Impact Conversations – a podcast2020-02-27T15:06:45-05:00

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. Check back for a new episode every second Thursday.

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Philanthropy’s Transformational Change with Jean-Marc Mangin, CEO & President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)

In this episode, Social Impact Advisors Partner Lynn Fergusson interviews Jean-Marc Mangin, CEO & President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) about the state of the philanthropic sector, particularly in light of the challenges of COVID.  We hear how many nonprofits are in a dire situation as our society faces both the healthcare and economic effects of COVID.  The pandemic has highlighted the important work done by the charitable sector, the need for collaboration across sectors to address societal issues, and the transformational opportunity it presents.   



By |October 29th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, News, Philanthropy, Podcast|

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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