, newcomers, refugees, and LGBTQ2S.


During this three-month program, fellows will be responsible for research, project support, community engagement and case study writing. Fellows will have access to a learning curriculum, peer support, influence on project deliverables, and will be a spokesperson for the local community.

The SI4 Inclusive Economies Fellowship provides applied learning to three fellows in Kingston, London and Windsor.


The SI4 Inclusive Economies Fellowship has three specific goals.

  1. To provide an educational experience and professional opportunity in the areas of social innovation, social R&D, and inclusive economic development.

  2. To apply learnings to an inclusive economy development project in their host city.

  3. To support the development of a case for support for inclusive economy development in Ontario to be published by Think Upstream, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Inclusive Economies for Mid-Sized Cities Network.

Roles & expectations


The SI4 Inclusive Economies is supported in part by Social Innovation Canada and the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and in collaboration with the Inclusive Economies for Mid-Sized Cities Network.


Host organization

  • The host city will recruit an SI4 Inclusive Economies Fellow and provide oversight and support for the fellow.

  • The host organization will provide an applied project on inclusive economic development over the term of the fellowship.

  • It is recommended that, where possible, the fellowship be provided to a candidate from an equity-seeking group and can be from the community or internal to the host organization.

Coordination and design

  • Design and delivery will be provided by Jo Reynolds, CSI, and André Vashist, Think Upstream.

  • Fellows will be provided with a $5K stipend for 12 hours per week between June and September 2021, paid to the host organization by the Centre for Social Innovation.

  • Weekly learning sessions about social innovation, social research & development, and inclusive economic development will be provided to the cohort over the fellowship term.

  • Monthly meetings with the Inclusive Economies for Mid-Sized Cities Network will provide additional exposure to activities across Ontario.

Case for support

  • In collaboration with Think Upstream, the fellowship program will provide research on existing inclusive economic development activity and key insights from community leadership on inclusive economic development as a pathway for just recovery in local regions.

Types of activities

  • Cohort-based learning on applied social R&D practices e.g.

  • Community asset mapping

  • Community lead—design

  • Common approach to impact measurement

  • Network weaving through the Mid-Sized Cities Network.

  • Learning about inclusive economic development from other jurisdictions through research, interviews, and stories.

  • Research to support inclusive economic development in their local region that will be included in a mid-sized cities case for support.

Host organization: London Poverty Research Centre


Lead contact: Michael Courey

Director, London Poverty Research Centre at King's

info@inclusiveeconomylondon.ca


The fellow will directly support the formation of the Community Benefit Network through supporting the strategic planning, setting outcomes and through community engagement.