In its fourth year, interns contributed valuable qualitative data to the Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL), an observatory and research hub on social entrepreneurship and social innovation initiatives. Students translated the practices and observations from their internships into deeper learning experiences for researchers, community practitioners, and other students.
Daniel Alberga is a third year student in the Faculty of Management at McGill, pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Toronto, ON, he enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures and has just returned from a four-month study exchange in Singapore. Daniel is interested in sustainable energy and the economics of climate change, international affairs, and impact investing. He values experiential learning, appreciates new perspectives, and is passionate about languages. In the past he has worked in the residential mortgage sector and has participated in the creation of a socially-conscious community engagement platform. Daniel interned at CoPower's Toronto office.
Le Quartier de l'innovation
Charles Beaudry is a native from Chicoutimi, QC. He recently completed his Bachelor’s degree of Commerce with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Political Science. Student exchanges in Barbados during his second and last year of undergraduate studies spurred his interest in the social economy. More specifically, he is concerned about the environment and how new models of businesses can redefine common practices that take limited resources into account. He hopes that his career will lead him to find ways to help make our market system more sustainable, whether it’d be as a social entrepreneur or as a consultant for start-ups. Charles completed his internship with the Quartier de l'innovation.
Lena Bergunde is a third-year BCom student majoring in International Management, with a concentration in Global Strategy and a minor in International Development Studies. Growing up she lived in multiple countries which led to her love for travel and exploring new places and cultures. She has always been passionate about giving back to the community and has done so through volunteering with various organizations wherever she lived, including Plan International Norway, Caritas International in Germany, and most recently with Montreal-based Artistri Sud. After graduating she can see herself further exploring the social economy and non-profit sector, especially in the areas of women’s empowerment, education, and sustainability. Lena worked at Artistri Sud.
Mikaela Fitzwilliam is a third year student majoring in Managing for Sustainability and minoring in Spanish and Mandarin. Mikaela is interested in sustainable development, most specifically around food systems in the US and Canada and their impacts. She is excited to apply her skills to the Agriculture Industry to help it develop and pave the way to a more sustainable world. Mikaela is also passionate about learning new languages and different cultures around the world. She loves to travel and has gained experience and skills in cross cultural communication last summer when she initiated a sustainable development project with an indigenous community in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. Mikaela worked at CoPower's Montreal office.
Tina Ghaemmaghami is entering her final year of studies as an Honours International Development student with a minor in Management. Her international upbringing and love for travelling led to her decision to spend the past semester studying abroad in Lyon, France. Her passion for social entrepreneurship began after she learnt about Muhammad Yunus and the work he has done. At McGill, she has been involved with the Global Development Forum – a conference that aims to spread awareness of current development issues. She aspires to work in a field that will apply appropriate business tools in order to create social change. Tina will be interning at Fondation AXCS.
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre
Sam Hull is a second year management student studying Honours Economics with minors in Mathematics and History. Having lived his whole life in Toronto, he loves the opportunity that McGill has given him to experience a more international perspective and make connections with students from around the world. However, he recognizes that an accurate understanding of local issues is fundamental to a global viewpoint. This is why he is thrilled to be a part of the SEI Impact Internship Program where he can make a positive impact on the Montreal community while simultaneously improving his understanding of the interactions between global and local forces. Sam helped develop this insight through his placement at Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre.
Esther Jamieson is a third-year Cognitive Science (Psychology and Neuroscience) major with a minor in International Development Studies. She is a varsity rower for Mcgill as well as an ambassador for impossible2possible, a program designed to improve education and foster experiential learning through technology. She has organized day camps for underserved communities in Nova Scotia, Chicago, and Swaziland, and taught English to elementary school students in Ecuador. The community-based sustainability of social business sparked Esther’s passion for further involvement. She spent this past semester developing a plan to integrate Syrian refugees into Canadian society, as well as interning with World Wide Hearing.
World Wide Hearing
Jean Sauvé Foundation
Anoosha Lalani is a second year student majoring in Accounting with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Having lived in Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Poland, she has acquired a global perspective. Her experiences in developing countries have shaped her desire to bring about social change. In 2014, she authored a fictional novel depicting a Pakistani protagonist, exploring a culture not often positively portrayed in mainstream young adult literature. This year she has been involved with two non-profit organizations, Ink Movement, empowering youth to engage in creative expression, and P[h]assion, promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. Anoosha interned at the Jean Sauvé Foundation.
Alexia Manchon is a recent graduate of the McGill Bachelor of Commerce program, with concentrations in Marketing and Managing for Sustainability. She is passionate about the role of urban communities in eradicating poverty and improving wellbeing, and hopes to have a hand in strengthening the networks of her adopted home of Montreal. Alexia has acted as a Bargaining Representative for the Association of McGill University Support Employees, promoted a philosophy of respect, harm-reduction, and anti-oppression as a Residence Floor Fellow, and built partnerships to combat voter apathy with The True North Times. She aims to work in the fields of social justice and community building and will be setting out on this path with her internship at Share the Warmth.
Share the Warmth
Marie-Laure Miró is a recent McGill graduate with a degree in Psychology and double concentration in Behavioural Science and Management. She is driven by the prospect that a business can be both self-sustaining and can positively influence and serve the people of the society in which it co-exists. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and would like to pursue a career where she can contribute to making cities more sustainable and more people-centered places. She also hopes to one day have the opportunity to travel and to broaden her understanding of sustainable practices around the world, with the goal of applying her learnings in her pursuits in the social sector. Marie-Laure worked with UTILE.
Victoire Scherer is a curious, creative and detail-oriented student at McGill University's Faculty of Management. She is not afraid to show her passions for both sustainability and visual arts, which sets her apart from other business students. On campus, you can find Victoire organizing workshops and events for Design Cooperative, making zines for the Herbivore Society, as well as attending many conferences and film screenings. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce this coming summer, and is humbled to have been given the opportunity to work as an Impact Intern this summer. Victoire interned with Made in Montreal.
Made in Montreal
Francesca Valenti is a native Montrealer who has just completed her degree in International Development Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern languages. Her past experiences at the YMCA and Equitas along with her McGill courses have guided her broad interests in human rights, international solidarity, and sustainability, towards a more focused passion for urban systems. Francesca hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Urban Planning or Design because of the multi-disciplinary potential of the field and her growing belief in the importance of cities in our daily lives. Through her experience as an Impact Intern this summer, Francesca hopes to engage with her mandate in a dynamic way, and most importantly, learn as much as she can! She interned with Quo Vadis.
Georgia Vatcher is in her final year at McGill, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Marketing. She grew up in downtown Toronto and was drawn to Montreal for its vibrancy and multiculturalism. She worked for several years as a face-to-face Fundraising Supervisor for seven national and global charities, including Oxfam Quebec, Medicines Sans Frontiers, and Plan International, which offered her eye-opening insight into the world of non-profit organizations and marketing. Her long-term plans include working in a fundraising department at an international NGO. Georgia brought her knowledge and enthusiasm for fundraising strategy to her work at Equitas.