Narinder leads the Centre, mobilizing the private sector to partner with game changing social interventions, scaling their impact across Canada. She is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award (2019) as well as a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader, and she formerly sat on the Global Council for Pro Bono.
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.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Cheryl Gordon is the Director of Operations and leads the team in HR, Finance, and Business Process Improvement functions of the organization.
Prior to joining LEAP, Cheryl was the Director of Operations for Mondelez International, leading teams of manufacturing professionals in facilities in Canada, the US and South Africa. In that capacity she was responsible for health & safety of people, food safety, budgeting, capital planning, strategy, quality, IT, administration, communications, HR, customer service and sustainability. She has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors responsible for financial management, audit, budgeting, payroll, bookkeeping as well as Administrative Convenor responsible for client administrative needs at Toronto First Unitarian, additionally serving as a volunteer at the Toronto Tool Library as technical customer service support, supported fundraising at the TDSB, and strategy and capability building at the TRCC/MWAR.
Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from the University of Guelph.
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.
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING LEAD
Ashelyn tells the Centre’s story by enhancing communications, builds its brand, and manages special events that share learnings across sectors. She also provides multifunctional support across all aspects of the Centre, including improving systems and day-to-day operations.
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.