Our Team

 
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Dear Friends,

The past several years have been a tremendous journey in scaling the highest impact interventions serving the most vulnerable and underserved populations across Canada. We have had the opportunity to work with leaders from across all sectors, and believe that through deep, long-term, cross-sectoral partnerships we will move the needle on the most pressing social issues of our time.

If you would like to join our team - the Centre's or our portfolio charities' - on this journey, please visit our Careers page.

We look forward to exploring the limits of what's possible with you!

- Narinder

 

Staff


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Narinder Dhami

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Narinder leads the Centre, mobilizing the private sector to partner with game changing interventions in the non profit sector, scaling their impact across Canada. She formely sat on the Global Council for Pro Bono and is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader.

As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Narinder co-created the first course in microfinance and impact investing at the University. Further, she worked with Ryerson to launch the Professional Master's Diploma in Social Finance this past September, designing and teaching the “Investing for Impact” and "Social Impact Measurement" courses.

Narinder is the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development - a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative, providing an entrepreneurial path to employment for those with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. She led the design and growth of Rise from the pilot phase to its expansion across Ontario. Narinder has also has spent multiple years working across West Africa, both as program manager at the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) across Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire and as a member of the portfolio team with Acumen Fund (West Africa office providing impact investments to social enterprises across Ghana and Nigeria).

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering.

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Naomi Desai

PECAUT FELLOW

Naomi Desai is a Pecaut Fellow seconded from the Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) Toronto office. At BCG, Naomi has worked across multiple industries including retail, financial services and travel & tourism in both the Associate and Consultant roles.

Naomi's experience with the social impact sector includes a volunteer consultancy at the World Food Programme's Indonesia country office and multiple local initiatives in Toronto. She currently leads BCG's Pathways to Education mentorship program and sits on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Toronto.

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Global Strategy from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

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Gaurav Gupta

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Gaurav leads our efforts on due diligence across a wide set of organizations, as well as our engagement as part of the Google.org Impact Challenge.

Gaurav is extremely passionate about leveraging his business & strategy experience to drive social impact. Prior to joining the Centre, he was the head of sustainable business development at British Telecom in London, UK. His role straddled strategy, business development, partnership creation and program management; and he engaged across the business towards the development of products and programs with a social, environmental and economic impact. Gaurav has led multiple global projects, and formed partnerships with customers, charities, NGOs, governments and foundations in the UK, India, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Gaurav also brings extensive experience in management consulting at BT, public health consulting at The Clinton Foundation, and leading intellectual property development at Qualcomm Incorporated.

Gaurav holds two Masters degrees (MBA, ESADE Business School & MS Computer Engineering, University of Cincinnati); has traveled to more than 30 countries, has directed and acted-in stage shows, and has been volunteering with organizations all over the world since 2005 to promote teaching and education.

 
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Daisy Heung

COORDINATOR

Daisy addresses the operational needs of the Centre by providing planning, administrative and due diligence support.

Daisy brings over five years of experience in serving numerous organizations within the non-profit sector, including in education, health, arts and culture, youth development, and workforce development. Most recently, she worked with the Active Career Advancement Project, a federally-funded national pilot project that offered career development services to underutilized internationally trained professionals.

Daisy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, post-graduate certificates in Human Resources Management and Teaching ESL from Seneca College, and is a graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario's Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program.

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Rebecca Konsolos

PORTFOLIO GROWTH LEAD

Rebecca is based in Vancouver and leads the Centre’s efforts to establish and strengthen sector partner relationships in British Columbia. She also supports portfolio organizations with expanding to B.C. as well as acts as a remote extension of the Toronto-based team and their due diligence efforts.

Rebecca has experience working with leading social impact organizations such as RADIUS, a social innovation lab and venture incubator based at the Beedie School of Business, Renewal Investment Funds, one of North America’s leading social venture capital firms, and Endeavor, a global non-profit that cultivates entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets. She also brings private sector experience from her time as an Associate for the Boston Consulting Group Toronto office.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Finance, from the University of British Columbia.

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Jill Miller

PORTFOLIO DIRECTOR

Prior to LEAP, as the Chief Operating Officer of Breakthrough Schools, Jill led the growth of a high performing network of free, public charter schools in Cleveland from 6 schools to 12 schools and oversaw non-instructional services, including strategic planning, facilities, security, technology, data and operations. Previously, as President of the Partnership for Clean Competition, Jill launched an anti-doping research collaborative formed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, MLB and the NFL. She also served as Director of Strategic Planning at the U.S. Olympic Committee and as a management consultant in the consumer packaged goods, education, retail, and technology sectors. Most recently, Jill was the Vice President of Growth and Partnerships for Peekapak, a Toronto-based education technology startup focused on teaching elementary-age children social and emotional learning skills.

Jill holds an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Engineering School through the Jerome Fisher Joint Program in Management and Technology.

 
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Sarah Nadalin

PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR

Sarah leads efforts to establish and develop philanthropic partnerships to achieve long term sustainability for the Centre.

Sarah has a long and distinguished career in fundraising having worked in various sectors including higher education, health-care, and the arts. She managed, developed and maintained successful fundraising programs such as the Rotman School of Management, the Shaw Festival, St. Joseph's Healthcare and the School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank, a charity under the patronage of HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales. At Rotman she doubled the school's annual donor support and was instrumental in establishing a marketing and communications fundraising strategy.

During the span of her career Sarah has raised over $45 million in philanthropic support.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Guelph, the Laurier Institute and a Certified Fundraising Professional.

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Shruti Bangar

FALL INTERN

Shruti is passionate about creating innovative solutions and driving impact in the non-profit sector. She established and led an NGO in India that focused on providing quality education, motivating underprivileged children to pursue their higher education. Shruti has volunteering experience with multiple organizations in health, education, and animal welfare sector. She has engaged in various pro-bono consulting engagements both in and outside of Canada.

Shruti also brings four years of management consulting experience at ZS Associates’; where she advised 10+ leading US and EU pharmaceutical companies on consumer-centric marketing strategies for growth.

Shruti holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA degree, specializing in Strategy and Innovation, at the Rotman School of Management. She is an avid dancer and water sports enthusiast.

 

Board


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Gordon Baird

PARTNER, MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT

Appointed Secretary to the Board

Gordon Baird is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault's Business Law Group in Toronto. His practice is focused on lending and secured transactions.

Gordon is the chair of the McCarthy Tétrault National Pro Bono Committee and a member of the boards of directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario and Connect Legal, a pro bono organization offering assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs, and Opera in Concert. He is recognized in the 2007-2014 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the area of banking and finance law. He also appears in the 2014 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of Banking (including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law). Gordon appears in Best Lawyers Canada in the areas of banking and finance and project finance law.

Gordon holds a BA (Economics) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1986, and his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1989. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991.

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Kilian Berz

SENIOR PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

CO-FOUNDER | BOARD CO-CHAIR

Kilian Berz is a Senior Partner, Managing Director, and Global Financial Institutions Leader at The Boston Consulting Group. Kilian leads large client relationships on behalf of BCG. Since joining BCG in 1995, has advised clients across many sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the Chair of the Centre for Canada's Future, convening leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector to address Canada's biggest challenges. Kilian led BCG's Canadian offices from 2009 to 2015.

Kilian is Special Advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, helping to engage business and increase investment in Canada. He is a Board Member of Civic Action, a non-profit urban renewal coalition, and is Co-Founder of the LEAP Pecaut Centre for Social Impact. From 2001 to 2016, he chaird the Board of a mid-sized German chemical business.

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Helen Burstyn

CHAIR, WATERFRONT & CHAIR, EVERGREEN

CO-FOUNDER | BOARD MEMBER

Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 35-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service.

She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Social Venture Zone at Ryerson University. The former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Helen also served for several years as the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisor, Social Enterprise and Chair of the Partnership Forum, the province’s advisory body on the not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. Helen currently serves as Chair of Evergreen and The Walrus Foundation, and serves on the board of many non-profit and charitable organizations. She is the author of Eleven Out of Ten: The Life and Work of David Pecaut.

Helen attended the University of Windsor (Honours BA), McMaster University in Hamilton (MA) and continued her post-graduate studies in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto (ABD). She has four daughters and three granddaughters, and lives in midtown Toronto.

 
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Nan DasGupta

PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

BOARD MEMBER

Nan DasGupta is a Partner and Managing Director in the Toronto office of The Boston Consulting Group. She is a core member of the Financial Services, Strategy and Organization practice areas, and has extensive experience in large-scale organizational transformation.

Nan’s project experience at BCG has focused on issues of strategy, organization, and channel effectiveness for financial services and retail companies. Prior to joining BCG Nan was a project engineer at General Electric Company in the Industrial Motors business.

Nan received her MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Honours Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University.

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Joan Dea

CORPORATE DIRECTOR & INVESTOR

BOARD MEMBER

Joan Dea is a corporate director, civic leader, and early-stage investor. She is Founder and Managing Director of Beckwith Investments, and serves as Corporate Director for Charles Schwab Corp., Charles Schwab Bank and Cineplex Inc. Dea, named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2007), was one of the most senior women in the financial services in North America as an executive at BMO Financial Group. She advised Fortune 500 and other leading international companies in the financial services, consumer, retail and media industries as Partner and Director at Boston Consulting Group.

Reflecting her lifelong passion for arts, education, and women’s advancement, Dea has held board and advisory positions with Women’s Initiative, National Ballet of Canada, Yale University, Marin Academy, GlobalGirl Media and the Canadian Council for the Promotion of Women on Boards. Dea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Science in Economics with Distinction from the London School of Economics.

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Ashim Khemani

CEO, STEM CAPITAL

BOARD CO-CHAIR

Ashim Khemani is CEO of Stem Capital, a professional services firm which serves institutions, boards and families in the disciplines of insurance, investments, wealth management, risk, talent solutions and digital strategy.

Ashim has had the privilege of contributing, building and leading teams to design and execute start-up, growth and turn-around mandates in a wide range of organizations. He has focused on shaping and advancing firm-building (culture) activities in concert with retaining a keen competitive and commercial focus. Over the past 25 years, Ashim has led Medavie Blue Cross as President, he was the CHRO | CMO | Chief Development Officer at Sobeys and the CEO, Global Head of Innovation & Growth at Aon (Hewitt).

He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University. He is a certified director (ICD.D), serves on SAP’s Executive Advisory Committee, and the board and Audit Committee at Russell Investments.

 
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Joe Manget

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, EDGEWOOD HEALTH NETWORK INC.

cO-FOUNDER | BOARD MEMBEr

Joe Manget is an Operating Partner at Alignvest and Chairman of the Edgewood Health Network Inc. (EHN), a Canadian based private pay mental health and addictions treatment platform launched by Alignvest in December 2013. Prior to joining Alignvest, Joe was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group where he led BCG Canada (2006 to 2009), then led BCG’s Global Operations practice (2010 to 2012), which he transformed into the firm’s largest and fastest growing global practice. Prior to BCG, he was a senior manager at IBM Canada (now Celestica).

Joe holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto, graduating first in class (summa cum laude) in both programs. Joe is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), is on the Finance Committee for Upper Canada College, and serves on the board of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

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Philip Moore

FORMER SVP, DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL AND CORPORATE SECRETARY, TD

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR

Philip Moore is former Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of TD Bank Group, where he provided leadership to the legal department in Canada and support for the Boards and Committees of TD Bank Group.

Prior to joining TD in 2013, he was a senior partner in the Business Law Group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he advised clients on corporate and securities matters including mergers and acquisitions, cross-borders securities, corporate reorganizations and general on-going advice to various public and private corporations.

Philip received his BA from McMaster University and his LLB from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario bar in 1983. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Neenah Inc. and as faculty member and Chartered Director of the Directors College, Canada’s leading director education program run by the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

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Bill Young

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, SOCIAL CAPITAL PARTNERS

BOARD MEMBER

Bill Young is the founder and President of Social Capital Partners (SCP), a non-profit organization he started in 2001. SCP’s primary goal is to find innovative ways to provide meaningful job opportunities for people who face employment barriers. Before founding SCP, Bill spent twenty years in the private sector leading high growth, entrepreneurial organizations. He was CEO of Hamilton Computers, a publicly traded computer company, as well as Optel Communications Corp (later Axxent).

Bill began his career as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He currently sits as an advisor on a variety of boards for social enterprises and community organizations, as well as being a member of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance.

 

Advisors


 
  • With the organizations that LEAP takes on there’s so much opportunity to help them scale up and have a social impact. LEAP projects allow lawyers at McCarthy Tétrault to work on things that have a potential impact on thousands and thousands of people.
    — Gordon Baird, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
  • LEAP is about scaling already successful social enterprises thereby creating massive positive impact on our communities and country.
    — Sam Duboc, Executive Chairman, Beacon
  • David’s life was all about leveraging talent and great ideas to make positive change happen — in business and in society. He knew that sometimes the kernel of an idea or the small success can have so much more impact with a boost of resources, visibility and strategy. The world needs more of David’s powerful formula and that is what LEAP is doing.
    — Joan Dea, Corporate Director & Investor
  • I am honored to support this unique model of bringing industry expertise, knowledge, and smart money to organizations that are positioned to drive massive social change.
    — Howard Grosfield, Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Operations, American Express
  • What keeps me involved with LEAP is that continued strive to be impactful, to find organizations that can have an impact that we can measure, that can benefit from all the resources, and try to get as much benefit from those resources as possible.
    — Philip Moore, SVP & Deputy Counsel, TD
  • We are excited to have the opportunity to pioneer the Venture Philanthropy model in Canada, an approach that has proven transformational across the globe.
    — Nicholas Offord, Founder & President, The Offord Group
  • This unique effort is set to bring Canadian entrepreneurs together in a way they never have been before — and that’s something I’m proud to stand behind.
    — Eric Rawlinson, Managing Director GTA, EY Canada
  • Not enough great Canadian charities are actually pan-Canadian. LEAP offers the hope of helping people coast to coast to coast.
    — Andrew Steele, Vice President, StrategyCorp
  • BCG partners with LEAP on a variety of different topics...very much like a VC model, we are bringing the best of our consultants to help on a really critical social issue, sticking with it over the long term and being part of the solution to ensure that we get the biggest bang for the time and effort put against it.
    — Craig Hapelt, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • LEAP works with passionate and talented investee partners whose primary purpose is to solve important social problems. The staunch commitment to forming a broad coalition of stakeholders with complementary perspectives and common goals, and the power that this unleashes, is the essence of David Pecaut’s wonderful legacy.
    — Stephen Lieff, Investor
  • Having worked closely with players across the social sector, I can say with confidence that LEAP brings a differentiated contribution. By identifying promising organizations, connecting them with leading professionals and deploying their own capabilities, they help scale impact. The results speak for themselves.
    — Vinay Shandal, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group
  • At EY, we’re committed to doing our part in building a better working world, a purpose that LEAP lives every day. I’m thrilled to support such an impactful organization that’s creating such a meaningful philanthropic legacy. It’s an enormous pleasure working with the portfolio companies and the LEAP team.
    — Damian Eleftheriou, Partner, EY Canada

Donors


Pecaut Family Founders

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The Young Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation

Sonor Foundation

Gordon Baird

Helen Burstyn

sam duboc

 

joe manget

Private investor

kilian berz

nan dasgupta

ashim khemani

 
 

Pecaut Family Catalysts (>$100k)

 

Private investor

Sonor Foundation

The Gooder Foundation

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The Young Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation

 
 

Pecaut Friends (<$5k)

 

Sector Partners


Our sector partners are comprised of leading organizations from the management consulting, IT, communications, legal and public relations fields. Together, we work with these organizations to provide game-changing interventions with the private sector expertise they need to scale and achieve massive social impact.

 
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About BCG

The Boston Consulting Group is one of the most prestigious management consulting firms. It advises clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors around the world, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500.

About McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault LLP is a leading law firm with offices in Canada’s major commercial centres, New York (US) and London (UK). It provides business law, litigation, tax, real estate, and labour and employment law services.

About EY

Ernst Young is a multinational professional services firm and one of the “Big 4” audit firms. It provides assurance, tax, consulting and advisory services to companies.

About Perennial

Perennial Design is comprised of retail experts, strategists, leaders, and creatives with a track record of excellence that includes brand strategy and creative design for the largest retail companies in the world.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies is Canada’s top-rated public affairs and public relations consultancy. The firm uses thought leadership to recognize the public’s seat at the table.

About Offord Group

The Offord Group is a Toronto-based team of senior philanthropic consultants, each with over 20 years of management experience in helping organizations & donors achieve common goals.

The Beginnings of LEAP


We were founded by a team of experienced private and public sector leaders: Kilian Berz, Sam Duboc, Joe Manget and Helen Burstyn, who, alongside The Boston Consulting Group, launched the Pecaut Centre in 2012 to catalyze massive social impact in Canada.

Inspired by the late David Pecaut, we established LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact. 

Kilian Berz

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Joe Manget

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Helen Burstyn

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Sam Duboc