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Satsuko Van Antwerp

Roles: Advisory Committee.

Satsuko Van Antwerp is a writer, researcher and facilitator, fascinated by what shapes our different views of the world.

Currently, Satsuko is a Manager at Social Innovation Generation (SiG), a think tank working to strengthen the practice of social innovation across Canada. At SiG, Satsuko splits her time between writing, researching and facilitating connections and dialogue, all with the goal of enabling social innovation lab practitioners and government innovators to flourish.

This can look like: convening a small group of lab practitioners to peer-learn and share what’s working and not working in their practice, hosting a workshop with bureaucrats on the opportunity for co-production of public services, or writing / speaking about social innovation topics to public audiences. Her team’s recent focus has been to advise and support the Government of Alberta with the creation of their new $1B Social Innovation Endowment.

Prior to joining SiG, Satsuko worked in property management. She switched fields and went on to participate in work terms at Mindlab (a cross-ministry innovation unit within the Danish government), KAGIDER (the women entrepreneurs association of Turkey), and Purpose Capital (a boutique consultancy for social ventures and investors).

Satsuko holds an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and indulges her blogging urges via thinkthrice.ca