About Impact Conversations

Impact Conversations is a show about change makers getting things done. Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors talk to NGO leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and environmental innovators about their goals and how they're reaching them.

The Canadian Charitable Sector in COVID-19 and beyond

In this podcast, we connect with the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, through its charitable sector co-chairs, Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada, and Hilary Pearson, former President of Philanthropic Foundations of Canada. We hear about what they are seeing in the charitable sector – both what COVID-19 has caused [...]

By |2020-05-28T08:37:22-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Building Better Communities: The B Corp Model with Craig Ryan, BDC

Are you proud of how your successful organization makes your community a better place to live? Do you want to be? Craig Ryan, Director, Purpose Entrepreneurship, leads BDC's team to help grow Canada's national movement of certified Beneficial corporations (B Corps). He shares with us how this thinking fits with B Corp leaders, what he [...]

By |2020-04-30T13:26:47-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Decent Work and the New Economy Post-Recovery, with Derek Cook and Kate Siklosi

Derek Cook, leader of the Canadian Poverty Institute also leads a Collective Impact Initiative, the New Economy Roundtable.  He's joined by Roundtable member Kate Siklosi of the Ian Martin Group (a B Corp), in discussing their focus on increasing the number of people in "decent work" in Ontario, and how this focus is [...]

By |2020-04-16T09:19:41-04:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast, Social Innovation|0 Comments

The pandemic: some sources of information and inspiration, and our thanks.

This is very short episode, given where we are in Canada (and around the world) with the CoVid19 pandemic.    Good information is really important in an emergency- we have been relying on many of our partners and friends and clients, and our leaders in Canada, for information.    The following are some of the [...]

By |2020-04-08T10:59:57-04:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast|Tags: |0 Comments

People are Thriving – A Measurable Outcome Focus with Angie Peters, CEO YSM

In this episode, Lynn interviews Angie Peters, President & CEO at the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) in Toronto. YSM has identified a focus beyond activities, on outcomes – the results the people they work with are striving for.  They have labelled this outcome as "people thriving", and Angie shares the framework they use, [...]

By |2020-03-06T09:53:18-05:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Evaluation, Podcast, Social Innovation|0 Comments

Beyond Strategic Planning, Strategy is creating value, with Prof. Brent McKnight

In this episode, Lynn interviews Dr. Brent McKnight, Associate Professor in Strategic Management at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.   Brent characterizes strategy as being about creating value, whether at a for profit (business) or nonprofit organization. Having recently developed an undergraduate course in organizational strategy, Brent shares some early findings of applying [...]

By |2020-04-08T11:01:31-04:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Strategy for Impact at Green Economy Canada with Priyanka Lloyd

In this episode Lynn is joined by Priyanka Lloyd, Executive Director of Green Economy Canada. Green Economy Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating Canada's transition to a low carbon economy. As is the case for many environmentally focused agencies, Green Economy Canada was challenged to create a way of focusing [...]

By |2019-11-29T08:53:35-05:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments