Reinventing a purpose-driven organization and brand – the journey, with Joanna Kerr, CEO, MakeWay

Joanna joins our podcast as CEO of the newly named MakeWay organization. You might know it as Tides Canada. We hear about the journey and thinking behind rebranding.  It's about getting clear about the purpose of the organization and as a result, determining some fitting branding to go with it. We hear examples of projects MakeWay supports and a snapshot of an organizational design and leadership pilot the organization is undertaking.  Through this, we'll see just how fitting "MakeWay" is for this organization.   Along the way, we also hear a bit more about Joanna's background.  She came [...]

By |October 15th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Philanthropy, Podcast, Strategy|

Seizing the Moment for an Equity Movement, with Michael Bach, Founder & CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Addressing equity is a hot topic right now as the COVID pandemic has highlighted undeniable inequities in our society, from who is contracting COVID, to who is most affected by job losses or slow returns, to evidence of anti-racism and police brutality. As Founder and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, having been the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KPMG, Michael approaches solutions from an employer's perspective. He reports seeing a sustained spike in demand from organizations across all sectors to learn more and move towards action.  The emotional moment is becoming [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|Categories: Equity and Inclusion, Podcast, Strategy|

Impact and Strategic Clarity Community of Practice: Covid-19 Notes from the field

There is no roadmap, it all seems so overwhelming, but you are doing it, you ARE managing the crisis! We’re fortunate to be part of a group of nine inspiring women coaches working with the McConnell Foundation in the Innoweave Impact and Strategic Clarity Coaches’ Community of Practice.  Many members of this small group have been working in coaching and consulting with the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for decades and have been connected to one another since 2012.  Our learning and growing together has been rich and varied. We work with nonprofit, public sector and philanthropic leaders in planning [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Impact Clarity, Leadership, Social Innovation, Strategy, Uncategorized|

Seniors: Isolation, inclusion and system change with Glenys Currie

In this episode, Sally speaks with Glenys Currie, Director of Quality and Risk Management at Banyan Community Services about her work with the Hamilton Seniors Social Isolation Plan (HSSIP) and its legacy. While the funded program, which ran for three years, ended in 2019, it has fostered relationships and positive impact that continue through the current COVID emergency.    With over 25 years of experience leading community Glenys is an authority on the issues faced by marginalized and vulnerable persons, including an excellent knowledge and understanding of exclusion, isolation and loneliness.  The Hamilton HSSIP project was started by [...]

By |September 17th, 2020|Categories: Collective Impact, Impact Clarity, Leadership, Podcast, Strategy|

Guided by Purpose: Paintbox Catering and Bistro adapts

As you might imagine, Paintbox Catering and Bistro in Toronto's Regent Park has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Without gatherings, there have been no big corporate events to cater, to generate revenue for their social enterprise, which intentionally hires people from the local community who face barriers to employment.  But Allison Gibson, Director of Impact & Operations, has ensured that they've made use of their space and model of doing good while making a profit.  Alongside running the catering and bistro, Paintbox has been incubating local business start-ups, and Allison shares how, in light of [...]

By |September 3rd, 2020|Categories: B Corporation, Leadership, Podcast, Strategy|

Rethinking a Foundation’s Impact, with Miin Alikhan, VP Impact & Accountability, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

 Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation raises funds for the work of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the centre addressing some 200 types of cancer for people in the GTA.  With 1 in 2 Canadians touched by cancer in their lifetimes, you likely know someone who has used PMCC or has raised funds, through one of the PMCF's signature events, such as the Home Lottery or the Ride to Conquer Cancer.    Currently, the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation faces not only the challenges of raising funds without in-person events, but is making another shift within the organization, bringing in a [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Impact Clarity, Measurement, Philanthropy, Podcast, Strategy|
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