Empowering change for a brighter tomorrow 

Where purpose-driven innovation meets social impact. 

The Social Impact Lab brings concepts for the future and the realities of the present together to design solutions that help solve our society's greatest challenges.

We help innovators change the world. We aim to find human-centred solutions that help to address complex social issues. We move fast with intention and with our whole hearts. Let’s build something better, together.

Innovative Initiatives

We meet challenges by using inclusive and innovative methodologies such as design thinking to address complex issues.

Building Capacity

We enable collaborators to take a human-centred approach to innovation to truly meet the needs of the people it's made for.

Fostering Community

We bring together non-profit partners, government, donors, businesses, and the community to design for the future.

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An applied learning experience created by The Social Impact Lab to share design methods and tools from hundreds of projects completed with government, business and non-profit-based organizations.

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Our Impact

Finding Solutions

We bring together people, practice, and place to tackle complex challenges through systems innovation to unlock a better world for all.

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About Us

Empowering Change

The Social Impact Lab is a collaboration between United Way of Calgary and Area and design firm J5. We're changing lives, one idea at a time.

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Always Co-Creating

We work with amazing people and organizations, including:


Calgary Counselling Centre, Distress Centre, Carya, McMan, Catholic Family Services, The Alex, Families Matter, Immigrant Services Calgary, Centre for Newcomers, Alberta Health Services & Government of Alberta, YMCA, Trellis, Miskanawah, and more.

In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut'ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Moh'kins’tis, also known as Calgary.