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

We are matchmakers between corporations & nonprofits. Our B3 Board Matching & Training Program places and trains 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 more diverse & inclusive Canada. We currently serve the cities of Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

B3 Canada Mission


To Build Breakthrough Boards by increasing diversity & inclusion in corporations so their employees participate in nonprofit board leadership and positively change the world.

B3 Canada Team


We are a team of highly driven social entrepreneurs passionate about making a positive difference in the world. We have more than eight decades of collective professional expertise, experience and networks in all three sectors of society - business, government and nonprofit. This wealth of expertise and experience underlies our belief that cross-sector collaboration in social innovation is crucial to creating the world we want.

Volunteer Employees


Our logo is comprised of a stack of three Bs with hearts at the centre of the Bs. The three Bs stand for our organizational mission “Building Breakthrough Boards”. The term “breakthrough” is synonymous with innovation. We believe that diversity & inclusion in corporations through nonprofit board service provides an innovative triple win that strengthens Canadian communities. The three hearts represent the generosity, altruism and humanity of corporations, employees and nonprofits whom B3 brings together to create the world we want.


Terry Allen
Pivotal Capital Advisory Group

Pauline Couture
Pauline Couture & Associates

Andrea Martin
Corporate Director
Quebecor Inc.

Susan McLennan
Reimagine PR


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

Josephine is a highly accomplished lawyer with significant years of professional legal, policy, leadership and entrepreneurial experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Canada and internationally. She has been admitted to practice law in New York (USA), Alberta (Canada), Ontario (Canada) and the Philippines. She has also been interviewed on international television such as CNN and CNBC and featured in the international news magazine Newsweek.

Josephine recently graduated from Stanford University's Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. She also completed her Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Complementing her advanced education at Harvard Law School and the University of Toronto, Josephine served as one of the 40 Energy Futures Lab Fellows of The Natural Step Canada. She is currently a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the Canadian Bar Association.


Josephine’s Meet The Speaker interview - Conference Board of Canada, How to Succeed as a Nonprofit Board Director

Josephine's interview - Energy Futures Lab Fellow, The Natural Step Canada

Angelo Narciso

Angelo Narciso
COO & Co-Founder

With a university degree in Industrial Engineering, Angelo began his career in information technology and systems design with a Fortune 500 multinational company as he worked on multimillion dollar projects in the company's offices in the U.S. and Asia. He then founded and led a very successful IT company that provided electronic document storage and retrieval services to large organizations in the banking, insurance and post-secondary education sectors. After successfully selling his IT company, he founded and led StartCanada, a web design/development and social media marketing company that caters to professionals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Canada, the US and Asia.

Driven by his passion for the environment and sustainability, Angelo completed the 2-year Environmental Management Program from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business. He also completed the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Accounting and Reporting Certification Program at the the University of Toronto, School of the Environment.

Heather Shapter

Heather Shapter, M.B.A., B.A. (Psychology)
Program Consultant

Senior leader with experience across five continents and a proven capacity for partnership building between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. For over 25 years, Ms. Shapter has been building the effectiveness of organizational leadership throughout the world to further her commitment to end poverty for vulnerable populations. She creates and executes transformational change by building high performance teams and cultures of accountability and purpose. She has six years of experience serving on not-for-profit Boards, including serving as Board Chair. She has also held leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected International non-governmental organizations and Foundations, in such diverse environments as the Caribbean, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for leadership in service of others.

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