Ivy is a management consultant with experience working across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Ivy was Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she led cross-business priorities in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, including the organization’s health sector management for NFF’s 70+ staff. Ivy co-founded Impact Hub Ottawa and led the development of a business plan for a local nonprofit in Kingston, Jamaica on behalf of Cuso International. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Davis Carr is an Ottawa-based graphic designer and social media expert. She specializes in online communications for non-profits and advocacy groups, and is involved with a variety of progressive organizations. She is the main curator of content for TechGirls Canada, an advocacy organization for women in STEM. Davis has a Master’s of Arts in Media Production from Ryerson University, where she studied the intersections of digital media culture, feminism, and selfies (yes, really). Davis is currently the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for Envirocentre.
Jesse has a background in community management and stakeholder relations. She is an Advisor, Community Relations and Special Projects in the Office of City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum. She gets excited about new models of philanthropy, experimenting with and designing new formats for public engagement, creating quality public spaces for people of all ages and abilities and working with a diversity of stakeholders to address civic issues.
Brittany is a joy-seeking, social justice advocate who has a passion for communities where all people can participate and thrive. She is the Manager of Public Policy and Community Engagement at Imagine Canada, a national umbrella organization for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector, where she monitors federal policy issues affecting the sector. She completed her Master of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan. Brittany has also spent time in rural Uganda facilitating various income-generating projects with landless widows including community agriculture and small business initiatives.
Louis Zuniga has a passion for volunteering and participating in community activities both within Canada and abroad. He is an advocate for victim’s rights and youth engagement. Louis has lent his support and time to many national and international organizations, most recently volunteering in Nicaragua teaching English, as well being Chair for OVS. He works as a civilian member for the RCMP in Ottawa where he has managed several national portfolios including Volunteer Services, Victim Services, and most recently Youth Services. These opportunities have taken Louis right across North America to work with organizations like the UN and several other police agencies. Louis has an Honours BA degrees in Criminology.
Leaving Halifax to join the capital in 2010, Read has settled in nicely under the Ottawa summers, but still adjusting to the winter months. A social finance/enterprise/economy enthusiast, he completed an independent study at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation under the supervision of Dr. Tessa Hebb on information economics in the Canadian social finance landscape. Currently, he works as a policy analyst for the Federal Government. He is also the chair of the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED), which provides business development services for social ventures. He has completed a Master’s in Public Administration at Carleton University.
A self-motivated alumnus of one of Canada’s premier international policy masters programs with experience in both public and private sectors. Has comprehensive knowledge of intelligence practices, emergency management, international media, federal governance structures, risk treatment, and policy development. Works towards an organization’s strategic goals using a skill-set that includes risk analysis, public relations, policy design, and program evaluation. Integrates technology with creative problem solving to tailor cost-effective and innovative solutions. Always encourages knowledge transfer.
Louise has worked for several years in the fields of performance management and evaluation with the federal government. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Education, and recently completed her MA in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University. In 2009 Louise co-founded Dress for Success Ottawa, a charity committed to assisting economically disadvantaged women in their re-entry to the workforce. She sat on the Board for four years, during which time she led the development of the organization’s post-employment programming, designed to assist women in maintaining employment, career development, and work-life balance.
Kasia Polanska is a management consultant specializing in organizational development. Enthusiastic about creative and systematic approaches to complex problems and opportunities, she brings a new way of understanding organizational processes through stakeholder engagement, facilitation, and collaboration. Kasia holds an MA in Public Administration from Carleton University. She was a fellow of the EU-Canada Civil Society Educational Network at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, and has received the Graduate Award in Social Innovation to work on collaborative ventures and governance of multi-tenant non-profit centres.
Alex Carr wants to see liveable communities here in Ottawa and across the world. Through his research and travels, Alex has garnered an idea of what policies and structures foster healthier communities, and believes part of the solution lies in harnessing the ideas and ingenuity of citizens. By day, Alex works as a senior public servant at the City of Ottawa. Alex holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University and an Honours BA in Urban Studies and Geography from the University of Toronto.
Mitchell’s strengths are rooted in cross-sectoral partnership development, community programs and institutional funding. His philanthropic and advocacy work has garnered over a 100,000 followers on Twitter, with features in the Toronto Star, CBC, Huffington Post, Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen, the Hill Times and CTV. In addition to JustChange, he is an elected board member of Centretown Community Association, as well as, a trustee for the Harry P. Ward Foundation. He is currently the Lead Program Advisor for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration.
Albert has worked in the public and private sectors including work in manufacturing to sales, policy research, writing, as well as chairing and facilitating meetings. his studies have been concentrated in engineering and public policy. His volunteer activities have included work in humanitarian, environmental, and social organizations. Albert is currently employed as a Project Engineer in Mining And Processing Division for Environmental Canada.