mentor

Meet Ran Kohavi, Groundswell mentor and so much more

Ran Kohavi has become an integral part of the Groundswell family as a mentor, educator, board member and advisor. He is incredibly generous with his time and dedication to Groundswell's mission, learning acutely with us as we grow and evolve, adding valuable insight and a fresh perspective at every pivot or milestone.  We are ever grateful for having a person as brilliant as Ran on our team. 

Bio

Ran is a technology entrepreneur at heart. He is passionate about starting new businesses and helping them grow. Ran was the founder and CEO of Kidaro (acquired by Microsoft, 2008). Prior to Kidaro, he was on the founding team and served as director of product management for Kashya (acquired by EMC, 2006). Lately, Ran enjoys building a portfolio of technology companies he incubates. He also serves on various advisory roles for technology startups, investors and founders. Ran was born in Israel, and moved from Seattle to Vancouver three years ago with his family. He enjoys hiking, sailing, snowboarding and quantitative finance as hobbies.

Meet David LePage, Groundswell mentor and educator

For two years, David provided guidance and an immense portfolio of experience in social enterprise to our cohorts as the lead educator of Groundswell's BUILD program.  But, he's a man in demand, and transitioned into a mentor role as his responsibilities in the sector grew with new local and national level projects. As he likes to say, being re-tired just means getting tired again.  David seems to have never ending energy whether he's influencing Canadian policy or running his regular 10K route in East Van. Thank you for investing so much of that energy in Groundswell, David!

Bio

David LePage is the founder of Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd. (ASI CCC), one of Canada’s first incorporated social purpose corporations. Through ASI David provides direct support, consulting, coaching and strategic advice to the emerging blended value business and social finance sectors and works to influence the related public policy environment.  To promote the demand side of the social enterprise market place David is a co-founder and director of Buy Social Canada.

He has shared his knowledge and experience across private, public and community sectors, in rural and urban communities and across multiple cultures. His experience includes designing and advising on social impact business models, strategy and financing; public policy; and supporting effective operations and governance. His current engagements represent a spectrum of major corporations, social enterprises, small businesses, governments and non-profit organizations.

David is a Principal in the Social Enterprise Institute and a Program Adjunct and Professional Advisory Committee, Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.

David’s community engagement activities include:

·      Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada

·      Chair, Social Enterprise World Forum Board of Directors

·      Member, Board of Directors Vancouver Farmers’ Market

·      Member, Canadian CED Network Policy Council,

·      Member, Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee

·      Member, British Columbia Partners for Social Impact