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Monday, January 24 • 14:15 - 15:15
Corporate Philanthropy’s Role in Supporting Equitable Economic Opportunity

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In recent years, companies have moved from charitable giving to more strategic philanthropy, realizing that their philanthropic work can advance social and business outcomes. In particular, funding workforce development can help companies enhance the competitive context they are in and improve their long-term business prospects, while meeting charitable goals. In this session, you’ll hear from corporate funders on why they are investing in solutions that advance equitable economic opportunity for all and how it helps their triple bottom line. Panellists will also discuss the types of solutions they are interested in funding, and how they work with their partners to drive impact.  

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn why corporate philanthropy is investing in workforce development 
  • Hear about the kinds of solutions they are interested in supporting 
  • Understand how corporate philanthropy supports their partners to achieve success

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Marina Nuri

Associate Director, Canada Programs and Strategy, WES Mariam Assefa Fund
Marina Nuri leads the Canada grantmaking work of Mariam Assefa Fund, a philanthropic arm of the World Education Services (WES). The Fund is focused on catalyzing innovative solutions that advance economic mobility for immigrants and refugees. Prior to that, Marina worked in strategy... Read More →
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Shannon Rowan

Senior Manager, Walmart Foundation
Shannon Rowan is a Senior Manager at the Walmart Foundation supporting Innovative Learning strategy. Her work includes learning systems, short-term credential quality and talent financing. Previously she supported the company’s Live Better U program.
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Marieke Vandekolk

Manager, Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank
Marieke Vandekolk manages the TD Ready Commitment's granting focus on early learning, affordable housing, financial literacy and income stability, as well grants led by and impacting Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations. She is passionate about supporting initiatives... Read More →
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Ruba Al-Nazer

Manager, Community Investment, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Ruba Al-Nazer is a social impact strategist who strives to be a catalyst for change and growth within any community she resides in. Her work at Canada’s largest airport allows her to combine her passion for community development with her desire to work in a highly-diverse, fast-faced... Read More →

Monday January 24, 2022 14:15 - 15:15 EST