Be Purposeful

Tania Del Matto, GreenHouse Director

Tania head shotTania Del Matto is an experienced sustainability professional, having worked with a variety of private sector industries, public sector institutions, non-profits and social-purpose businesses. She is also an experienced social entrepreneur, having started and operated My Sustainable Canada, an enterprising social venture with a national mandate to help organizations use their purchasing decisions to drive social change. 

As Director of St. Paul's GreenHouse, she now pursues her passion of mentoring and connecting social innovators and entrepreneurs to create, launch and amplify projects and startups that tackle pressing social and environmental problems. Tania ensures that the activities and partnerships that GreenHouse engages in directly align with the University of Waterloo's vision to be recognized as a uniquely entrepreneurial university that applies innovative approaches to technology, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship in ways that create recognizable impact, both in economic growth and improving the human condition.

Brendan Wylie-Toal, Program Manager and Startup Coach

Brendan head shotHaving come from a family of entrepreneurs and artists, Brendan Wylie-Toal feels right at home in his as role Program Manager and Startup Coach at GreenHouse. For the past several years, he has been doing what he loves: Helping environmental organizations and socially minded companies conceive, scope, and implement projects that matter. As a grants officer, he managed a grant portfolio of $3.8 million — mentoring each grantee with the support they needed to grow their business or initiative. Brendan has also served as a project manager for an environmental startup where he worked with academics to investigate and create policy recommendations on a variety of sustainability and social change issues.

Anne Filion, Design and Innovation Coordinator

Anne FilionAnne Filion is a University of Waterloo alumni passionate about fostering creativity and innovation to implement positive social change. Having worked with various public-sector innovation labs and performing research on how to sustain and adopt creativity and innovation within traditional organizations, she looks to support policies that allow teams to become more innovative, creative and collaborative. In addition, Anne has always strived to create new learning opportunities for students on campus through developping Discovery Labs to explore emerging opportunities in our community, working on various conference organization teams, and facilitating various skills sessions to develop new skills in design and problem-solving.

As the Design and Innovation Coordinator, Anne looks forward to using her knowledge in ethical design, and facilitation as well as mobilize her research in innovation and creativity. She hopes she can continue to create meaningful connections between young social innovators and organizations as well as better support youth on their journeys to creating social impact.

Grace McKinnon, Event Planning and Promotion Coordinator

GraceGrace is graduating with a Bachelor of Public Relations Degree from Conestoga College.  Since 2018, she has co-ordinated a number of events through Gemstone Planning, her own event planning company.  She brings work experience as an office administrative assistant with Agdata, a technology based company in the agriculture industry.  In addition, she has worked as an office support staff member for Cambridge Youth Soccer.  She also brings fundraising and event promotion expertise from her multiple volunteer experiences.  Outside of work, Grace enjoys spending time with her dog, Diesel and her horse Prince.

Susan Fish, GreenHouse’s Storyteller in Residence

Susan FishSusan Fish believes that well-told stories make sense of the world, connecting people and casting a vision for what could be. For two decades, she’s run her own small business helping nonprofits, charities and social enterprises across Canada connect their mission with their stakeholders. Her deep knowledge of how stories work has also been honed through writing novels. For the first few years of GreenHouse’s existence, Susan told the stories of our social entrepreneurs, but she’s moved into a coaching role as GreenHouse’s Storyteller in Residence, helping students clearly, logically and creatively communicate the essence of their entrepreneurship journey and the passion of their ventures.

 

 

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