Who We Are

 

Stephanie Robertson - team member
CATERINA ROSSI, Consultant – Corporate Social Responsibility, Groupe AGÉCO

Caterina Rossi has worked in corporate responsibility for almost 10 years. She is a proven expert in the effective implementation of compliance, sustainability, and health and safety programs.

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Holder of a bachelor’s degree in communication (IULM) and a master’s degree in management of social enterprises, sustainable development and cooperation (SDA Bocconi-Milan), she also has a qualification in reporting from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

During her professional career, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, Caterina has specialized in an approach based on sustainable operations and the sustainability of the supply chain. It has the ability to generate stakeholder engagement by playing the role of educator, advocate and influencer. Her practice has led her to develop a solid experience as an auditor with suppliers in the field of regulatory compliance on the environment, health and safety.

Caterina is seen as a highly motivated, results oriented person with a creative approach to problem solving. An excellent communicator, she is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

 

Viola Dessanti - team member
JEAN-MICHEL COUTURE, Partner & Senior Consultant – Corporate Reponsibility, Groupe AGÉCO

Jean-Michel Couture is an agricultural economist and a partner at Groupe AGÉCO since 2013. He is an expert in corporate social responsibility (CRS) applied to the agri-food sector.

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Over the years, Jean-Michel has contributed to the development and implementation of different social assessment methodologies, such as the Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA).

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JOANNE NORRIS, Project Manager, ThriveNorth Initiative, Futurpreneur Canada

With a career spanning cultures, disciplines and industries, Joanne is a specialist in leading and measuring impact of innovative collaborations among business, government, Indigenous and civil society organizations.

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She has developed programming and impact measurement models for initiatives that serve women entrepreneurs and rural and remote young entrepreneurs. Joanne has also worked with franchise systems, social enterprises and independent businesses to successfully start up and scale while delivering on a social mission. She has a proven track record of creating viable economic development initiatives for under-represented groups that strategically align with business objectives.

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KAZ FLINN, Sustainability Consultant

Kaz Flinn established and led Scotiabank’s global Corporate Social Responsibility function from 2006 to 2016 as the Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility. She was responsible for leading the organization’s global Social Responsibility (SR) strategy and initiatives across governance, community, employment, customer and environmental sectors.

 

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Under her leadership, she created the bank’s SR strategy including an environmental policy and energy savings program; significantly strengthened impacted global community development through microfinance initiatives; responded to HIV/AIDS with a global strategy and extended the Bank’s locally focused philanthropic program to support communities across 55 countries.  She was awarded the Clean Tech award in 2013 for her leadership in environmental sustainability. Kaz speaks to audiences on the value and challenges of integrating SR into large organizations.

Kaz is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Schulich Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business; a past and founding board member of the Canadian Network of the UN Global Compact and she was on the board of directors of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility for six years. She has also been involved with charity fundraising campaigns such as the United Way where she co-chaired the corporate Scotiabank United Way Campaign raising $25 million dollars.

She is currently Chair of the University of St Michaels College at the University of Toronto’s Education Advisory Committee for the SR/ Sustainability Masters Diploma Program and is a contributing lecturer. She completed the Harvard Executive Business School CSR Program, the Schulich Sustainable Enterprise Academy and has been a guest lecturer in CSR in the Commerce program at Queen’s University and Lakehead University.

Kaz was appointed Chair of the Justice of the Peace Appointment Advisory Committee in 2016 by Ontario’s Attorney General.

She joined Scotiabank in 1996 from Rogers Communications where she served as Director of Government Affairs.  A gradate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Kaz spent six years working on Parliament Hill including time in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Kaz currently works as a SR/Sustainability Consultant.

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KIM TROTTIER, Associate Professor, Accounting – SFU Beedie School of Business

Kim Trottier provides leadership in data analytics, management, and education.

 

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As a tenured professor with a quantitative PhD and 10+ years of research experience, Kim comes to Social Value Canada with the goal to mobilize knowledge in multi-stakeholder environments to make better decisions in a dynamic and competitive world.

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STEPHANIE ROBERTSON, FOUNDER & CEO, SiMPACT Strategy Group

SiMPACT Strategy Group is a niche agency focused on demonstrating the value of investment in community & society, SiMPACT’s clients range across sectors, industries and areas of work.

 

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Stephanie’s social value work connects her to project leadership in the private, public and social profit worlds.  SiMPACT clients include some of Canada’s largest companies, all levels of government, and amazing organizations within the social profit and social enterprise sectors. 

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