TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The board of the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact is pleased to welcome Andrew Steele as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 27, 2012. Andrew will be responsible for the Centre's operations and outreach activities, including its social investment program, fund development, marketing and communications.
The Pecaut Centre for Social Impact captures the spirit of the late David Pecaut, a civic entrepreneur who launched Career Edge, chaired the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction) and co-founded Luminato -- entrepreneurial ventures that are now his legacy. The Pecaut Centre will convene the talent, capital and knowledge that supports Canada's next generation of successful social entrepreneurs.
"Drawing on the expertise of top professional service firms and the experience of leaders in the civic sector, the Pecaut Centre will help grow Canada's most promising social enterprises to create massive social impact," said co-chair Kilian Berz.
"We will identify organizations with exceptional potential for social impact and invest in them. Combining investment dollars, the un-paralleled strengths of our partners and Pecaut Centre staff, and advice and mentoring from social and for profit entrepreneurs, we will help these terrific organizations reach their full potential and grow across Canada," added co-chair Sam Duboc.
A strategy consultant, Andrew Steele advised some of Canada's largest corporations, equity funds and non-profits on mergers and acquisitions, public policy and reputation management. Previously, Andrew served as Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario and Chief of Staff to three Cabinet Ministers. Andrew graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business MBA program at Western. He also earned degrees at the University of British Columbia and Trent University, focusing on statistics and public opinion. Andrew authors an on-line column for the Globe and Mail and sits on the board of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.
"The Pecaut Centre is reaching out to business leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and investors who share our passion for unleashing the potential of social entrepreneurship in Canada," said new CEO Andrew Steele.
Founding board members of the Pecaut Centre are Kilian Berz, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group; Sam Duboc, Co-founder and Partner, Edgestone Capital Partners and Chairman of Pathways to Education; Helen Burstyn, former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Principal, Counsel Public Affairs; Joe Manget, Managing Partner, Alignvest Private Equity; and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District.
The Pecaut Centre's sector partners include The Boston Consulting Group, Cossette, Ernst & Young LLP, Knightsbridge Human Capital, MaRS Discover District, McCarthy Tetrault and the Offord Group.
SOURCE: Pecaut Centre for Social Impact
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