The goal of the program is to support an aspiring entrepreneur connected to a business, in the creation of a new intrapreneurial project (A business, a new division of a business, a new product, a new app) that will contribute to a stronger economic future for the company.
The seasoned Facilitators/Experts who will share their experience and expertise with our participants through facilitated workshops.
CEO, Purpose Capital Limited
Prior to joining Purpose Capital, Upkar founded and led Illumina Partners, a boutique advisory firm that specialized in strategy, operations, M&A and finance since 2002. During the past thirty years, at Illumina and in companies such as Onex, Nortel, Trizec & Olympia & York, he has worked in a number of senior roles with some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs. He has acquired, operated and advised companies in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe and has completed more than $20 billion of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, dispositions and financings. He has also been actively engaged in the social finance sector over the past seven years, investing in enterprises committed to social impact and generating positive, scalable and sustainable social change. In addition to his professional commitments, Upkar volunteers for organizations that strive to make our communities more vibrant – in areas such as arts and culture, education, transportation, and citizenship and inclusion such as:
- University of Waterloo – Member, Board of Governors and Adjunct Lecturer
- Metrolinx Inc. – Board Director
- Institute for Canadian Citizenship – Board Director
- University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance - Chair, Advisory Council
- Why Not Theatre – Board Director
"Senior Consultant-Johnson Insurance Home, Auto, Travel and Group Benefits"
Yvonne started her insurance career back in 1996 and has continued her career in various roles in the Property & Casualty insurance industry – Sales, Service, Claims, Underwriting, Leadership and Business Development. She earned her life license in group benefits in 2014 where she continues to grow and prosper through continuing education to support her clients in the financial health space. She is an accredited instructor with the Insurance Institute of Canada and teaches both with the IIC and in the Community College system. Yvonne earned her Certified Insurance Professional Designation in 2000 and is continually working with many industry professional organizations. Yvonne feels strongly that volunteering is important to any community. She has volunteered with many organizations such as Aging Advisory committees, local soup kitchens and is an active participate with local chambers. She is a very proud 10 year member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and is a very humble yet honoured recipient of a Paul Harris award for “Service above Self”, this highest achievement in Rotary International. She enjoys the great outdoors, golf and relaxing with friends and family creating life-long memories!
Managing Director, School for Social Entrepreneurs (Ontario)
A serial social entrepreneur and intrapreneur and Environmental Defence’s Green Champion of the Year, Marjorie Brans obsessively wonders: “Can free market efficiency be reconciled with deep care for the planet and all of its creatures?” Seeking an elusive answer, she has hunted for clues on five continents in multinational corporations, venture capital funds, tiny social businesses, and charities including Oxfam America and Harvard Law School. To recruit and train fellow explorers for the quest, she (co)founded the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario, League of Intrapreneurs Canada, CLARION (Community-Led Action to Resilience in our Neighbourhoods), and PhotoVoice (US). Despite their tired feet, Marjorie and her co-travelers suspect the answer is “yes”.
Monica Da Ponte
Principal consultant at Shift & Build
Monica is a strategic business leader with 19 years of experience and proven success in leading teams to create economic and social value. She is the principal consultant at Shift & Build, providing strategic planning, fundraising, program design, employee engagement and partnership development support to businesses and not for profit clients. She is also an adjunct professor at the Schulich School of Business. Monica has worked at the intersection of for profit and not for profit sectors, leading efforts to advance prevention in the education sector at PSHSA and prior to that WWF-Canada’s efforts to drive conservation gain through relationships with business. She began her career with seven years at Procter & Gamble in various business development and customer marketing roles. Monica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing (1999) and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Sustainability (2010), both from Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
President, G3point0 Consulting
Guillaume Hervé is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success. Mr. Hervé is an international business executive and serial intrapreneur with an extensive innovation and business growth background who has launched several new business ventures in the form of corporate startups, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. His broad experience spans several sectors, including aviation, defense and security, software, healthcare, and government. He is Chairman of the Board of the medical technology accelerator CTS Health, a mentor and coach to technology startup entrepreneurs, a business lecturer and is a frequent blogger on leadership and intrapreneurial issues. He is the president of G3point0 Consulting, a company he founded to help business leaders succeed with growth strategies and intrapreneurship.
Tim is an author and advisor to global businesses on critical thinking, creative problem solving, and innovation. He speaks around the world about how to develop the creative capacity to manage change rather than be swamped by it. He has guest-lectured in business schools in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Chile, and Australia. He is a director of several start-ups and serves on the board of Launch U, a small US-based business incubator. Hs is a founder of Mindcamp, a series of creative thinking retreats held annually in Canada, the US, and Chile. He has written two best-selling business books, Think Better and Never Be Closing and is currently working on a new book, From Now On, about science-based strategies for performance improvement.
Managing Director, School for Social Entrepreneurs (Ontario)
Chryssa’s story is much like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, except without the bears. She graduated from the University of Toronto with absolutely no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up but found herself working in non-profits. She liked that enough but it didn’t feel quite right. So, she went back to school and got an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. But, she didn’t feel a connection to the focus on profit. Fortunately, she found that perfect fit with the School for Social Entrepreneurs Canada and in 2013 she graduated in the school’s first cohort to become a Social Entrepreneur Fellow. During that program she launched a social venture called Sidekicks. A few years later she went back to the School for Social Entrepreneurs but this time as staff, and along with being a Canadian Catalyst for the League of Intrapreneurs, an Action Learning Facilitator a Partner of the Innovation Ecosystem, she is also on the Board of the North York Community House and loves British TV.
Founder and CEO of Clausehound Inc
Rajah is the Founder and CEO of Clausehound Inc., which supplies business law training tools and curriculum to educational organizations including colleges, universities and startup services organizations. Clausehound's automations in contract negotiation make contract drafting easier, and Clausehound collects "deal points" into inventory, to benefit negotiations both on their current and future negotiations. Rajah started university at the age of 16, studying computer science at the University of Waterloo. After working for a decade in the information technology industry, Rajah received his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and Faculty of Law, respectively. In addition to his legal and technology experience, Rajah founded Cobalt Lawyers, a boutique technology law firm, and co-founded MultiplicityTO, a tech and learning not-for-profit, and he is on the board of directors of each. Rajah is also one of two North American Responsible Leaders Chapter Heads for the BMW Foundation.
Chief Empowerment Officer of Transit Capital
As Chief Empowerment Officer of Transit Capital, Jameel is building an integrated property and community development business providing material resources, innovative leadership techniques, and underused real estate to empower entrepreneurs in smaller communities (with populations under 150,000 people). Prior to launching Transit Capital, Jameel spent five years as co-Managing Partner of an asset management firm which acquired and sold eight over-leveraged investments in the North-East, South, and MidWest United States during the financial crisis. Jameel sourced, underwrote, and actively managed projects in land assembly, distressed debt, and mezzanine lending. Prior to this, Jameel was brought in to help launch the real estate corporate finance desk at Nomura International in London, UK, where he advised on public equity offerings, private placements, and forming development joint ventures on over 200 properties, valued over $2.1bn, spanning Europe, the Middle East, and India.
Managing Director, Studio Amarelo
Garrick craves finding ways to collaborate with strategy, sustainability and storytelling experts to create a more liveable world. Drawing on his background as a management consultant, visual communicator and educator, Garrick specializes in helping organizations tell compelling narratives through cross-platform media. An avid videographer, photographer and traveler, Garrick has been embedded inside a range of NGO and academic field teams in remote locations across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Canadian Arctic, and Brazilian Amazon. Beyond his duties at Studio Amarelo, Garrick is also seeding a new start-up dedicated to helping factual media producers create conversation-shifting productions with impact. Garrick holds an MBA in Business & Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business. He is a graduate-level instructor at several leading Canadian universities, as well as a mentor in the start-up and social entrepreneurship community.
Sarah Robertson has over 25 years of experience in strategic marketing, working with ad agencies, research agencies, and small and large corporations in Canada and the U.S. Sarah approaches strategy from the dual aspect of research and marketing – who are you, what do you want people to know and what do you need people to do. Developing hypotheses, using primary and secondary research tools as well as natural inquisitiveness, Sarah is able to provide actionable insights to her clients. Sarah has extensive research experience working with several boutique research firms in both qualitative and quantitative research. She has years of experience in moderating and facilitating both large and small groups and has a unique style that encourages open and frank dialogue. She has worked on quantitative studies ranging from small client specific highly targeted studies to nationally syndicated studies to a global study with thousands of respondents. Combined with her decades of brand marketing experience Sarah’s perspective on research enables client’s to unearth useable “ah ha” moments and put them into action.
For more than three decades, Joel has worked as a copywriter, creative director, strategist, coach and educator. His focus is on the development of key strategic insights that lead to powerful copy platforms. After spending a career working with blue-chip clients like GM and IBM, Joel now concentrates on helping small and medium-sized businesses market themselves through his agency, Branderos. Joel has also become an advocate for more powerful writing in the workplace, as a coach and educator. Never complacent, Joel believes that the last few years have produced his best work and most insightful strategies
CEO, Spyder Works Inc.
Ken Tencer is a business and innovation thought leader who helps organizations master better futures. He is co-developer of The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, filter and implement growth opportunities. A successful entrepreneur and business developer, Ken has built international-scale companies spanning manufacturing, product development, distribution and professional services. As CEO of Spyder Works, Ken helps companies with both business and innovation strategy. His insights on entrepreneurship and innovation appear in his monthly column for Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe & Mail. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker, workshop leader and event Chair. Ken is the co-author of two books on innovation – The 90% Rule and the bestseller Cause a Disturbance(Morgan James Publishing, NY). Leading publications and networks including The Globe & Mail, INC, CNBC, Forbes and Bloomberg have recognized the timeliness and power of these important works.
Richard Toker is a Toronto based marketing consultant, educator and facilitator. Since launching Rich Content in 2008, Richard has developed and managed numerous marketing programs including branding, direct and digital marketing, content and on-boarding programs for a variety of clients, and has worked to develop and nurture marketing management and leadership skills amongst emergent marketing professionals and facilitated creative problem solving and group dialogue at a diverse range of organizations including Amex, BDC, CAA, CARA, CBC, Canada Post, Tangerine and Public Health Ontario. Prior to starting his own practice Richard was a Marketing Director at Rogers Communications and also spent 20 years honing his solution focus skills in the advertising business. Since 2015 Richard has pardnered with Joel Sears in Branderos, a boutique brand and marketing communications catering to small and medium sized businesses who are used to channelling their inner Maverick, yet when it comes to finding the right marketing support, are faced with costly and bureaucratic ad agencies, or with independents who lack the expertise required to corral new customers. The Branderos are the new sheriffs in town, ready to fight for the little guy.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Intrapreneurial Program has been designed for teams to advance their project through both online and in-person learning experiences.
14 weeks to build your project
5 immersive in-person workshops
36 hours of coaching and consulting
Exclusive discussions with intrapreneurs
Access to personalized online resources
A network of seasoned industry experts
Both the intrapreneur and mentor have a unique learning path, specifically constructed to drive their project forward and solidify a favorable environment for intrapreneurship.
MODULE 1 WORKSHOP
Understanding your intrapreneurial identity
MODULE 2 WORKSHOP
Positioning your idea and value proposition
MODULE 3 WORKSHOP
Validating your hypotheses
MODULE 4 WORKSHOP
Completing your BMC* and financial structure
MODULE 5 WORKSHOP
Defining your story and the road ahead
MODULE 1 WORKSHOP
Leveraging intrapreneurial projects
MODULE 2 WORKSHOP
Empowering your intrapreneur
MODULE 3 WORKSHOP
Unlocking resources and a culture of disruption
MODULE 4 WORKSHOP
Creating a network of support
MODULE 5 WORKSHOP
Evaluating future involvement
*BMC is the Business Model Canvas by Strategizer.
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