Social Innovators @ Work - Panel 'B'

Multipurpose Room 0140 (2:00pm-3:00pm)

CEO of United Way London & Middlesex and Ivey MBA grad, Andrew Lockie welcomes back two thorough Ivey-green alumni and two pan-Canadian conveners of youth-led social entrepreneurs so far siding with our competition. Together, they map out the full spectrum of social transformation through entrepreneurship.

Host: Andrew Lockie

CEO United Way London & Middlesex

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Andrew Lockie is the CEO at United Way of London & Middlesex. Prior to working at United Way he worked for the YMCA of Western Ontario as Vice-President of Educational Services. Prior to that Andrew worked in a variety of roles at YMCA of London, YMCA Sudbury, and YMCA of Christchurch, New Zealand.

He is a strong advocate for collaboration and believes that to be effective, organizations must prioritize partnerships and work together strategically. To that end, he has led numerous successful community collaborations which have led to increased capacity to support those most vulnerable in our community.

Andrew grew up in Toronto and moved to London in 1997. He has a BA from McMaster University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. He sits on the London Health Sciences Centre advisory panel, United Ways of Ontario Council, the President’s Advisory Council for United Way Centraide Canada, Action Leaders Program for United Way Worldwide, CEO panel for the Child & Youth Network (and Chairs the CYN Ending Poverty Workgroup), United Way Canada Strategic Planning Task Force, is a Sector Champion for Imagine Canada, and has served on the board of directors for Emerging Leaders. He has also been a speaker at a TEDx event, and a guest lecturer for Western University at the Richard Ivey School of Business and King’s College. He lives in London with his wife Shawna and their two children, Ben and Madeline.

Taylor Sekhon

Executive Director, GlassFrog

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Taylor Sekhon is completing an Honors in Business Administration from Ivey Business School as well as an Major in Global Development Studies from Huron University College. In addition, he is a Fellow with Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners, Executive Director of GlassFrog, and sits on the advisory boards of The LEADER Project and Fondation ETRE Ayisyen. Taylor’s work has been focused on unlocking cross-sector support for entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.  You can follow Taylor on Twitter @taylorsekhon or view his LinkedIn profile here:

Hamoon Ekhiari

Director of Studio Y @ MaRS

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Hamoon is the Director of Studio Y at MaRS. The initiative is focused on fostering a movement of young systems change leaders equipped to thrive in the new economy and drive impact in the world around them.

Hamoon joins MaRS from Deloitte, where he most recently helped build Deloitte’s consulting business in the Caribbean. Hamoon is also the co-founder of CatalystsX, a youth-led community of people dedicated to building a fun culture of personal and systems transformation towards a better future.

Hamoon has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Waterloo and worked at Family Services Toronto. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Waterloo and is also a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs-Ontario.

Norm Tasevski

Co-founder and partner, Purpose Capital

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Norm Tasevski is a co-founder and partner with Purpose Capital, and leads the firm’s business development efforts. Norm has spent his career working with and for impact-minded for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. Prior to Purpose Capital, Norm was a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Social Innovation Generation (SiG) program at MaRS, where he advised a portfolio of approximately 30 innovation-minded social organizations in topics ranging from business model refinement to investment readiness. As a management consultant with Aperio, Norm managed a portfolio of social enterprises, advising each from idea generation to initial market entry and capital acquisition.

Norm holds an MBA from the Schulich Business School, where he also teaches social entrepreneurship and impact investing at both the MBA and BBA levels. Norm also teaches social entrepreneurship to MEng students out of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, and frequently guest lectures in other schools such as the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University and Queen’s University. Norm currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario and as a partner with Social Venture Partners Toronto, an organization that focuses on non-profit capacity building and growing the community of philanthropists in Toronto.

Scott Hill

Founder, Play On!

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Scott Hill is the Founder of Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On!, the largest hockey festival in the world. Operating in twenty-one Canadian communities and involving over 1.3 million Canadians to date, the program annually involves more hours of sport programming than the Olympics and more games played than all North American professional sports leagues combined.

Scott holds a BSc from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. While at Western, he was President of the Ivey Hockey Club, and founded the Ivey Cup, which continues to this day as the world's largest hockey tournament for business students. After graduating from Ivey, his professors and advisors lectured him on all the reasons as to why starting a national road hockey program was a bad idea. Now, Scott guest lectures at Ivey and several other universities across North America on the subject of entrepreneurship and encourages all students to pursue their dreams.

Scott and his wife Cassandra are the proud parents of six young children, four boys and two girls.  He served a two year volunteer mission in Taiwan in his youth and currently also serves as a Bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in London.