Our Team



Narinder Dhami


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 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.


Daisy Heung


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


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


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 Nadalin


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.




Gordon Baird


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.


Kilian Berz



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.


Helen Burstyn



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.


Nan DasGupta



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.


Ashim Khemani



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.


Joe Manget



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.


Bill Young



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.



  • 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


Pecaut Family Founders

Sonor Foundation

Gordon Baird

Helen Burstyn

sam duboc

joe manget


Private investor

kilian berz

nan dasgupta

ashim khemani

bill young


Pecaut Family Catalysts (>$100k)


Private investor

Sonor Foundation

The Gooder 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.