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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.


NICOLE BRYCK, SOCIAL PROGRAM MANAGER  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.


SAM BENNETT, SENIOR ADVISOR sam@impaktcorp.com

Sam believes that business can be a powerful tool for social change. He recently finished an MBA at the Rotman School of Management where he blended business design, entrepreneurship, and social impact. His student founded social enterprise, Moto, turned discarded coffee grounds into an alternative energy source for refugees in sub-Saharan Africa and ended up with the UNHCR. Other recent projects of his include re-imagining financial services for Canada’s under-banked population for Scotiabank, and improving in-store service experiences for people with cognitive disabilities for TELUS. Prior to his MBA, Sam worked for Camp Oochigeas, designing and delivering enriching activities for children affected by cancer. Sam holds additional degrees in international development and environmental sustainability. His previous Impakt clients include the YMCA of Greater Toronto, 3M, Sanofi, and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.


STEVIE YAP, PhD, SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

A psychologist by training, Stevie uses his deep understanding of research, data, and human behavior to lead organizations toward positive change. Stevie is unremittingly data-driven and passionate about creating sustainable social impact through research and technology. Equal parts scientist and business leader, Dr. Yap has a strong background in scientific research and has consulted for numerous organizations across a variety of industries. Most recently, he served as Chief Science Officer at HireUp, where he led the organization’s R&D and worked towards creating innovative technologies that connect employers to job seekers facing significant barriers to work. He is an expert on personality, psychological well-being, and mental health. Dr. Yap’s research appears in leading scientific journals and he holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters and PhD from Michigan State University.


IVANA ANUSIC, PhD, SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST

An award winning scientist and researcher, Ivana combines a rich background in computer science, math, and the behavioral sciences to leverage data science and technology for positive social change. She is an expert in personality, well-being, and psychological assessment, and has published work in the world’s leading journals in these areas. Most recently, she served as Head of Data Science at HireUp, a technology company aimed at connecting employers to job seekers facing significant barriers to work. A strong proponent of data-driven decision making, Ivana is passionate about using data for social good and helping organizations create lasting impact in their communities. Dr. Anusic holds a degree in Math from the University of Waterloo, two degrees in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Michigan State University.


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.


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.


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.