WELCOME TO B3 CANADA

Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada is a purpose-driven social enterprise dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in corporations through nonprofit board service.

We are matchmakers between corporations and nonprofits. We match and train corporate employees to serve on nonprofit boards.

We promote diversity & inclusion in corporations through nonprofit board service. Our innovative, high-impact HR Leadership & Development program sharpens employees’ leadership skills and provides them with diverse experiences and ways of thinking crucial for innovation. A clear triple win for corporations, employees and the nonprofits they serve.

Together corporations, employees and nonprofits Build Breakthrough Boards for a diverse and inclusive Canada.

FEATURED CLIENT: SHELL CANADA

“I’m excited about this partnership with B3. In my experience, the most successful teams are built when diverse individuals with unique experiences choose to work together with a single purpose.”

- Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada

B3 CANADA CEO & CO-FOUNDER WINS RBC TOP 25 CANADIAN IMMIGRANT AWARDS

B3 Canada is thrilled that Josephine Yam, our CEO & Co-Founder, was selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners!

This prestigious award is a people’s choice award that celebrates "inspirational immigrants who have contributed to Canada and are helping to make our country a better place to live in”.

"I am so honoured and humbled to receive this award", said Josephine. "It's an amazing validation in support of B3's mission of building a diverse and inclusive Canada".

WHAT WE DO

FOR BUSINESSES

As a force of good, corporations can develop their leaders through diversity and inclusion programs while building stronger communities.

B3 helps corporations achieve this through the Board Matching & Training Program.

WHAT WE DO

FOR NONPROFITS

As a force of good, nonprofits need to get the right people on their boards.

B3 helps nonprofits achieve this through the Board Matching & Training Program - - - free of charge.

WHAT WE DO

FOR PROFESSIONALS

As agents for positive change, professionals want to serve on nonprofit boards.

B3 helps professionals achieve this through the “Leaders on Board” eLearning Program.

WHY IT MATTERS

B3 Canada Triple Win for businesses, employees and nonprofits

B3: A Triple Win for Society

Corporations, professionals and nonprofits are all forces for good. Together they create inspired leadership.

Together they Build Breakthrough Boards for a diverse and inclusive Canada.

… believe employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is an effective way for employees to gain leadership skills

Source: Harvard Business Review

… who volunteer for boards have a deeper appreciation of the perspectives of people from backgrounds different from their own

Source: Korngold Consulting

… boards experience great difficulty in recruiting highly-qualified volunteer directors to their boards

Source: Deloitte Consulting
Leadership experience through nonprofit board service

By gaining leadership experience on nonprofit boards in solving community problems, employees can become effective leaders in finding innovative solutions at their companies.
- Korngold Consulting

By gaining leadership experience on nonprofit boards in solving community problems,
employees can become effective leaders in finding innovative solutions at their companies.
- Korngold Consulting

THE B3 BLOG

News, Events & Inspiration

B3 Canada is thrilled that Josephine Yam, our CEO & Co-Founder, was selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners!

This prestigious award is a people’s choice award that celebrates "inspirational immigrants who have contributed to Canada and are helping to make our country a better place to live in”.

"I am so honoured and humbled to receive this award", said Josephine. "It's an amazing validation in support of B3's mission of building a diverse and inclusive Canada".

In these troubled times, businesses continue to be a shining force for good.

Many large companies are tackling the world's big, hairy and audacious social and economic development goals. These global goals are outlined in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They include ending extreme poverty, protecting our planet and eliminating gender inequality.

The private sector's active participation is crucial to …

What does an effective leader look like in your mind? Whether you are male or female, it is likely that you saw a male person in your mind’s eye.

Tina Kiefer, a UK professor, discovered this while conducting a business executives workshop. As the New York Times reported, Kiefer realized that “both men and women almost always draw men” when asked to draw an effective leader. The drawings of men showed them in different shapes, sizes and moods. But they were still undeniably men.

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WHO WE ARE

We are a team of highly driven social entrepreneurs passionate about making a positive difference in the world. Our mission is to Build Breakthrough Boards by promoting diversity & inclusion in corporations so their employees participate in nonprofit board leadership and positively change the world.

We are matchmakers between corporations & nonprofits. Our B3 Board Matching & Training Program places and trains corporate employees to serve on nonprofit boards. A clear triple win for corporations, employees and the nonprofits they serve.

The Board of Advisors

Terry Allen
President
Pivotal Capital Advisory Group

Pauline Couture
President
Pauline Couture & Associates

Andrea Martin
Corporate Director
Quebecor Inc.

Susan McLennan
President
Reimagine PR

The Leadership Team

Josephine Yam

Josephine Victoria Yam, J.D., LLM.
CEO & Co-Founder

As a lawyer-entrepreneur, Josephine is a highly accomplished lawyer with significant legal and senior executive experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Canada and internationally. She recently graduated from Stanford University's Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. This wealth of expertise and experience underlies her belief that cross-sector collaboration in social innovation is crucial to creating the world we want.

Angelo Narciso

Angelo Narciso
COO & Co-Founder

 

As an engineer, IT expert and serial entrepreneur, Angelo leverages his operational expertise and design thinking skills from his work experiences in the US, Asia and Canada. His work in the private and nonprofit sectors have fuelled his passion and belief that it is through creating collaborative partnerships between the private and nonprofit sectors that genuine solutions on environmental and social sustainability can be truly achieved.

MEET OUR PARTNERS

  • Alberta's Promise operates within the Government of Alberta’s Department of Human Services. With over 1,800 business, nonprofit and community partners, they help businesses connect with non-profits across Alberta to make meaningful contributions that benefit children and youth ages 0 to 24.

  • CanadaHelps is a nonprofit serving Canadian charities and donors. They increase charitable giving across Canada by making it easier to donate and fundraise online. Because CanadHelps is a charity, their fees are a fraction of for-profit alternatives, making donation dollars go further.

  • The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is a member-based nonprofit organization founded in 2002 in Edmonton, AB. They serve the nonprofit and charitable organizations in the Alberta Capital Region.

  • The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is the provincial network for the approximately 55,000 nonprofit organizations across Ontario. As a 7,000-strong provincial network, with a volunteer base of 300 sector leaders, ONN brings the diverse voices of the sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

  • For over 62 years, Propellus has been supporting volunteers and volunteerism within the communities of Calgary. It strongly believes that volunteering is essential to creating and sustaining healthy, supportive and connected communities.

  • The Sustainability Network is a national organization that works with environmental nonprofits to make them more effective and efficient. Their mission is to enrich environmental leaders and nonprofit organizations so that they can help us all achieve sustainability.

  • Founded in 1943, Vantage Point delivers learning opportunities focused on governance, leadership, planning and people engagement for new and seasoned sector leaders, board directors and managers, aimed at advancing not-for-profit leadership.

  • Women Get On Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. They do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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