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.

“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

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 the World We Want.

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

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 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 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 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.

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The B3 Blog: News, Events & Inspiration

"Diversity and inclusion has become a CEO-level issue around the world," observed Deloitte in its 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report. "The era of diversity as a 'check the box' initiative owned by HR is over. CEOs must take ownership and drive accountability among leaders at all levels to close the gap between what is said and actual impact".

So what happens when a CEO does not prioritize diversity and inclusion?

Let's take the story of global retailer H&M as an example.

A CEO of a large nonprofit asked: “Can B3 match our nonprofit board with business people who don’t come in thinking that nonprofits are inefficient"?

This is a question that many nonprofit CEOs ask us. Some nonprofit board directors apparently believe their business experiences alone can "fix a nonprofit’s inefficiencies”.

Why? This stems from the erroneous notion that businesses are more efficient than nonprofits.

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.

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.

  • 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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