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Sobey MBA Students Found Atlantic Canada’s Only Net Impact Chapter

Kyle Gulliver

The Net Impact, Sobey School of Business (Graduate) Chapter – founded by Sobey MBA Society members Kyle Gulliver, Breagh Matheson, Parker Bell, Morris MacLeod, Sascha Hamilton-Miller, Avinash Chandrapati, Haley Mallet, and Nicole MacDonald – is a nonprofit membership organization for students interested in using business skills in support of various social and environmental causes. It serves both professional organizations and student organizations with programs and networking events centered on topics such as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability.

The Sobey School of Business (Graduate) Chapter consists of approximately 30 MBA students and aims to grow its membership to 50 by May, 2018. The organization encourages students of all Sobey School of Business graduate programs (including MBA, MAE, MTEI and MFIN) to get involved. Led by incoming Net Impact President, Maria Palacios, and faculty advisors Dr. Margaret McKee, Dr. Cathy Driscoll, and Dr. Wendy Carroll, the organization’s mission is “to make a positive social and environmental impact on the city of Halifax and the world abroad.”

Past Net Impact events included a Bluff Wilderness Trail hike according to Canada's "Leave No Trace, Outdoor Ethics" principles and a screening and discussion of National Geographic's Before the Flood documentary regarding climate change and how to take climate change action. In October, 2017, five members of the Sobey School of Business (Graduate) Net Impact Chapter attended the 2017 Net Impact Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, that included keynote speakers such as Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown – The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center of Civil and Human Rights, and Shannon Schuyler, Chief Purpose Officer of PwC.

Future Net Impact events include a winter coat drive in partnership with the United Way – Halifax, and a talk concentrated on “Steps Toward Racial Equity” in partnership with Net Impact Central and Worldview Intelligence (time and dates TBA). With over 300 chapters worldwide and 18 chapters in Canada, the Sobey School of Business is proud to be Atlantic Canada’s first and only chapter.

To learn more about the Net Impact, Sobey School of Business (Graduate) Chapter or to join the chapter - click here!