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Founding Partners, Supporters & Sponsors

The London Arts Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and the creative vitality of London. Embracing the potential of Innovation Works to help promote, encourage, and foster the development of art and access to art in the city, LAC was an early Innovation Works adopter and collaborative partner right from the beginning.

The London Heritage Council is a not-for-profit cultural heritage umbrella organization whose mission is to inspire, nurture and manage innovative initiatives through collaboration and coordination in the region. The London Heritage Council has been a collaborative partner working to help bring Innovation Works to life.

Emerging Leaders focuses on the retention, development, and engagement of emerging talent as a means to a more vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic London community for the future. Passionate about new models of cross-sectoral leadership, mentorship, and the building of bridges and relationships, Emerging Leaders enthusiastically embraced Innovation Works as founding partner.

London Community Foundation is dedicated to improving communities across London and Middlesex County through collaboration, strategic leadership, and innovative solutions to charitable giving. Innovation Works was launched with the help of a Community Vitality Grant from the Foundation to carry out a feasibility and business plan.

We are deeply indebted to our friends at the Centre for Social Innovation for their support and guidance on our journey from dream to reality. As pioneers in the social innovation shared space movement, CSI has been an outstanding model and resource for us to draw on, offering assistance ranging from design and operations of the space to partnering with us to build our business management system.

Building on a long history of accompaniment and service with an emphasis on learning, creating community and changing with the times, the Ursulines of the Chatham Union were among the earliest, most passionate and magnanimous supporters of Innovation Works. As a lead sponsor of the project, the Ursuline Sisters share our desire to work together in order to generate systems changing impacts that create vibrant, equitable and sustainable communities.

The leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. OTF provided multi-year funding toward capital costs, equipment and programming expenses to create and launch the Solutions Lab and the Community Collaboration Studio.

It’s a mystery to us! But when word got out about what we were aiming to accomplish at Innovation Works, one incredible donor – who wished to remain anonymous – was inspired to offer a substantial donation after hearing about the potential social and economic impact that Innovation Works would generate for London. We offer our heartfelt thanks… (you know who you are!).

The support of the Lawson Foundation spans both the charitable and impact investing realms. As part of their work, the Lawson Foundation uses impact investing strategies which leverage their foundation assets to make intentional investments in social good. As such, the Foundation was a lead investor in our Community Bond which helped to finance the Innovation Works project. In addition, the Foundation made a significant financial contribution toward renovations of 201 King Street.

In appreciation of their generous support, Innovation Works is proud to recognize Canada Life as a founding donor and major contributor to the Canada Life Solutions Lab – a dedicated space for workshops, events and activities where community change-makers from all sectors who are passionate, creative thinkers and risk-takers can develop powerful ways of partnering in order to advance transformative change.

Libro Credit Union recognized early on that Innovation Works would be a space filled with socially minded innovators and creative minds working together to positively transform our community and grow prosperity. It was a natural fit for them to join Innovation Works as both a tenant and a supporter, with a special emphasis on sponsoring our Social Enterprise programming.

As part of RBC’s commitment to the power of social finance to ignite change, the RBC Vault supports and nurtures for-profit social businesses and nonprofit social enterprises that use market forces to make positive contributions to the well-being of our community.

Celebrating over 125 Years of Canadian heritage, McCormick Canada has been a part of people’s lives for almost as long as Canada has been a nation. Boasting a rich history of employee involvement, McCormick is proud of its past and looks forward to being a part of our community’s future through their support of the McCormick Kitchen at Innovation Works.

In keeping with TD’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment, TD contributed funding to help Innovation Works integrate environmental sustainability into all aspects of our renovation plans and ongoing operations as one of the core principles for our new space. We are pleased to recognize their generous support with the naming of the TD Think Tank meeting space on the second floor.

BMO proudly supports charitable initiatives in the community. BMO's generous sponsorship of the BMO Ideas Bank – a large multi-purpose meeting room on the second floor – is greatly appreciated.

architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson is a design focused architectural practice connected by professional integrity, guided by personal responsibility, and motivated by social purpose. Innovation Works is an example of how they co-create socially responsible environments that inspire and delight.

GoodLife Fitness has a proud history of helping charitable and not-for-profit organizations for over 30 years. GoodLife views community investments not simply as a responsibility, but as an essential component in building strong and healthy communities. As the former owner of 201 King Street, GoodLife provided both financial and in-kind donations in support of Innovation Works.



And the community support doesn’t stop there...


VISIONARY ($250,000 or more)

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union

INNOVATOR ($150,000 to $249,999)

London Life
The Lawson Foundation

GAME CHANGER ($50,000 to $149,999)

Anne Bergeron
architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson
BMO Financial Group
Enabling Accessibility Fund - Government of Canada
GoodLife Fitness
Libro Credit Union
London Community Foundation
Lynn Davis
McCormick Canada
Ontario150 Community Capital Program
RBC Royal Bank
TD Bank

TRAILBLAZER ($25,000 to $49,999)

Cram Family
Highstreet Asset Management
Norlon Builders
ON Communication
Paul Cocker
Smith Family Foundation
The Cowan Foundation

CATALYST ($10,000 to $24,999)

Agape Foundation of London
Jones Packaging
Miller & Co. Wood Studio
Westminster College Foundation

LEADER ($5,000 to $9,999)

3M Canada
Bowden Family
Budweiser Gardens
Chaun McLellan
Denis & Nancy Lemieux
Donna & Brandon Gilbert
Helen & Andy Spriet
Joanne & Tom Cowan
Larry Myny
Michele Davies
OE Canada
The Walter J. Blackburn Foundation
Tides Canada Foundation - Dragonfly Strategic Grantmaking Fund

FORWARD THINKER ($2,500 to $4,999)

London Major Appliances
Nerds On Site

MOBILIZER ($1,000 to $2,499)

Downtown London
Howard & Lynda Rundle
Ryan Fraser
Jason Gilliland
Kate Graham


Not to mention the countless volunteers who have contributed their time, energy and innovative spirits.