The Leaders Corner

The Leaders' Corner with James Temple, PwC Canada

The first time I met James was at his PWC office in Toronto 2 years ago. I was new to my role, new to the sector, and new to fund development. I admit I was a bit nervous; I had only met a few funders - how would I relay our mission and the impact our organization has in our community? I came away from that meeting so impressed with James and his obvious passion for his role in supporting capacity building in not-for-profit leadership. (And he gave me a nice box of chocolates!)

 

Michael Anhorn is a warm person with a reputation for collaboration and sharing. He grew up in Penzance, Saskatchewan, a small farming community, and realized early on that a career as a farmer was not for him. After university, Michael began a Masters of Divinity at Queens Theological College, but did not complete it. Instead, he realized he could fight for the causes that he is passionate about – social justice, inclusion, and social housing – within the not-for-profit sector. Over the years, Michael has held a variety of roles in government and the not-for-profit sector, giving him a broad...

 

When I first met Danielle I was impressed by her humour and her honesty, but mostly, by her passion for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and her mission to grow the organization and provide real value to its members. 

Danielle recently came to the not-for-profit sector after an extensive career in retail with roles in marketing, operations, human resources, and customer service. This combination of skills gives her an ideal foundation for her role at the BBB. Danielle has big goals for the organization; the association serves the requirements of its members and also has the opportunity to...

 

Michael Davis has enjoyed a very interesting career. In his twenties he lived and worked on a vintage wooden boat, sailing up and down the BC coast. In his late twenties he decided to do something different with his life and an avid interest in politics led him to manage various campaigns of some well-known politicians from all sides of the spectrum in BC. 

Michael is a graduate of the Royal Roads University Public Relations Management Program, and has provided counsel to a variety of organizations, including Wal-Mart Canada, the City of Fort St. John, and Insite (Canada’s first supervised...

 

Branislav is intense, thoughtful, and widely read and travelled. Our conversation spanned a wide range of topics including power and who wants it, gender salary differences, and his thoughts on good leadership. He believes in authentic, flat leadership and prefers to let others shine and lead. As a leader he needs to be fully committed to the cause and certain that he is solving more problems that he is creating.

Originally trained as a dancer in Munich, later deepening his studies at conservatory level at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, Branislav also holds a Master...

 

Leila is an ebullient and engaging personality, honest and direct. We had an enjoyable lunch where I learned about her childhood and the seeds of her entrepreneurial spirit. 

She grew up in Capetown, South Africa where, in the 1950’s, her aunt and mother founded the well-known Maynardville Park Open Air Theatre. Leila inherited their can-do attitude, sheer resilience, and marketing flair.  

Leila assumes every challenge can be overcome and she draws on her energy and stubborn nature to achieve it. She knows when something must be done, and goes ahead and does it regardless if she has done it...

 

Leader: Jennifer Breakspear

Organization: Options for Sexual Health    

Tenure: Two years

Leadership or life motto: Make a difference

Upcoming projects/challenges:  Acquiring her Certified Association Executive designation

Anyone who spends time with Jennifer can see she is incredibly smart, is not afraid to speak her mind, and is a champion for justice and equity. Jennifer has a fascinating and diverse background, but look behind the curtains and a common theme emerges –a dedication to the dignity of humans and a passion for fighting for our rights – political, health, sexual, gender. 

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