Opinion: White saviourism is the backbone of the social impact sector

Why It Matters

The social impact workforce is overwhelmingly white — for instance, StatsCan recently found that only 11 percent of charity board members are visible minorities. Meanwhile, the issues these organizations work on disproportionately impact racialized communities. The result? White saviourism — and in many cases, more harm than good.

Baby Boomers are retiring. Here’s what Canada should do to put their businesses in employees’ hands — and build community wealth.

Why It Matters

In the next decade, nearly three quarters of Canadian small business owners will retire – businesses worth over $1.5 trillion. Most will look to sell. In a country where the gap between the rich and poor is widening, and could do so exponentially in the pandemic’s aftermath, experts say this transition provides a huge opportunity to share wealth with workers.

Venture for Canada didn’t invest in staff professional development in its early days — here’s why you should.

Why It Matters

Rapid changes to all work and workforces — including in the social impact world — are underway. To adapt and thrive, organizations need to foster an employee culture that encourages constant learning.

Why this organization is pivoting from helping people get jobs to helping them own businesses

Why It Matters

New data suggests Canada may actually be among the most economically unequal in the OECD — and COVID-19 has brought that inequality into stark relief. While tackling income inequality gets most of the focus and is one way to close the gap, it’s just as important to build tools and policies that target the other part of the wealth equation: ownership.

Is Canada still a good international citizen?

Why It Matters

From global pandemics to the climate emergency, it’s no secret that our world is facing serious challenges. Canada is getting global points for simply not breaking things. But it’s not good enough in the last decade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.