For over a decade I’ve been leading innovation-focused projects, having founded not-for-profit organizations and small businesses, as well as working in municipal government, in universities, and consulting to a wide variety of social enterprises, foundations, and corporate leaders. My core passion lies in harnessing technology, strategy, and human-centered design to scale social impact. You can learn more at www.linkedin.com/in/jamesarron.
I studied at Dalhousie University where I majored in International Development, and completed a certificate in Entrepreneurship. I’ve also been educated through Fellowship programs provided by Venture for Canada, MaRS Discovery District, and 21 INC.
“Be like a tree. Stay grounded, connect with your roots, keep growing”
Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
Spanish language, guitar/piano, travel planning, anything about SOS!
HBA, Global Studies, Spanish minor and Research Specialization Option, Wilfrid Laurier University (2014).
For more than 4 years, Laura has facilitated the collaboration between SOS volunteers and supporters with partnering organizations and communities in Central and South America. Laura has travelled to Guatemala, Indonesia, Spain, and Costa Rica, and believes in the transformative power of cross-cultural collaboration. Prior to Laura’s involvement with SOS, she supported uniquely-abled children and adults in Ontario as they pursued a more accessible livelihood.
Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa
Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
Travelling, cooking, and history
My career has spanned journalism, advertising, public relations and marketing, primarily at agencies managing international clients. I think outside the tesseract and thrive in creative environments! I made my transition to the charity sector after volunteering for human/animal rights organizations and feeling a sense of purpose. Joining a dynamic social enterprise such as SOS to create ripple effects through education = finding my ‘IKIGAI’ (the process of allowing the self’s possibilities to blossom)!
“The universe is a puzzle, life is a problem to be solved, it’s a conundrum, it’s not what it appears to be. There are doors, there are locks and keys, there are levels, and if you get it right, somehow it will give way to something extremely unexpected.” – Terence McKenna
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For All and None by Friedrich Nietzsche
Mysticism, philosophy and music