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Heather Simpson

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Accomplished non-profit & social impact leader with 20-years experience driving and supporting the growth of socially focused organizations. Strategic thinker with proven ability to embrace new challenges and learn quickly.

Heather has over two decades of experience supporting the growth and development of socially focused organizations, both in Canada and internationally. She began her career in the development finance space supporting efforts to grow businesses in the Global South. For the past 12 years, Heather has been working to support revenue strategies for nonprofit organizations in Canada.

In additional to her strong understanding of the Canadian nonprofit sector, Heather brings with her a solid financial acumen, honed most recently through her role as Director, Community Accounts at Alterna Savings, where she had oversight for the credit union’s $400million portfolio of business within the nonprofit and cooperative sector as well as oversight of its community microfinance program. Heather has reviewed countless business plans and has been involved with several social enterprise finance programs including the Catapult Loan Fund (CSI), SEUnCapped (CSED), and MixedCap (Toronto Enterprise Fund).

Heather holds an MBA in marketing and strategic management from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a BA in Liberal Arts (with an Economics major) from Kalamazoo College, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Chang School at Ryerson University and a Certificate in Non-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership from CPA Ontario.

Areas of Expertise

Scaling Impact, Social Enterprise, Social Finance

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Innoweave Clients

Regional Diversity Roundtable, REST Centres, GreenLearning Canada.

Other Clients

A Closer Look Georgina, Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited, Altruvest, AU/LAB (Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine), Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Catalyst Community Capital Initiative, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC), Dene Nahjo, Digna the Canadian Centre of expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada, Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre, Dress for Success Canada Foundation, Dress for Success Halifax, Dress for Success Ottawa, Durham College, EcoEquitable, Elder Abuse Prevention Muskoka, Environment Funders Canada (formerly Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network), Eva’s Initiatives – Eva’s Print Shop, FoodShare Toronto, Informed Opinions, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Innovate Inclusion, Jericho Youth Services, Learning Enrichment Foundation, National Urban Technology Center (Urban Tech), Nature Canada, Nipîy Tu Research and Knowledge Centre, Ocean’s North, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH), Peace Athabasca Delta Institute, Prezdential Basketball, Refugee 613, Regional Diversity Roundtable, REST Centres, Senior Women Living Together, Sitka Foundation, Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), Women’s Economic Council, Women’s Shelters Canada, YWCA Hamilton.

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