Alterna Savings

Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation creates community workspaces, nurtures emerging enterprises, and fosters an environment that’s focused on turning challenges into solutions for the improvement of our communities. It’s a little like a greenhouse that grows and incubates new social ideas.

To celebrate our renewed partnership with CSI, on January 26th at CSI Spadina, local innovators, respected entrepreneurs and the world of finance joined forces for a night of sharing ideas and a vision for what can be achieved. 

A dynamic panel of local innovators and thinkers like Hussain Amarshi, President and Founder of Mongrel media, Lynn Daly, Executive Director of Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre and Tonya Surman, Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation lent their know-how and shared their personal experiences in entrepreneurship and the life-changing impact something as simple as a great idea can have on our local communities. 

Alterna’s partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI Spadina) first started in 2006. Since then, we’ve developed a strong and loyal relationship with CSI. For the last five years, we’ve maintained title sponsorship of the Alterna Savings Boardroom - the largest and most frequently used meeting space in the building. Today, Alterna continues to be CSI’s primary financial institution, and we’re excited to bring hands-on business development and learning sessions to members of CSI to further foster their social innovation.

CSI is home to 450 active small businesses, non-profits, and social enterprises - over 800 socially-minded individuals do business at CSI, a number likely to grow when they open their third location in Regent Park later this year.