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 leads the Centre, mobilizing the private sector to partner with game changing interventions in the non profit sector, scaling their impact across Canada. She sits 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” course.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Emma is an undergraduate student interning at LEAP this summer. She is primarily responsible for supporting the due diligence efforts broadly, with a particular emphasis on organizations focusing on Indigenous Health. She also supports several other projects including the Google Impact Challenge.
Emma has experience working with international development and health-based charities as a volunteer consultant and intern. She has also spearheaded a shift towards offering more opportunities in the social impact space at Ivey Business School. Her efforts include publishing a business case on a Ghanaian startup hub for women in tech and leading Ivey's premier Social Impact Conference.
Emma is currently pursuing a dual degree in an Honors Business Administration at Ivey Business School and an Honors Specialization Global Development Studies at Huron University College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
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.
CORPORATE DIRECTOR & INVESTOR
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.
CEO, STEM CAPITAL
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.
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.
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.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, SOCIAL CAPITAL PARTNERS
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.