The best gift is to sit back and watch others succeed.
Murray Taylor was trained as an actuary but through a 40 year career with the Power Financial Group of Companies served as President and CEO of Investors Group for his final 12 years retiring in May 2016. Murray counts among his greatest experiences activity he has been involved with that have helped others become strong in what they can and will do both in and outside of the workplace. In particular, his efforts together with others in his church community were involved in bringing several refugees to Winnipeg who were fleeing Burma in the 1990’s which started a wonderful friendship with new Canadians and many who followed in their footsteps. As to hobbies and interests, he enjoys reading and doing Sudoko to keep the mind sharp but generally these will be set aside if he and his wife Charlotte can encourage someone in their lives somehow.
I believe Givesome will become one of the best utilities to encourage giving amongst our millennials through their online devices and as a wonderful tool to encourage employee giving to projects that interest them.
The best gift I ever received was my Easy Bake Oven (turned out not to be an early indicator of culinary talent.)
Sue Wigston is the Chief Operating Officer at Eagle’s Flight. She is passionate about changing organizational cultures by developing and equipping Leaders. Her genuine love for people is evident in her communication and facilitation abilities and she is driven by challenge and learning. Sue loves competition and has to be reminded at times that she is not (and never was) a professional athlete! She is the Founder and former President of the Guelph Youth Volleyball Association and currently is an Advisor at Fansi, a tech start up and a mentor to Women in Business through Innovation Guelph.
I believe that the heart behind Givesome can change the world. The impact to the charities receiving gifts will be incredible, but the impact of having millions of people being more intentional about how to make a difference in the lives of others is transformational!
The best gift Dan ever received was a goat. His kids gave it to him for Christmas many years ago as part of a family tradition to dial back on some of the materialism of Christmas by giving gifts from the World Vision catalogue to families in need.
Dan’s entre into the world of entrepreneurship began at the age of 19 when he became a franchisee with Dickie Dee – an ice cream bicycle operation in Canada. With several entrepreneurial successes behind him, and a national best-selling book to his credit (Why Not Me?), Dan founded WSI at the age of 27. Over the last 21 years, WSI has grown to become the largest digital marketing franchise organization in the world, with over 1000 franchised agencies in 87 countries.
In 2006 Dan founded Clear Summit Group, a private equity firm which invests in early-stage high growth franchise and technology companies. The CSG portfolio includes Tutor Doctor (world leader in in-home education), Qualicare (leader in case managed medical home care), and Recruiting In Motion (staffing and recruitment).
Dan lives outside of Toronto and in Columbus Ohio with his wife Mary-Alice and is the proud father of four wonderful children, Karly, Austin, Jordan and Danika.
“One of the toughest parts of getting a concept, company or movement off the ground is selling the vision to people. When I first learned about Givesome it made sense to me immediately, but what surprised me was the extent to which everyone ‘gets it’. The universality of the Givesome concept has convinced me that the world is ready for this on a broad scale. As Victor Hugo said, ‘there’s one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.’ I think Givesome represents such an idea.”
The best gift she’s ever received as a kid was a walk-man (in case you don’t know what that is, let’s just say they are like a vintage iPod) – she danced and sang her little heart out to MC Hammer like it was her job!
Marissa Teeter is the Senior Vice-President, Financial Services for Investors Group Canada. She oversees field operations and overall distribution, acquisition and client strategy for the organization. She has worked with several tier 1 and Fortune 500 organizations over her career, in addition to helping to build a handful of start-up companies. Marissa is also very involved in local community and international causes. She was recognized as a 2015, 2016 and 2017 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction for Business and Entrepreneurship and Community Leadership. Additionally, she was named one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2015, and was selected for the 2015 Mayor’s Award for her philanthropic achievements. In her “spare time” she loves to be at home with her two kids and husband where her hobbies include playing Barbies and watching Mickey Mouse.
“Givesome is going to change lives. The lives of those who benefit from the generous donations but also the lives of those who are giving… they don’t know it yet… but Givesome is revolutionizing a whole generation, changing the way we give not because we should but because we really want to!”
The best gift Phil has ever been given is from his family, when they let him sleep in on the weekend.
Phillip Haid is the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Inc, a social impact agency transforming how businesses use social purpose to drive business and community benefit. Working with leading North American companies like NBC Universal, TD Bank, The Body Shop, Nestle, Under Armour, Kruger and Maple Leaf Foods, PUBLIC designs social impact platforms, strategies and campaigns to help businesses, employees and communities profit with purpose. Phil is a writer for Fast Company and speaks across North America on the power of business to transform the world. In Phil’s spare time he loves watching and playing basketball with his sons and volunteers with Food Allergy Canada and the Aphasia Institute.
I love the power of seeing your micro gift make a big and immediate impact in people’s lives.
The greatest gift I ever received was a heartfelt video of many friends and family celebrating me with kind words – created over a number of months by my daughter Emma.
Eileen joined Hub International in 2007 in an executive sales position and in 2010 was appointed Vice President and Partner. With over 20 years of insurance industry experience, Eileen works to provide clients with strategic advice, expertise and exceptional service.
Eileen was honoured with the HUB Legend award, which recognizes those who have consistently
achieved new business production at the highest levels for five consecutive years and also named the
Insurance Sales Award winner at the prestigious Women in Sales Awards honouring top women in sales internationally.
Eileen serves as a board member for The National Club and is a past board member for Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Prostate Cancer Canada, Bridgepoint Health, The Argos Foundation and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. She is an avid skier, golfer, runner, mother and wife.
“I love how Givesome allows the masses the ability to give back and make a difference one small gift at a time.”
The best gift I ever received was pair of “Roos” leather skates. As a young boy I treasured and buffed them almost every game I played for Waterloo. A drone my son and I received recently was a favorite too until it took off 30 seconds into its inaugural flight and never returned!
David is a homegrown lawyer practising with McCarter Grespan in the business and technology sectors in Waterloo
Region. David has a passion for philanthropy having organized and chaired too many fundraising events to count –
a “philanthra-ttorney” would be a good way to describe David. His pride and joy is his 15 year old son Jonathan.
David is an avid sports enthusiast and loves to connect great people with others.
I have searched for a company like Givesome for a very long time. I believe the founders combine true philanthropy with entrepreneurial spirt and that collectively we will make a direct impact on society and how it sees giving in a new and forward thinking way.
One time my son went out on Mother’s Day and borrowed ten dollars from his buddy so he could buy me flowers. It was probably the best gift I have ever gotten, because it was so thoughtful.
In 2015 Shauna began her own corporate event management company, Leverage Events. With clients in Canada and the U.S. she is planning events, (retreats, incentives, meeting and conferences) all over the world. Shauna is continuously growing her company to service new clients looking for fresh events that positively impact their businesses.
In 2016, Shauna ventured into the role of event producer with a large entrepreneurship conference in Niagara called Haste and Hustle. This event was a huge hit and in 2018 she moved it to Toronto so that she could fill out Canada’s largest theatre. Now an internationally recognized event Shauna is building a whole brand to help serve and support entrepreneurs. Shauna is also the mother of an amazing teenage son and spends much of her ‘free’ time in hockey and lacrosse arenas.
Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant. There will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.