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People with Impakt


PAUL KLEIN, CEO AND FOUNDER paul@impaktcorp.com

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.


OLIVIA LARKIN, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL IMPACT olivia@impaktcorp.com

Olivia brings a passion for social change stemming from her education, experience and the important work she is doing at Impakt. Olivia has extensive knowledge of corporate social responsibility and social innovation through her work with corporate and non-profit clients. Olivia is a first-class honours graduate of the University of King’s College in Halifax majoring in International Development Studies. Olivia’s previous experience at the Clinton Foundation in New York and annual volunteering at Global Pathways School in India provides valuable insight into international development as well.


ANDREW ZIMAKAS, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL STRATEGY andrew@impaktcorp.com

Andrew has over 25 years of operating and consulting experience in a range of industries, including financial services, technology, and consumer packaged goods. He was most recently SVP Corporate Strategy at LoyaltyOne where he oversaw corporate marketing, thought leadership and corporate development, in addition to the company’s social change program (“The Good Food Machine”). Prior to that, he was the CMO of Tangerine where he led the company’s award-winning re-branding effort, which included the launch of #BrightWayForward, an innovative sponsorship and community investment platform focused on diversity and inclusion.


NICOLE BRYCK, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING  nicole@impaktcorp.com

Nicole believes that businesses and non-profits need to effectively contribute to social change. Her business background and understanding of business strategy ensure that Impakt’s projects are well managed, organized and on budget. Nicole is a graduate of Ted Rogers School of Management where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. Prior to Impakt she was fortunate to have worked in Costa Rica where she was working in a school and was integrated into the local community.


MEAGAN KAKWIRENHTHA HAMILTON, RESEARCH INTERN, INDIGENOUS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP meagan@impaktcorp.com

Meagan is currently completing a Doctor of Social Science at Royal Roads University and is working with Impakt as a research intern. Meagan will be exploring ways to empower Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Ontario and building upon Impakt’s research in Alberta on this topic. Meagan has fifteen years professional experience working in her Indigenous community of Six Nations of the Grand in both the environmental and sociocultural fields. Meagan also owns her own environmental consulting company and has worked extensively in the renewable and non-renewable energy sector.


NANCY MELCHER, DIRECTOR OF CRM

Over a 25-year marketing career, Nancy has consulted with clients across a wide range of industries including retail, technology, financial services, telecommunications, travel and hospitality and not-for-profit, providing expertise in integrated marketing strategy for B2C and BCB, communication planning, loyalty marketing and CRM, and process, measurement and data strategy. She previously headed the Canada team for global agencies Wunderman, Rapp DDB and Cohn & Wells, and worked in marketing, sales and finance for John Wiley & Sons.


PRESTON AITKEN, SENIOR ADVISOR, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND TECHNOLOGY  preston@hireupyouth.ca

Preston has a decade of experience in building and supporting social purpose businesses and is the current CEO of HireUp, a social change hiring platform for vulnerable youth. Preston has also led multiple design thinking projects, which includes developing a mobility-as-a-service product for a private client and an HR tool to help recruit and retain talent for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In his free time, Preston serves on the advisory boards of both Enactus Canada and Venture for Canada. Preston holds a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo and an Honours in International Business from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


MRIDULA JOYNER, CFRE, SENIOR ADVISOR CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT mridula@impaktcorp.com

During more than 20 years of experience as a non-profit executive, Mridula has developed shared value partnerships between funders committed to investing in social change and Canada’s leading charitable organizations.  She has raised millions of dollars in philanthropic funding and strategic corporate investments through her extensive professional network which includes philanthropic & community leaders as well as senior corporate executives in the finance, telecom, consulting, food and retail sectors.


JOHN LAWRENCE, SENIOR ADVISOR, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMUNICATIONS  john@impaktcorp.com

John is a Corporate Social Responsibility leader specializing in bottom-line impact for both business and society. He brings extensive experience in developing and leading CSR strategy at the local, national and global level. He believes collaboration between businesses and the social sector will drive change and bring benefits to both. John’s perspective of CSR and corporate workplace campaigns provides valuable insight into Impakt’s projects.


SABRINA DIAS, SENIOR ADVISOR, SUSTAINABILITY AND RESOURCE EXTRACTION

Sabrina is a strategic leader in social sustainability with over 15 years tackling sustainability issues in the extractives sector.  A licensed professional engineer, she understands how to manage operational priorities while achieving the social license to operate.  Sabrina is passionate about her work and is excited to help transform organizations into socially responsible enterprises with a bottom-line advantage.


AMÉLIE PLANTE, SENIOR ADVISOR, QUEBEC AND FRENCH CANADA

Amélie is a corporate communications consultant who, as a lawyer by training, brings her great capacity to analysis and understanding issues to deliver results. Throughout her over 15 years of experience, she has contributed to impactful CSR initiatives to successfully engage employees and other stakeholders. Amélie holds a bachelor degree in Law from Université Laval and a certificate in public relations management from McGill University, and was a member of the Quebec Bar for nearly 20 years.