Cheralyn Chok (she/her) is the Executive Director of Propel Impact. She is a co-founder and previously Executive Director of the Social Innovation Academy, one of two nonprofits that merged into Propel Impact. From the inception of the Social Innovation Academy in 2019, Cheralyn led the organization’s program design, experiential learning, and equity, diversity, & inclusion efforts. Social and environmental impact have always been core to her work; Cheralyn brings entrepreneurial experience from founding and operating a zero-waste necktie company (Miley Cyrus bought one in 2015!) and was an early employee at social ventures Awake Labs and ChopValue. She holds a BCom from the University of British Columbia and now resides on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe and Algonquin Nation in what is now Ottawa.
Tyson Bilton (he/him) is the Impact Consulting Manager with Propel Impact and supports both the Impact Consulting Fellowship and Propel Impact Residency. Tyson is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BComm. (Hons.) in Finance & Sustainability. He served as the Co-Chair for the Sustainable Development Goals Alliance and co-founded the Calgary Social Value Fund and Reimagine 17, which both have missions to engage, inspire, and spark action in students who want to pursue careers in impact.
Keshiv Kaushal (he/him) is the Impact Investing Manager with Propel Impact. Keshiv is a graduate of Queen’s University with a BComm. (Hons.) in Finance. He has held various roles in impact investing and community economic development at SVX, the County of Lennox & Addington, and QS2i. Keshiv also co-founded the Kingston Propel Impact Fund and has been engaged in multiple community capital initiatives in Eastern Ontario. Keshiv has worked across the impact investing ecosystem, evaluating social enterprise loans and venture investments, working with organizations to design funds and build strategies, consulting directly with social enterprises, building capacity with sectoral stakeholders, and raising capital for funds and impact investment products (like Manitoba’s first SIB focused on Indigenous youth in the justice system). Keshiv holds his CSC and SASB FSA credentials and currently serves on the board of the Fair Finance Fund.