In its sixth year, the Impact Internship Program facilitated the placement of twelve impact interns in the following organizations: Quartier de L'Innovation, ACEM Microcrédit Montréal, Made in Montreal, Donald Berman UP House, Artistri Sud, ÉAU, PopupCamp, Ashoka Canada, The Suspicious Fish, Credo, Esplanade, and Impact Hub Montreal.
Quartier de L'Innovation
ACEM Microcrédit Montréal
Carly Ayukawa is a third year student in the Faculty of Management. She is pursuing the Managing for Sustainability major with an International Business concentration. Carly's Japanese-Canadian father and Malaysian-Chinese mother settled in New Jersey, where she was born and raised. Her multi-cultural background has helped to cultivate her appreciation for traveling. Last summer, she participated in the Li Ka Shing International Program in International Business and interned at UMAI, a start-up in Kuala Lumpur. Carly is interested in understanding big problems with a systems-thinking approach. This summer, Carly will be interning at Made in Montreal.
Made in Montreal
Carly is currently in her second year at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, pursuing a major in Managing for Sustainability, a joint program between the Faculties of Management and School of Environment, and a concentration in Marketing. Carly has focused most of her passion and energy, though high school and then CEGEP, on environmental and sustainability issues. In determining her path forward, she decided to pursue a business degree having realized the best way to drive change is ‘from the inside’. Carly believes that true transformation will best succeed when fully integrated into the real work of organizations and looks forward to the opportunity to help implement that change.
With experience working in small businesses, non-profit NGOs, and serving an executive position on a student-run committee, Carly has gained valuable knowledge that she is excited to bring to this program. Her experience participating in an international exchange program has allowed her to learn about different sustainability objectives and initiatives that are being implemented in organizations around the globe. She is very grateful to have been selected to participate as an Impact Intern and is eager to working with PopupCamp.
Cloé is a third year student majoring in Managing for Sustainability and minoring in Urban Systems. She is interested in planning for resilience and food security in Canadian metropolitan areas. She has gained experience in the food industry, retail as well as in cleantech. She is excited to use her skills to find more efficient ways to transition into sustainable living. Cloé is also passionate about sustainable agriculture, a passion she has discovered when she worked for a women's empowerment project in Senegal where she helped develop tools to improve the yield of the women's organic garden. She could not be more excited to work with ÉAU this summer.
Elizabeth Chima is a U2 student at the Desautels Faculty of Management pursuing a double major in Finance and International Management, with a minor in Sociology. She is of Nigerian origin, but was born in Oman and raised in Saudi Arabia, before moving to Canada when she was 9 years old. Her international background has fueled her interest in globalization and the important role it plays in business. She is interested in how a knowledge of people and society, as well as a foundation in international business, can be used to generate positive, impactful, social change in the world. Having worked with organizations such as Rotaract, she has had the chance to experience firsthand the importance of working towards social causes and leaving a positive footprint in the world. This has contributed towards her fascination with the social economy, and she hopes to learn more through her internship with Ashoka Canada this summer.
Inara Lalani is a first year student majoring in Finance, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She has spent her life growing up in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Pakistan, and Canada. Amidst the vibrancy and multiculturalism, her time in certain developing countries exposed her to widespread economic and social inequalities, which have since inspired her interest in social business. She is particularly passionate about working towards improving access to healthcare for marginalized individuals, and promoting social innovation. She has devoted her time at McGill to several philanthropic causes, some of which include her role as Donations Coordinator in Cancer Auction, and Executive Director in P[h]assion. As an accomplished writer, having received The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2015, and having been published with University of Brighton in a poetry chapbook highlighting certain socio-scientific issues, Inara hopes to fuse her passion for the creative arts and the non profit sector during her internship with The Suspicious Fish over the summer.”
The Suspicious Fish
With vision and empathy, Justine Tupe uses her relentless optimism and strong creative skills to tackle global issues head-on. As a McGill student in Honours International Development with a major in Economics and a minor in Computer Science, Justine has used her multidisciplinary degree to sharpen her qualitative and analytical skills to think critically about the world with a solution-based mindset. Her background as a first-generation Filipino has driven Justine to fight for social change, a passion that has guided her to gain academic and professional experiences at: the Hult Prize finals in London, England, Millani, a sustainable investment firm, District3’s social business incubator, and creating her own social entreprise, Thryve. Currently, Justine leads the club, Hult Prize@McGill, which she revamped to offer business training in topics such as: team formation, design thinking, and storytelling. Justine is interning at Artistri Sud, where she seeks to gain insight on the social empowerment of individuals through finance and entrepreneurship.
Laureanne Pelletier is completing her final year at McGill in International Management with a minor in International Development Studies and a concentration in Global Strategy. By volunteering with organizations like MotherFood International and the NDG Food Depot, she has developed a passion for sustainability and social impact both on the local and global level. As part of the McGill Not-for-Profit Consulting program, Laureanne worked closely with MotherFood to develop a micro-factory model that could have the potential to self-sustainably scale up to a network of 2,600 female entrepreneurs and improve malnutrition in the lives of over 86,000 rural women. She hopes to continue using her non-profit experience and business acumen to create positive social change in communities around the world. Laureanne is enthusiastic and committed to achieving this goal through her internship with Impact Hub Montreal.
Impact Hub Montreal
Nick Milum is a third-year student in the Faculty of Arts studying International Development with minors in Environment and Social Entrepreneurship. From a young age, he gained an appreciation for the natural world from his experiences working on the Canadian west coast as a kayak guide and has since committed his studies and co-curricular involvements at McGill to learning about environmental sustainability. In his role as the Vision 2020 Intern with the McGill Office of Sustainability, he was introduced to the economic and social sides of sustainability. He hopes to learn more about how these three pillars can be implemented in business through his internship this summer with Credo – a social impact consulting firm based in the mile-end of Montreal.
Sophie Doyon is a first year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management, pursuing a major in Managing for Sustainability. Through her love for the environment, sustainable reform, and the social economy, she is excited to learn about how business practices can be combined with sustainable initiatives to create a more forward-looking, equitable society. She aspires to apply this knowledge in her future career, with a Not-for-Profit of her own. Sophie’s passion for working with children and music is noticeable in her past work with the Not-for-Profit organization Les Cuisines Collectives Du Grand Plateau. Furthermore, her love for music and children’s empowerment has lead her to teach small workshops and classes on implementing music as an avenue of change. Sophie enjoys spending her free time skiing, singing, and cooking. She is delighted to expand her knowledge of sustainable business processes through her work with Esplanade this summer.
Donald Berman UP House
Yenah Kim is entering her fourth and final year in the Faculty of Management, pursuing a double concentration in Marketing and Sustainability. Her passion for social good began early on during high school through work in a philanthropic club and local non-profit. She began her studies at McGill with the intention of making a positive impact through her career. With a passion for serving her community, she continued her work with philanthropy, notably as a Director of Sponsorship for McGill’s Commerce and Administration Student Charity Organization. This summer, she hopes to gain real world experience and utilize her skills and knowledge learned in school. As an avid supporter of mental health initiatives, Yenah is excited and honoured to be interning at Donald Berman UP House.