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.

Finding local solutions for building significant affordable housing, with Graham Cubitt

In this episode, Lynn interviews Graham Cubitt, Director of Projects and Marketing at Indwell, about his organization's approach to housing stability. Indwell is both a property developer and a service provider, creating affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging, but doing so requires trust, creativity, and money. Tune in [...]

By |2019-10-03T09:29:55-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Social Innovation|0 Comments

Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta's universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager.  Hear about their journey to [...]

By |2019-09-19T14:08:38-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Supporting financial intermediaries to grow impact investing in Canada, with Erica Barbosa Vargas

In this episode, Lynn talks to Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director of Solutions Finance at the McConnell Foundation, one of Canada's largest private foundations. Erica provides insights into the growing impact investment sector in Canada. She also shares what the McConnell Foundation is doing to address the bottleneck they see in financial intermediaries, so [...]

By |2019-10-03T09:52:34-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Impact Investing, Podcast, Social Finance, Social Innovation|0 Comments

Doris Buffett’s Legacy: doubling impact by empowering young philanthropists, with Amy Kingman

In this episode, Lynn chats with Amy Kingman, Executive Director of the Learning by Giving Foundation (LxG) about experiential philanthropy. Founded by Doris Buffett, LxG teaches and empowers students to make wise grants of Buffett's capital to community-based nonprofits. Resources: Learning by Giving Foundation: https://learningbygivingfoundation.org/ Letters Foundation: https://letters.foundation Amy Kingman on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-kingman-a639793/ [...]

By |2019-08-22T18:41:51-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Philanthropy, Podcast, Social Innovation, Youth|0 Comments

Building bridges for women and children, with Shawn Bayes of EFry

In this episode, Sally speaks with Shawn Bayes, the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver. EFry provides support services to women and children affected by the justice system. They discuss risk factors that lead women into conflict with the law, and the many effects of incarceration on women and their [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:55:37-04:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast|0 Comments

Strategy and Relationships at L’Arche Canada, with Lori Vaanholt & Stephanie Garrow

This episode features a deep dive into L'Arche Canada, and how they have built a strategy for impact across a federated organization. Sally speaks with Lori Vaanholt, Director of Strategic Development and Innovation at L'Arche and Stephanie Garrow, of GarrowEvoy, a consultant and coach in Strategic Clarity. They discuss L'Arche as an organization, [...]

By |2019-07-12T11:17:07-04:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Tides Canada’s Impact Focus, with Todd Jacques and Wendy Cooper

Todd Jacques and Wendy Cooper from Tides Canada join Lynn to discuss the ways in which, through an impact lens, Tides supports philanthropists and changemakers to better their communities. The conversation focuses on the importance of local involvement in place-based initiatives, and the foundation offering both an impact investing opportunity and a shared platform [...]

By |2019-06-28T11:37:05-04:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Charitable Corporate Partnerships, with Brad Offman

Brad Offman, from Spire Philanthropy presents the case for charitable corporate partnerships: how they work and how they are changing. His conversation with Sally also delves into engaging employees, identifying assets, community investments and choosing the right partners. Resources: Spire Philanthropy: https://spirephilanthropy.com/ Corporate Partnership Conference: https://corporatepartnershipconference.ca/ Brad Offman on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradoffman/  Find out more [...]

By |2019-06-19T16:39:58-04:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Social Innovation, with Allyson Hewitt

What is social innovation? Tune in to our chat with Allyson Hewitt, McConnell Foundation Senior Fellow of Social Innovation at MaRS Discovery District. Allyson tells us about several made-in-Canada social innovations, the importance of systems thinking, and shares the business case for social innovation. Resources: MaRS Discovery District: https://www.marsdd.com/ Ashoka: https://www.ashoka.org/ Allyson Hewitt [...]

By |2019-05-30T11:06:25-04:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments