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Can’t Miss 2017 Conferences for Purpose Driven Professionals

We’re back for another year with our list of can’t miss 2017 conferences. We’re looking forward to another year with many conferences that provide opportunities for professional development, career exploration, and developing new partnerships. So whether you’re in the job market, looking to grow your network or just keeping up to date …

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8 Things Every CSR Professional Will Relate To

8 classic CSR stereotypes and feelings related to working in corporate social responsibility and sustainability that we can all relate to: 1. The look you get when you tell someone you work in CSR CSR? Customer Service…? Oh Corporate Social Responsibility. Source  2. How you feel when people in the …

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Online courses for corporate social responsibility

Looking to enhance your social impact and corporate social responsibility (CSR) knowledge skill set without leaving the comfort of your own home or desk? Want to show employers that you care about staying up to date and learning? Then you may want to consider signing up for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or other online …

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How a philosophy degree led to a thriving social enterprise: Ryan Turnbull, Founder and President at Eco-Ethonomics

Ryan is the founder and President of Eco-Ethonomics, a consulting firm specializing in applied ethics, social innovation and social impact. Ryan’s background in philosophy has played a major role in his life- everything from the way he thinks to the business he operates. We’re inspired by his focus on creating an ethical economy …

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The first step to getting the impact job of your dreams

Back to the Future. Not only is it a classic movie, it is a helpful maxim to consider when thinking about your career. Back to the future means thinking about goals for your future self and then working backwards to figure out how to achieve those goals. In other words, planning for the future is …

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A Social Entrepreneurship Story. Shelley Jones. Owner. dignify

From stay at home mom to social entrepreneur, Shelley Jones is the owner of dignify an online store selling “kantha” blankets- unique quilts, hand stitched in Bangladesh by women who are recovering from or vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Witnessing a better way to do business early in her career, planted the seed that profit …

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A sustainability intrapraneurship story at General Mills Canada: Jessica Kirshenblat-Gooderham

Jessica is the perfect example of a CSR intrapraneur- a sustainability leader creating change from within her company. When Jess started at General Mills as a sales rep almost a decade ago, there were no sustainability teams or green initiatives. Fast forward to today, Jess is the leader of a thriving employee-led …

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Willa Black. Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Cisco

 Experts in CSR Series: Willa Black shows us that social innovation and intrapraneurship is possible inside every organization. In 2007, Willa got bit by the ‘social impact’ bug and ever since she’s been on a mission to drive transformational change. As a visionary leader, Willa saw opportunity where others didn’t. She not only thought about …

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Big News from Bmeaningful

Dear Bmeaningful community, There’s a saying ‘if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together’. This proverb is fitting for today, as we share the exciting news that we’ve joined the family of companies with CharityVillage, the largest and most popular job board …

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CharityVillage and TalentEgg acquire Bmeaningful

Toronto, ON. (May 9, 2017). CharityVillage, the largest and most popular job board in Canada’s nonprofit sector and TalentEgg, Canada’s leading job board and online resource for students and new grads announce Bmeaningful, Canada’s leading social impact career site has joined their family of online companies. Together, the family of …

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I’ve been a career coach, hiring manager and in-house recruiter, and these are the cover letters that stand out.

Having been a career coach, a hiring manager and an in-house recruiter, I’m often asked for advice on whether to invest the time and effort in writing a cover letter when applying to a job. Does anyone even read them? The answer, of course, is: it depends. For most people, …

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Martin Barnard. CEO. Golf Canada Foundation.

Martin Barnard works in the world of sport philanthropy – a place where you can blend your passion for sport, business and giving back. As the leader of a national foundation, Martin reminds us the power of having a vision and the importance of being flexible. As most of us who’ve worked in (or with) …

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3 Questions with TD’s incoming VP, Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship- Andrea Cohen Barrack

There’s a relatively new way of thinking about how to create long term social change. One that builds upon the traditional models of philanthropy and charity to a new paradigm where the private sector is directly involved in addressing social issues. It’s a place where the public, social and private sectors work together to co-create shared …

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CSR Hashtags You Should Be Using

If you’re not already using hashtags, it’s time to start. Hashtags can seem overwhelming at first, but when used properly, they help you find meaningful and relevant content. A hashtag is the hash symbol (#) followed by a keyword, phrase or acronym, and is usually found throughout or at the end of a message …

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Corporate Social Responsibility Jobs

What does Corporate Social Responsibility mean in today’s workplace?  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an overarching term that companies use to describe a variety of activities related to its social or environmental efforts. CSR is also commonly referred to as Sustainability, Corporate Impact, Corporate Citizenship or just Corporate Responsibility. To some companies, …

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Mark Horoszowski. Co-founder and CEO. MovingWorlds.org

We often talk about the benefits of skills based volunteering. Whether it’s a way to add experience to your resume, transition to your next job or just your way of giving back. But sometimes the toughest part is figuring out where and how to use your skills for good. Well, now …

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When having purpose is not enough: a cautionary tale about leadership in mission driven organizations.

I’ve started listening to podcasts at the gym- recently alternating from Tim Ferris, Fresh Air and Freakonomics. Yesterday I decided to listen to the Freakonomics program because they were featuring a conversation with Miki Agrawal- CEO of Thinx– a social purpose company. I was so inspired by her interview. She shared her story …

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Walter Kraus. VP, Environment & Corporate Sustainability. Weston Foods.

CSR Expert Series: From working the midnight shift as a Sanitation Supervisor to the Vice President, Environment & Corporate Sustainability at Weston Foods (the company is responsible for many brands including artisan ACE Bakery), Walter Kraus has had quite the career. A CSR leader and a 26 year ‘sustainability warrior’, Walter’s story reminds us that patience, …

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Sarah Saso. Managing Director Social Innovation. Green Shield Canada

Sarah’s story is a tale of bridging the gap between the non-profit and the corporate sectors. As a pioneer in the field of Community Investing, Sarah has been a part of the growth of the social impact sector. Now the Managing Director, Social Innovation at Green Shield Canada (GSC), Sarah …

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How to get a CSR Manager job: 3 Corporate Social Responsibility Managers share their career path.

If you’ve ever wondered how CSR Managers got their jobs, we can tell you there’s not always a straight path. We’ve said it before- and we’ll say it again- career paths in the impact economy are not linear which means there’s no single path to success. Rather than look at the jobs they’ve …

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11 Tips for a Career in Social Impact

Top 11 Tips for a Career in Social Impact Career paths in the social economy are not linear anymore so there’s no pre-defined path for success. Zig zagging paths create opportunities for some and challenges for others to find and get a job with social impact. Since social innovators are always thinking about doing things not …

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Lulu Li. Carbon Accountant. Carbon Accounting Company.

5 questions with a young sustainability professional. Lulu Li’s transformation from an oil and gas worker to a sustainability champion is inspiring. Lulu started off her young career working on site in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Witnessing oil spills and waste first hand inspired her to leave her job and pursue a …

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How I found my first job in corporate social responsibility after graduation 

Our mission here at Bmeaningful is to help you find and get a job with impact. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about it when you do (and even more when Bmeaningful helps)! We heard from Anureet Kaur, who graduated from the University of Toronto’s Masters of Sustainability Management Program. …

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Statistics every social impact professional needs to have

Whether you are building a business case, preparing a presentation for your boss or working on a proposal to a potential partner, it’s important to have the statistics to back up your work. We’ve curated the latest data from research studies and reports to share with you key statistics covering employee …

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Tabatha Soltay. Founder (TabTalks) & Designer / Facilitator With Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Have you ever had that conversation where you’re telling someone how you want to do good in the world and leave a lasting impression with your career and they reply “don’t quit your day job”. Well, sometimes they might be right. That’s the beautiful thing about being an intrapraneur; you get to be a …

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Can’t Miss 2017 Conferences for Purpose Driven Professionals

We’re back for another year with our list of can’t miss 2017 conferences. We’re looking forward to another year with many conferences that provide opportunities for professional development, career exploration, and developing new partnerships. So whether you’re in the job market, looking to grow your network or just keeping up to date …

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5 quick career development must-reads to make your 2017 the best one yet

Love them or hate them, new years resolutions do one thing really well, they give us pause to reflect on the year ahead. If it takes the turning of a new year to have us step off the treadmill of life, if only for a moment, and to give thought to what …

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5 CSR Trends for 2017

As one of the most newsworthy years comes to a close, we take a step back to reflect and ponder what’s to come. The social impact sector continues to be an exciting area that is growing around the world. Here are 5 trends and opportunities to look for and capitalize …

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Exploring the Impact Sector Down Under

G’day mate. The classic Australian greeting is instantly recognizable and universally known. But what if I mentioned STREAT or Wildwon, or maybe Australian Ethical. Not nearly as recognizable but these are all Aussie companies that are trailblazing the impact sector Down Under. On a recent trip to Australia I had the opportunity …

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Colleen McCormick. Director, Economic and Corporate Initiatives. BC Provincial Government

Public Service often gets a bad rap for stifling innovation and being by definition too bureaucratic. As a self identified intrapraneur and proud Public Servant, Colleen shatters these stereotypes and is on a mission to inspire others at work to do the same. Colleen shares secrets on how to turn frustration into possibility and reminds us that the …

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You could be looking for your new impact job all wrong.

When you’re looking for a new job do you search your skill set and see what comes up? Or maybe you scroll through open listings and see what job titles appeal to you? Likely, it’s some sort of combination of the two because that’s how most job sites work. Companies are …

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Marjorie Brans. Managing Director. School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Looking to have more impact with your life doesn’t always mean you have to quit your current job. As Marjorie Brans says “You don’t need to quit your job to keep your soul”. Social intrapreneurship is a fast growing way to live your values at work. And as a bonus, by actively making your existing job …

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37 Search Term Ideas for Jobs with Impact

Perhaps now more than ever, it’s critical that we stay committed to using our skills for good (and maybe even encouraging others to join us). Some may feel the system is broken, our problems too large or maybe just that it feels pointless. But as Leonard Cohen poetically said “there’s a crack in …

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Krista Pawley. Principal, Culture and Reputation Architect. Imperative Impact

With boundless energy, Krista Pawley is leading an interesting career in the impact space. She has held leadership roles in government, non-profit and the private sector. Her breadth of experience gives her a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges in the space and has led her to create Imperative Impact- a …

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Stop waiting for the right time and do this instead.

When you’re in school there’s a time for everything. There’s class time, homework time, break time, lunch time. Beyond your day being scheduled, there’s a time to apply for university/graduate school, grants etc. For many of us over-educated professionals, we are used to being in school and being told when …

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7 little things you can easily do to make your week more meaningful

While there’s no quick fix to having a meaningful life, there are some easy things you can start doing to make your days more meaningful. Whether you do one a day or all of them in a day, by continually practicing these habits you will notice a change. Here’s 7 …

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Brittany Pepper. Senior Account Executive for Ontario Higher Education. Softchoice.

Getting involved in your company’s CSR efforts can take different forms and it doesn’t always mean you’ll have ‘CSR’ in your job title. A positive trend we’re seeing in business is the integration of CSR efforts across all aspects of the company, with all employees having a hand (or at …

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8 Things Every CSR Professional Will Relate To

8 classic CSR stereotypes and feelings related to working in corporate social responsibility and sustainability that we can all relate to: 1. The look you get when you tell someone you work in CSR CSR? Customer Service…? Oh Corporate Social Responsibility. Source  2. How you feel when people in the …

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Best CSR and Social Good Conferences Left in 2016

Conference Season is coming (and it may already be here). Here’s our list of the best CSR and Social Good conferences for the rest of 2016- including social finance and nonprofit events. Use up your professional development budgets on one of these events and don’t forget to share the list with your boss and …

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10 Inspiring Quotes That Will Help You Get Through The Realization That Summer Is Almost Over

No matter how much we love the Fall, the thought that Summer is almost over can be slightly depressing. September is often thought of as an unofficial start of a new year for many- especially for those going back to school. But no matter how long we’ve been in the workforce and out …

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Where To Study CSR in Ontario – 2016 Update

With September on the horizon its a time when many are getting ready to return to the classroom. For those interested in social impact, going back to school can mean taking targeted studies in CSR. Most if not all Universities will offer some courses in CSR, others go further and have …

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The Essential Reading List for Social Purpose Professionals: 7 Leaders to Follow.

It’s no surprise that I’ve always been inspired by the social purpose movement, after all I’m one of the co-founders of Bmeaningful. While I was working as a marketing manager at a nonprofit, it was important for me to stay up to date with the latest news and trends in the sector. Through …

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This 1 skill, says an ex Google & Apple exec, can turn you into a great leader

Earlier this year, Kim Scott, an ex Google & Apple exec and currently an advisor at companies like Dropbox, Qualtrics, & Twitter, gave a talk at Strata + Hadoop World on how to be a better boss through the use of what she calls Radical Candor, the goal of which is to …

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Three Truths About The Challenges Facing CSR Professionals

Are you thinking that a career in CSR is for you? The positive impact you can have in a CSR job is a huge draw for the field, but like with any job, success isn’t easy or guaranteed. There’s always hurdles that must be overcome to make a CSR campaign …

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3 Ways To Be A Standout Job Candidate

Standing out as a job applicant in the impact sector gets harder and harder as the sector grows in popularity. Today, standing out means going above and beyond the obvious requirements of having a carefully crafted cover letter, well-written emails and prompt replies. You’re competing with hundreds of other top quality …

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Two things you can do everyday to drastically improve your chances of getting promoted.

Do you have a passion for social good but feel that you need to be in a higher position to be a change maker? Have you been in the same job for a while and are feeling frustrated that you can’t seem to move up? Or maybe you’ve been day dreaming …

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Celebrating Canada Day. How are you getting ready to be meaningful for Canada’s biggest birthday bash?

This Friday, on July 1st, Canada will turn 149. It was in 1867 that Canada became a country, which started with four founding provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Over the next 132 years the remaining 9 provinces would join the nation. Next year, in 2017, Canada will …

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The most important work meeting? A High Level Meeting with yourself.

When asked about the secret to his success Albert Einstein was quoted as saying: “Although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going …

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How do you add impact to your day job? Skills-based volunteering.

Skills-based volunteering is quickly becoming a favored way for professionals to use their skills for good and generate positive impact. No longer does the daily grind need to feel so grinding. Participating in skills-based volunteering is a great way to feel good while doing good. Not only that, but it also offers an …

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Jeremiah Brenner. Manager of Corporate Responsibility. LoyaltyOne.

How do you get to become a Manager of Corporate Responsibility with a leading sustainability company? Persistence. That’s the career path and advice of Jeremiah Brenner, Manager of Corporate Responsibility with LoyaltyOne. Building his skills through different work experiences and a Master’s degree in the environment and sustainability, Jeremiah eventually found his …

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Graduation Season And How To Get Inspired to Find Meaningful Work.

Graduation is a transition. From student to practitioner. From the theoretical to the practical. A transition to the ‘real world’ so to speak. Whether you are just embarking on this stage of life or have been in the ‘real world’ for some time, graduation season is a good time to …

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Klaudia Watts. Corporate Responsibility Manager. PwC.

Those who are passionate about CSR tend to be very involved in the space. Take Klaudia Watts, Corporate Responsibility Manager at PwC, who’s built an impressive career in sustainability. Klaudia started her career in CSR as an “intrapreneur”, pioneering a CSR program where one never existed. She then leveraged the experience to take …

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The Recruitment Revolution – Why Promoting Culture Matters

The demographic tidal wave we’ve been waiting for has arrived. Millennials now outnumber Boomers in the workplace. That means a company’s next hire is likely a Millennial, and HR is taking notice. There’s a growing focus within recruitment to learn what it takes to grab the attention of a generation …

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Top 5 Jobs For The Sustainability Professional

If last week’s Earth Day got you in the mood to take your professional skills in a more sustainable direction, you’re not alone. Fortunately, gone are the days when you needed an environmental science degree for a job that helps the planet. Sustainable oriented careers can range from consulting to …

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Top 5 Quotes for Finding Meaningful Work

Are you looking for meaningful work but wondering where to start? The impact professionals we’ve interviewed have been there, and they’ve come out the other side with a job, a purpose, and a paycheque. Wondering how they did it? We’ve compiled the top 5 quotes from our interviews on advice …

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5 CSR Departments You Didn’t Know Existed and How to Apply

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) isn’t a nice to have anymore, it’s now an expectation that organizations consider their place in the world. The role of business is quite different than it was even a decade ago. A quick search of most corporate websites will now turn up a CSR page. …

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Hope Paterson. Co-Founder & Chief Culture Officer at Kidevolve and Super Nanny for Entrepreneurs.

Building brands that stand out from the crowd is tricky business. It requires creating a unique voice that sets the brand apart. According to Hope Paterson, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer at Kidevolve and Super Nanny for Entrepreneurs, the recipe for brand success is adding a dash of personality into …

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Sabrina Viva. Director of Account Management & Latin America Initiatives. Realized Worth.

If you are in the midst of deciding if you want a career change, volunteering is a great way to help you make this decision. You can dip your toes in to see what roles suit you and, as Sabrina Viva shows, it could also land you the next career …

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Michael Kurz. Energy Projects Manager. University Health Network.

The way business is done is changing, in large part because of the growing recognition that business as usual is not sustainable. As part of this recognition many organization’s are rethinking the way in which they consume energy. Supporting this transition are people like Michael Kurz, Energy Projects Manager with …

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The Top 4 Ways to Make a Meaningful Job

Whatever happened to the “typical work day”? Almost without exception the socially conscious professionals we interview tell us they don’t have a typical day. Not only that, but they go on to explain how relieved they are to not have a typical day. We think that’s interesting, that meaningful work means …

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Paulina Zelazny. Digital Marketing & Communications Manager. Toshiba of Canada Limited.

What does it mean to work in CSR for a world leading technology company? It can mean drafting a press release for the launch of a new product, launching a marketing campaign or planning promotional activities for CSR programs. In many large corporations CSR responsibilities aren’t the exclusive focus of …

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Where are they now? An update on the careers of 3 impact professionals.

Career paths in social impact are non-linear and non-traditional. The diversity of skills needed to work in the space naturally make purpose driven professional more versatile and that allows for a range of possible career paths. More traditional career progression (junior analyst to analyst to senior analyst etc.) is less common in social impact, and …

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Andrew Ripley. Co-Founder. PurposeMatch.com.

One of the most challenging aspects of searching for a career with purpose it that there is no roadmap. Instead there’s options, trade-offs, decisions and a whole host of different paths to explore. Gone are the days where professionals settled in with a company out of college and then defined their career success …

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Looking for a summer job with purpose? Try pitching your own under Canada’s Summer Jobs Program.

This week most university and college classrooms go quiet as students take time off for reading week. It’s also the time when students start dusting off their resumes and gearing up for their summer job search. Balancing school with a job search can feel like a daunting task, especially when today’s young professionals …

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Lindsay Oughtred. Executive Director. Kids Up Front Toronto.

If there is one thing typical of the many professionals we interview in the impact sector, it’s that no two careers paths are alike. Take Lindsay Oughtred, who taught high school for a decade before launching the Toronto chapter of Kids Up Front. Now she’s involved in every aspect of …

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The 3 Reasons You Need To Be On Twitter Now

Depending on who you ask social media is described as a fun way to pass the time all the way to an amazing networking tool. Professionally, everyone knows they “have to be on LinkedIn” but is that the only media stream that matters? One of our favourite social media platforms for purpose driven professionals is twitter. When …

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Ben Connor. Co-Owner. Coco Loco Resort in Nicaragua.

Like many of the Purple Sheep we interview, Ben Connor, a co-owner of Coco Loco Resort in Nicaragua, shrugged at the suggestion he had to choose between meaningful work and earning a paycheque. The well travelled Connor joined a group of social entrepreneurs in developing the resort that is deeply embedded …

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Paul Fairlie. President and CEO of Paul Fairlie Consulting.

The science and social imperative of meaningful work: Have we reached a tipping point? That’s the question Paul Fairlie is answering with his research. As a work psychologist Paul has delved into the inner workings of employee engagement and he’s found that meaningful work and having positive social impact are having …

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Ada Tsang. Co-founder and VP HR. Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits.

Have you ever considered working in the nonprofit sector but hesitate to make the transition because you’re unsure of what to expect in a sector driven by purpose? Take some of the uncertainty out of the process by volunteering and getting a firsthand look at what it’s like to work in a nonprofit. Consider joining Endeavour Consulting, …

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Can’t Miss 2016 Conferences for Purpose Driven Professionals

2016 stands to be another great year for meaningful work. How do we know this? In part because of the growing number of impressive conferences in the space. Conferences provide opportunities for professional development, career exploration, and creating new partnerships. There’s no shortage of networking events, inspiration from leading edge …

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5 Social Impact Trends for 2016

The social impact sector will be an exciting field to be a part of in 2016. What started as a small niche has grown steadily and we anticipate that this movement towards meaningful work will continue to thrive in 2016. Whether you are looking to excel in your career, impress your boss or …

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Want a new job in 2016? The biggest mistake you could be making.

As the end of the year approaches, many people reflect on what they’ve accomplished and think about their resolutions for the year ahead. A new year symbolizes a new beginning and to those who are extremely unhappy at work (read: unfulfilled, frustrated, unemployed, or ready to move on) it provides …

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Best Resources for Purpose Driven Professionals

Being a super star leader, employee and colleague requires a combination of factors including continuous learning. I’ve compiled my go-to list for being in the know – from what you should be reading to who you should be following and everything in between. Get Smarter: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) …

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3 Hard Truths to Know Before Working in Nonprofit

Many professionals want to work in the nonprofit sector and while it can be an incredibly rewarding experience, there are some important realities you should know about before taking your first nonprofit job. Whether you are just graduating, in the middle or twilight of your corporate career or somewhere in between, …

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Gelaine Santiago. Co-Founder. Cambio Market

Quitting your stable corporate job to start your own social enterprise takes a lot of courage and conviction. The thought of which can scare even the bravest of individuals. Gelaine’s career story shows us how you can gradually make the transition and why there’s no better time to be a social entrepreneur than …

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Lisa Gibbs. Director, Community Investment. Shoppers Drug Mart

Dream job alert! Leading a company’s corporate social responsibility efforts is one of the most coveted roles among social impact professionals. And when that company also happens to be one of Canada’s strongest brands- it’s even more desirable- as you have the opportunity to impact change on a wide scale. While …

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Corey Evans. Manager, Sponsorship, Community Investment & Experiential Marketing. WestJet

Corey’s job reminds us that companies don’t have to separate their business objectives from their community efforts. Authentic campaigns that ‘plan for the effect, not the results’ are supremely powerful- case in point WestJet’s Christmas Miracle. Corey’s focus on content marketing provides a unique perspective, but it’s his insight on leadership and hard work that …

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Sending a connection request on LinkedIn? Make sure you don’t do this.

LinkedIn is a powerful online professional networking resource and likely one of your most useful tools for managing your relationships and online career profile. Building up your network is one of the most important things a professional can do- not just when job searching but throughout one’s career. LinkedIn has done a tremendous …

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How to add meaning without a career change- a conversation with Jaime Stein.

Jaime Stein (pictured left) represents a different kind of Purple Sheep- one who uses his skills for good without breaking away from the corporate herd. For those of us who want to make a difference but can’t find the right impact job just yet, or are not ready to leave …

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Robert Witchel. Executive Director. Jays Care Foundation.

As Blue Jay Fever sweeps across Toronto, it’s only fitting that we can profile the Purple Sheep behind the charitable arm of Canada’s baseball team- Robert Witchel. From a successful career in the the private sector to experiences with the Sick Kids Foundation, Right To Play and now the Jays …

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Andrea Cohen Barrack. CEO. Ontario Trillium Foundation

At the end of the day, change is driven by the people behind the organization not the organization itself. For those of us who dream of leading an organization one day, take note and learn from Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)- Canada’s largest grantmaking foundation. Two …

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3 obvious- yet often forgotten- tips for getting a social impact job

Finding the perfect social impact job takes hard work and persistence. Good career advice is sector, even company specific. Advice for getting a job at Google is very different than good advice for getting a job at TD or the United Way. But there’s some common tips that transcend all sectors and are …

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3 Impact Companies Great for Business Grads

When you’re a Purple Sheep and business grad, you’re likely looking for a company where you can use your skills for good, make a difference with your career and earn a decent paychque. After all, you’ve just spent a good chunk of change on tuition and many hours developing your business …

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8 Tips to Get a Nonprofit Job

A career in nonprofit can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. Many are willing to forego a higher salary in order to work on a mission and a sense of purpose. Whether you are looking to switch into a career in nonprofit from the corporate sector, looking for a new …

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5 Summer Experiences Working in Social Impact

Earlier this summer we launched Toronto’s Most Meaningful Summer Internships – an initiative to highlight careers in the impact sector. In its first year we showcased internships at organizations making important contributions to the impact sector and took you inside their organizations for a sneak peek at what it’s like to work there. …

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Don’t Forget To Do These Three Things Before The End Of An Internship

Dare we say it, is summer coming to a close? With the Toronto Exhibition on, and Labour Day weekend just around the corner, all signs point to yes. Another sure fire sign that summer is on its way out is the end of summer internships. This week many young professionals will …

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3 Impact Companies That Support Career Growth

Considering the fact that 58% of Millennials cite career growth and professional development as their primary career goal they want to accomplish by the time they’re in their 30s or 40s, great companies are working hard on providing these types of opportunities.  There’s a great management quote we saw a few weeks ago where …

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CSR Leaders at FedEx, Google and MLSE Share: An Inside Look at a Typical Day.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs look different at every company. To some, CSR can refer to their sustainability efforts, investment in community events, employee volunteerism or the management of the corporate foundation. The skills, competencies and qualities needed are as varied as the jobs themselves, but there are common attributes that are …

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Introducing Company Profiles – A New Way to Recruit Millennials

This year marks the first time Millennials outnumber Boomers in the workplace. That means a company’s next hire is most likely to come from the Millennial generation, a tech savvy and socially conscious cohort. This should be a wakeup call for every Human Resources department. If a company’s recruitment practices …

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Chris Baker. Director, Fund Development & Social Finance. Immigrant Access Fund Canada

Salary, and the ‘passion discount’, is often one of the biggest factors that discourages professionals from pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. This is particularly true for professionals considering switching into nonprofit from the corporate sector. Chris Baker, one such career switcher, talks the real truth about salary and the pursuit of making a difference. As …

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3 Leaders Share: The Biggest Opportunities in Social Impact

While no one can be certain what the future will hold, understanding the past and connecting the dots can help predict what may occur. This is important because succeeding in the future is about taking advantage of potential opportunities today. To help you in your career and do your job better, …

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Zahra Ebrahim. Founder and Principal. ArchiTEXT

Don’t wait for permission to create the change or job you want. That is one of the many life lessons we can learn from Zahra Ebrahim, founder and principal of ArchiTEXT- a design think tank and consultancy focusing on design based approaches to social innovation for government, charities and philanthropic organizations. Zahra’s …

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Jennifer Starr. Director, Partnerships. Free the Children

It’s no secret that we love meeting fellow Purple Sheep. Although we’d argue that you’re always a Purple Sheep at heart, some show their colour early in their careers and others after years of experience. Jennifer Starr is a career switcher and recently transitioned from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector …

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Diane Solinger. Manager, GooglersGive. Google

Diane Solinger has what many would say is one of the coolest job ever (us included). Working at Google in social impact, Diane holds one of the most envious job titles managing the GooglersGive program. Leveraging her experience from the nonprofit sector, Diane and her team help the 60,000 Googlers …

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Stachen Frederick. Founder, Executive Director, BrAIDS for AIDS and Employment Team Lead at YMCA of Greater Toronto

Wearing multiple hats is common in the impact sector. And this couldn’t be more true for Stachen Frederick, a social entrepreneur who also juggles her day job as a Manager at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Stachen is the Founder and Executive Director of BrAIDS for AIDS a social enterprise launched in 2008 …

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Fayaz Manji. Manager, Business and Financial Analysis. Right To Play

He’s not your stereotypical MBA grad working in finance. As a Millennial, Fayaz Manji represents a new type of professional living and working his values. An experience early in his MBA program changed his career course and set him on a path of purpose (and a paycheque). Bucking the trend that …

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Looking to change jobs? Then you need to be doing this.

Whether you are looking for a promotion or trying to make a career switch, personal branding is something you must be doing. You may be thinking that branding is something only marketers do for products and companies, but that’s not true. Personal branding is not a new concept- from the …

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3 Ways to Get a CSR Job Without Quitting Your Day Job

Whether you are looking for your next job or simply not ready to leave your current one, there are ways to make your current job more impactful. The act of creating change from inside your company is also known as intrapraneurship and could be one of the most powerful ways to …

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3 Leaders Share: Best Advice for Finding Meaningful Work

Finding meaningful work is a very personal experience and journey. Whether it’s working for a nonprofit, corporate foundation or a social good organization, meaningful work is all around. From high level advice on building your career to practical tips on your cover letter, three of our impact insiders and leaders in their …

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Marijke Vandergrift. Associate, Sponsorship & Cause Marketing. SickKids Foundation

Young Professional Series: Marijke’s career is an example of the ever evolving landscape of corporate philanthropy. As part of the sponsorship and cause marketing team at one of Canada’s most recognized hospitals- SickKids- she’s working with companies on partnerships that move past philanthropy 1.0 of cheque writing, to meet business objectives …

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Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director MaRS Solutions Lab

Joeri supervises and manages MaRS’ Solutions Lab, a team committed to tackling complex societal and economic challenges that require systems change. More than a think tank, the Solutions Lab is action oriented, applying tools and techniques from various fields, taking social innovation to another level. We love the work they’re doing …

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Anil Patel. Managing Director, Digital Strategy. GrantBook

Anil Patel is a social innovator, someone who challenges the status quo and is creating change in the sleepy philanthropic industry. After a decade in the philanthropic world, both with funder and fundee experience, Anil saw what wasn’t there- a simpler way to do grants. Infusing tech and strategic thinking into his company, Anil co-founded GrantBook, …

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The Case for Internships: 3 Reasons Why Your Organization Should Invest In An Internship Program

As summer approaches, many companies are preparing to onboard their new interns. Internships are in many ways an extended interview, and a great way to assess whether there’s a good fit for a future full-time position. However, many organizations do not provide internship opportunities. Whether that is due to funding …

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Toronto’s Most Meaningful Summer Internships

Toronto’s Most Meaningful Summer Internships is an initiative to highlight careers in the social impact sector. We want to encourage the next generation entering the workforce to pursue careers with a purpose and a paycheque. In its first year, we showcase six internships at organizations making important contributions to the …

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Meet The Interns

Meet the interns from Toronto’s Most Meaningful Internships: Grand Challenges Canada Name: Amna Manzoor School: Schulich School of Business, York University Major/Program: Bachelors in Business Administration, Honors Job Title: Investment Summer Student at Grand Challenges Canada Briefly explain why you applied to this internship? As an individual, I am driven …

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Mike Bartlett. Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, MLSE & Executive Director, MLSE Foundation

There’s nothing more satisfying than landing your dream job and loving what you do everyday. And Mike Bartlett, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, MLSE & Executive Director at the MLSE Foundation has done just that. Mike’s job is the perfect example of a career that combines passion, business and philanthropy and demonstrates that you can …

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Jenise Lee. Founder & CEO. CertClean

Most people would agree that it’s tough to be an entrepreneur (and maybe even a bit tougher to be a social entrepreneur). It takes a special kind of person and Jenise Lee, the Founder & CEO of  CertClean is no exception. We love her motto of “fail fast, and learn faster” because it …

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Alexandra Snelgrove. Director, Social Impact. LIFT Philanthropy Partners

It’s no secret that we’re all about jobs with a purpose and a paycheque. But what we love most is discovering the interesting companies and people making a difference with their work. This week, we meet Alexandra Snelgrove, the Director of Social Impact at LIFT Philanthropy Partners, a not-for-profit that takes a venture philanthropy …

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Susan Heaney. Director, Marketing, Communications & Development. The Sustainability Consortium

Career switcher, Susan Heaney, shares advice and her story about switching from the corporate sector to nonprofit. From a decades long corporate career at Avon to the Director of Marketing, Communications and Development at the Sustainability Consortium, Susan Heaney transitioned almost seamlessly from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector. For …

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Valery Navarrete. Senior Manager, Office of the President and CEO. YMCA of Greater Toronto

From a policy advisor in the Federal Government, Valery Navarrete wanted to explore other ways of engaging in social change. Looking for opportunities with more direct community impact, Valery moved back to her hometown of Toronto and landed a job at one of the most iconic nonprofit brands, the YMCA. More than a gym, the YMCA …

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How to Spend a Billion Dollars on Charity

More than 20 years ago the Barenaked Ladies released ‘If I had a Million Dollars’, describing how they’d spend their fortune- including buying a house, furniture, cars, fur coat, exotic pet, fancy ketchup, art, and even your love. In 2010, 40 of the richest billionaires decided rather than spending all on …

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The Top Social Impact Conferences and 4 Reasons Employees Need to Attend

Conferences can sometimes feel like a drag, a day away from work, speaking with strangers and bad conference food. And with social impact organizations being money conscious, it’s not uncommon for conferences to get de-prioritized in the budget. Not spending on conferences may save you money in the short term …

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Maria Piñeros Murillo. Graphic Designer & Illustrator. JDC.

From a very young age Maria Pineros Murillo knew she wanted to be a designer. What she didn’t know, was how she could use design as a force for good… until she met the folks at social good consulting company Joint Development Consultants. With a shared vision, Maria joined the team and is …

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Careers in Fundraising: 5 Options to Consider

A career in the nonprofit sector is full of options, from working in communications and fundraising to finance and program management. As the primary source of income for nonprofits and charities are donations, careers in fundraising (aka development) are a great career option, as you’ll always be in demand and an asset to your organization. …

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3 Nonprofit Insiders Share: Biggest Opportunities for their Sector

No matter where you are in your career journey, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest trends. After all, today’s trends are tomorrow’s reality. This is especially important when thinking about future development and growth opportunities- not only for yourself professionally, but also for your organization. Whether you …

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Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship

From a program coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to a full time minister- Shane O’Connor has had a non-traditional career path. What started as a night job at a FedEx operations facility has turned into a fulfilling career as a CSR leader. His story is a good reminder that there’s no …

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5 Surprising Facts About CSR Jobs

If you’re looking for a corporate social responsibility (CSR)  job, you already know that every company has a different approach to CSR. This variety makes it challenging to know what companies need and how to position yourself for success. And if you’re looking to switch into CSR, you may be wondering what …

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Coro Strandberg. Principal. Strandberg Consulting

If you’ve ever wondered whether you should work in non-profit, business, or government, you’re not alone. But Coro Strandberg’s career story reminds us that there’s no one path to success. And that having experience in all three can make you the ideal social impact professional; understanding and speaking the language …

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Kendra LaFleche. Senior Consultant, Strategy & Operations Management Consulting. Deloitte Canada

Kendra LaFleche may appear to be a typical consultant at Deloitte, but her focus on Social Finance makes her anything but typical. Kendra’s story shows us that you can find impact jobs in unexpected places and reminds us that sometimes all you have to do is ask. Learn more about …

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10 Tips for a Career in Corporate Social Responsibility

A career in corporate social responsibility (CSR) is considered the holy grail for many professionals. Whether you are looking to switch into CSR or start your career it can be incredibly daunting (and competitive). How do you break into break into the limited number of CSR roles if you’re coming …

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Millennials Don’t Want Charity Jobs- We Want Impact.

The Millennials are here; in fact, we now outnumber Boomers in the workplace.We’ve been called everything from selfish and narcissistic, to lazy and entitled. As we shake off the (mis)perceptions people will realize that we’re a generation that wants to make a difference. In fact, meaningful work is an imperative for our generation. …

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Shama Ahmed. Manager of Financial Education and Social Finance. TD Bank

Despite a traditional background in economics and an MBA, Shama Ahmed’s job is anything but. On the cutting edge of Social Finance and Impact Investing, Shama leverages her deep skill set and experience at TD to take on the role of Manager of Financial Education and Social Finance. As part …

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Our journey to MaRS – Collaborating on Impact Careers

Houston, we have a…. paper to write. That’s not quite how we reacted when the Social Innovation Generation (SIG) team at MaRS asked us to collaborate on a paper about impact careers, but we did know it was a pretty big deal. Since we started Bmeaningful, we’ve been trying to …

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The Insider’s Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent

In collaboration with the Social Innovation Generation team at MaRS, Bmeaningful is pleased to share a white paper on the ins and outs of impact careers. The Impact Economy: The Insider’s Guide To Finding Meaningful Work And Attracting Top Talent  explores the barriers that make it difficult for talented people to …

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Alina Racoviceanu. Sustainability Consultant. Toronto Hydro

Alina Racoviceanu was a traditional engineer who transformed herself into a Purple Sheep.  A holistic and analytical thinker, Alina used her desire to ‘save the planet’ one act at a time to pursue a career in corporate social responsibility. Sustainability experts like Alina are secret weapons within companies, helping employees connect the …

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Maricel Ramos. Founder. Good Financial Choice

We met Maricel Ramos at an Ecobabes networking event where we heard about her using her accounting skills for good. Troubled by a lack of financial literacy and an avoidance of the topic among Canadians- Maricel started Good Financial Choice. Intrigued by her passion for finance we learned more about …

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Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2014

A year in review shows the most popular social impact posts of the year- featuring interviews with experts, insider information and behind the scenes content.

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Inside FlipGive

FlipGive is Canada’s first B Corp and a company with impact at its core. FlipGive is transforming grassroots fundraising and corporate giving. FlipGive helps people raise more money faster and provides the opportunity for brands to give back at the same time.

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Steve Croth. Co-Founder and CEO. FlipGive.

Steve Croth is one of the most forward thinking CEO’s we’ve ever met- but not in the way you might expect. At his grandfather’s funeral, Steve Croth was inspired by his legacy as a community man. Steve Croth thought backwards about what he wanted to be remembered as and the …

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Purpose is the new ping pong: the business case for CSR

I got into a friendly debate with a manufacturing business owner about the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) this past weekend. Our discussion went something like this: Old School Business Man: “I don’t believe in CSR, the purpose of my business is to maximize profits and treat my employees …

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The CSR Dictionary – A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to get a job in CSR it’s important you’re able to speak the language of sustainability. If you want to walk the walk, you need to talk the talk. Here’s a beginner’s guide to the terms you may overhear around the proverbial corporate social responsibility water cooler.

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#GivingTuesday 2014

Bmeaningful promotes charitable giving on GivingTuesday. In honour of #GivingTuesday, Bmeaningful has made a commitment to support non-profits and a pledge to Dress for Success Toronto this week. Want to post your job for free? If you’re a non-profit tweet or email us at info(at)bmeaningful(dot)com for your exclusive discount code to …

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Kristy O’Leary. Vision Broker and Strategist. Scout & Burrow

We recently met Kristy O’Leary at the Social Finance Forum in Toronto and immediately felt a kindred spirit. As a fellow social entrepreneur, we admired her vision and passion for social impact creating Scout & Burrow, a non-traditional agency. Kristy’s career story is a good reminder how career paths in the …

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5 Rookie Mistakes That Career Switchers Make

As a career switcher into social impact, your primary goal is to get across why you above everyone else applying are the best person for the job. You may have the right skill set and bring a wealth of experience from a different sector, but still find it challenging to …

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A Secret to Career Switching

Most recruiters won’t tell you all the things you need to do to switch into a social impact job. Beyond the traditional advice of networking and informational interviews – there’s one super important secret for career switching that is rarely discussed.

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Blair Smith. Marketing Manager. Evergreen Canada

In addition to demonstrating your passion, the message of developing your skill-set is one that we continue to emphasize at Bmeaningful. Like the sports analogy “there’s no I in team”, Blair Smith’s career story and advice reminds us that as top talent, the key to success is focusing on the …

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Inside TerraCycle Canada

TerraCycle is on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste, reinventing garbage to become an input for good. TerraCycle works with partners to up-cycle waste that has traditionally been thought of us as un-recyclable (like cigarette butts), enabling TerraCycle to not only clean up the environment but profit from …

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Andrew Hall. Co-founder. Mealshare.

One of the most exciting things about working in the impact economy is seeing the rise of cool social enterprises like Mealshare, taking the buy one give one model to the culinary world. Andrew Hall is the co-founder and co-mastermind behind this budding West Coast based organization. From consultant to …

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Janet Yale. CEO of the Arthritis Society.

Experts in Career Switching: From Executive Vice President of TELUS to CEO of the Arthritis Society, Janet Yale has completed her transformation to Purple Sheep. Janet leveraged the knowledge and skills she gained over 25 years in the corporate sector and successfully “career-switched” into not-for-profit. Janet’s career story reminds us …

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Ari Cohen. Loan Officer. Rise Asset Developments.

In pursuit of a path Ari Cohen thought he was supposed to take, financial success, the corner office and status- Ari slipped further into addiction until he hit rock bottom. His transformation to Purple Sheep is so inspiring because it reminds us of the power of resilience. One of the …

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Why You Should Start Thinking About The End Of Your Career Now.

It’s hard to think about the end of your career, especially if it’s just beginning. But doing so will reinvigorate your career search and help you build a career that matters. Here are three reasons why it’s important to start thinking about the end of your career now:

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Joanna Reynolds. Associate Director. MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

Experts in Social Finance Series: Joanna Reynolds’ story is a great example of a career in the impact sector, seamlessly transitioning from the arts and nonprofit to social finance. Joanna is at the forefront of impact investing and a trailblazer in the field- we need more Purple Sheep like her!

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A Day in the Life of 3 Corporate Social Responsibility Executives

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) means something different at every company. And as most professionals in the field know, CSR is a term that covers a range of activities. To some businesses, CSR can refer to their sustainability efforts, their investment in community events, their employee volunteerism and or the management of …

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David Hessekiel. President. Cause Marketing Forum

It’s hard to say what we love most about the progress that has been made in social impact related careers over the last few years. But the concept of community is a big part of what inspires us and gives us hope for the future. Thanks to professionals like David …

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Jason Shim. Digital Media Manager. Pathways to Education Canada

Jason Shim represents the next generation of nonprofit professionals using technology as a tool for change. From hackathons and consulting to teaching and volunteering, Jason is at the cutting edge of digital marketing. What inspires us most is his relentless passion for advancing nonprofits through technology.

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Landon French. Executive Director, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities; Vice President, Community Relations, Canadian Tire Corporation

Experts in CSR series. If you’re anything like Landon French you believe in the power of relationships. Landon grew up in a small town where community meant a lot, people helped each other not only when there were problems, but because it was the right thing to do. Landon brings …

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Rachel Birenbaum. Senior Manager, HR and Operations. Sustainalytics

Do you ever worry that the next hire on your team won’t fit in with the culture? It’s easy to take for granted working with great, like-minded people and if you’re anything like us, you believe that ‘the people make the place’. Rachel Birenbaum and the rest of the team’s work on …

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Matthew Barg. Associate Analyst. Sustainalytics

Can you describe your role at Sustainalytics?  I am an Associate Analyst and I work on the research products team. I am the sector lead for our coverage of telecom and media companies.

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Aria Finger. COO, DoSomething.org and President, TMI

Aria Finger was on a mission to prove her college classmates wrong- that working at a not-for-profit could be efficient, effective and world-changing. As Chief Operating Officer of DoSomething.org– a not-for-profit that empowers millions of people to take action around causes they care about- she does just that. And we couldn’t be …

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Barry Martin. Founder. Hypenotic

Barry Martin’s transformation from an ad man at a traditional advertising agency to Purple Sheep is inspiring. One of the most amazing things about choosing to do work that you believe in is the feeling you get seeing the positive impact your work has on the community and the freedom …

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Inside Operation Groundswell

Operation Groundswell (OG) creates custom educational trips for university students to “backpack with a purpose”. OG works with local NGOs on community requested projects- asking what they need- as opposed to assuming or requesting.  Their programs not only change the lives of the students participating, but also improves the communities …

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Eyal Rosenblum. Executive Director. Operation Groundswell

What’s a typical day like?   Is there a typical day? Generally most of my day is spent troubleshooting. As an Executive Director, I see myself as a facilitator. I’m not really an authoritative director.  I see my job to support the staff as best as I can, make sure they …

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The 5 Myths of Nonprofit Jobs

Non profit jobs are both challenging and rewarding. If you’re like us, you may have some preconceived notions about what it’s like to work in the non profit sector. We spoke with non profit insiders to help set the record straight as we demystify 5 common myths.

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