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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. He has helped global corporations and leading nonprofit organizations to understand and benefit from their social purpose. Paul 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. She has worked on projects that have given her insight into youth homelessness, Indigenous women’s entrepreneurship, dental health, psychosocial care, children’s nutrition and many more. Her clients have ranged from retail to big food and insurance as well as a host of nonprofit organizations. Olivia’s experience with building successful programs for clients including Green Shield, Nestlé, McCain, and FirstService has developed her expertise in how businesses can contribute to impactful social change. 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 successful international development programming.


ELIZABETH CASTRILLON JIMENEZ, SENIOR ADVISOR SOCIAL IMPACT elizabeth@impaktcorp.com

Elizabeth has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business focused on sustainability, social impact, and international development. She has experience building cooperative alliances across-sectors for positive impact nationally and internationally, and developing CSR strategies and projects in the private sector. At BASF, she led the way for engaging with different stakeholders. She also promoted activities for cultural awareness, gender equality and other social responsibility topics that would help position the company as a thought leader in sustainability in Canada. She has done extensive academic reviews on corporate citizenship and empirical research to develop strategies and policies for engaging with indigenous communities. She recently volunteered as strategy advisor and external relations manager at the Latin American Leadership Academy in Colombia, contributing to the social transformation of the region from an NGO perspective.


SAM BENNETT, SENIOR ADVISOR sam@impaktcorp.com

Sam has an MBA from 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, Power to Be and Shaw Communications.


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.


LEAH MERSKY, SOCIAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR leah@impaktcorp.com

Leah Mersky is an experienced project manager and program coordinator who is committed to social change. With a background in the arts, she designed and coordinated diverse artist-led projects for disenfranchised communities across the globe, including India and Nunavut. She loves to write and has worked as a professional grant writer for socially-engaged projects, and as a communications lead for nonprofit organizations. At Impakt, she plays a key role in ensuring that all projects are operating smoothly and helps to communicate how Impakt’s clients and other businesses are helping to solve social problems.


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.


LETICIA FERREIRA, PhD, SENIOR RESEARCH ADVISOR

Leticia enables social impact by combining a strategic view with critical thinking from a background in corporate social responsibility and academia. She has vast experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating social impact programs in collaboration with large companies in the energy, retail, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as with nonprofit organizations and early-stage social entrepreneurs. Leticia’s projects have provided her with valuable insights into employment social enterprises, stakeholder engagement, employer-supported volunteering, institutional communication, youth training, culture, and community arts. Leticia also has a Ph.D. in management with a research focus on social enterprises and a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham.


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.