Providing research, development, and educational programming in the areas of social innovation, social enterprise, social procurement, and social finance.

Scale Institute supports the sector through a variety of different means: resources and toolkits, case studies, webinars and workshops, and programs.

Scale Institute is funded through a combination of grants, government funding, contracts, and sponsorships. We work on a project-to-project basis, identifying areas of innovation and developing new approaches grounded in research and tested for impact.



Business Legacies Initiative is a multi-year research and education project exploring the transition of existing businesses into non-profit ownership. Its purpose is to both maintain small business activity within local economies, as well as provide social enterprise acquisition options for non-profits.
To date, this initiative has conducted literature reviews, case studies and surveys that have helped to develop an acquisition guide and accompanying education. The initiative is overseen by a volunteer Advisory Committee of non-profit and community economic development leaders.


seCatalyst is a network of organizations and community leaders building a strong and innovative social enterprise sector on Vancouver Island. seCatalyst collaborates to host a range of networking and professional development events to educate, showcase and build the capacity of Island-based social enterprises.
Since 2014, over 4000 people have attended a seCatalyst day of learning, workshop, or program. seCatalyst was initially operated as a volunteer initiative and was the impetus for founding Scale Institute.


Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber: Chair
Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber: Chair Executive Director at League of Innovators
Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber is the Executive Director at League of Innovators where she is responsible for mobilizing the next generation of leaders from discovery to acceleration and is also Chief Impact Officer at Ideas for Impact. Joanna believes we can create enterprises that are not only profitable but create social and environmental value in our communities through their activities and brands.

As a public speaker, facilitator, and lecturer, Joanna focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship, impact, youth, and future of work. She was the founding Managing Director of the Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing, co-creator of the award-winning Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, and previously steered the ship at The Next Big Thing, Canada’s only full inclusive youth entrepreneurial program.

Find her lecturing about entrepreneurship and innovation at Simon Fraser Beedie School of Business and at Emily Carr University; mentoring youth led start-ups such as SmartSweets, Blume, WizeMonkey, GrantMe; and driving conversation around social impact and innovation as the chair of the Scale Institute. Joanna’s work focuses on building changemaking ideas from concept to reality, to big impact.

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Jolynn Green, Vice-Chair
Jolynn Green, Vice-ChairExecutive Director, Community Futures Central Island
Since 2010, Jolynn Green has been Executive Director at Community Futures Central Island, where she understands the need for diversified income streams and self-reliance for non-profits. Jolynn’s hands-on experience assisting hundreds of small businesses from startup to expansion and her rich and diverse work experience combined with lifelong learning has created a business acumen steeped in human resources, project management, organizational development, and nonprofit sector management. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has been self-employed.

Her career began in the community economic development arena as a Chamber of Commerce Manager/EDO actively pursuing economic development opportunities. Motivated by the grassroots development approach and the business development aspect of Western Diversification Canada’s Community Futures Program mandate, Jolynn joined a Community Futures team in 1994 where she worked for ten years.

Seeking new opportunities, Jolynn became a Human Resource Manager of a five-star golf and casino resort. Jolynn’s work experience gave her the desire to continue to expand her knowledge base and as a result graduated with a Master of Leadership and Training, Organizational Leadership and Change Management from Royal Roads University of Victoria, BC.

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Shawn Smith, Treasurer and Secretary
Shawn Smith, Treasurer and SecretaryCo-founder and Director at RADIUS
Shawn Smith is the co-founder and Director of RADIUS, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Beedie School of Business and Director of Social Innovation for Simon Fraser University. Having spent the last 15 years working with, in and on social impact organizations on three continents, Shawn is also a founder at several other organizations including IMPAQTO (Ecuador), Global Agents for Change and Education Generation, co-led the ALT/Now Economic Inequality systems change program at the Banff Centre, and speaks and consults regularly on social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Shawn is a top-rated educator, Business in Vancouver top 40 under 40 recipient, and completed his MBA at the University of Oxford in 2010 as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship.

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Kariann Aarup, Board Member
Kariann Aarup, Board MemberDirector, Partnership and Program Development at Aqua Forum
Kariann has worked with Aqua Forum since 2017, focusing on scaling its flagship program, the AquaHacking Challenge. Motivated by sustainability-focused outcomes, especially those that engage stakeholders from multiple sectors, Kariann enjoys finding the sweet spot around which partners can collaborate to amplify impact.

Originally from Montreal, enjoying the freshwater lakes of the Laurentians, Kariann grew up in a family enterprise and holds an MBA from McGill University. Passionate about youth-led change-agency, Kariann has brought her penchant for social innovation to all her work — including as founder of a national cross-sector internship program, instructor at the Desautels School of Business, and through spending 10 years of external relations in the mining sector, where she was integrating sustainability objectives and approaches into operations and expansion projects. She is very happy to be back in the non-profit world, making use of her business background to advance on freshwater issues.

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Scale Institute appreciates the generous support of these partners and funders:

Island Coastal Economic Trust
Rural Opportunities Fund
Royal Roads University
Government of British Columba