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CANCELLED: Smart People Who Work in Social Entrepreneurship: A Discussion

9:15-9:59am check-in; 10:00am sharp to 11:00am discussion

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Speaker Series

Date: Thursday March 19, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Speaker(s): Lak Chinta (Rotman MBA ‘15), CEO and Co-Founder, AttolloSE Inc.

Olga Lucía Cruz (Rotman MBA ‘19), Senior Associate, Good & Well Inc.

Laëtitia Eyssartel , Director of Operations, FoodShare Toronto

Nuha Siddiqui, Co-Founder/CEO, EcoPackers

Moderator: Laura Doering , Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Topic: Smart People Who Work in Social Entrepreneurship: A Discussion

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Location: Toronto
Cost: $25.00 plus HST per person (includes a seat for the discussion). THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
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SESSION SYNOPSIS: Our four panelists work in the social entrepreneurship space.  They will share their backgrounds and the work that they’re currently engaged in. They’ll also share the surprises and challenges of the work.


Lak Chinta is the CEO of Attollo SE Inc. and a past Hult Prize Global Finalist. Attollo today is known for being one of the top 100 global innovations in Education for their award-winning innovation “Talking Stickers.” Lak has several years of board experience and has worked extensively in senior positions across healthcare, innovation and research across Canada.

Olga Cruz is a Senior Associate at impact investing firm Good & Well, where she leads the impact management practice and works with early-stage Canadian businesses across the investment lifecycle.  Prior to Good & Well, she worked with Grand Challenges Canada investing in healthcare innovations. She has also worked in regions affected by armed conflict, co-designing a Joint Venture between smallholder cacao farmers and private investors, and as the CFO of an investee of LGT Venture Philanthropy.  

Laëtitia Eyssartel has a background in science, engineering and sustainability management. She joined FoodShare in September 2017 as the Director of Operations and oversees FoodShare's food distribution social enterprises, the kitchen operations, facility, volunteers and IT.

Nuha Siddiqui is the CEO & co-founder of Canadian based green-tech start-up EcoPackers Inc. EcoPackers Inc. transforms agricultural by-products into cost effective alternatives to traditional plastic inputs. Nuha founded the company while completing her degree at the University of Toronto Rotman Commerce program where she specialized in Business & Environmental Economics. After graduation, Nuha pursued EcoPackers full-time, and scaled up her team & venture with Toronto based accelerators, raised over 4.3 Million in Venture Financing, and launched global manufacturing pilots in Asia to help tackle the issue worldwide.

MODERATOR: Laura Doering is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management. As an economic sociologist, she examines how micro-level decisions, relationships, and circumstances affect economic outcomes in developing countries. Substantively, Professor Doering focuses on entrepreneurship and financial access in low-income areas. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Sociology of Development. A former Fulbright Scholar, her research has been profiled in The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, and her writing has appeared in BBC News, CBS News, Salon, and other outlets. She is a Fellow at the Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship, a Research Fellow at Behavioral Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR), and a Consulting Editor at the American Journal of Sociology.

SPEAKER SERIES HOST: Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at Rotman 

Questions:, Megan Murphy, (416) 978-6122

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