Director of Policy and Research, Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sarah Doyle

Speaking Session:

The Rise of Social Enterprise – Shad Canada Panel

Wednesday, June 19 @ 1:40 PM – 2:05 PM Stage B

Innovation to what end? Innovation can boost the economy and improve quality of life, but it can also cause havoc and damage the environment, produce waste and negatively impact people. With the growing popularity of social enterprise, we explore why more tech entrepreneurs are reaching for a triple bottom line.

Sarah Doyle, Director of Policy and Research at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will lead a discussion about the choice to start a tech career with social impact as the primary goal and the personal mission to create positive change. The panel will discuss the difficult process of building momentum, the need for resilience and the satisfaction that comes with success in a social enterprise.

Panelists at three-stages of the startup evolution and all graduates of the Shad Canada program.

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Sarah Doyle is the Director of Policy and Research at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She leads the development of the Institute’s research agenda and oversees the work of its policy team. 

Prior to BII+E, Sarah was a Senior Manager at the Centre for Impact Investing at the MaRS Discovery District, where she was responsible for working with community, government and private sector stakeholders to develop and advance policy that unlocks the potential of the Canadian impact investing market. Sarah also worked in Canada’s Privy Council Office, where she developed advice for the Prime Minister on a range of social policy issues. She has experience in refugee and asylum policy through a past position at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Sarah has led policy and social impact initiatives inside and outside government, and she sees a need for translators with the ability to bridge sectors and disciplines. She holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of the McMaster University Arts and Science program.

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