Ashoka in Canada

Ashoka’s country and regional offices around the world co-create and co-lead Ashoka’s programming. This enables our global changemaker community to capture and act upon emerging insights, knowledge, and talents of innovators from a wide range of cultural and regional contexts. See a full list of country offices


Ashoka's Priorities and Theory of Change

Ashoka focuses on four strategic priorities to help people understand and adapt to a world of accelerating change, where everyone is called on to be a leader: 


Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka selects world-class social entrepreneurs who are leading the way to an everyone-a-changemaker world.

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Empathy & Young Changemaking

 Ashoka is leading a movement to transform how young people grow up so they thrive in today’s rapidly changing world where everyone must be a changemaker. Changemaking starts with empathy.

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Organizing for Changemaking

Living and working in our changemaker world requires breaking through silos, tearing down walls, and organizing in fluid, open, teams of teams.

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The Ashoka community is an extensive one. . . . The reward for me to be engaged in this way is many dimensional, it gives me a great feeling of hope, my world has really changed being engaged with Ashoka.

Peter Mortifee
Ashoka Support Network member since 2010

Ashoka's vision is where "everyone is a changemaker." Ashoka's Fellows have dramatic (often national and global scale) impact in their specific fields. And yet the biggest impact social entrepreneurs can have is not necessarily their solutions to problems; it is their recruiting thousands of local changemakers to give their ideas wings in community...

World Bank

Through its vision of Everyone a Changemaker and its renowned selection process, Ashoka is filling a crucial need in Canada for direct, lifelong support for social entrepreneurs. I see Ashoka Canada building on global Ashoka’s strengths and history by growing a strong Canadian fellowship that will collaborate with social entrepreneurs worldwide...

Bill Young
Ashoka Support Network, since 2007

Bill Drayton emphasized to us [that] empathy is increasingly becoming our primary resource for dealing with the exponential rate of change the world is going through.

Arianna Huffington
Founder, The Huffington Post
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How society helps children grow up needs fundamental innovation at least as urgently as in how it produces computers. That is why Ashoka is so important. It finds, helps launch, and then link and leverages the most powerful social innovations and innovators.

Carol Bellamy
Former Executive Director, UNICEF