Asha is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto doing a double major in CCIT (Communications, Culture, Information & Technology) and Political Science and a minor in Ethics, Law and Society. Asha has played a unique role at her university, acting as the student voice for prospective students and families, helping to produce student-oriented content that is distinctive and speaks to the campus identity. Through her studies, Asha has found a passion for integrating design methodologies and global perspectives to deliver meaningful solutions and experiences for people. She is a designer and strategist interested in the interaction between business, branding and design and hopes to explore how to incorporate significant social innovation into digital user-friendly products and experiences. Outside her studies, Asha is worked on a content design team for her provincial government supporting digital migrations. In her spare time, she loves to try new restaurants and explore film, architecture and photography.
Jasleen is a 2nd year commerce student at the University of British Columbia. Jasleen established a video-based project, HerStory, to empower female-identifying individuals to share their stories to inspire others. She runs programs for disadvantaged elementary and high school youth at the local community centre to strengthen community relationships and build youth’s confidence. Jasleen is passionate about growing the power of community through an empathetic lens of business. She aspires to combine her passions of business and community-oriented work to create a more equitable and inclusive world for all. Outside of school, you can find Jasleen running marathons, hiking, or playing basketball!
Astrid Ling is a student at the University of Toronto, where she studies International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice. She has worked with Canadian NGOs like Jumpstart Refugee Talent and the Mosaic Institute, and is currently interning at Good & Well Inc., a boutique impact investment firm in Toronto. She has conducted research on governmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and various health issues in Ontario. She is also the co-host of the Tweeting 2020 Podcast, which explores early social media responses to the pandemic. Astrid is excited by innovative responses to the world’s most pressing challenges and hopes the Fellowship will expand her ability to act on the issues most important to her. These days, Astrid can be found playing with her quarantine kittens and exploring local restaurants with friends.
Genesia is an Operations Associate Principal at Via, a transit tech startup aimed at creating physical, social, and economic mobility for underprivileged communities. Working in this space has really opened her eyes to how cities and public infrastructure are critical to sustainable development (hence why SDG #11 is her favourite SDG!) Prior to her current role, she spent 2 years in consulting, serving clients primarily in the public sector but also across the retail, financial services, and manufacturing industries. She graduated from UBC Sauder in 2018, and during her time in school was involved in Enactus UBC, the UBC Social Enterprise Conference, and as a case competitor for Sauder JDC West’s Not-for-Profit team, all of which helped fuel her interest in sustainable business. Genesia is excited to continue working at the intersection of public policy, design, and technology to help create more sustainable, equitable, and future-proof communities.
Josh graduated from Western in 2019 in International Relations. After graduation, he worked at an NGO to promote the SDG’s in Jaipur, India and then took an internship at the UN in their diplomacy and communications department in Copenhagen. Josh is interested in the intersection between global development, humanitarianism and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship and social innovation is something Josh has always been interested in, so he plans to get greater insight through the SIA Program.
Vin is a 4th year student at the Ivey Business School at Western University. She is passionate about social impact and has worked at non-profits and social entreprises including CivicAction and REES Community. Vin hopes to continue working in the impact space and is particularly interested in edcuation access and equity initiatives. She is excited to learn more about social innovation through SIA.
Christine is a student entering her final year at the Ivey School of Business and Western University. She is completing a dual degree in Business and Global Economics, with a certificate in Sustainability. Outside of the academic space, she considers herself a lifelong volunteer and has been involved in many community-driven initiatives, including projects with local non-profit organizations. In the past, Christine has worked as a research assistant for projects exploring the delivery of sustainability teachings in business schools and the practices of neurodiversity recruiting programs. Currently, she is working as a research assistant exploring different sustainability topics including corporate climate actions. Christine is highly motivated by the social, “people-driven” component of sustainability, in particular economic development and poverty alleviation. The desire to develop solutions that empower local and global communities stems from Christine’s background growing up in the Philippines.
Bharat is a 4th year student at the University of British Columbia completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Finance with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Impact. So far, Bharat has had the opportunity to work with impact entrepreneurs in Myanmar and a health-tech and micro learning start-up based out of San Francisco, USA. Having grown up in several places across Asia, Bharat has had a diverse upbringing that inspires his passion for pursuing a career in tackling the challenges that are disrupting welfare for communities internationally. In the short term, Bharat aims to work towards a career in impact investing where he can optimize the potential that driving financial capital to the right sources has in unlocking social and environmental transformations. In the long run, Bharat aspires to start his own impactful venture through which he can apply his learnings in the sector to address problems at a more local level across the places he calls home.
Matheson is a 4th year student at the University of British Columbia completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in finance and accounting. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of Ethos Consulting, a pro-bono consulting initiative that provides business consulting services to social enterprises, nonprofits and startups across Canada. Matheson is deeply passionate about using social finance and innovation to address pressing social and environmental issues such as lack of access to education and climate change. He hopes to combine his background in financial services and nonprofit management to help social enterprises build capacity. Outside of his studies, you can find Matheson learning the guitar, expanding his culinary skillset, and volunteering.
Audrey is a 3rd year student at the University of British Columbia completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting. For the past two years she has been involved with the Sustainability service at the UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society. Starting as an Events Director and moving onto to co-lead the service, she helped launch the Chasing Sustainable Business podcast and its first independent case competition. Business sparked Audrey’s passion in the overall integration of sustainability into business models and using business to make a positive impact. Audrey is curious about the connection between environmental, social, and economic sustainability and how they can work together to create strong solutions.Outside of school, work, and extra curriculars, Audrey is downhill skiing, playing board games, cooking, swimming, and hunting for good podcasts.
Emma is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and minoring in international development. Her passions focus on sustainable business practices and exploring creative ways that businesses can benefit and give back to the communities and land that supports them. Refugee issues have guided much of Emma’s recent work, spending the last year as World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Guelph Local Committee Chair. This is an organization that works with post-secondary institutions to facilitate the sponsorship of refugees along with a subsidized post-secondary education. Emma has also spent time working as a research assistant on projects involving community support and empowerment, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and implementation of SDG into Canadian Standards Association. As a recent graduate Emma is looking forward to continuing her learning on sustainable business through the Social Innovation Academy.
Nika Moeini is an Iranian-Canadian author, policy analyst, and social impact entrepreneur. She currently works as a Policy Analyst on the Social Innovation Social Finance Team at ESDC working on pandemic relief funding for charities and non-profits. Nika started her entrepreneurial journey at 16 when she started the Global Green Alliance, a coalition of high school environmental clubs that came together to create impact for climate change. At 19 she founded the first Canadian chapter of the leadership and service organization, Alpha Phi Omega, at UBC. Completing her degree in International Affairs and Business from UBC, she had a Masters in International Affairs degree at 22 from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and completed work with Global Affairs Canada, Care Canada and social business nonprofit Enactus Canada, and was recognized as one of Canada’s Next Foreign Policy leaders. Her research focused on development financing and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She published her first book International Relations for Young Worldchangers in 2017, and her next books will be coming out in 2022 focused on the link between the plant based movement and climate change. As the Youth Ambassador for the Plant Based Treaty and Organizer of Youth Climate Save Toronto, Nika is active in discussions around food systems change and climate change, urging world leaders to transition to climate-smart food systems.
Edin graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology with a minor in Geophysics and Certificate in Sustainability Studies. She is currently leading the 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Summit, a training conference hosted by the SDG Alliance at the University of Calgary, to mobilize youth leadership and implementation towards the United Nations’ 17 SDGs. Edin is driven by community engagement and development and reflection, particularly in psyche. She believes these concepts work together towards creating meaningful and lasting impact on one’s relationship with others, the environment, and themselves. Edin’s passion and work in creating such meaningful interactions in the intersections of community and sustainability was especially inspired from an interdisciplinary service-learning program, where she lived, worked, and played among the local community of Isla Chira, Costa Rica. There, she experienced how values and ways of life can be similar, yet simultaneously worlds apart.
Evonne obtained her BSc. Global Resource Systems in Global Health and Nutrition at the University of British Columbia in 2018. Upon graduating, she has been working in public health as a Research Coordinator in collaboration with health service authorities, provincial government, researchers, and health professionals in building capacity in rural health services research. With a love for communication design and supporting research groups in knowledge translation, brand identity, and graphic design she received her Associate Certificate in Graphic Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2020. She now works with the UBC Men’s Health Research Program as a Communications Designer, Design Consultant with the Centre for Rural Health Research and Project Coordinator at a boutique design agency, Atom Studio based in Calgary, AB. Evonne is interested in pursuing service design and passionate about using design to help social impact organizations create awareness and make information accessible.
David is recently the operations of a large-scale emergency meal program that provides immediate nutritional support to over 1000 households each week and maintains 150 volunteers in the Halton Region through COVID-19. He leveraged this role to serve as an affordable housing, food security, and government accessibility advocate for low-income and vulnerable residents. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University and his Leadership and Management Certificate in the not-for-profit sector from McMaster/Mohawk College. Through charitable campaigns, committees and board work have successfully led and chaired the fundraising of over $300,000, and secured grants totalling over $130,000 for local charities and not-for-profits. He is presently advising the City of Burlington on the new Housing Strategy through a working group, serving as an advisory board member to the Compassion Society, and a Social Innovation Research Fellow at the HSBC Social Innovation Academy.
Naomi Gichungu is a grants manager and a mentor who resides on Treaty 1 territory. She pursued her undergraduate studies in Environmental Education and has a Masters in Development Practice (Indigenous Development) from the University of Winnipeg. She works as a Community Investment Manager at United Way Winnipeg. In her role, Naomi provides stewardship to a portfolio of agency partners that receive sustained, multi-year funding from United Way. In addition, she administers the Small Grants Program, providing leadership in the grant application, allocation and reporting processes. She is an active member in the community and stays engaged by volunteering on nonprofit boards and mentoring newcomer youth. When she is not working or volunteering, she is putting in time to learn a fourth language – French. Naomi has a growing interest in impact measurement and is grateful for the opportunity to learn and connect with others through the Social Innovation Academy.
Isabella will be completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Managing for Sustainability with a concentration in Finance this Fall at McGill University. She has experience vonlunteering for Artistri Sud a non-profit organization that gives entrepreneurship training to women in developing countries to help them generate more sustainable revenues for themselves. This summer, Isabella worked for the Clean Growth Hub, a Government service that supports companies and organizations access government funding and resources. She is currently still working at the Clean Growth Hub part time over the semester. Through the Social Innovation Fellowship Isabella is looking forward to exploring new innovative business models and financial vehicles to accelerate social change. Outside of school, Isabella is a passionate baker, and she can’t wait to start travelling again.
Lavinia is a 4th year student at the University of Western Ontario completing a Bachelor of Arts, Honour Specialization in Political Science. Along with her studies, she works as a Junior Content Marketer with Inkblot Therapy, a virtual platform which provides mental health support for over one million users across Canada and the US. Lavinia has also published a number of reports and op-ed’s through the Leadership and Democracy Lab examining aspects of multilevel governance and political risk. She is passionate about bridging the gap in resource accessibility and her research interests lie at the intersection of policy and their effects on various minority groups. Outside of her studies, Lavinia is a big movie fanatic and loves to learn new instruments. Lavinia is ecstatic to begin her research fellowship with SIA and further her knowledge of the social impact space.
Lanxin is a 4th year student at Western University completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and specializing in finance. She currently serves as the International Relations Manager for AIESEC in Canada, a youth-led NGO that provides exchange opportunities for youth across 126 countries. Her focus is on building sustainable relationships between AIESEC Canada and its partners around the world, in addition to supporting youth to develop ventures surrounding social impact and multicultural communication. She brings experience working with the UN’s SDG goals, non-profits, and cross-cultural experiences. Lanxin is passionate about boosting economies of developing communities, particularly female entrepreneurship. Outside of her studies, you can find Lanxin on a hiking trail, drawing in her sketchbook, or learning a new language. Lanxin is very excited to join the SIA fellowship team, and explore more types of ventures in the social impact space!
Sharujan is an Investment Analyst with 3+ years of experience in the field of finance. Prior to the start of his career, he graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 2017 with a double major in Economics and Finance and a minor in Information Systems. While studying in Hong Kong, he worked as a pro bono management consultant at the Eureka Consulting Group, led a summer consulting project in the Philippines and then worked as a Partnership Director and Senior Consultant at 180 Degrees Consulting. Sharujan is passionate about promoting mental health awareness and education, solving income inequality and learning about the application of impact investing in promoting social innovation. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading comics and listening to podcasts. He is thankful and eager to be part of the SIA and looks forward to this opportunity.
Namra Ali is an entrepreneur and is working full- time at Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO) to ensure Ontario’s health science sector emerges as a leader on the international stage. She has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University, and will be graduating with the Master of Management degree from the Schulich School of Business this fall. Owing to the pandemic 20, 000+ women have left the workforce. Through OBIO’s H2BB program, Namra is on a mission to help women advance in their careers, by equipping them with the relevant business skillset, within the health science sector. In her spare time, Namra likes to read and try new cuisines with her family and friends. She is thrilled to begin her journey with SIA, to learn, and meet like- minded individuals with shared values along the way!
Sabrina is a fourth-year student, studying Business Administration with a Certificate in Sustainability at the Ivey Business School/ Western University. Sabrina is passionate about working with people and has pursued extracurricular, volunteer, and work experiences that focus on bettering the lives of others. In her free time, she loves to sew! She taught herself the trade over the summer after learning about the dark side of the fashion industry. The ability to create something from scratch, make mistakes along the way, and save herself some coin in the process, has her hooked!
Flora is a final year student at UBC completing a Bachelor’s in Math and Economics, and a Minor in Commerce. She is very eager to learn more about social impact and further explore social innovation with SIA. She tries to make an effort to create impact in her community through holding leadership or volunteering positions, including serving as the president of her university residence and starting her own dance team to promote healthy living and women empowerment. Outside of her studies, she loves to be outdoors at the beach, at dance classes, or playing piano.
Before obtaining an accounting and finance certificate at Ryerson University, Shawn finished his Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at McMaster University, and Graduate Diploma in Business at Queen’s University. He first started his journey towards social impact when he co-founded The Human Book Collection, a social initiative focused on promoting empathy, dispelling bias and prejudices, and fostering meaningful connections within communities through storytelling. He then later joined Biosa Technologies (a biotech R&D start-up) as a business development associate working on various eco-friendly projects in multiple capacities (e.g. marketing, fundraising, HR). He also volunteered as a project assistant at Fair Finance Fund, a non-profit fund for local food and farm enterprises. He is currently at Front Row Ventures as a Portfolio Support Associate, helping start-ups in their operational and fundraising journey. Outside of work, he loves gaming with his friends, reading articles on Chinese metaphysics, learning more about chess, and playing online poker.
Johnson is currently working as a Senior Analyst in Investment Risk at CIBC and a member of the responsible investment committee within the bank’s asset management business. Prior to that, he was at a government funded impact investing fund (Grand Challenges Canada), providing early stage capital to innovative companies and organizations operating in the global health sector. Before that, he worked as a Risk Analyst at Export Development Canada on their Macro export portfolio of international companies. Johnson holds a degree in finance from the University of Toronto and is also a CFA level 3 candidate.
Jason Mah is a management consultant with Bain & Company and is currently completing a secondment at The Nature Conservancy with their Ocean’s Team. His work at Bain is focuses on serving financial services, industrial, retail and social impact clients across strategy, innovation, operations and technology. Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC. While at school he travelled to Colombia and Kenya to deliver business skills workshops and mentorship to social entrepreneurs. Jason is passionate about using market-based mechanisms to propel economic development and social impact. Aside from work, Jason serves as a small business mentor and workshop facilitator for ACCESS Community Capital Fund, a Toronto-based microloan fund focused on supporting entrepreneurs. In his spare time, Jason loves to cook, motorcycle and dig into a good book.
Syndy Shi is a 4th year student at McGill University, completing a BCom in finance and strategic management (Social Business & Enterprise Concentration) and a minor environmental sciences. She is passionate about sustainability and and how social values can be incorporated into business decision making. She has worked internships in responsible investing at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and corporate sustaianbility at Canada Post. Outside of school and work, you can find Syndy hanging out with friends, trying recipes, going for walks or rowing. Syndy is excited to start her fellowship with SIA and learn more about social innovation.
Ashley is interested in the socio-cultural aspects of community development that focuses on advancing well-being of individuals and communities. She maintains an unbending commitment to serving as an ally and an advocate to this cause. Ashley graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Sociology in 2020. She has also worked as an advocate for three years, working on projects that promote women and children’s housing rights in the Downtown Eastside. She currently works as a Project Coordinator with BC Provincial Health Authority (PHSA) dedicated to advancing PHSA’s strategic priorities and objectives in alignment with the Ministry of Health goals. When she is not working, Ashley is exercising at the gym, biking, meditating, listening to Afro-beats, or calling her family back home in Zimbabwe!
Navika is a 5th year student at the University of British Columbia, double majoring in Economics, and Microbiology & Immunology. She is a Managing Director at Ethos Consulting, a pro-bono consulting initiative that supports social enterprises, nonprofits, and startups across Canada. Navika is passionate about channeling financial and knowledge capital to bridge the gap between revolutionary ideas conceived by social purpose organizations, and their ability to propagate real-world impact. She is also passionate about amalgamating her social sciences and life sciences background to promote improvements in community health and wellness using innovation, technology and capital. Outside of her studies, you can find Navika working out at the gym or hitting the beach. Navika also loves whipping up new recipes in the kitchen and finding new places to eat! Navika is extremely excited to begin her fellowship with SIA, and propagate tangible social impact in her community.
An aspiring leader in public policy, Angel Huang (she/her) applies her passion for social equity as an Evaluation Officer at the Government of Canada working to improve programs and policies. Before joining the federal public service, Angel served as Associate Vice President of the McMaster Students Union (MSU) and conducted research at the MacPherson Institute to advance undergraduate pedagogy. Angel holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science with a specialization in Political Science from McMaster University. Angel has been the recipient of the Sam Watson Memorial Award for Community Contribution and the Rudy Heinzl Award of Excellence. As a first-generation immigrant, she draws on her own lived experiences while listening, learning and unlearning in her pursuit to promote health equity and innovate social and health systems. She is also a Fora: Network for Change Young Director and serves on the board of the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women in Toronto. In her free time, Angel loves to travel, thrift, practice yoga, and try new foods and restaurants.
Hanh is a recent graduate from Humber College with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. With volunteer experience in various non-profits in her community, she develops a passion for community-building, culture-preserving, and sustainable economic growth in under-represented groups. She is working at the Golden Age for the Elderly, a non-profit organization with the goal to build the first culturally appropriate campus of care for Vietnamese-Canadian seniors in the GTA. She wants to have a career in social finance — where the impact of her work would bring life-long fulfillment. Hanh is thrilled to be an SIA Fellow and further improve social impact skills and knowledge. During her free time, Hanh either paints, plays the ukulele, or learns French.
Talise is a P&G Sr Brand Manager, strategic designer for NGOs, and writer interested in applying human-centered-design, behavioural nudging, and systems thinking to create products, services and systems that improve people’s lives. She’s intrigued by the concept of happiness and how it’s influenced by cultures and can typically be found plotting her growth plan, socializing, or in the great outdoors.
Bonnie is currently working as the Investment and Partnerships Associate at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) in Edmonton, where she works to connect organizations to the resources and expertise they need to adopt AI into their business model. She graduated with a BSc in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta and previously worked in healthcare philanthropy. Bonnie has always had a passion for social innovation and the non-profit sector, and is highly driven by making a positive impact in the work she does. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Alberta, an organization that aims to connect and strengthen the non-profit sector across Alberta. She considers herself to be a systems-thinker and is interested in helping to find solutions to systemic issues, such as health inequality. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys watching shows and movies with friends, trying new recipes, and practicing yoga.
Klara Huebsch has recently finished her undergrad program in Global Resource Systems from UBC, where she specialized in sustainablity and economics. She found a deep interest in fast fashion and hopes to find a career that utilizes collaboration and creativity amongst fashion changemakers. She is going back to UBC to start her Masters of Management at the Sauder School of Business in June 2022. She hopes to learn business principles to gain insight on the internal practices that are in the way of global sustainability. She is passionate about global systems thinking that brings together multiple disciplines, particularly social justice, the environment, politics, economics, business, and culture. She hopes to learn more about green financial systems and how they might be scalable during her fellowship at the Social Innovation Academy. During the summer of 2021, she was an intern at the Vancouver Arts Colloquium society, where she was a writer and content creator exploring intergenerational connections through music and sound.
Malak is a 4th year student currently at Wilfrid Laurier University and she is completing her Bachelors of Arts degree in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship while also specializing in International Development. She is a human rights advocate on her campus and focuses on educating fellow students on ongoing world issues. She is the vice president of the UWSFPR (Students for Palestinian Rights) club at University of Waterloo and is a member of the Campuses for Palestine organization. She has focused her education on International development and the importance of the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals and understanding their purpose to help save our Earth. This allowed her to dive in the social-environmental problems affecting our Earth today and is driven to be part of the change. She is thrilled to start her journey with SIA and help build her Waterloo community and its surrounding cities.
Noah will be starting a Master’s in Public Administration at Dalhousie University this coming fall. Currently, he is working as the Political Engagement Coordinator with the GLOCAL Foundation of Canada. In that role, he manages a non-partisan, not-for-profit e-service called YouCount.ca, where Canadian citizens and residents can find easily navigable information about their political representatives and public policy decisions. Noah volunteers with Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Halifax and at the Parker Street Foodbank and has previously worked with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Service. In his free time, Noah enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends. Noah is passionate about finding innovative ways to accelerate positive changes and is excited to take advantage of everything that the Social Innovation Fellowship has to offer!
Stuart (he/him) is an experienced social advocate, based in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized in international diplomacy, security, and peace studies. During his time at UBC he held roles both within the institution and within student-run organizations, seeking to build community and amplify student voices. He served as the Vice President of the Student Legal Fund Society, a non-profit focused on supporting litigation, advocacy, and lobbying efforts to improve access to education at the post-secondary level. He has worked on a variety of political and social campaigns across British Columbia and Canada; most recently working on #ImmigrationMatters, a national campaign focused on promoting the benefits of immigration in Canada. Stuart is an avid runner and guitar player (not simultaneously,) and is exploring his new home of Toronto one craft brewery at a time.
Aisha is completing her 5th year at the University of Toronto, studying Political Science and Environmental Law and Policy. Previously, Aisha served as the Vice-Chair of the Student Advisory Board at the Business + Higher Education Roundtable where she advocated for young Canadians who are facing the challenges of navigating the modern workforce. She also is incredibly passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Outside of school and work, you’re likely to find Aisha at trying out new foods, enjoying the outdoors, or exploring new hobbies like gardening and film photography. Aisha is very excited to join the Social Impact Fellowship to learn about social innovation and connect with accomplished and like-minded peers.
Vanshika is a third year student at the University of British Columbia, studying International Economics. She is currently interning with UBC and Amazon Web Services as a Project Assistant in their joint Cloud Innovation Centre to work on cloud computing solutions to improve community health and wellbeing. She is also participating in RBC’s Women’s Advisory Program to gain a deeper understanding of capital markets. Alongside this she is joining the Social Innovation Academy as a fellow this fall to to gain more experience in working on social and environmental issues that she is deeply passionate about. Vanshika is passionate about working towards a more equitable and sustainable future and creating positive social impact, both locally and globally. In her personal time, Vanshika enjoys baking, cooking and trying out new restaurants in Vancouver. She also enjoys exercising, swimming and watching Formula one. She is thrilled to be able to work on different social impact projects in the upcoming year.
Adam is a 3rd year student at McGill University studying Economics and Managing for Sustainability in the Desautels Faculty of Management. He is a member of the SSMU Environment committee at McGill and is passionate about promoting environmental sustainability through behavioral changes and impact investing. This past summer, he interned as a business analyst at CIBC. Outside of academics, Adam loves to watch and play sports, including tennis, soccer, basketball, and football. Additionally, he has recently discovered a love for hiking and kayaking. Adam is very excited to learn more about social change through his fellowship with SIA, and he is ready to apply his knowledge to the future situations that he encounters.
Rachel is a fifth-year student specializing in Finance with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Impact at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Her interest in sustainability started with her first job at a consignment store, and has evolved into a passion for wanting to make a positive impact. Rachel has held roles at Enactus UBC, where she took part in planning events and case competitions to encourage students to become involved in social entrepreneurship. Her internship this past summer was at AMNIe.org, a sustainability consulting firm seeking to make sustainability knowledge accessible to everyone. Rachel has a deep interest in the circular economy and spends time volunteering with two food sustainability initiatives aiming to redirect food waste in Vancouver, and also enjoys volunteering with seniors who are socially isolated due to the pandemic. In her free time, Rachel loves baking cookies and going on long walks along the beach.
Haley is a passionate environmental and mental wellness advocate who loves to create spaces for discovery and connection between folks. She is currently the Impact Coordinator at YZED Projects, a Yukon-based, women-led social innovation company. At YZED she engages her holistic perspective to support the operations of impact-driven organizations. Haley holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University on beautiful Vancouver Island where she presently calls home. When she is not working, she can be found scooting around town on her bike, practising yoga, savouring a good cup of coffee or hiking mountains on the wet coast. Haley is excited to join the Fellowship to connect and learn from like-minded, impact-driven individuals across Canada.
Jonathan is 26 years old and his most recent employment experience includes working as the Guest Experience Coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Forge FC. Jonathan completed his Bachelor of Sport Management (Honours) degree from Brock University in 2017. While working, Jonathan has helped execute monumental events, including the Canadian Premier League’s Inaugural and Finals matches and CONCACAF games. He was also rewarded with the Accessibility Outstanding Business Achievement Award from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for expanding the Guest Experience Department’s inclusive hiring practices and for making Tim Hortons Field more accessible. Jonathan is passionate about making the world more sustainable and would like to utilize his Fellowship experience to learn how to contribute to achieving the UN’s 17 SDGs. Specifically, he is interested in how B Corporations and social enterprises can accelerate making a positive impact. Recreationally, Jonathan likes to be active, including running and cycling.
Taryn truly believes in the power of presence and purpose. She is currently completing her pre-law studies in Social Innovation and Community Development, majoring in Community Development at Red River College Polytechnic’s Indigenous School of Education. Taryn is passionate about the many dynamics found within economic and environmental sustainability. She is particularly keen on making impacts in accessibility and human equity through the social entrepreneurship toolbox and policy change. Taryn has worked as a Strategic Planning Assistant with RRCP’s President’s Office on their new Strategic Plan where she specialized in data research, highlighting diversity and reconciliation. Taryn is helping engage her local community through her volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Winnipeg, as well as Full Blüm Arts & Music; a grassroots social enterprise that’s helping to define the way music and art are celebrated. Taryn can be found at music and arts events around Winnipeg, sharing with others her love of the healing nature of music, the impact of the arts, strengthening community, plus fostering deeper human connections. She is thankful, excited, and ready to start her journey with SIA.