Walter Kraus the VP, Environment & Corporate Sustainability of 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 the Managing Director of Social Innovation at 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, the Carbon Accountant at 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 the Director of Economic and Corporate Initiatives at 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 the Managing Director at the 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 the Principal of Culture and Reputation Architect at 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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Philip Manzano the Community Affairs Manager at Microsoft Canada

Ever wonder how to get one of those rock star CSR jobs? It starts with a dedicated pursuit of your passion and followed by a commitment to achieving results. At least that’s how Philip Manzano, Microsoft’s Community Affairs Manager, was able to translate numerous volunteer and community engagement gigs into …

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Brittany Pepper the Senior Account Executive for Ontario Higher Education at 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 the Manager of Corporate Responsibility at 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 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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