Paul is an internationally respected authority on the social purpose of corporations and civil society organizations. Paul has helped global corporations and leading non-profit organizations to understand and profit from their social purpose. He also writes about corporate social responsibility for Forbes, was selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s Leading Thinkers and has been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. Paul sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business.
Since 1990 Stephen Woeller has helped to raise millions of dollars in philanthropic gifts and to forge innovative partnerships between corporations and civil society. Stephen has extensive experience in philanthropic fund development and corporate-social strategy. He helps both corporate and not-for-profit clients integrate evaluative thinking and practice into organizational strategy as a means of achieving program goals. Stephen brings experience and creativity to both corporations and civil society organizations pursuing positive social change. He has a BA in International Development and an MBA in Agri-business both from the University of Guelph.
Julie-Anne graduated from McGill University, with a concentration in Sociology, Psychology, and Communications. She has experience in the advertising industry and is dedicated to applying her academic background to support meaningful and purpose-driven work. At Impakt, she is committed to being part of the growing movement towards the recognition of shared value.
Amy Dutton is a graduate from Queen’s University, with a major in Political Studies and a minor in Global Development Studies. Amy is currently completing her M.A. at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, at Carleton University, with a concentration in the International Dimensions of Development. Amy has applied her knowledge of international development issues while interning at the Canadian International Development Agency. While working at Impakt, Amy is excited to learn more about the role of corporations in addressing development issues.
Jesse has worked to improve social justice outcomes through research and policy analysis in both the academic and non-profit sectors. With experience in Canada and the United Kingdom, she has specialized in policing, youth policy and homelessness. Her publications include a key report on stop and search, a response paper to the UK’s 2012 Social Justice Strategy and co-authorship of Canada’s first national report card on homelessness: The State of Homelessness in Canada. Jesse is interested in pursuing how public, private and non-profit sectors can improve coordination around social initiatives. She is currently undertaking her degree at the University of Toronto.
Néstor Navajas Ergüin, Senior Advisor
A graduate in Business Administration both in ESC Reims (France) and ICADE (Madrid-Spain), Nestor speaks four languages and has extensive global experience in financial management, cost controlling and strategic organization for companies in construction, industrial, services, finance and oil & gas. He has also become an expert in assessing and improving the value of CSR to the extractive sector in Colombia and throughout LATAM. He believes the biggest challenge is shifting the mindset of government and business stakeholders, from a purely philanthropic and reputational perspective toward a participatory approach based on transparency, awareness and shared value creation.
Joel Sears, Director of Marketing & Communications
Through a career as a marketing strategist and writer spanning more than two decades, Joel has learned that communications can only be as compelling as the message or insight at its foundation. That is as true of the blue-chip advertising he has produced as it is of other types of marketing pieces he has generated for smaller companies and non-profits. The marketing and communications of CSR brings its own unique set of challenges. Joel recognizes that companies are often reticent to blow their horn about their CSR achievements. Yet that can make their own valuable work in this area invisible. The answer is to find the right balance – to advance thinking about issues and leverage a company's efforts, without appearing overtly self-serving. This is the complex terrain we help our clients navigate through here at Impakt.