Klaudia Watts the Corporate Responsibility Manager at 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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Hope Paterson the 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 the Director of Account Management & Latin America Initiatives at 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 the Energy Projects Manager at the 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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Paulina Zelazny the Digital Marketing & Communications Manager at 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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Andrew Ripley the Co-Founder of 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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Lindsay Oughtred the Executive Director of 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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Ben Connor the Co-Owner of 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 the 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 the Co-founder and VP HR of 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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Gelaine Santiago the Co-Founder of 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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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 the Executive Director of 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 the CEO of 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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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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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

Diane Solinger the Manager of GooglersGive at 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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