Panel discussion

Collaborating for Good: Unlocking synergies between tech & non-profits

Date and time

Thursday, 26 October 2017

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Location

Lighthouse Labs, Toronto


T.O. Tech Gives Back is bringing together a panel of speakers from Toronto's non-profit and tech sectors to discuss the different ways tech companies and non-profits can be partners in impactful corporate social responsibility projects.

Today's workforce is driven to find a job where they can make an impact in their local community and the world around them. Our discussion will centre around how companies are pursuing strategic CSR programs that not only retain and attract new talent, but which unlock big change in our communities.

In addition, we will be looking at the impact such programs have on the non-profit sector, and specifically how technological support has allowed charities to work better and faster.


Panelists

      Narinder Dhami    Narinder Dhami is the Managing Director,  LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact  (incubated by the Pecaut Centre). She has worked extensively in social finance and social innovation across Canada and West Africa, leading and scaling social impact initiatives. As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, she co-created the first course in microfinance and impact investing at the University. Narinder is the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development - a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative. She designed, developed and grew the organization to support untapped potential among individuals with a history of mental health or addiction challenges.    Narinder 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.

    Narinder Dhami

    Narinder Dhami is the Managing Director, LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact (incubated by the Pecaut Centre). She has worked extensively in social finance and social innovation across Canada and West Africa, leading and scaling social impact initiatives. As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, she co-created the first course in microfinance and impact investing at the University. Narinder is the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development - a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative. She designed, developed and grew the organization to support untapped potential among individuals with a history of mental health or addiction challenges.

    Narinder 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.

      Cam Gordon    Cam Gordon is the Head of Communications for  Twitter Canada . Cam works with journalists across Canada, keeping them informed of the latest happenings with Twitter and sharing Canadian Twitter stories rooted in politics, sports, entertainment and other areas. Prior to Twitter, Cam spent 10+ years working for two of Canada’s most well-respected communications firms, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and High Road Communications. At these agencies, Cam worked with clients such as LG Electronics, Disney, 3M, TELUS, Spin Master and American Express.

    Cam Gordon

    Cam Gordon is the Head of Communications for Twitter Canada. Cam works with journalists across Canada, keeping them informed of the latest happenings with Twitter and sharing Canadian Twitter stories rooted in politics, sports, entertainment and other areas. Prior to Twitter, Cam spent 10+ years working for two of Canada’s most well-respected communications firms, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and High Road Communications. At these agencies, Cam worked with clients such as LG Electronics, Disney, 3M, TELUS, Spin Master and American Express.

      Dan Kershaw    Dan Kershaw is the Executive Director at  Furniture Bank , one of Canada’s rapidly growing social enterprises that provides dignified furniture to those in need. Dan brings a charismatic and dynamic approach to all of his work and his one-of-a-kind team.    Dan holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo. His eclectic career has spanned well over two decades and across a wide variety of industries and sectors, which had led him to develop a passion for “business for good.” This makes him perfectly suited for his role at Furniture Bank and also for his teaching position in the new “Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-Profit Sector” program at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.

    Dan Kershaw

    Dan Kershaw is the Executive Director at Furniture Bank, one of Canada’s rapidly growing social enterprises that provides dignified furniture to those in need. Dan brings a charismatic and dynamic approach to all of his work and his one-of-a-kind team.

    Dan holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo. His eclectic career has spanned well over two decades and across a wide variety of industries and sectors, which had led him to develop a passion for “business for good.” This makes him perfectly suited for his role at Furniture Bank and also for his teaching position in the new “Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-Profit Sector” program at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.

     
      Paul Nazareth     CanadaHelps  is North America’s largest online charity bringing donors and charities together since 2000. As Vice President of Community Engagement, Paul Nazareth’s team works directly with over 18,000 charities across Canada. He has been a philanthropic advisor with the Scotiabank Group and spent over a decade with charities like the University of Toronto and the Catholic Church of Greater Toronto. A specialist in philanthropic planning, Paul teaches Planned Giving with the postgraduate program at Georgian College, is Chair of the Advisory Board at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, an instructor with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and writes on digital media and philanthropy for a variety of national publications and has been featured in the Globe and Mail and Forbes.

    Paul Nazareth

    CanadaHelps is North America’s largest online charity bringing donors and charities together since 2000. As Vice President of Community Engagement, Paul Nazareth’s team works directly with over 18,000 charities across Canada. He has been a philanthropic advisor with the Scotiabank Group and spent over a decade with charities like the University of Toronto and the Catholic Church of Greater Toronto. A specialist in philanthropic planning, Paul teaches Planned Giving with the postgraduate program at Georgian College, is Chair of the Advisory Board at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, an instructor with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and writes on digital media and philanthropy for a variety of national publications and has been featured in the Globe and Mail and Forbes.

      Stefan Palios    Stefan Palios is an entrepreneur and storyteller. He's founded a couple failed startups and is working on the next one - content writing and content strategies for scaling companies who want to define the conversation in their space. He is also the national head of sponsorship for  Start Proud , one of Canada's largest LGBTQ+ nonprofits, and is a co-founder of  Venture Out , Canada's first summit for LGBTQ+ inclusion in tech and entrepreneurship.

    Stefan Palios

    Stefan Palios is an entrepreneur and storyteller. He's founded a couple failed startups and is working on the next one - content writing and content strategies for scaling companies who want to define the conversation in their space. He is also the national head of sponsorship for Start Proud, one of Canada's largest LGBTQ+ nonprofits, and is a co-founder of Venture Out, Canada's first summit for LGBTQ+ inclusion in tech and entrepreneurship.

      Julie Whish    Julie Whish is  Uberflip’s  resident Culture Specialist. In her role, she takes the happiness and well-being of teams seriously, focusing on the little things that make her team members’ everyday lives positive, brighter, and more productive. With more than five years’ experience in a culture role, Julie understands the impact of how incorporating surprise and delight into an organizational culture creates meaning and memories—and ultimately makes work life itself an enjoyable experience to look forward to. Whether it's planning and executing parties and events, to celebrating achievements on blogs and social media, Julie is a creative, crafty, DIY'er who loves any excuse to throw some confetti.

    Julie Whish

    Julie Whish is Uberflip’s resident Culture Specialist. In her role, she takes the happiness and well-being of teams seriously, focusing on the little things that make her team members’ everyday lives positive, brighter, and more productive. With more than five years’ experience in a culture role, Julie understands the impact of how incorporating surprise and delight into an organizational culture creates meaning and memories—and ultimately makes work life itself an enjoyable experience to look forward to. Whether it's planning and executing parties and events, to celebrating achievements on blogs and social media, Julie is a creative, crafty, DIY'er who loves any excuse to throw some confetti.


     

    2017 Non-Profit Participants

    We're honored to support the following non-profits with our inaugural

    T.O. Tech Gives Back event on October 26, 2017:

     
     

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.


    childhood cancer canada

    Childhood Cancer Canada is the country’s leading foundation dedicated to funding national research while delivering critical education, community and connectivity programs to children with cancer and their families.


    daily bread food bank

    Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.



    Free geek toronto

    Free Geek Toronto is a non-profit social enterprise that helps bridge the digitital divide. Free Geek Toronto sells affordable low-cost computers running Open Source Software diverted from the landfill with the help of their staff and volunteers.


     

    2017 Tech Company Participants

    We're honored to partner with the following tech compnaies with our inaugural

    T.O. Tech Gives Back event on October 26, 2017:

     
     

    Indellient

    Indellient, a software development and IT professional services firm, empowers businesses to meet and exceed their critical technology and business objectives. Using cutting edge technology and industry best practices, Indellient drive their businesses forward and provide efficient solutions to complex challenges.


    LookbookHQ

    LookBookHQ builds software that accelerates B2B purchase decisions. By delivering more of the content people need about you and your products or services whenever and wherever they click, the LookBookHQ Intelligent Content Platform helps marketing & sales organizations educate prospects and customers faster and more efficiently. With attention at a premium, LookBookHQ uses Content Science™ to make it easier for the right people to get the right content when they need it – so that you drive revenue.


    moneris

    Moneris is Canada's leading payment provider offering credit, debit, wireless and online payment services for all businesses in virtually every industry and business size. Whether you need to accept payments online or in-store, Moneris has secure and reliable payment solutions to let your customers pay how they want.


    Opus One Solutions

    Opus One is a software engineering company that brings real-time energy management to the smart grid. Through its leading edge offering GridOS™, Opus One delivers a new level of visibility and control to electricity distribution through sophisticated engineering analytics designed to solve and optimize complex power flows.

     


    Uberflip

    Founded in 2012, Uberflip is a content experience platform that aggregates all of your content (blog articles, eBooks, videos, whitepapers and more) so you can create, manage and optimize tailored content experiences for every stage of the buyer journey.