SSE Canada is a project on MakeWay‘s shared platform. MakeWay 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 MakeWay, the role of the Steering Committee is to help guide SSE Canad’s project purposes, goals, and objectives, oversee organizational planning, and evaluate SSE Canada’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; Healthcare and Hospital Consultant

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Adnaan has worked and studied the healthcare field for over 10 years, finding a niche in strategic planning, change management, and process and quality improvement. Aside from his day job, Adnaan has had a keen interest in social justice, social enterprise, business coaching and mentoring. During his years completing his Master’s degree, Adnaan came upon the then startup SSE Ontario, and immediately connected with its mission and community. Shortly thereafter he began volunteering with the organization and remains a committed part of the Steering Committee to date. Adnaan attained his BSc from The University of Western Ontario and his MBA from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business. 


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

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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.


Shalini Nagrani, PMP, CSP, LSSGB, (MAP)

Shalini Nagrani is an expert in agile methodologies, technical project management and people development. She has shaped and led countless cross-functional teams in their journey to deliver sustainable business value. Shalini’s value lies in creating an agile team culture that perpetuates sustainable motivation through the constant pursuit of perfection. Shalini joined OpenConcept due to her passion for social justice, and her need to give back for all of the luck and privilege that has been afforded to her in her life so far. Shalini is currently pursuing, part-time, her Master’s in Psychology.


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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