Our Team


Stephanie robertson, Board chair

Founder & CEO, SiMPACT Strategy Group

Stephanie Robertson Founder & CEO of SiMPACT Strategy Group Inc. since December 2004. A niche agency focused on demonstrating the value of investment in community & society, SiMPACT’s clients range across sectors, industries and areas of work.

Prior to launching SiMPACT, Stephanie’s experience included advising federal Cabinet ministers of the Government of Canada, working with major British companies on implementing their CSR strategies, developing the Business in Society, Social Entrepreneurship and Dilemmas in Competitiveness, Community and Citizenship Programs at London Business School and the London School of Economics & Political Science, marketing & sales in the for-profit sector, and launching and leading a national Canadian non-profit organization.

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Joanne norris, Board member

Project Manager, ThriveNorth Initiative, Futurpreneur Canada

With a career spanning cultures, disciplines and industries, Joanne is a specialist in leading and measuring impact of innovative collaborations among business, government, Indigenous and civil society organizations.

She has developed programming and impact measurement models for initiatives that serve women entrepreneurs and rural and remote young entrepreneurs. Joanne has also worked with franchise systems, social enterprises and independent businesses to successfully start up and scale while delivering on a social mission. She has a proven track record of creating viable economic development initiatives for under-represented groups that strategically align with business objectives.


Viola dessanti, Board member

VP Measurement, Analytics and Evaluation – UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Viola Dessanti is a measurement, evaluation and learning professional with over 15 years of professional experience in philanthropy, not-for-profits.

Her passion is to help teams and organizations unlock and accelerate their impact by asking and answering the most pressing questions. She leads a major transformation initiative for a charity to become more data-driven and impact-oriented. Prior to that, she held similar roles at the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Croatia and Ecuador. Viola completed a Bachelors in European Social and Political Studies from University College London and a Masters in Public Policy and Governance from the UofT. She is a certified Master in Emergent Learning.


Sara Russo Garrido, Board Member

Deputy Director, CIRAIG

Sara Russo Garrido is Deputy Director at the CIRAIG, a research center based in Montreal (affiliated with École Polytechnique and ESG UQÀM), focusing environmental and social sustainability metrics and analysis, and corporate social responsibility.

Her work focuses on analyzing the social impact of companies and their products.


Jean-Michel Couture, Board member

Partner, Senior Consultant - Corporate Responsibility, Groupe AGÉCO

Jean-Michel Couture is an agricultural economist and a partner at Groupe AGÉCO since 2013. He is an expert in corporate social responsibility (CRS) applied to the agri-food sector.

Over the years, Jean-Michel has contributed to the development and implementation of different social assessment methodologies, such as the Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA).

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Jessica IRELAND, Board Member