Narinder leads the Centre, mobilizing the private sector to partner with game changing social interventions, scaling their impact across Canada. She formerly 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, 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. 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Ashelyn provides multifunctional support across all aspects of the Centre, including improving systems and day-to-day operations, managing events, and enhancing communications.
She is passionate about how the intersection of the private and social sectors can unlock meaningful systems change, and she has dedicated much of her education and career towards organizational effectiveness, cross-sector collaboration, and market research in the social sector. In a diverse range of roles, she has worked with a number of social ventures in Alberta and the United Nations in Switzerland.
Ashelyn holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business with a certificate in Social Sector Management, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.