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.

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

Tackling Youth Homelessness, a Collective Impact approach with Bhavana Varma

Are you trying to address youth homelessness in your community? Have a listen to this episode with Bhavana Varma, CEO of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (in Ontario). She shares the role and challenges of being the backbone organization for a collective impact project, explains the strategies they used [...]

By |2019-05-28T20:49:11-04:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

What is Innoweave? with Ryan Conway (episode 2 bonus re-run)

In this re-run of our second episode (originally published Nov 1, 2018), we speak with Ryan Conway, Program Director at Innoweave. Innoweave is a project of the McConnell Foundation. Together they discuss the meaning and importance of direct and indirect impact in complex systems. Ryan also explains Innoweave: how it empowers community sector [...]

By |2019-05-28T20:20:08-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Innovating value, with Glenn Smith

Glenn Smith is our guest this week, discussing innovation. Glenn, whose affiliations include bdsmith Partners, Communitech and Blue Sea Philanthropy, defines innovation as thinking differently to create value. Tune in to this episode, as we discuss the meaning of innovation in for-profit and not-for-profit contexts alike. Resources: Glenn Smith on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glennesmith/ Blue [...]

By |2019-05-28T21:36:50-04:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Root causes and sustainable futures, with Wendy Rinella

Wendy Rinella thinks of impact as moving people from a place where they are unsustainable, to sustainable. She shares with Lynn how the Oakville Community Foundation uses data to target solutions where they are needed most. Resources: The Oakville Community Foundation: https://www.theocf.org "A Place to Call Home" Report: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=11038 Wendy Rinella on LinkedIn: [...]

By |2019-05-28T21:21:33-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments

Hamilton Healthy Birth Weights Coalition, with Vanessa Parlette

The audio quality of this episode is a little patchier than we'd like at the beginning. Keep listening, it's worth it. Vanessa Parlette reflects on the successes of the Hamilton Healthy Birth Weights Coalition. She and Sally discuss the broad community engagement in the work and how they engaged meaningfully with young people [...]

By |2019-05-28T21:42:54-04:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Collective Impact, Measurement, Podcast, Youth|0 Comments

The Together Project, with Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk

In this episode, we speak with Anna Hill & Andrew Lusztyk. They are co-directors and co-founders of the Together Project: a community-led project that connects refugee newcomers and Canadians, to build stronger, more integrated communities. We discuss the evolution of this grassroots citizens' initiative, including their fit in the broader network of settlement and [...]

By |2019-05-28T21:43:53-04:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Podcast|0 Comments