Collective Impact demonstrates that large-scale social change comes from well-executed cross-sector coordination rather than from isolated interventions by individual organizations.
Groups can create innovative roadmaps for collaboration by prioritizing alignment, positionality, communication, shared values, and intentionality from the outset. Our Reskilling Retail Workers Project, the Alumni Council, and Employer Advisory Council are examples of cross-sector advisors driving change and impact.
We strengthen VFC’s community engagement efforts by impacting national innovation ecosystems, regional communities, unique employers, and young Canadian changemakers.
We deeply value the time of the individuals on each committee:
Reskilling programs often miss their mark due to a lack of collaboration across exit (retail) and entry (technology) industries.
We launched a Collaboration-Impact Framework building a Steering Committee of a dozen people for our Reskilling Retail Workers project.
The project’s collaborators include organizations that play a vital role in supporting retail workers from various angles, ensuring that we can influence the exit and entry sectors and those in between.
Ali Jaffer • Generation
Colleen Tapen • Volunteer Dana Stephenson • Riipen
Dana Tessier • Shopify
Diane Brisebois • Retail Council of Canada
Matthew McKean • Business + Higher Education Roundtable
Nisa Malli • previously at Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sonya Meloff • Sales Talent Agency
Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook • Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology
Christopher Delledonne • Director, Human Resources – Residential Services, Mobility, The Source & Brand, Bell
We mobilized an Employer Advisory Council of engaged, like-minded leaders from 8 Provinces to address evolving talent and training labour force needs proactively. Committed to driving innovation, inclusivity, and diverse youth engagement in Canada, they provide feedback on the launch of new programs and revenue initiatives to enhance the quality of VFC’s programs and practices.
David Alston • TimberTop + MarketSwell
Brianna Blaney • Envol + Pocketed + DeepND
Denis Carignan • PLATO Testing
Ryan Cawley, SpryPoint
Aaron Genes, SaskTech + Siemens
Joshua Green, Mysa
Shani Gwin, pipikwan pêhtâkwan
Jennifer Lennox, Alcumus
Sally Ng, The Triple Effect
Valerie Song, AVA Technologies
Fiona Lake Waslander, Opendoor
In its third year, The Fellowship Alumni Council oversees the Venture for Canada Alumni network and initiatives, Alumni participation in VFC programs, and the Alumni Summit. This year, the council created two new seats, including a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Angel Investor Director. The council provides strategic input and feedback to the Venture for Canada programs and partnerships teams. In 2021, they launched a mentorship program and designed an Angel investor program framework. To drive sustainable program engagement, the Alumni Council is, at its core, for the community, by the community.
Alexandra Baccellieri • 2018 Fellow
Andrew Kim • 2015 Fellow
Annika Lui • 2018 Fellow
Christoph Fischer • 2018 Fellow
Connor Frankenberger • 2019 Fellow
Kathleen Eva • 2018 Fellow
Sam Daviau • 2015 Fellow