Joanna (Jo) Reynolds
Social Innovation Specialist
With roots in community with West Neighbourhood House in Parkdale, Jo is motivated to improve access and equity across our social systems. Since 2007, Jo has worked alongside incredible talent and visionaries to expand how social finance, impact investing, and social enterprise impacts local community initiatives that put people and the planet first.
At CSI, Jo is engaged in supporting the field of social innovation to grow with a focus on Social Ventures and Community Wealth in Ontario.
Find them part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network that offers a suite of programs for women and gender non-binary founders who are starting up or growing a venture that has a positive social, cultural or environmental impact. As well as, Jo is pleased to lead a new initiative launching in 2021 called Adopting Common Measures that supports social purpose organizations track their impact towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
As the Ontario Weaver with CSI, Jo’s is focused on equity and inclusion through Community Wealth initiatives. Find them with the Inclusive Economies for Mid-Sized Cities Network and Kingston Social Finance. As well, Jo works with an ecosystem of partners to connect and grow Community Capital Ontario.
Before joining CSI in 2015, Jo had the great opportunity to be the Associate Director of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (2011-2015) and with Social Innovation Generation (2008-2011) with a focus on social finance. Jo is often a guest speaker at post-secondary institutions and conferences and has contributed to a number resources in the field including: “The Value Chain Analysis: Partnership for a Carbon Efficient Strategy” BNY Mellon, 2016
“From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy II Practical Solutions and Actionable Insights on How to Do Impact Investing”; World Economic Forum, 2014, “State of the Nation: Impact Investing in Canada”; 2014, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, “Meaningful Business: Understanding Social Entrepreneurs”; RBC White Paper, 2014, “Opportunities for Impact: A White Paper on Impact Investing”, TD Bank Group, 2013.
They completed the Oxford University, Impact Investing Programme and completed their Masters of Education at the University of Toronto, with a B.A. from Queen’s University. Jo is proud to have served as a Board member of TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative for five years and now commits time to parenting, community arts, gardens and other community based projects in Kingston.
They are grateful to live, work, and play with their family on the lands of the Mississauga Anishinaabe (‘original’ peoples) known as the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Territory. It is also referred to as northern Iroquoia by the Huron and Haudenosaunee.