About Innovation North

Who We Are

Innovation North is a community of researchers and practice partners who are co-creating a new approach to innovation. We are fuelled by the belief that we can create a future where businesses and society thrive together.

The Lab has co-created the Compass, which guides corporate innovators to solve complex problems by generating novel, actionable ideas. The research team is now validating the Compass with practice partners in Innovation ProjectsThe tools and resources generated through our activities are available in the Knowledge Hub.

Innovation North will become a global social movement that seeks the good of all, for today and for tomorrow.

Our Founder

Dr. Tima Bansal has been thinking about business sustainability for the past 30 years. A globally recognized, award-winning researcher, her work has targeted the interplay between business strategy and sustainability, connecting theory with action.

Tima has always been a strong advocate of the concept of sustainable development — that the needs of the present should not compromise the needs of future generations. Considered a pioneer in this field, she has led initiatives that shape the business school curriculum, as well as the management discipline.

Led by this philosophy, at Innovation North, we believe that business success does not have to compromise society’s well-being. They are interdependent.

Our Supporters

Innovation North is part of a constellation of organizations powered by the Ivey Business School, including the Centre for Building Sustainable Value and the Network for Business Sustainability. All three organizations were founded by Tima Bansal and share the same North Star – that business and society need to work together to create a prosperous future for all.

Innovation North is generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Mitacs.