Friday Mar 03, 2023

The Lab’s Story

Karen Young, CEO & President of United Way of Calgary and Area, and John Vardalos, CEO of J5 Design, sit down to discuss their collaboration in creating The Social Impact Lab, which combines the expertise of a social impact organization and a design firm.
You will learn about the motivations behind this unique partnership and the challenges Karen and John faced along the way. Through the conversation, you will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to create real, meaningful change. Karen and John will share their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned as they work together to drive social impact in Alberta and beyond.


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In the spirit of our journey to promote reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy, that includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani First Nations. We acknowledge the traditional lands of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. We would also like to recognize the Métis people, and the Inuit people who have made their home here in Mohk’insstsis, also known as Calgary.

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