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The Together Project, with Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk

Impact Conversations

Release Date: 03/21/2019

Paulina Cameron: A changemaker supporting women entrepreneurs, individually and systemically show art Paulina Cameron: A changemaker supporting women entrepreneurs, individually and systemically

Impact Conversations

In this episode, we talk to Paulina Cameron, a Globe and Mail ’22 Changemaker and CEO of The Forum, a Vancouver-based charity teaching, mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs across Canada to take their businesses to the next level.  We hear about the challenges and opportunities the organization and women entrepreneurs faced through COVID.  We also hear about the systemic issues women entrepreneurs face, and work The Forum is doing in both supporting women to overcome these barriers, while at the same time providing training to banks to address systemic biases. ...

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Catalyzing Social and Environmental Change: a conversation with SI Canada’s Andrea Nemtin show art Catalyzing Social and Environmental Change: a conversation with SI Canada’s Andrea Nemtin

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Our guest today is Andrea Nemtin, Executive Director of SI Canada. Sally and Andrea talk about what Social Innovation is, the history of the field in Canada, and how Social Innovation Canada (SI Canada) came to be.  Andrea talks about the priorities of the organization as our country emerges from COVID, and how solutions to the complex challenges of social justice and climate change can be catalyzed and aligned through education, intentional networking at local and national levels across all sectors, and storytelling.     Resources:   Social Innovation...

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Successfully bringing Indigenous ways to a traditionally science-based culture at Sierra Club BC, with Executive Director, Hannah Askew show art Successfully bringing Indigenous ways to a traditionally science-based culture at Sierra Club BC, with Executive Director, Hannah Askew

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Hannah Askew started as Executive Director at Sierra Club BC in late 2018 with a mandate to bring an Indigenous lens to the work of Sierra Club BC, alongside the traditional scientific lens.  As a lawyer, prior to this role, Hannah practiced public interest environmental law and was deeply involved in learning from Indigenous communities about their systems of law and governance.      You’ll hear that Hannah is a big proponent of the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave program “Impact and Strategic Clarity”, which they completed in 2019.  It’s how they developed...

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Gord Downie’s Legacy of #ReconciliACTION! show art Gord Downie’s Legacy of #ReconciliACTION!

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Sarah Midanik, Executive Director of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund shares a message of hope, as she reflects on the important work of reconciliation requiring us all, and non-Indigenous Canadians in particular, to take action. We hear about the important work to be done to address systemic racism and how this national charity found a way, working from the ground up, to address the history not previously being told in the school  curriculum, providing tools and resources into some 6000 schools within 4 years. And that’s just one example.   Resources  Gord Downie...

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Insights from Toronto’s Reconciliation Action Plan show art Insights from Toronto’s Reconciliation Action Plan

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Selina Young, Director of the City of Toronto’s first Indigenous Affairs Office speaks with us about Toronto’s Reconciliation Action Plan, recently unanimously approved by Council.  We hear about the process, informed by various Indigenous community leaders, which pushed Selina and her team to revise the plan, ensuring big, bold action towards reconciliation.  It’s also made clear that this plan is not for Indigenous folks to undertake, but rather actions for non-Indigenous folks to be taking, namely by the City and its some 38k people, leveraging its role as service provider,...

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Creating an increased and lasting sense of civic agency in youth show art Creating an increased and lasting sense of civic agency in youth

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Veronika Berlicki, co-founder and leader of CityHive, shares how they are transforming the way young people engage in shaping their cities.  Based in Metro Vancouver, this 5-year old nonprofit has revisited its initial strategic plans, to assess the impact its been making and see what changes that might mean for the way forward. They’ve engaged key stakeholders along the way and had some tough conversations as a team, looking at the change they want to be making and considering the trade-offs. They’ve developed a Theory of Change that is not only guiding their work but providing...

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Catalyzing Local Action on Climate Change through Collective Impact show art Catalyzing Local Action on Climate Change through Collective Impact

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Bianca Caramento is the Manager of the Bay Area Climate Change Council, leading the collective impact initiative to advance and accelerate climate change action in the cities of Burlington and Hamilton.  She shares with us the structure behind this collective, with her “backbone” role housed in the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College, supporting a collective of 14 community organizations.     We hear about their Theory of Change – the master plan for reducing green house gases in the community by 50% by 2030, towards becoming net zero cities by...

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The Prosperity Project: Creating a Prosperous Canada is Women’s Work show art The Prosperity Project: Creating a Prosperous Canada is Women’s Work

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Foreseeing COVID negatively impacting women’s ability to stay and thrive in the workforce, Pamela Jeffrey, Founder and lead of The Prosperity Project was concerned about the impact this would have on not just the women themselves, but Canada’s prosperity.  So, she took action, focusing on women, and particularly women of equity-deserving communities, including Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2S+, and physically challenged.      Pamela shares how this project came to be and the unique seed funding approach, with 60+ senior professional women committing to the...

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The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Commitment to Systems Change in Youth Homelessness show art The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Commitment to Systems Change in Youth Homelessness

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The Home Depot Canada Foundation has recently revisited their role and plans by developing a Theory of Change and Strategic Plan.  We hear about the journey and results from Amy Bilodeau, Sr. Manager, Community Investment for the Home Depot Canada, a role which includes supporting the Home Depot Canada Foundation's mission to eradicate youth homelessness in Canada.  This mission has remained intact, and with a renewed commitment, with the Foundation continuing to aim higher on its fundraising goals, and then applying those significant funds for systemic change.  We hear about...

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The B Corp Movement, with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions show art The B Corp Movement, with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions

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B Corp is a global movement of more than 4800 companies, with almost 400,00 employees in 79 countries around the world, all focused on making business a force for good.     Together, B Corps are working to shift our global economy from a system that profits few to one that benefits all: advancing a new model that moves from concentrating wealth to ensuring equity, from resource extraction to energy generation, and from individualism to interdependence.     We are happy to have Ian Kelly and Elaine Adema from PeaceWorks Technology Solutions, a fellow B...

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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 integration services, and how their volunteers are supporting newcomers' own self-defined goals.

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