4th Annual Partnership Conference

LIVE - September 21st & 22ND, 2022
The Carlu

Speakers

September 21st & 22nd, 2022 | Live Conference
Marie-Anne Champagne Guimond

Adriana Beemans

Metcalf Foundation
Inclusive Local Economies, Program Director
Website: metcalffoundation.com

Bio

Adriana Beemans is the Inclusive Local Economies Program Director at the Metcalf Foundation where she works with community-based organizations to advance long-term strategies to address precarious employment, access to good jobs, and innovative approaches for community wealth. Adriana joined Metcalf in 2013, bring extensive experience in community development capacity building and program innovation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Adriana was the Director of Programs & Services at Working Women Community Centre and the Social Investment Fund Manager at Toronto Community Housing, working closely with community leaders in low-income communities. Before moving to Toronto, Adriana worked overseas with the Aga Khan Development Network in Pakistan and UN-Habitat in Afghanistan. Adriana is an alum from University of Toronto, Trent University, and University of Kings’ College, an avid NBA fan, and mum to an amazing 10 years old.

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Alejandro Mayoral

Indigenous Friends Association
Executive Director and Founder
Website: indigenousfriends.org

Bio

Alejandro Mayoral Banos is a Mixtec and Totonac activist and the Executive Director of the Indigenous Friends Association (IFA) based in Tkaronto, Canada. Alejandro has a Ph.D. in the joint program of Communication & Culture from York University and Toronto Metropolitan University, where he specialized in the intersections between Indigeneity, decolonization and digital technologies. Alejandro believes that incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing and doing into the design of digital technologies can create safer and more sustainable virtual spaces for everyone. Alejandro serves on several initiatives in Canada, Mexico and the United Nations Forum of Climate Change, linking digital education initiatives to the self-determination of Indigenous peoples. His academic research focuses on decolonial computing intersecting several areas: digital humanities, Indigenous media, Indigenous data sovereignty and decolonial infrastructure.

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Amy Smith

Toms
Chief Strategy and Impact Officer
Website: toms.com

Bio

Amy Smith is the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at TOMS. She serves as a member of TOMS executive team leading all aspects of the company’s corporate strategy, consumer insights and impact. Amy drives global strategy across product, marketing, sales, support functions and social impact with the goal of growing TOMS business and impact, streamlining process, building strong collaboration across teams, and creating a strong, productive, passionate culture. In her impact role Amy takes a 360 degree view of impact focusing on all the ways TOMS gives back, through purpose, planet and people. In 2021, under Amy’s leadership, TOMS evolved its impact model from One for One to now giving ⅓ of their profits for grassroots good with a focus on mental health – specifically helping fund access to mental health resources to the millions of people who need them. In this role she ensures the highest quality impact through deep global impact partner development, powerful storytelling, and transparent reporting. She also manages TOMS environmental sustainability efforts, B Corp certification and employee engagement.

Prior to TOMS, Amy was the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Amy has also held several management positions at Apple helping to lead their retail initiative and was part of the original team that opened the first 50 Apple retail stores supporting international real estate development, store design, construction and store operations.

Amy is a founding member of Chief LA, has served on several non-profit boards, holds a BA in Business from Michigan State University and resides in Los Angeles with her spouse and two children.

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Batool Nawab

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
Senior Manager, Social Impact & Sustainability
Website: nortonrosefulbright.com

Bio

Batool is currently Senior Manager, Social Impact and Sustainability at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, driving their national impact and sustainability strategy and initiatives. Prior to her current role, she has worked on Social Impact and Environment teams at RBC and TD Bank Group. She is a mental health advocate and serves on the Board of Central Toronto Youth Services – a community based mental health centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. Batool holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and an MBA in Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business – York University.

Brad Offman

Spire Philanthropy
CEO
Website: spirephilanthropy.com

Bio

Brad Offman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Spire Philanthropy, a management consultancy specializing in corporate-charitable partnerships and philanthropic advisory services. Brad is also a co-founder and Chief Curator of the Partnership Conference.

He is the former Senior Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments, former President of the Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining Mackenzie, Brad served as Vice President, Development at the Toronto Community Foundation.

Brad sits on the Board of Directors of the V-42 Foundation, the CAGP Foundation and Benefaction Foundation. He is a past member of the National Advisory Council for Imagine Canada and a past board member of Philanthropic Foundations Canada and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Brad holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University in Montreal. He also proudly holds the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy designation.

Bridgette Estrela

MLSE Foundation & MLSE Social Impact
Managing Director
Website: mlse.com

Bio

A community investment strategist and leader in the non-profit sector, Bridgette has devoted over a decade to creating social change by leading the strategic investment of almost $100 million in charitable resources to community programs focused on arts, culture, sport and recreation. As a solution-based thought leader, Bridgette strongly believes that creative collaborative approaches are the key to healthy community building, and that creating partnerships tying community-centered impact, to like-minded corporate brands can have mutually assured success.
Complimented by a B.Fa (Hons.) from York University and a professional fellowship from Ivey Business School at Western University.

Brittany Hill

Brittany Hill

Accelerist
CEO & Founder
Website: accelerist.com

Bio

Brittany Hill is the CEO and Founder of Accelerist, the partnership intelligence SaaS platform where causes and corporations connect. As a passionate data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to support B-corporations and Fortune 1000 companies as well as enterprise and federated nonprofits in their pursuit of sustainable events and partnerships. Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, and MSN.com. In her role, Brittany spearheads social impact product development and leads a talented team who has supported 100s of customers in effectuating social change.

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Bruce Lawson

The Counselling Foundation of Canada
President
Website: counselling.foundation

Bio

Bruce Lawson took on his role as the President at The Counselling Foundation of Canada in October 2008. He is also the Executive Officer of CERIC and an ex-officio member of the CERIC Board of Directors.
Bruce is a co-founder of Foundation House, a collaborative workspace housing three foundations and several charitable & nonprofit network organizations in Toronto. He was a part of the steering committee that co-authored the Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action presented at the Closing Event of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. In 2019, he was appointed for a two-year term to the federal government’s Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector. In Spring 2020, he helped create the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund, which was designed to support Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations with immediate needs in the face of the pandemic.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Bruce provided meeting planning, project management and communications services to a variety of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations. Bruce served as the Interim Executive Director of Casey House Foundation for 18 months.
An active volunteer, Bruce is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Casey House, and co-chaired Casey House’s largest fundraising event, Art with Heart, in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He is also a past Chair of the Board of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) and has served/serves on the board or committees of several other organizations.
Bruce has a BA (Economics) from McGill and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

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Cheryl May

London South Bank University
Consultant and Doctoral Researcher
Website: lsbu.ac.uk

Bio

Cheryl May is a consultant and doctoral researcher at London South Bank University. Her research is focused on prosocial leadership within Canadian social purpose organizations. She is a four-time executive director who has scaled-up initiatives by establishing partnership networks and building systems that support collaboration and communities of practice. She worked as a journalist and theatre director before founding a ‘green’ business in 1989 that changed the course of her work. She led the development of the 211 information system in Canada, which received the Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Service Delivery. Cheryl was the practice lead, social innovation at MaRS and received her MDes, Strategic Foresight and Innovation, at OCADU. She has been a board member and advisor to Canadian Race Relations Foundation since 2014. Currently, she is a Systemic Design Association board member and organizes the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium.

Chris Baylis

The Sponsorship Collective
President and CEO
Website: sponsorshipcollective.com

Bio

Chris Baylis is the CEO of The Sponsorship Collective and has worked with thousands of sponsorship seekers, written well over 300,000 words on the topic and spoken at conferences all over the world, with one goal in mind: To radically transform the way sponsorship is practiced.

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Debbie McDowell

SEPHORA
Director of Social Impact & Communications
Website: sephora.com

Bio

For nearly 20 years, Debbie has leaned into her career following one simple philosophy: the best roles are the surprise roles you didn’t go looking for but were open to trying. Her natural curiosity, love for learning and willingness to work in multiple disciplines has contributed to a dynamic career in marketing, corporate communications, corporate social responsibility, human resources and change management for global retail brands IKEA and Sephora.
Today, Debbie leads the Corporate Communications, Social Impact, Employer Brand and Translations teams in the pursuit of having a positive impact on employees, the organization, and the brand. An inclusive leader, Debbie is committed to developing her teams and driving key strategies to propel Sephora Canada as an employer of choice.

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Gaurav Gupta

Walmart Canada
Director, ESG
Website: walmart.ca

Bio

Gaurav Gupta is a senior ESG leader, with a career spanning the corporate, non-profit and foundation sectors across six countries. His background is in engineering, strategy consulting, public health, social impact and sustainability. As Director, ESG at Walmart Canada, Gaurav leads the sustainability and community portfolios for the organization, embedding regenerative thinking across 100,000 employees. Prior to Walmart, Gaurav has held ESG and Social Impact leadership roles at KPMG Canada, Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, British Telecom and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He has also been a part of the Leadership Program at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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Helena Shimeles

RBC Corporate Citizenship
Director, Initiatives and Implementation, Social Impact & Innovation
Website: rbc.com

Bio

Helena Shimeles is passionate about innovation and transformation at personal, community, and organizational levels. This passion has led her to exciting cross industry opportunities including corporate, government, academic, and nonprofit settings. Over 15 years, she has lead high performing teams to facilitate consensus across polarized groups, create connections in times of ambiguity, and truly understand how different points of view can come together increasing respect for people from all walks of life.

As Director of Initiatives & Implementation, RBC, Corporate Citizenship, Helena leads the national Diversity and Inclusion strategy and community investment portfolio. She also plays an integral role bringing to life global cross-functional strategic initiatives across Corporate Citizenship.
Helena is a York University and University of Toronto alum and proud Scarborough resident where she lives with her husband and three kids.

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Jackie Lee

KPMG in Canada National Social
Environnemental Impact Lead
Website: home.kpmg

Bio

Jackie is the National Social & Environmental Impact Lead at KPMG in Canada since November 2021, driving the national impact strategy and initiatives. Prior to that, she was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at KPMG China. She led the national team in mapping out the firm’s CSR and IDE strategies, developed partnerships and engaged stakeholders, as well as oversaw KPMG Foundation’s social impact initiatives. Jackie has experience in both commercial and non-profit sectors, and she enjoys building rapport with people from all walks of lives to foster impactful partnerships that instill positive change in the community.

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Janis Nixon

Futurpreneur
Head of Partnerships
Website: futurpreneur.ca

Bio

Proud recipient of the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award from Ontario Cycling Association for leading the Newmarket eGALS, an all women’s cycling group. I am a leader who thrives on nurturing staff, from two to 200, building solid relationships and working efficiently on multiple different projects simultaneously. I helped build the careers of artists like Justin Bieber and Drake among others, and develop marketing solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility strategies for brands such as Ford, Tim Hortons, OLG, RBC, Virgin, Kids Help Phone and many more. I am driven by social impact, creativity, ideas, integrity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. I embrace challenges having proudly completed my first IRONMAN in 2018.

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Jennifer Barbazza

Walmart Canada
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Website: walmart.ca

Bio

Jennifer Barbazza brings her passion and expertise in sustainability and environmental compliance to her role as Senior Manager, Sustainability at Walmart Canada. Jennifer drives initiatives that support Walmart Canada’s journey to becoming a regenerative company, using her 15 years of experience in the space to bring Walmart Canada’s elimination of single-use plastic bags, a comprehensive Pollinator Health Strategy and sustainable sourcing programs for textiles, seafood, pulp and paper to market, among others. An internal agitator, Jen is always looking for innovative ways to make a positive environmental impact.

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Janine Manning

Anishnawbe Health Foundation/Laidlaw Foundation
Manager, Annual Giving Donor Relation/Chair
Website: supportanishnawbe.ca

Bio

Janine Manning is Anishinaabe and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation (Neyaashiinigmiing, ON). She is the Manager, Annual Giving & Donor Relations, Anishnawbe Health Foundation – an Indigneous-led charity, and sole fundraising entity for Anishnawbe Health Toronto, an accredited Community Health Centre serving Indigenoue people in Toronto for over 30 years. Janine is also the first Indigenous person to lead a private philanthropic foundation in Canada as the President of Laidlaw Foundation, which supports young people impacted by the justice, education, and child-welfare systems through granting, convening and advocacy. She has dedicated the last decade to Indigenous relations & community development efforts, most recently through the public granting, philanthropic, and charitable sectors in close proximity to the social services organizations. Janine is a passionate, community-centric fundraiser and philanthropic leader, and a sectoral advocate for Indigenous grantees, communities, worldviews, and lived experiences. Janine recently joined the FoodShare Toronto Board of Directors and is an Indigenous Advisor to the Toronto Public Library and BGC Canada.

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Jody Steinhauer

Kits for a Cause
Founder, President & Chief Bargain Officer
Website: kitsforacause.com

Bio

President of The Bargains Group, Jody Steinhauer has mobilized her award-winning discount wholesale and promotional products company to revolutionize the business landscape for good. She has been the esteemed recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Toronto Board of Trade; Business Leader of the Year Award as well as countless others. As a Canadian female entrepreneur, Jody uses her network of resources and leverages buying power to aid every company and non-profit agency that she touches to maximize their buying dollar.
Pioneering her belief of “giving back makes great business sense”, Jody is a tireless advocate and founder of the charity, Engage and Change. Its two annual initiatives, Project Winter Survival and Project Water, help thousands of homeless throughout Toronto and the surrounding area survive the extreme weather conditions while engaging individuals in active philanthropy. Inspired by the impact her charity has made, Jody launched the social enterprise, Kits for a Cause. Jody has made it turn-key, fun and engaging for businesses & groups to engage their employees while solving local community services’ needs for resources. Her model of “brokering goodness” has worked with some of the top industry leaders in both the corporate and philanthropic spheres.

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Jordan Kerbel

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Director of External Relations
Website: allstate.ca

Bio

Jordan Kerbel is a strategic communications/public affairs executive with an established track record of leadership and results-driven communications and advocacy. He coaches and educates senior business leaders to manage complex issues and supports organizations to navigate through crisis situations. Jordan has a diverse background in news and sports television and radio broadcasting, including over ten years’ experience as anchor, writer and producer with CBC/CTV, combined with public affairs experience in corporate and non-profit communications. Jordan has nearly 20 years of experience in delivering dynamic and engaging learning sessions and media training to enhance communications and public affairs skills and optimize media interactions. In his current role as Director, External Relations at Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, Jordan is accountable for all external customer facing communications that foster, protect and enrich Allstate’s corporate image. He collaborates with leaders across the organization to ensure seamless alignment on programs and positioning to inform and shape stakeholder perceptions and executes on Allstate’s corporate giving initiatives. Jordan also oversees the Ombudsman and issues management functions.

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Josee Thibault

MaRS Discovery District
Director of Philanthropy
Website: marsdd.com

Bio

With a background in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Josée connects passionate people and purpose-driven organizations with causes they care about and builds communities devoted to meaningful social impact. She has raised funds and held leadership positions in a variety of non-profits, including those devoted to childhood literacy, youth employment, medical research, and university advancement. Josée has served on numerous boards, is a candidate for a Masters of Communication Management at McMaster University, and currently serves as MaRS’ inaugural Director of Philanthropy.

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Kelly Small, MDes

Intents & Purposes
Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Website: intentspurposes.co

Bio

KELLY SMALL (they/them) is an award-winning creative director, designer, writer, and educator with deep roots in communications and a special focus on ethical and inclusive practice. Founder of the creative agency Intents & Purposes, professor of design ethics at the School of Design at George Brown College, and an affiliated design researcher with Emily Carr University, Kelly holds an interdisciplinary MDes and received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for their research into the ethics of commercial creative work. Kelly lives in Toronto with their wife, Dahlia, bonus kid, Evan, and dog, Richie.

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Krishan Mehta

Toronto Metropolitan University
AVP of Engagement
Website: torontomu.ca

Bio

Krishan Mehta is the Assistant Vice President, Engagement at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). He leads alumni relations, special fundraising campaigns, and other strategies to engage different communities in support of the university. Previously, he held a variety of senior fundraising, alumni relations and marketing roles at Seneca College and the University of Toronto. Krishan also leads the Fundraising Management Certificate Program at The Chang School and teaches in Carleton University’s Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership Graduate Program. Krishan completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, where he studied the philanthropy of immigrants in Canada. He was named 2020 Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter, the largest AFP chapter in the world. Krishan is also honoured to have been named 2022 AFP Distinguished Fellow.

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Krista Slade

Canadian Mental Health Association (National Executive)
National Chief Philanthropy and Partnerships Officer
Website: torontomu.ca

Bio

Born in Toronto, Krista has spent much of her career overseas. She worked in Hong Kong for most of the 1990s and travelled extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region representing the University of Toronto. She then moved to the University of Melbourne where she worked as a strategic advisor to the Vice Chancellor (President). Krista was recruited as the inaugural Executive Director for the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), establishing operations in Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. From 2010 – 2015, Krista served as global advancement director of the Rhodes Scholarships, based at Rhodes House, Oxford. She returned to her alma mater, the University of Toronto, to lead all fundraising & alumni activities for the Faculty of Arts & Science between 2015 – 2019, including the conclusion of the Boundless Campaign which raised over $320m for the Faculty. After two years as their inaugural director of Strategic Partnerships, Krista moved to the national executive of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) where she serves as the inaugural Chief Philanthropy & Partnership Officer. Founded in 1918, CMHA is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. As a federation, CMHA identifies and responds to Canada’s most pressing mental health priorities.

A graduate of the University of Toronto (BA, MA), Krista also completed graduate work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a CASE Laureate. She enjoys travel, podcasts, and photography.

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Laura Janes

IMI International
Vice President
Website: consultimi.com

Bio

Laura’s core passion is helping brands optimize and grow. Starting her career at ACNielsen, then moving to the client-side at Procter & Gamble before landing at IMI International over 12 years ago, her experience to-date has been focused on uncovering strong insight.

Throughout her career to-date, Laura’s experience has spanned 100+ clients in over 60 unique categories. Her experience encompasses brand health & partnership, positioning and in-market evaluations, to name a few. Laura has a passion for the not-for-profit space and currently leads IMI’s cause marketing insights, including custom studies, syndicated efforts and content/best practices.

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Liban Abokor

Foundation for Black Canadians Communities – Reimagine LABS
Co-Founder – CEO
Website: forblackcommunities.orgreimaginelabs.ca

Bio

Liban Abokor is a non-profit executive and co-founder and Board Member of the Foundation for Black Communities, Canada’s first philanthropic foundation dedicated to supporting Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused organizations. He is also the co-author of the Unfunded report, which revealed how Canada’s philanthropic sector grossly underfunds Black communities.

Liban is also a Fellow at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, where he focuses on modernizing the charitable sector via a justice-based approach.

He presently serves on the boards of the Samara Centre for Democracy, Shoot for Peace, and the Economic Development and Culture Division’s Program Advisory Committee.

Lindsay Gruber

Lindsay Gruber

taproot FOUNDATION
President & CEO
Website: taprootfoundation.org

Bio

Lindsay Gruber is the President & CEO of the Taproot Foundation. A widely recognized authority on nonprofit capacity-building, CSR and cross-sector collaboration, Lindsay has dedicated her career to the idea that greater change can be achieved in the world by helping to strengthen the organizations that are tackling some of society’s greatest challenges. Under her leadership, the Taproot Foundation supports organizations by engaging business professionals in pro bono service, ensuring that organizations serving the social good have access to the marketing, HR, IT, strategy and other resources they need to thrive.

A frequent public speaker in the field, Lindsay has been cited in many major publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has authored and contributed to numerous thought leadership pieces on topics ranging from pro bono and leadership development to best practices in effective program design and scaling.
Lindsay holds a B.A. from Yale University and is an American Express Leadership Academy alumna.

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Lissa Mitchell

KPMG in Canada
Director of Operations, Canadian Strategic Alliances
Website: home.kpmg

Bio

Lissa Mitchell is the current Director of Operations for the KPMG Strategic Alliances team in Canada.
With over 20 years’ experience within the financial & professional services industries, Lissa is known for her passion as a marketer, communications leader, and business & operational strategist.

Recently, Lissa has become actively involved on philanthropic endeavours to help BIPOC communities, disability advancements in the workplace and the championing gender equality rights for Black women in the workplace.

Lissa is also a mother to her teenage daughter, wife and enjoys travelling and enjoy cooking and eating food from around the world.

 

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Marco Di Buono

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
President of Jumpstart Charities
Website: jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

Bio

Marci Di Buono is the Chief Operating Officer at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities where he oversees the planning, design and execution of programs intended to help children of all abilities in communities across Canada participate in sport and recreation.

Before joining Jumpstart, Dr. Di Buono spent three years as Vice President, Science, Research & Professional Education at the American Heart Association, where he was responsible for the Association’s $170 million research enterprise and oversaw the development of clinical practice guidelines and professional education resources.

Dr. Di Buono holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and has a history of advocating for the health and well-being of children and youth.

Dr. Di Buono currently sits on the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is a very proud father of three active kids.

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Martina Ambiri

Impakt Foundation
Executive Director
Website: #

Bio

Martina Ambiri is the Executive Director of Impakt Foundation for Social Change – a registered charity creating great impact in the lives of newcomers through employment. As a newcomer herself, Martina is committed and passionate about using her skills and experience to support people in need. She strongly believes that people with lived experience should be part of the table and their voice(s) should be amplified.

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Mark Beckles

RBC Corporate Citizenship
Vice President, Social Impact & Innovation
Website: rbc.com

Bio

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, and has executive leadership experiences in banking, insurance, risk management and non-profit leadership. Mark leads the strategic execution of RBC’s Social Impact portfolios including RBC Future Launch, RBC Tech for Nature and RBC Emerging Artists. Mark also leads stakeholder relations to cultivate and maintain key relationships across Canada including policy makers, partners and stakeholders to advance RBC’s community investment priorities. Mark holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Bradford and has completed executive programs with Richard Ivey School of Business and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).

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Mira Soullen

FundRazr
Chief Marketing Officer
Website: fundrazr.com

Bio

Mira Soullen is a Chief Marketing Officer at FundRazr, a next-generation digital fundraising platform for social impact organizations. Mira has 14 years of experience in marketing, including being a brand manager for Oreo and Danone. She also helps professional fundraisers and entrepreneurs level up their skillset via advising, teaching and authoring a series of marketing and growth masterclasses.

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Mobeen Lalani

Emerging Youth Consultancy
Founder, Principal Youth Consultant
Website: emergingyouth.info

Bio

Mobeen Lalani (he/him) is a racialized first-generation student and founder of a youth-led consultancy group. Since 2018, Mobeen has been the MLSE Launchpad Youth Advisory Council co-Chair for two consecutive terms and the Director of Communications and Member of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health from 2019-2020. During the pandemic, recognizing the lack of youth inclusion on decision-making tables, Mobeen founded Emerging Youth Consultancy (EYC) to bridge the gap between youth and adult partnerships, focusing on youth equity and co-creation driven by mutual respect, active listening, and strategic initiative. In current day, EYC has over 350 active youth in their national Youth Hub, has worked with over 15 private and public organizations and research groups, and has conducted over 25 workshops and design jams through youth led facilitation

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Mona-Lisa Prosper

Futurpreneur
Director, Black Entrepreneurs
Website: futurpreneur.ca

Bio

Since the beginning of my career, I have passionately navigated the fields of law, entrepreneurship, talent acquisition and the business world in general. I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations in the technology, professional services, fashion and music sectors, as well as in economic development. Today, I combine my values of diversity and inclusion with my desire to make an impact by being the Director of Futurpreneur Canada’s Black Entrepreneur Startup Program.

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Nation Cheong

United Way Greater Toronto
Vice President, Community Opportunities and Mobilization
Website: unitedwaygt.org

Bio

For the past 20 years, Nation has dedicated his professional and personal time to community development strategies with a focus on supporting young people in communities across Toronto. He has played many roles throughout his career that has led to social, cultural and systemic impact. He is a respected partnership builder, community animator, artist, musician, teacher and social change agent.
Nation served the Regent Park community for eight years through various youth, and homeless strategies and the revitalizing of Canada’s first social housing project. National went on to become Director of Community Engagement and Grants helping to lead the Youth Challenge Fund (YCF), a $46.6 million dollar investment in youth-led / youth-driven initiatives across Toronto’s inner suburban communities. The work focused on the needs of the city’s most underserved youth and led to the investment of 111 initiatives across the inner suburbs, including 17 legacy initiatives.
As United Way’s Vice President of Community Opportunities & Mobilization, he currently oversees the implementation of United Way’s Youth Success Strategy working with the provincial and municipal government, private sector partners, technology innovators and community agencies to tackle the employment challenges that over 80,000 youth face in the GTA. Additionally, he oversees the development of United Way’s Indigenous Collaboration Framework which will guide United Way’s work related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action.

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Nicole Mitchell

Meridian
Director, Brand & Social Commitment
Website: meridiancu.ca

Bio

Nicole is an experienced social impact and marketing leader who believes in driving profit through purpose. With experience in both the charitable and private sector, she has an in-depth understanding of the social impact landscape in Canada and is passionate about sustainable business strategy and purpose driven brands. She brings these two passion areas together in her current role at Meridian Credit Union where she leads Brand and Social Impact.

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Olumide Akerewusi

AgentsC
Founder & CEO
Website: agentsc.ca

Bio

Olumide (Mide) Akerewusi is a social justice advocate and certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner. Having worked almost 30 years as a professional fundraiser and philanthropy adviser in the UK and Canada, he is also Founder and CEO of AgentsC Inc. an international, B-Corp Certified consulting company based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2015, AgentsC offers strategic solutions to socially and environmentally conscious organizations around the world. Drawing on the African tradition of Ubuntu (I am because we are), AgentsC is guided by a trademark principle, Equity Philanthropy™ – the belief that love of community and social justice form an essential alchemy for tackling the world’s biggest problems, as expressed through the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals.

In his spare time, Mide enjoys hanging out with friends and family. His wife and he are the proud parents of two adult children. He is a co-author of the award winning book, Collecting Courage, and a member of the Black Fundraisers’ Collective. He also serves as board member of 100 Strong, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring young Black men through Black male mentors. As well, Mide serves as a TELUS Community Board member in Toronto. As a Council Member of the McMaster University Future of Canada Project, Mide contributes to important conversations about building a stronger and more equitable and prosperous Canada.

Paul Klein

Paul Klein

impakt
Founder and CEO
Website: impakt.ca

Bio

Paul Klein is a global authority on helping businesses benefit from solving social problems. In 2001, Paul founded impakt, a B Corp that helps corporations improve their social impact on the world. In 2019, Paul founded the Impakt Foundation for Social Change, an organization that creates pathways to employment for newcomers and other vulnerable people. Paul is the author of Change for Good: An Action-Oriented Approach for Businesses to Benefit from Solving the World’s Most Urgent Social Problems.

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Phil Haid

Public Inc.
Co-Founder & CEO
Website: publicinc.com

Bio

Phillip founded PUBLIC in 2008 to disrupt the way companies think about doing “good”. Driven by a passion to prove that social and environmental impact is a key business driver to achieve profit with purpose, he set out to build a social impact agency – designing social and environmental purpose brands, strategies, programs and campaigns. As CEO, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative growth of the business, including oversight on some of PUBLIC’s North American clients: Canadian Tire, RBC, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay, Tiffany & Co., Johnson & Johnson, Comcast, and the Obama Foundation. Phillip is a frequent commentator and columnist for Fast Company writing on “profit with purpose”.

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Rachel Hutchisson

Blackbaud
Vice President, Global Social Responsibility
Website: blackbaud.ca

Bio

Rachel Hutchisson is a respected executive experienced in building and leading social impact and CSR initiatives, forging strategic relationships and sharing expertise to further the field of social good. Her work puts her at the center of critical conversations driving social innovation. Rachel is VP of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud, Inc., BLKB, a leading cloud software company focused on powering an Ecosystem of Good through its work with individuals, nonprofits, foundations and companies. responsible for the company’s social impact investments and sustainability and helping the company’s 3,600+ associates be Agents of Good. Rachel couples her deep interest in good and mentoring with strong communication skills developed through collegiate and postgraduate study and with her passion for diversity, inclusion and equity. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Rachel is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of The Giving Institute, publishers of Giving USA, serves on the boards of the Blackbaud Giving Fund and Common Impact, and chairs Blackbaud’s Senior Women’s Leadership Council and ESG Steering Committee. She is a past board member of AFP International and the Coastal Community Foundation, is a Riley Fellow (having attended Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute) and has participated in both phases of the Racial Equity Institute training, hosted by the YWCA. Her talk “The Era of Corporate Social Responsibility is Ending” is available on the TEDx YouTube channel.

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Saadia Malik

Johnson & Johnson
Manager for Johnson & Johnson’s Global Community Impact team
Website: jnj.com

Bio

Rachel Hutchisson is a respected executive experienced in building and leading social impact and CSR initiatives, forging strategic relationships and sharing expertise to further the field of social good. Her work puts her at the center of critical conversations driving social innovation. Rachel is VP of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud, Inc., BLKB, a leading cloud software company focused on powering an Ecosystem of Good through its work with individuals, nonprofits, foundations and companies. responsible for the company’s social impact investments and sustainability and helping the company’s 3,600+ associates be Agents of Good. Rachel couples her deep interest in good and mentoring with strong communication skills developed through collegiate and postgraduate study and with her passion for diversity, inclusion and equity. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Rachel is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of The Giving Institute, publishers of Giving USA, serves on the boards of the Blackbaud Giving Fund and Common Impact, and chairs Blackbaud’s Senior Women’s Leadership Council and ESG Steering Committee. She is a past board member of AFP International and the Coastal Community Foundation, is a Riley Fellow (having attended Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute) and has participated in both phases of the Racial Equity Institute training, hosted by the YWCA. Her talk “The Era of Corporate Social Responsibility is Ending” is available on the TEDx YouTube channel.

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Salma Dhanani

SEPHORA
Senior Manager of Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)
Website: sephora.com

Bio

As a dedicated diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging advocate, Salma has spent years actively engaging people in workplaces including Sephora Canada, Loblaw Companies, Airbnb, and communities to build healthy and positive cultures. As an organizational consultant for more than 10 years, she uses experience and expertise in operations, process optimizations and change management to build thriving teams and cultures with a foundational focus on culture and behaviours, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Trusted to listen, with an open mind and with respect, Salma consistently works to ensure inclusive solutions are created and implemented to meet and exceed the needs of those they support. With a passion for the why behind what people do, creating optimal experiences and ways of working and innovating through a strategic business lens, Salma strives to make more meaningful connections and impacts, while moving the dial forward towards positive change.

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Sarah Matsushita

Ontario Nonprofit Network
Director of Communications and Engagement
Website: theonn.ca

Bio

Sarah (she/her) has worked with local, regional and international nonprofits and charities in Canada, Thailand and Japan. Previously she managed communications and advocacy for a women’s rights network in Asia Pacific, and marketed a nonprofit social enterprise for women entrepreneurs on the Thai-Burma border. Her nonprofit sector experience includes the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

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Samuel Ajobo

Alliance of Black Employee Experience and Leadership (ABEEL) Foundation /
EllisDon Corporation

Founding Member and CEO / Project Manager
Website: abeelfoundation.comellisdon.com

Bio

Samuel Ajobo emigrated to Canada at the young age of 16. He graduated from the University of Toronto as a professional engineer and is now working as a Construction Project Manager for EllisDon Corporation. He is currently serving as a founding member and volunteer CEO of the Alliance of Black Employee Experience and Leadership Foundation (ABEEL).

Through professional, volunteer and personal endeavors, Samuel has had the opportunity to visit different areas of Canada and the United States, working and collaborating with individuals from all around the world.

Samuel strongly believes that we all have a right to positive human interaction. This is why he feels an inexplicable amount of pain when he sees this right being taken away because of how a person identifies – either by their race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, religion, or their abilities or disabilities. The passion for fairness and creating a medium for positive experiences drives his leadership of the ABEEL Foundation, his involvement as a volunteer with Hope With Wheels (an organization supporting individuals experiencing homelessness), and many other community initiatives.

Samuel and his spouse are parents to a wonderful 6-year-old young lady. Samuel enjoys spending time with family, reading, traveling, and simply just having a good time.

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Shannon Craig

CanadaHelps
Chief Marketing and Product Officer
Website: canadahelps.org

Bio

A seasoned marketer with 25+ years of experience, Shannon has led the marketing team at CanadaHelps for over eight years and brings experience from working at leading brands and innovators including eSight Eyewear, Kobo, WIND Mobile, FedEx, and LEGO. Shannon has been critical in the launch of all CanadaHelps key products since 2013, helping to truly democratize access to effective technology for charities. Shannon holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

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Shawna Peddle

The Co-operators Group, Ltd.
AVP Corporate Citizenship
Website: cooperators.ca

Bio

Shawna is a partnership broker, collaborator, and convenor of like minds to address complex social issues. She has expertise in program design and implementation related to community resiliency, risk communication, environmental risk assessment, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. In her current role, Shawna oversees community investment programs and partnerships at Co-operators, a financial services co-operative, including corporate giving and volunteerism, the Co- operative Development Program, the Advisor Community Fund, and the Co-operators Community Funds. Shawna holds a Masters of Forestry from the University of Toronto, and a Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

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Surabhi Jain

Toronto’s Workforce Funder Collaborative
Executive Director
Website: workforcecollaborative.ca

Bio

Surabhi is the Founding Executive Director of the Toronto Workforce Funders Collaborative. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the social-impact sector with a focus on serving racialized and equity-serving organizations through a partnership and trust-based philanthropy framework.

Prior to the Funder Collaborative, Surabhi worked at UnidosUS – the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the US – managing their workforce development portfolio across the country. Surabhi has also worked with several Fortune 500 corporations to help them create talent acquisition strategies that focus on skills-based hiring while removing racial bias. After having worked closely with 100s of non-profit organizations and corporate America, Surabhi has developed a unique perspective on transformative systems change that is needed to effectively serve racialized and equity-seeking groups.

Surabhi has served on the advisory board of CareerOneStop a U.S. Department of Labour Initiative and a few local non-profit organizations in Chicago.

Surabhi has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Purdue University, Indiana and a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Massachusetts.

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Susan Henry

Alterna Savings
Director, Community Impact & Financial Inclusion
Website: alternabank.ca

Bio

Susan Henry has over 25 years’ experience working with underserved, under-represented individuals and communities. Her passion and dedication focus on the foundation of “Financial Inclusion for all”. Susan was instrumental in leading the launch of Alterna Savings’ award-winning Community Microfinance Program and the Community Loan Funds Partnership Programs. Since its inception in 2000, $7M in loans have been disbursed through these programs, directly improving the economic participation of underserved communities and groups such as BIPOC, new and racialized Canadians, Women, and others who face barriers to financing.

Susan’s leadership in the field of Community Economic Development in Canada has advised policy makers and practitioners in Microfinance and social finance tools. She continues to consult and lend her expertise to organizations starting Community Loans Funds with a focus on small business, social enterprise, and non-profit development. Her work in developing programs that address the growing divide of financial accessibility of racialized Canadians has led to her participating in the design of the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund with the Federal Government, Financial Institutions and Black Business Service Organizations.

Susan is a current Board Member of the Table of Impact Investment Practitioner, a community of practice of social financial intermediaries. She has provided expertise to other organizations such as Women’s Economic Council National Advisory Committee and the Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Advisory Committee.

In her role at Alterna, Susan is responsible for the strategic direction of Alterna’s Community Impact Department which includes oversight of the portfolio in affordable housing, non-profits, and the charitable sector, the Community Microfinance Program, Financial Literacy and Granting Programs. In 2015, Susan received the Gary Gillam Award for corporate social responsibility for championing Alterna’s Community Microfinance Program in Canada. In 2019, the Community Microfinance Program won the Central 1 Community Impact Award for their work in supporting women entrepreneurs.
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Stacey Kline

Otto Intelligence
CEO and co-founder
Website: ottointelligence.co

Bio

Stacey is the CEO and co-founder of Otto Intelligence, a fintech working to enable the personalization of finance. She is also the founder and managing partner of The Good Fund, an impact fund that invests in early-stage startups solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Previously, Stacey was the Director of innovation projects at Goodmans LLP, driving strategic initiatives and projects aimed at addressing change in the legal market. Stacey also practiced corporate law at Goodmans.
Stacey is the Co-Chair and Co-Founder of The Breakthrough Fund, a venture philanthropy initiative through SickKids Hospital. Stacey serves on the Board of Save a Child’s Heart, an organization whose mission is to save children’s lives, by improving the quality and accessibility of paediatric cardiac care. Stacey also serves on the board of OCAD U CO, an executive training studio with a mission to help industry leaders and their teams use creative problem solving to drive innovation and change.
Stacey holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, a MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) from the University of King’s College.

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Tamika Mitchell

KPMG Black Professionals Network, KPMG in Canada
Senior Manager, Enterprise & Co-chair
Website: home.kpmg

Bio

Tamika Mitchell is currently a Senior Manager at the Global accounting firm, KPMG LLP. During the course of her 15+year career she has serviced companies in the real estate, tourism and not-for profit industries in Canada, the United States and Bermuda. She has a passion for helping people, particularly young people, to succeed; whether it be through facilitating learning or being a mentor and friend to others. She is a co-chair of KPMG Canada’s Black Professionals Network which was founded in 2019 to provide a sense of belonging for the black professionals at the Firm and also to provide guidance to Firm leadership on how to combat anti-black racism in the workplace. She’s married to the love of her life and a mom to two opinionated toddlers ages 4 and 2.

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Tania Little

Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Website: ontarioshores.ca

Bio

Tania Little has been honing her experience as a social sector executive and consultant in local, national and international social sector organizations on campaigns over the last 24 years that have generated close to a quarter billion dollars in support enabling systems change, social justice initiatives, and capital and social projects.

Tania is currently the interim Chief executive Officer for the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health. Previously, with Food Banks Canada for almost nine years, Tania spearheaded strategy and execution of all national revenue and food generating initiatives, supply chain and innovation portfolios. She was responsible for leading transformation growth during her tenure to benefit over 4,700 independent organizations that make up the food banking system in Canada and in service to the million plus people who visit food banks each month. In addition, she drove the strategy and execution of Food Banks Canada’s special Covid-19 Response Fund, raising over $160 million, inspiring over 165,000 new individual donors and over 500 national and multinational corporations to support their mission in and help to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow.

Tania most recently served as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association’s – Not for Profit & Public Sector Council, at the executive board level of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, locally, nationally, and internationally, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and with Planned Parenthood Toronto as an executive board member and Chair. She was awarded one of 50 Canadian Report on Business Best Executive’s Award’s for 2020 and is a frequent speaker at corporate and charity conferences. Tania is a mom to five and joyful grandparent to two grandkids.

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Tracey Robertson

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Lead for Partnership Investments – Innovation
Website: otf.ca

Bio

Tracey is passionate about design, systems thinking and social change to address society’s complex social problems.
After spending the last 25 years in strategic philanthropy, community development, higher education and the voluntary sector, Tracey believes that the most innovative solutions are developed when people from diverse perspectives and disciplines come together to look at an issue in a new light. Over the last 10 years, she has focussed her work on investing and fueling social innovation at the grassroots, community and systemic levels. She has a Master of Social Work in Community development and social policy and has a Graduate Degree for Social Innovation at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience at the University of Waterloo. Tracey currently leads the innovation strategy for the Partnership Investments Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Trevor Loke

Orgmatch
Co-Founder & CEO
Website: orgmatch.com

Bio

Trevor Loke (he/him/his) is Co-Founder and CEO of Orgmatch. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Trevor has 13 years of progressive seniority in B2B partnership roles. Trevor has served in management capacities with MakeWay (formerly the Tides Canada Foundation), Coast Funds, and the University of Portsmouth, and led consulting teams on large projects for the Transparency International Secretariat, One Girl Can, and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. He is affiliated with Daryl Upsall International as a senior international consultant, advising confidential clients on philanthropic partnerships as part of the global advisory services team. Previously, Trevor was Co-Founder & COO of Weeve (acquired by LX Ventures) and served as a Commissioner of the Vancouver Park Board. He enjoys playing hockey, cycling, reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family in his home of Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people.

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Valerie Chort

RBC Foundation
Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, Executive Director
Website: rbcwealthmanagement.com

Bio

Valerie Chort is Vice President Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability for RBC and
Executive Director of the RBC Foundation.
She is responsible for developing an integrated strategy aligned to RBC’s purpose
and business objectives, and creating positive social, economic and environmental
impacts in the community. Key pillars under her leadership include corporate
sustainability, social impact and innovation, employee engagement, and impact
measurement.
For over 25 years she has helped businesses, governments and non-government
organizations proactively manage environmental and social risks, and create value
through purpose-led ESG strategies. Valerie has been instrumental in developing
RBC’s Climate Blueprint, the company’s integrated climate strategy to accelerate
clean economic growth and support clients in the transition to a low-carbon future,
delivering innovative social impact flagship programs: RBC Future Launch and RBC
Tech for Nature, and leading ESG performance management and disclosure.
Prior to joining RBC in 2015, Valerie’s career spanned consulting, industry and
government roles. Most recently she spent 14 years with Deloitte as Americas
Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change, and Partner with Deloitte’s Enterprise
Risk Services.
She serves on the Boards of the Women’s College Hospital Foundation and the
International Institute for Sustainable Development, is a member of the Privy
Council’s Impact Canada Advisory Council and a founding member of Women for
Nature. She is also a mentor to an extensive roster of young leaders.
Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Applied
Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Ottawa. She also has a
certificate in Executive Education from Darden School of Business.

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Vinod Rajesekaran

Future of Good
Publisher & CEO
Website: futureofgood.co

Bio

An award-winning innovator, Vinod Rajasekaran is Publisher & CEO of Future of Good, a fast-growing digital publication covering the social impact world for changemakers. We are the essential source of stories, news, analysis, and commentary to make sense of a sector and society in transition. Thousands of changemakers read Future of Good every day. Our groundbreaking summits on Black Leadership in Social Impact, Dismantling Digital Barriers and Transforming Funding Models have convened more than 2000 changemakers to influence and accelerate change.

Prior to launching Future of Good, Vinod oversaw strategy and business model development as the founding Managing Director of Rideau Hall Foundation, chaired by former Governor General David Johnston. He was Co-founder and Executive Director of Impact Hub Ottawa, the largest multi-sector coworking environment in Canada’s capital. Vinod also launched Canada’s social R&D network as a Fellow with SiG and McConnell Foundation working to strengthen R&D capacity in Canada’s non-profits. His ground-breaking work in social R&D is referenced around the world. Vinod has also worked abroad with various international development organizations.

Vinod is on the Advisory Board to the Equality Fund. He was designated as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, a winner of the prestigious Lewis Perinbam Award for social innovation, is a member of the Banff Forum and NEXUS communities, and is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada.

Vinod is a regular commentator in the media, an invited speaker to conferences around the world on emerging trends in social impact, social finance, innovation, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility.

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