In its first year, the Impact Internship Program facilitated the placement of twelve impact interns in the following organizations: Solidarité Saint-Henri, Made in Montreal, SWAP Team, DECODE Global, Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Artistri Sud, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and La Gaillarde.
The MDIIM also wishes to thank the Commerce Class of ’58, BCom Class of ’76 and KPMG for their support and contributions to the SEI Impact Internship Program.
Ashwin Abraham pursued a BCom degree with a triple concentration in Strategic Management, Finance and Operations Management. Having spent most of his early life in the Middle East, Ashwin went on to finish his secondary education in the UK where he lived as a boarder for 6 years. He has an avid interest in travelling and hopes that his future career will allow him to spend some time in one of East Asia’s metropolises.
Ashwin worked with Solidarité Saint-Henri and Équipe mobile en alimentation de Petite-Bourgogne to facilitate the formulation of a communication and business plan by conducting market research and participating in day-to-day activities. Through this, he looked to rationalize processes, optimize synergies and encourage collaborative work among different like-minded organizations in the area. He also contributed to the development of a more efficient inventory management process.
Équipe mobile en alimentation de Petite-Bourgogne
Romain Ades spent most of his young adult life near Nice in the south of France where he attended an international High School. This experience broadened his horizons and gave him inspiration to travel and discover the world. While at McGill, he studied Economics and Finance, realizing one of his childhood dreams of studying abroad. After graduation, he would like to work for intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations.
As an intern for Solidarité Saint-Henri and l’Équipe mobile en alimentation de Petite-Bourgogne, Romain worked on a communication plan to promote the organization(s) activities and encourage collaborative work among the different organizations of the neighbourhood, contributed to the elaboration of a market study and a business plan, elaborated tools & mechanisms to manage inventories, and assisted with management of market activities.
Équipe mobile en alimentation de Petite-Bourgogne
Megan Alexander graduated from the Faculty of Management at McGill where her fields of study were Entrepreneurship and Theatre. During her time at McGill, she became involved in the Theatre program as an executive member for the Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society and a participant in the Costuming Team for two performances. In addition to Theatre, sustainability has continued to interest her, both outside and in the classroom. This interest stemmed from the Management class, Social Context of Business, and continued through her studies and into her chosen exchange school, the Copenhagen School of Business. Her other interests include sewing, gardening, cooking, scuba diving, and social media blogs.
During the ten-week internship with the Centre for Social Innovation, Megan worked closely with the directors, events coordinator, and communications team to perform various tasks. She helped to organize and facilitate the events and took the lead on planning the annual ‘summer in the park’ event for both participating members and staff. Her duties also included marketing where she worked to build a strategy to accelerate CSI’s outreach to various universities.
Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto
Eileen Chen was born and raised in Montreal and graduated with a BCom majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Strategic Management. Passionate about marketing communications, she intends to do everything in her power to increase her knowledge of the field - without compromising her ethics and values. She demonstrated her commitment to marketing through her position of President at the Marketing Network, McGill’s marketing club. Eileen has worked as a summer intern at the fashion recruitment agency Patty Shapiro & Associates, a marketing intern at a start-up called Kutoto, and as a Junior Social Media Manager at Hashtag Media, a local social media agency.
As the Digital Marketing Intern a the SWAP Team, Eileen reported directly to the President and led the dynamic marketing team on all digital marketing initiatives. These included the use of online project management tools, editing press releases and blog posts, scheduling meetings, creating content marketing strategies, and presenting reports on digital marketing performance.
Elana Cipin completed BCom in the Desautels Faculty of Management with a Major in General Management and three concentrations: Strategic Management (Social Context), Marketing, and International Business. As a summer intern at DECODE Global, Elana was given a diverse set of tasks and responsibilities throughout the summer. She helped to scale the Workshop Program, which aims to teach participants the different ways that games can improve awareness of social issues. She was also involved in assisting with market analysis, researching new business opportunities and clients, assessing competition, and pricing and promotion strategies.
Michelle Egery graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Desautels Faculty of Management with a major in International Management and minor in Environmental Studies. With a keen interest in international affairs and sustainable development, over she has participated in a number of international humanitarian projects to gain practical experience working in the non-profit sector. She has also developed key knowledge in retail, marketing, customer-service and promotions through various part-time positions.
Made in Montreal was at an exciting stage in their development, and while they had a number of promotional projects underway, their primary mandate at the time involved the creation of a Community Engagement Package as well as assembly of a Board of Directors for their first Annual General Meeting. Michelle’s work with Made in Montreal was a critical opportunity to engage with primary stakeholders and develop her local network.
Made in Montreal (MIM)
Maya Goodwill was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She has always been quick to question the norm during her time at McGill, finding herself to be critical of certain mindsets and business practices emphasized in the classroom. Her passion for Social Entrepreneurship began while on exchange in Barcelona where she enrolled in an inspiring course on the subject. Her understanding and passion continued to grow through MGPO 438 (Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation) where she had the opportunity to work alongside many like-minded students. Maya hopes to pursue a career within the social economy sector, working to expand the use of business and entrepreneurship in creating positive social impact within local and global communities.
As a part of the Programming team at the Centre for Social Innovation, Maya led the outreach, recruitment, and selection for the ING Agents of Change Youth program. This included developing a survey for past AoC participants, addressing the needs of participants in order to improve the program, and defining the problem statement that the new cohort of applicants was to address. Maya also assisted with the centre's other events and activities over the summer.
Centre for Social Innovation
Julian Kosma graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance with a concentration in Organizational Behaviour. He took MGPO 438 (Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation) to learn about the difficulties of measuring organizational impact and the progress made in the domain of social finance. In November 2012, Julian received sponsorship from the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation to attend the MaRS Social Finance Forum in Toronto. The two-day conference furthered his enthusiasm and engagement with the field as he took part in discussion sessions on social return on investment (SROI), social impact bonds, and the newly-developed GIIRS investment evaluation system. Julian was the President of the OUTlook on Business Management Undergraduate Society (MUS) club, an organization he founded to educate students about managing sexual diversity concerns in the workplace. For this, he and the club received the MUS Innovation of the Year Award in 2011. The subsequent year, he sat on the MUS Board of Directors as the Clubs’ Council Representative, evaluating budget proposals submitted to the Finance Committee and overseeing Executive decision-making. Interested in the role the internet has played in transforming consumer behaviour, Julian interned with the ALDO Group in their e-Commerce department to learn how to evaluate the results of pilot online marketing initiatives. He still consults for both their e-Commerce and Consumer Insights departments.
During his placement at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Julian contributed to the Foundation’s strategic planning process, provided organizational support for the forthcoming Sauvé Year, assisted with the establishment of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Montreal Hub, provided a comprehensive input and administrative coordination for The Beaverbrook Group, and compiled data on impact investing, economic growth, public leadership, and social entrepreneurship.
Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
Georgina Price completed a BCom majoring in International Management, with a minor in International Development Studies and a Concentration in Marketing. She grew up in the suburbs of Greater Vancouver, in a small family with one brother and two ultra-supportive parents. She played highly competitive soccer and was involved in theater and enjoys the guitar, playing intramural sports, and practicing her Spanish at every available opportunity. After graduating high school, she took a gap year and worked full-time for a grocery store deli. For two months of that year, she lived with a host family in Chihuahua, Mexico which brought her out of her comfort zone and propelled her into her love for Spanish. Not to mention her love for all things chile and stuffed with queso.
Georgina assisted Artistri Sud in developing a marketing strategy to sell the artisans’ products to retailers in Montreal so that they could enhance this revenue stream for the female groups in Cambodia and Bolivia. She assisted with all aspects of the marketing, including formulating promotional strategy and materials, determining potential retailers, communicating with the artisan groups, and determining forecasting and the capacity Artistri Sud had to achieve their goals for this endeavor.
Sean Reginio is from Mississauga, Ontario, an avid Atlanta Falcons fan, and intent on discovering social innovations that will solve complex global issues. He’s fascinated by the creativity, enthusiasm, and compassion that fuels the social economy, and, as an Economics student, was eager to put his skill to the test.
During his time with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Sean completed research to produce one of the first reports on the market for social finance and impact investing in Canada, engaged with mental health organizations to discover gaps in support for youth struggling with the diverse challenges of mental health, created new knowledge management strategies for a learning organization where information is the most important commodity, and explored effective strategies in food systems management and environmental philanthropy by interviewing community foundations.
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Originally from Toronto, Amy Weinrieb graduated from the Desautels Faculty of Management with a double concentration in Marketing and Strategy and a minor in Environment. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, she aspires to apply her education to revolutionize the current food system. Amy is an avid hot-yogi who, in addition to learning more about food systems, very much enjoys both the preparation and consumption side of food!
Amy worked directly with the Director of Programming on the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)'s training and education program. She assisted with the survey data analysis to assess the needs of all members and implemented mentoring and advisory services to be delivered in all three Toronto locations. She also created a social entrepreneurship curriculum that supports the professional development needs of the sector.
Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
Jessica Xiao, a B.A. & Sc. graduate in Economics and Psychology was inspired to pursue social business after attending a talk by Muhammad Yunus her first year in Montreal and hasn’t looked back since. She’s volunteered as a member of the Advisory Board for Artistri Sud, a local non-profit organization dedicated to creating and delivering business development and entrepreneurship empowerment trainings to women in developing countries to provide them with capacity to provide sustainable livelihoods to their families through their craft. She has also contributed to McGill Desautels Integrated Management Institute’s Social Economy Initiative and performed social finance research, particularly in the subject of impact investing. She would like to pursue a career working on solutions to complex problems, women’s rights (maternal healthcare, forced prostitution/trafficking, advocacy, institutionalized violence against women), or education policy reform. Jessica’s mandate at La Gaillarde was to create an action-based marketing plan adapted to their needs and resources, including suggestions that would allow the organization to increase its visibility in its neighborhood and beyond while expanding their customer base. She also created a communications/media relations plan as well as regular press releases, thus working as a liaison with the press.
2013 MBA Impact Internships: Emzingo NextGen Fellowships
Scott Weatherhead was a student in the Desautels Faculty of Management MBA Program. Prior to attending McGill, Scott worked for five years in the Canadian Public Service: first responsible for the coordination of visitor activities at Vimy Ridge in Northern France, and secondly as a coordinator for the events and program of the Governor General of Canada in Ottawa. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Ottawa. In the MBA program, Scott pursued a double concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership as well as Technology and Innovation Management. While at McGill, Scott was the President of the McGill Chapter of Net Impact and along with his McGill colleagues was victorious at the USC Marshall Global Consulting Challenge (Best Industry Analysis). As an Emzingo NexGen Fellow, Scott leveraged his MBA experience to contribute to the improvement of a community organization in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a non-profit consultant.Cristina Consuegra was a student in the Desautels Faculty of Management MBA Program. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009, Cristina spent two and half years working at Daggerwing Group, a boutique management consulting firm located in Toronto. In the MBA program, Cristina pursued a concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership in order to gain further knowledge and experience in management consulting. Cristina was also actively involved in the MBA program as the Vice President of External Affairs of the Desautels Graduate Student Society. As an Emzingo NextGen Fellow, Cristina spent six weeks interning in Peru, where she worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF project centers on optimizing the sustainability of Brazilian nut and timber production in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon rainforest.