Meet the people who are catalyzing their careers in impact.
Adam strongly believes in the power of business, entrepreneurship and the financial sector in creating a more sustainable society. He is especially interested in the intersection between social and environmental well-being and has pursued this passion through various projects during his undergraduate degree at McGill University, including an impact initiative to improve composting on his campus. In the future, Adam hopes to continue impacting the areas he finds most in need. He enjoys playing soccer, tennis and reading in his free time.
Alanna recently graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography- Environment and Sustainability. She is excited to continue learning about the social impact space through her internship with Social Innovation Canada. Alanna has many interests and ideas for post-grad, such as wedding planning, pursuing a master's in philosophy or continuing to deepen her impact through sustainability. When she isn't working, you will find her trying to create more than she consumes through writing or painting.
Alycia is in her final year at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She is excited to align her studies in Marketing with her passion for sustainability and social impact to build a more circular economy. Another area of interest is health equity: Alycia is passionate about mental wellness and women's health. Last year, Alycia explored this interest through her internship with TELUS Health. Alycia is currently tackling her goal of reading 23 books this year, running her first half marathon, and taking care of an excessive number of houseplants.
Ananda recently graduated from HEC Montreal, where she studied Finance and Sustainable Development. She has been involved with organizations such as Fondaction and the Montreal Propel Impact Fund, which showcase her passion for social impact. She is starting to work with Harvest Impact, a social finance initiative of 10C, as a special advisor. While studying and working in social finance, she saw the crucial role banks and funds can play in helping create a sustainable future. She is very enthusiastic about continuing to learn about social consulting with Propel Impact.
Annabelle is an undergraduate student specializing in Sustainability Communication within the Global Resource Systems program. Passionate about equitable systems design and sustainability, she is involved in various initiatives dedicated to growing community capacity to take positive climate action. This past year she developed, launched, and is currently coordinating the UBC Sustainable Clubs Program. By creating action items related to equity, zero-waste, and conservation, Annabelle hopes to empower students to commit to climate priorities more efficiently. She is also honoured to be a member of the Climate Justice Advisory Committee and Student Health and Well-being Student Advisory Committee, where she has the unique opportunity to inform some of the development of UBC's policies and communication strategies. Outside work, she can be found outdoors exploring nature, baking, and trying to crochet.
Ashton Seebaran is a student studying at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University. Driven by his combined interest in technology and social impact, Ashton has had experiences in both verticals. He is actively involved in three technology startups, working on strategy and business development, while also being a project lead on a pro-bono business consultancy club for nonprofits. Ashton's passions lie within the world of sustainability ranging from alternative energy to impact investing. Outside of extracurriculars, Ashton enjoys cycling anywhere in Toronto and has recently taken up triathlons due to previous experience in swimming and long-distance running.
Audrey is a 4th-year student at the UBC Sauder School of Business majoring in Accounting, specializing in Sustainability and Social Impact. She previously held roles as a Propel Impact Consulting Fellow, Teacher with UBC Sauder LIFT, and Co-Director of UBC's Commerce Undergraduate Society's Sustainability Service. Audrey recently started providing workshops to UBC clubs on how to be more sustainable and helping out at Sprouts, the volunteer-run vegan cafe at UBC. She is interested in bridging food waste, limiting hunger, circular economy, and climate action. She is also learning more about clean energy and its infrastructure. Ambitious to make a positive impact, Audrey hopes to leverage analysis and number crunching to help solve social and environmental challenges. Outside work, she loves skiing, painting, cooking, thrifting, improv, reading, nature walks, and polar plunging. Nothing gets Audrey giggling more than a good pun.
Daius is a fourth-year Sustainable Business Joint Major Student at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. Their current focus is on advancing sustainability in business schools to equip the next generation of students with the competencies needed to be responsible business leaders. Daius is a Curriculum Change Coordinator at Re_Generation, working on assessing the degree of sustainability integration in business schools across Canada. Daius supported the curriculum development of SFU's first mandatory business sustainability course, BUS 275: Business in a Sustainable Society, as a Research Assistant. They were a Teaching Assistant for the same class last semester, as it was being offered for the first time. Some of their previous work experience includes conducting corporate sustainability and governance materials research as a Research Assistant at the Embedding Project and supporting incubation and acceleration programs as an Impact Analyst at RADIUS. You'll find Daius running or cycling around what is now known as Metro Vancouver in their spare time.
Defne is a fourth-year BCom student at McGill University, pursuing a triple concentration in Business Analytics, Finance, and Retail Management. She previously served as a Consulting Fellow at Propel Impact and is currently exploring an internship opportunity in the sustainable finance and impact investing sectors at Genus Capital. Defne's interest in sustainability stems from launching a clothing business during the pandemic, which opened her eyes to fashion's environmental footprint. She is committed to revolutionizing fast fashion by creating sustainable and ethical business models. Outside the classroom, Defne actively participates in campus extracurricular activities. She co-founded Persevere, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for emerging artists in the Montreal community to showcase their work. Persevere has featured ten artists in its multimedia exhibits in the past year and raised $4,000 for local causes.
Gurmol has a B.Sc 20' in Biology from the University of Calgary, where he won the Innovation 4 Health Competition for his work on a driving app that helped lower the potential for accidents related to pre-existing medical conditions. He is currently blogging on Medium for inclusivity in tech and is a volunteer with IncluCity whose goal is to improve the impact of solutions, services, and processes by engaging diverse Calgarians through inclusive usability testing.
Jadon is a 3rd-year student at Carleton University, where he is completing a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Finance. As a member of the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition, Jadon puts his passion for activism and bettering his community to use in order to help make Ottawa a more inclusive city. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, playing chess and spending time with his loved ones.
Jasmine is a second-year Business student at Western University with a growing interest in finance and consulting. She currently works at Impact Consulting-Los Angeles, a pro-bono consulting firm, and is also a Director at Western's largest business and technology club. Having lived in many diverse parts of the world, including Colombia and Trinidad & Tobago, Jasmine has developed a passion for social impact and global change, specifically focusing on environmental awareness and sustainable development. She aspires to use her business skills and career to positively impact these areas. Outside of her studies and work, Jasmine enjoys reading, creating art, and trying out new baking recipes.
Jasneet Pritam is a Visual Arts and Architecture student at The University of Calgary. Over the last year, she has been a part of the board of directors for Vivo Media Arts Centre- a Vancouver-based non-profit organization. She has also used her capacity as a scholar in the University of Calgary's Scholar's Academy Program to contribute to developing a sustainability events badge program for integrating sustainable values into the University's everyday events. Jasneet has also spent this last year working on architecture studios that allowed her to propose designs that initiated a critical discussion around the sense of community within existing living spaces. She aspires to pursue her passions in art and architecture to engage in community-level impact through skills nurtured working within social innovation in Canada. The intersection of the three disciplines and the complexities of this intersection is at the heart of her aspirations.
Jenica is a second-year student studying business at the University of British Columbia. Through various life-long interdisciplinary interests, from dance to community organizing, her passions for sustainability and social justice have directed her career path. As the past Program Manager for the non-profit Odihi that advocates for career advancement for female-identifying youth, she witnessed first-hand the importance of investing in community-led programs and long-term solutions for underserved populations. She wants to pursue this intersection of impact and business through sustainability consulting and alternate investing.
Keziah has a unique background with academic experience in biomedical science; her passions for public health and social innovations of science drove her to continue to explore the networks of social purpose organizations that support communities closest to her: SOGIESC and racial justice rights. Keziah is enrolled at the University of Ottawa, majoring in Political Science and a minor in Health in Social Science. She has conducted freelance work based on youth engagement, grant writing, and fundraising from startups to international organizations. She is currently the Fundraising Coordinator for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, where she builds internal frameworks for fund development and leads national donation campaigns. Keziah has been awarded the Ted Rogers Scholarship in affiliation with the Children's Aid Foundation and was named Burlington's Junior Citizen of the Year in 2019 for her civic and community engagement work. You can also find Keziah exploring films, music, art, and design elements that inspire her ingenuity.
Mahek is a graduate of McGill University with a BA degree in International Development and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship, where she studies the connection between sustainable development and social innovation. She enjoys working with startups such as Making Auto Easy, Kaleidoscope, and Agritech North in marketing and impact measurement projects related to food systems and gender equity. Outside the classroom, she enjoys cultural exchanges through the arts, learning about different cultures through music, writing, and dance.
Motivated to redefine the business landscape to reflect sustainability as both an opportunity and a responsibility, Mizan is excited to collaborate with other passionate individuals to help propel this change. As a student at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, pursuing a degree in Managing for Sustainability and Finance, Mizan has adopted a hands-on approach to engage in opportunities emphasizing environmental and social impact. His involvement includes serving as Fund Manager at the Montreal Propel Impact Fund, Co-President of the Desautels Sustainability Network, and Director of Sustainability Integration for the Management Undergraduate Society. Additionally, his impact investing experience at Innovate Calgary and Genus Capital has allowed him to work extensively with inspiring entrepreneurs, fueling his passion for social entrepreneurship. He hopes to broaden his scope of impact by engaging in the circular economy through upcycling food waste. Mizan is thrilled to be working with Propel Impact to apply his experience to new challenges and learn from fellow leaders driving the shift towards a more sustainable future.
Noah is a third-year student pursuing a business degree specializing in finance. He recently completed his term as the chairperson for the Commerce Student Initiative Fund, investing in student-led startups and clubs. With a drive to create a positive impact throughout his career, he firmly believes in utilizing finance to help solve a variety of issues. He wants to learn more about the social finance industry and get hands-on experience with Propel. Outside work, you can find Noah snowboarding Vancouver's mountains, playing soccer and ball hockey, and watching anime on his couch.
Noémie is a B.C.L. / J.D. candidate at McGill University's Faculty of Law. She previously graduated with high distinction from a bachelor's degree in international law at Carleton University. Throughout her studies, she was involved in projects to increase access to justice. Noémie assisted law professors in conducting family law research to develop a tool to unclog the judicial system. In addition, she travelled to Kenya and set up a legal information clinic in a rural area, which she continues to coordinate. Noémie also gained experience in a parliamentary context while working in The Senate of Canada and the Parliament of Kosovo. She hopes to continue using her legal background to impact society positively. Noémie loves travelling, learning new languages, and hiking with her dog in her free time.
Pranav S Aatreya
Pranav is an incoming fifth-year International Economics major at the University of British Columbia. Within the impact investment space, he's particularly interested in extending an abstracted version of the Impact/Dollar metric: understanding how to mobilize and distribute capital to ensure maximum marginal differences in outcomes. At UBC, he has worked with non-profits on pro bono consulting engagements and recently led a 3-month long fundraising engagement with one of Canada's most prominent non-profits. While his professional background is primarily in sales and operations in the technology industry so far, he hopes to build into an early-stage impact VC role, where he can drive the value within the metric his approach aims to maximize. Outside of school and work, you can usually find him getting outside as much as possible and enjoying Vancouver's expansive outdoors.
Primo Anand Huang
Primo is in his fourth year completing a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics at the University of British Columbia. He is currently a Transformation Analyst at Community Foundations of Canada, an alumnus of Propel Impact as a Consulting Fellow, and is extensively involved in pro-bono consulting through 180 Degrees Consulting at UBC. Besides this, he also worked as a First Year Experience Student Coordinator for UBC's First Year Experience team, where he supported the programming components of UBC's flagship orientation program for 4000+ students.
Rudi is in his third year at McGill, where he is pursuing concentrations in strategic management and sustainability management and a minor in political science. His interest in sustainability led him to become the Marketing Director of the Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN) and join the Montreal social value fund, the first student-led impact investment group in Quebec. Through the Montreal Propel Impact Fund (MPIF), he learned to use an impact approach to invest in local social enterprises, entrepreneurial non-profits and cooperatives that address social and environmental issues in the Montreal community. Through his professional experiences at Publimah and Haribo, he has always wanted to demonstrate that it is possible to drive business growth through local, social and environmental impact. Furthermore, Rudi co-founded the free throw initiative, a part of the Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF) program, which strives to provide equal opportunities for children to engage in sports. Additionally, he collaborated with Professor Sanjith Gopalakrishnan to research the economic and environmental impacts of Montreal's Bixi bike share program. When he is not engaged in these endeavours, Rudi can be found indulging in his hobbies, such as playing and watching soccer, exploring new literature on his Kindle, and producing music in his home recording studio.
Ryan (he/him) is a fifth-year student at Western University studying business and law, focusing on sustainable finance policy. Ryan has been involved in student council at three levels - at Ivey, Western Law, and Western as a whole - because of his passion for bringing about change through input and advocacy. Everyone deserves to have their voices heard, and Ryan is empowered to advocate for marginalized voices, particularly those impacted by the social issues of the climate crisis. Ryan has previous experience in philanthropy and climate advocacy and skills in valuations and data analytics. Outside the classroom and workplace, Ryan is an avid rock climber who enjoys reading outside, singing in choirs, thrifting, and meeting new people!
Saahil is entering his second year at Western University, studying economics. He is very passionate about finance and has completed prior internships within the field. Within social finance specifically, Saahil has a demonstrated interest in financial literacy; in high school, he created an organization called financehighschool to educate Canadian youth about personal finance. He looks to expose himself to for-profit, impact investing as a sustainable way of practicing altruism. Outside of career-oriented and academic passions, Saahil greatly enjoys skiing.
Selena Xinyan Yang
As an International Economics student at UBC, Selena is interested in the intersections of public policy, business, and social impact. Her interests lie in education, economic justice, food systems, and sustainable development. With an interest in public service, she has primarily worked within the federal government and has supported several non-profit projects. Selena works at New Power Labs as a Research Analyst and previously worked for ISED conducting skills policy research. She has served in various non-profits, primarily related to youth empowerment and education. This has included promoting financial literacy amongst youth in Vancouver and supporting social purpose organizations in the Impact Consulting Fellowship. She aspires to leverage her experiences across sectors to help address pressing issues and foster cross-sector collaboration through policy, research, or consulting. She enjoys refining her culinary skills, taking photos, exploring the outdoors, and broadening her understanding of the world in her spare time.
I'm an entrepreneur at heart and a junior in UBC's BIE program. Previously, I co-founded a biomedical startup featured on Forbes and partially funded by the Indian Government. Upon failing, however, I went on to work in venture capital/impact investing for a year to envision startups from an investor's lens and take back learnings to build a successful startup in the future.
Skye Noh is an impact analyst at InBC and a Sustainable Business joint major student at Simon Fraser University. Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Skye's journey in the environmental movement is fueled by her passion for climate justice and interest in using capital flows for transformative change. Her past youth leadership experience includes positions as the former SFU350 Co-President, the Operations and Impact lead at MeaningfulWork, an ESG Analyst at the Beedie Endowment Asset Management fund, a League of Innovators Labs Batch 3 Founder, a Canada 150 Youth Delegate, a TEDx Youth Speaker and a COP27 Delegate. In her spare time, Skye enjoys listening to podcasts, exploring local cafes, and playing beach volleyball.
Tamjid Shah Bari
Tamjid is a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, studying development practice. After graduating from Queen's University Global Development program, he was employed as the Economic and Employment Development Lead for Regent Park Toronto, the neighbourhood he was raised in. Tamjid is inspired by innovative means of addressing development-related challenges and has launched a small organization called Agrobarti, to address poor access to technologies, particularly by students, in the rural regions of Bangladesh. Tamjid considers himself a proponent of tech and had taken on a role as the Business Development lead for NFTGO during his time at the University of Waterloo. Concerned with the inequitable distribution of resources and economic power within developing communities, Tamjid is especially interested in livelihood sustainability and relevant frameworks. He hopes to use his real-world experiences to inform his work with non-profits and charities.
Tanguy is a 3rd-year student at McGill University pursuing an Honours degree in International Development and Economics. Striving to support the development of resilient communities, he has been involved in various sustainability clubs and worked as a consultant with the McGill-Not-For-Profit Consulting program. As an Integrated Management Student Fellow, Tanguy researched sustainable transportation systems in Montreal. Wanting to support the emergence of social purpose organizations, he collaborated with Canadian incubators and investors to develop a platform supporting social entrepreneurs with business development and investment readiness. Particularly interested in food and energy security, Tanguy wants to pursue a career helping businesses maximize their social and environmental impact. When not learning about impact investing, energy, and food production systems, his hobbies include film, photography, literature, martial arts, and design.
Tom Tao is in his 5th year at Western pursuing a dual degree in Ivey HBA and Honor Specialization in Globalization. He is passionate about social issues within local communities and has worked with many non-profits, social enterprises, and community organizations in London, Ontario. More specifically, Tom is interested in food sovereignty and urban farming issues, which inspired him to work with Urbans Roots and Reforest London over the past two summers. Tom has also been pursuing impact investing as a combination of two of his biggest passions, social impact and entrepreneurship. He hopes to support startups and founders that are passionate about serving the community just like him. Outside of school, work, and volunteering, Tom loves board games (which he has quite a "small" collection" of), gaming, music, baking, and cooking.
From Cape Town, South Africa, Tracy is a third-year student at the University of Toronto studying Peace, Conflict & Justice, African Studies, and Contemporary Asian Studies. As a curious individual, she aspires to be a lifelong learner and hopes to continue learning more about the world, its societies, and its people through a critical, intersectional lens. Tracy is passionate about social impact, climate justice and development. She works at Break the Divide Foundation as a Co-Resources and Education Director, where she collaborates with her team to build programs to connect youth from diverse communities to initiate dialogue and become personalized with issues their peers from other communities are facing. She is also a researcher at the Reach Alliance, a global network of researchers and leaders committed to understanding how to reach the hardest to reach. Outside of work, Tracy is incredibly passionate about music and art.