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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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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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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Why you should start thinking about the end of your career now

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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Confessions of a Purple Sheep: 3 Pieces of Career Advice

Finding your dream social impact job takes hard work and persistence. Good career advice is sector, even job specific. Advice for getting a job at Google is very different than good advice for getting a job at the RBC Foundation or the United Way. We’ve gone through our Purple Sheep interviews …

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Fatima Crerar. Director of Projects. Public Inc.

For those of us who believe there’s more to a job than a paycheque, and that it’s about the journey, not just the destination- this interview is for you. As the Director of Projects at Public, Fatima Crerar shares a unique passion and drive for her work, spurred by the …

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Confessions of a Purple Sheep: How 10 Social Impact Professionals Got Their Jobs

Do you ever wonder how people get their jobs? How important your resume or networking really are? We share the secrets of how Purple Sheep- corporate dreamers who use their skills for good-  got their jobs. What you find out may surprise you (6x over). 

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6 career options you never knew existed

Discover alternative, corporate career options in the emerging social impact space:

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Phillip Haid. Co-Founder and CEO. Public Inc.

We’ve never walked away so inspired than after meeting Phillip. On a mission to redefine giving, Phillip and his team are disrupting what it means to do charity and business. Phillip is not only a visionary but a fun leader that encapsulates a play hard – work hard mentality. Phillip’s …

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Where to Study Corporate Social Responsibility

Whether you’re interested in an MBA in corporate social responsibility, sustainability or just enhancing your CSR skills, there’s a program for that. In the last few years, corporate social responsibility has gone from being a nice-to-do to a must-do for businesses. And now, there’s more options for companies looking for specialized …

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