From investment banker to social entrepreneur: Meet Tariq Fancy, founder of Rumie, a nonprofit Tech Startup

Prior to starting Rumie, described as the “world’s best social startup” and nonprofit that makes access to free digital education possible, Tariq Fancy appeared to be your typical investment banker. But Tariq is anything but typical. His story, and the story of Rumie, began in Kenya during a childhood visit that ignited his …

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A Leadership Story. Meet Jennifer Jones, President at Toronto Public Library Foundation

As children we’re taught the tale about the tortoise and the hare. Jennifer Jones’ story reminds us of the moral of that tale: slow and steady still wins the race. Jennifer shares that it took her over a decade of living and working in various countries across different companies and industries to …

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How to volunteer your way to a career switch: Q&A with Rose Lipton, Director of Canada Programs, Right To Play

Rose Lipton had always wanted to be a teacher, but when she started teaching she found herself frustrated by the systemic challenges of the public school system and made the difficult decision to switch career paths. Taking a more active role on a community level, Rose started volunteering. Rose’s story …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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