SSE Ontario is a project on the Tides Canada shared platform. Tides Canada is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program that recognizes charities and non-profits for excellence in governance, management, and transparency.

Reporting to the management of Tides Canada, the role of the Steering Committee is to help define SSE Ontario’s project purposes, goals, and objectives; oversee organizational planning; develop School resources; and evaluate SSE Ontario’s success in achieving its deliverables. We are grateful to the members of the Steering Committee for playing such a key organizational role.




Adnaan Bhyat – Secretary to SSE Steering Committee; Quality Improvement Specialist, St. Michael’s Hospital

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Adnaan has worked in and studied health and healthcare system management for almost ten years, and is a specialist in improvement with a deep passion for innovative solutions. While completing his MBA, Adnaan stumbled upon the newly formed School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario and immediately connected with its mission and community. Since then Adnaan has stayed involved with SSE Ontario, as coach, mentor, and supporting the Steering Committee.


Philippa Frankl, Director of Programs and Learning, School for Social Entrepreneurs (UK/Global)

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A Not for Profit Director with seventeen years experience in global and UK based training, learning and enterprise development organisations, I have a strong track record of building and transforming teams in large and small organisations including as part of Senior Management Teams, working closely with Boards of Trustees and as the founding Director of a small charity.  I have an extensive track record of managing partnerships and direct delivery programmes, in particular training, skills development and enterprise development programmes in the UK and the developing world. I have built the capacity of organisations working in these fields, supporting them to identify and overcome challenges with financial management, governance and strategic direction as well as in delivering quality services.



Nabil Harfoush, Director OCAD U Resilience Design Lab

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Nabil Harfoush has over 42 years of experience as an engineer, technology strategist, entrepreneur, and executive. Serial entrepreneur, founder or co-founder of several companies. Consulted for enterprises, national governments, and international organization including the World Bank, W.H.O., UNESCO, and the International Development Research Center. Teaching Business Model & Policy Innovation in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation masters program at OCAD University. Fellow of the Design, Engineering & Commerce College at Philadelphia University and teaching courses in Business Model Development and Strategic Foresight in the Strategic Design MBA program.


Paul NagpalPaul Nagpal – Chair, SSE Steering Committee; Sales and Growth Advisor for Small and Mid Market Companies

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Paul Nagpal is an advisor working with small and mid-market companies. His main focus revolves around providing sales & growth advisory and interim management services, particularly within the technology, food, retail, clean-tech, and life science sectors. He has worked with many companies to help them achieve sustainable sales growth and develop more efficient processes/systems. Paul also sits on a number of non-profit boards and is an advisor/mentor to many start-up companies. His desire to give back to the community is reflected in the time and energy he dedicates to these organizations and companies. He has been able to not only provide governance and oversight for these groups, but also the hands-on support and direction to ensure that they are best positioned for success within their industry or area of focus.


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Ross Rennie, Seasoned Business Executive

Ross Rennie is a seasoned business executive with experience in both Canada and the United States.  Ross has a broad background in the financial services industry supplemented by exposure to a wide array of companies and industries as a consultant.

Ross and his wife Patti travel extensively for enjoyment, and to learn about people, culture and food. So far, their greatest adventure was to Tanzania, where Ross, along with four close family members, climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This remarkable experience was followed by a safari to the Serengeti, with spectacular sightings of animals and geography.


Alicia RoseAlicia Rose – Manager, Community Relations, TD Bank

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I was honoured to be selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of SSE Ontario and connect with some of the most impressive group of social change agents in the province. These superheros (as one of the other Fellows called us) are so motivated to see the communities in which will live in be better that they are a constant inspiration. From my experience at SSE Ontario I’ve grown from just a person with an idea, to an: entrepreneur, intrepreneur and community connector. I’m delighted to be a member of the Steering Committee and to see SSE Ontario continue to grow and flourish.



Photo credit: Alicia Rose, Avinash Raj/Blue Guru Consulting