Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada is a purpose-driven social enterprise dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in non-profit boards to create inspired leadership.

We are matchmakers between businesses and nonprofits. Our matchmaking platform places and trains employees and professionals to serve on nonprofit boards through Employer-Supported Volunteering (ESV).

“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

Our innovative leadership & development program sharpens employees’ leadership skills and enhances employee engagement through community building. A clear triple win for business, employees and the nonprofits they serve.

Together the impact of businesses and nonprofits knows no limits. Together they create inspired leadership.

Together they Build Breakthrough Boards for the World We Want.

What We Do

For Businesses

As a force of good, businesses can create positive social impact while developing top talent.

B3 Canada helps businesses 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 Canada helps nonprofits find candidates for their board - - - Free of charge.

Why It Matters

B3 Canada Triple Win

B3: A Triple Win for Society

Businesses and nonprofits are both forces for good. Together their impact knows no limits. Together they create inspired leadership.

Together they Build Breakthrough Boards for the World We Want.

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

Source: Harvard Business Review

… want to serve on a nonprofit board but don’t know where to start or who to approach

Source: Taproot Foundation

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

Source: Deloitte Consulting

Who We Are

We are a team of social entrepreneurs passionate about making a positive difference in the world. Our mission is to Build Breakthrough Boards by promoting board diversity and inclusion in nonprofit boards. By matching diverse corporate employees and professionals with nonprofit boards, nonprofits will have the inspired leadership to positively change the world.

The Leadership Team

Josephine Yam

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


With her significant legal and senior management experiences in the private, public & nonprofit sectors in Canada and internationally, Josephine deeply understands that cross-sector collaboration in social innovation is crucial to achieving positive change in the world. This drives her deep commitment to advance B3 Canada’s mission of strengthening the board leadership capacity of Canada’s nonprofit sector as a force for good in society.

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

  • As we celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada with the 150Alliance, we are proud to contribute to a national narrative that weaves inspiring stories of how businesses and nonprofits are working side by side through our B3 Board Matching & Training Programs.

  • 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.

  • For 20 years, CharityVillage has been the HR partner for recruitment in the Canadian nonprofit sector. Through their eLearning courses, volunteer and event listings, webinars, newsletters, articles, tools and resources, they help nonprofit staff and volunteers do their best work every day.

  • 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.

The B3 Blog: News, Events & Inspiration

Trudeau’s ‘Because it’s 2015!’ response to why his new cabinet was half-female was iconic and memorable, even hopeful and encouraging.

So it was deeply disappointing to read the BoardSource 2017 Report released yesterday on its particular findings on nonprofit board diversity. Yes, it’s 2017 and there’s still no diversity in nonprofit boards. After two years since its last national survey, nonprofit boards are still painfully lacking in diversity.

Diversity and inclusion strengthen Canada. As a country built by immigrants, Canada continues to welcome immigrants from all over the world with open arms. Through diversity and inclusion, we create a sense of genuine belonging and connectedness. Through diversity and inclusion, we build stronger communities and more successful businesses. We build a better Canada.

Shell Canada believes that in a country as large and diverse as Canada, we are stronger, happier and more productive as a community when we respect, value and support one another.

Do you have a Millennial on your nonprofit board? This is one of the first questions we ask the nonprofit boards we work with for board matching and recruitment at B3 Canada. And most often, the answer we receive is a sheepish no. “Well, we always talk about how urgent it is to engage Millennials by recruiting them as board directors”, explained one grey-haired 63-year old board chair of a large charity, “but none of us in the board is a Millennial so we don’t know how to best reach out to them.”

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