Experts from the UK and Canada as part of the Coaching Programme:

Luke Thornton (British Youth Council) Luke  is the treasurer of the British Youth Council. This involves leading and supporting the board and staff team on financial matters. At work, Luke is training as an accountant with a large international accountancy firm and specialises in energy. Through this, Luke works in large global teams on clients across the energy sector- from oil and gas to renewables. He also coaches student entrepreneurs, helping them with financial planning and developing their business model.

Dr. Martin Henery (The University of Manchester) Dr.  Henery has worked for the last 12 years in the Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) based in MBS at the University of Manchester. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at UMIST working on a range of technologies before taking up a post in a university spin-out developing medical instrumentation for the US market.

Martin is currently a lecturer responsible for a range of UG and PG units mixing the theoretical with the practical aimed at preparing students ‘for enterprise and entrepreneurship’ with a particular focus on commercialising research; business creation and development; and social enterprise and innovation. During his time at MEC, Martin has developed and delivered a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching modules and programmes as well as mentored a number of individuals and teams wishing to develop their business ideas. One of these programmes, Enterprise Direct, led to the creation of around 20 companies who between them were able to access a combined total of £100k in start-up funding.

Martin is also the Venture Competition Director which comprises an ideas competition and a business start-up competition, runs the business validation component of the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur scheme, and is one of the University of Manchester’s Social Enterprise Champions. He has also been a judge/evaluator on Poly U’s Global Innovation competition, Shell LiveWIRE and on the MASS Challenge business startup programme.

Dr. Mike Calvert (York St John University) Dr.  Calvert is Senior Lecturer in the Academic Development Directorate, York St John University. After nine years in secondary teaching, he worked at the University of York for 4 years and at Sheffield University for 13 years training teachers of Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and running a Masters programme in Leadership and Management before going to YSJ as Head of Department for Children, Young People and Education.

Since 2007, Mike has been working extensively on capacity building programmes in Africa funded by the British Council (Kenya), Rockefeller Foundation (Rwanda) and DfID (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia). He has made over 40 trips to Africa over ten years and continues to support staff development there. He also set up a micro-finance project in Nairobi over 5 years ago for a small group of women and is mentor to two students on the efac programme (Education for All Children). His areas of interest and expertise lie in mentoring, citizenship, pastoral care, social innovation and managing change.

Catalina Quiroz  - PHD Candidate (York St John University and Institute of Cultural Affairs, Spain) Catalina has been coordinating and working for over 25 years in educational projects focusing on capacity building, organisational change and participatory decision-making processes. In the last 10 years she has been leading Erasmus international collaborative, multicultural and multidisciplinary teams responsible for the design of formal and non-formal training and values-based competences in the field of social and solidarity economy, interculturality, antidiscrimination and adult educators working with refugees and migrants (sponsored by Erasmus and the Commonwealth Education Hub). Her work with international charities and universities in Latin American and Europe has enabled her to combine both practice and theory, especially within the field of participatory governance, facilitative leadership and ethical leadership within social enterprises. Catalina is currently working on a project with Somali diaspora leaders in an Erasmus project up to 2019 and thought this could be a good connection too.

Charles Oham (University of Greenwich) Charles is a Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, London. He is actively involved in social entrepreneurship practice in the UK and Africa specialising on Social Innovation, Employment, Small Enterprise, Faith Based Social Enterprises and Micro finance. Charles has written several articles and book chapters on social entrepreneurship and is the co-editor of a new book: Leading and Managing a Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care.

Gordon McDade (Social Enterprise Northern Ireland) Gordon’s background is in the faith sector but in 2011 he trained as an Executive and Organisational Coach at Queen’s University, Belfast, followed by an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise at the Business School within the University of Ulster. He specialises in working with those in senior leadership within charities, community organisations and social enterprises, where he deals with everything from setting up businesses from scratch, overcoming obstacles, writing business plans, getting projects funding ready, conflict mediation, marketing to sustainability and the recruitment and training of boards. His consultancy GM Consulting has broad experience across the social enterprise sector. He has been working with Social Enterprise NI in a voluntary capacity this year, in particular heading up a burgeoning relationship with Price Waterhouse Cooper who have generously decided to offer mentoring to select groups of local entrepreneurs with fledgling enterprises to launch. Gordon has many areas of expertise including leadership of a pioneering organisation.

Amanda Johnston (Social Enterprise Northern Ireland) Amanda  is the head of Networking and Membership in Social Enterprise NI and has extensive experience of the sector both in Ireland and beyond. Amanda was responsible to a large extent for setting up the organisation and for growing its influence and its membership which now runs into hundreds of enterprises. Amanda has considerable experience working with government bodies and promoting the sector far and wide to elicit support and resources to ensure sustainability going forward. Amanda has considerable experience in the marketing and promotion of social enterprises and has initiated a number of platforms and marketplaces for Northern Irish initiatives, including connecting the sector across other sectors in meaningful partnerships and collaborations. Amanda has also developed and organised a range of seminars, training and networking events on relevant topics for member organisations, such as how not to go broke and financial awareness. Amanda also helped to draft the Social Value Act Motion subsequently signed off by the NI Assembly All Party Working Group on Social Enterprise. Amanda also leads on social media strategy and is constantly aware of and responsive to developments within the sector.

David LePage (Social Enterprise Council of Canada and Acceleration Social Impact) David  is a Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd., one of Canada’s first ever hybrid social enterprise corporations. Through ASI CCC he provides blended value business advice and consulting, promotes a supportive public policy environment and advises social impact investors. His years of experience cross all dimensions of social enterprise activity, in rural and urban settings, across cultures, and internationally.

David is a co-founder and Director of Buy Social Canada and the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI). Buy Social Canada facilitates social purchasing relationships and offers a certification program for social enterprise suppliers and purchasers. SEI is an accessible on-line learning, coaching and resources platform for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. He is a Program Adjunct and an Instructor for the Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership. David is the Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board and a member of the Canadian CED Network Policy Council. He is a Board member of the Vancouver Farmer’s Market, Ethelo Decisions and Ethelo Democracy. David was the Manager of Enterprising Non-Profits, enp, from 2006 to 2013.

Rekha Sirohi Verma (Diversity and Beyond Inc.) Rekha  is Founder and Principal Consultant of Diversity and Beyond Inc. Rekha has Canadian and international experience in developing and implementing, award-winning Diversity and Inclusion strategy and program for large and medium organizations across a range of industries. These include for profit and not for profit companies in professional accounting and education sector. Before founding Diversity and Beyond Inc, Rekha was Associate Director with EY Canada (Winner of Canada's Best Diversity Employer Awards for 7 years), Head of Diversity for British Council, first for India, then for South Asia. She led British Council India to prominence in the Diversity space resulting into some of its best practices being featured alongside Google, IBM and Goldman Sacs in prestigious research.

In addition to Diversity, Rekha has provided advisory in organization design and development to a range of clients in Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Mobile, Manufacturing and Banking industry. She uses a blend of consulting, SME and change management techniques to diagnose, develop, embed and measure Diversity and Inclusion in key people processes, impacting business outcomes. Rekha holds an MBA in HR and Marketing and deeply cares about Diversity, Inclusion and Beyond. 

Dr. Lorraine Otoide (Ministry of Education - Ontario) Dr. Otoide is the International Education Officer for the Ministry of Education where she works to implement the goals of Ontario’s K-12 International Education Strategy. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education, York University with a research focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and comparative and international education. In 2016 she was nominated by the U.S. Consulate in Toronto to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program for Women in STEM, one of the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange programs. She has presented her research at various national and international conferences. Previously, she taught in the pre-service program in the Faculty of Education, York University and conducted professional development programs on various topics for in-service teachers nationally and internationally.

Lesley McMillan (A Way Home Canada) After caffeine, Lesley’s three favourite words are convene, curate and catalyze. Lesley is a community worker who focuses on knowledge mobilization to end youth homelessness and works with youth serving organizations to disseminate emerging and promising practices. Utilising a collaborative approach, they develop tools and resources for organizations working to end youth homelessness; most recent is the national toolkit with National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness for youth organizations to better support LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

Lesley is the Program Director with A Way Home: Working Together to End Youth Homelessness in Canada. Their current projects include: Making the Shift project and managing the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness. In both projects, Lesley manages community of practices to help leverage local learnings and successes nationally.

Dr. Stan Kutcher (IWK Health Centre  and Dalhousie University) Dr. Stan Kutcher ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training. Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre. Dr. Kutcher is an internationally renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Center and Dalhousie University. He has received numerous awards and honours locally, nationally and internationally for his work, including the Order of Nova Scotia. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Internationally he has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Currently his focus is on knowledge translation, improving mental health literacy and mental health care in schools and primary care as well as an electronic youth mental health management tool for primary care. He continues his innovative youth mental health work across Canada, and globally – including the North America, Asia, South America, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Minhaz Anwar (BetterStories) Minhaz, Chief Storyteller of BetterStories Asia, is an active innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder in Asia. He has delivered several platforms, challenges and competitions like the Seedstars Dhaka, MakeAThon Bangladesh and Bangladesh StartUp Cup besides leading on the State of Social Enterprise in Bangladesh Study for British Council (2015-16) and Mapping Private Sector Interest in Inclusive Business Survey for Asian Development Bank (2011-12). Minhaz is currently the Head of GP Accelerator in Dhaka, Bangladesh Country Representative for Spring Accelerator, an Advisor to the World StartUp Cup (headquartered in USA), Global Ambassador with the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) USA, a Director with the Founder Institute in Dhaka and Founding Advisor to Future Strategy Group. Before founding BetterStories Limited, a premium future building agency with three verticals: Better Strategies, Better Entrepreneurs and Better Schools, Minhaz had about a decade of experience in Advertising and Development. He had worked for the Governments of Bangladesh, Australia and UK, UNICEF, BRAC and Leo Burnett prior to setting up BetterStories in 2008/9. He is the recipient of the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) Award in 2015 for his outstanding contribution on entrepreneurship and recently cited by Techsauce as one of the “Tech Ecosystem Builders in Asia that you should know”.

Josh Snider (Innoweave Program, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation) Josh currently helps lead the Innoweave Program at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to help non-profit leaders clarify and better achieve their intended impact and theory of change. He delivers workshops to deepen the understanding and application of practical social innovation tools, including social enterprise, scaling, and collective impact. He also regularly assess and adjudicates applications for funding, coaching, training, and other support, as well as review incoming reporting from grantees.

For a number of years, Josh successfully led and scaled the IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Leadership Program and related programming for university/college/CÉGEP students and recent grads across Canada. Through IMPACT!, he created comprehensive programming to deepen young changemakers’ understanding of sustainability and social entrepreneurship, enhance their confidence as leaders, and empower them with the skills, tools, network, mentorship, funding, and other supports needed to successfully develop and scale meaningful campus groups, sustainability projects, and social enterprises.

Josh is very engaged in the community in Ottawa and has experience launching several of the kinds of initiatives that ACSE hopes to inspire. Josh has been volunteering with Ecology Ottawa for a decade and has served on their Steering Committee for 3 years. During this time, Josh founded and led the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale, helping to raise over $80,000 since 2008, divert countless tonnes of waste from landfill, and engage hundreds of volunteers and community supporters. Josh also played a catalyzing role in the development and leadership of Depave Paradise Ottawa, bringing community members together to remove pavement by hand, liberate the soil, allow rainwater to permeate the ground, create new public spaces, and re-green our city.

Christine Berg (Shine Creative Coaching) Christine is a voice & dialect coach with over 10 years experience. Many of her actors and students are currently appearing in shows such as Orphan Black, Saving Hope, Grey’s Anatomy, Kevin at Work, The Book of Mormon (Mirvish), Kinky Boots (Mirvish), Infinity (Tarragon), Spoon River (Soulpepper) and the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. She was on faculty for Humber College Theatre Performance Program for 7 years. While at Humber she taught on all 3 years of the program, and coached on department productions, including Wasted on the Young (Nina Lee Aquino), This Side of Heaven, (Varrick Grimes), The Tin Drum (Tatiana Jennings) and a devised project based on the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marques (Jennings). Christine holds a BFA in Acting (UBC) an MA in Voice and Speech (CSSD, University of Lon-don), and Linklater Voice Designation. She runs her own voice coaching company, Shine Creative Coaching. Through her company, Christine continues to coach a wide array of corporate clients, from CEO’s to Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and award-winning Designers.