226 episodes

The Discovery Pod features conversations with leaders in non-profit/social sector. Join former CEO Douglas Nelson as he talks with CEOs, Board Chairs, Founders and other senior leaders about how they got started in the sector, how they work with their boards, and what remains to be done. As Managing Director of The Discovery Group, a philanthropy and governance consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC., Doug understands the complexity of leading organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’ Learn from the brightest and the best in the industry so you can accomplish what is most important by tuning in to The Discovery Pod today.

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The Discovery Pod features conversations with leaders in non-profit/social sector. Join former CEO Douglas Nelson as he talks with CEOs, Board Chairs, Founders and other senior leaders about how they got started in the sector, how they work with their boards, and what remains to be done. As Managing Director of The Discovery Group, a philanthropy and governance consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC., Doug understands the complexity of leading organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’ Learn from the brightest and the best in the industry so you can accomplish what is most important by tuning in to The Discovery Pod today.

    Canada's National Ballet School With John Dalrymple, Executive Director

    Canada's National Ballet School With John Dalrymple, Executive Director

    On today's episode John Dalrymple, Executive Director of Canada's National Ballet School, joins Douglas Nelson, host, to share how his organization is transforming ballet to be more inclusive. John Dalrymple takes us into Canada's National Ballet School journey in becoming a leader in equity, not just in Canada, but on the world stage. Hear how they're breaking down barriers, creating space for diverse artists, and building a future where ballet reflects the richness of our society. With an evolving international footprint and strategic partnerships, Canada's National Ballet School is setting new standards for equity in the arts. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who cares about the future of ballet and the power of art to bring people together.

    • 42 min
    Opportunity Spotlight: West Point Grey Academy With Stephen Anthony, Head Of School

    Opportunity Spotlight: West Point Grey Academy With Stephen Anthony, Head Of School

    Welcome to today's segment of Opportunity Spotlight with the Discovery Pod, where we highlight incredible leadership roles within organizations in the social profit sector. Join us as we sit down with Stephen Anthony, head of West Point Grey Academy, to explore the values, culture, and leadership of this vibrant independent school located in beautiful Point Grey, Vancouver. In this episode, you'll gain insights into the Director of Advancement role, the school's remarkable growth, and its commitment to creating a warm and welcoming community. Whether you're an experienced advancement professional or simply curious about this exciting opportunity, discover if you're the right fit to join a team dedicated to shaping lives of inquiry, action, and joy.

    • 17 min
    Catherine Winder, CEO & Founder, Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

    Catherine Winder, CEO & Founder, Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

    Get ready for an inspiring dive into the world of multimedia storytelling with a purpose. Catherine Winder, CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, the creative force behind hit projects like the Angry Birds movies and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, joins Douglas Nelson, host, to discuss her latest venture, Future Chicken—a groundbreaking, multi-platform project tackling climate change by empowering kids. Imagine kids learning about climate change through YouTube, Roblox, and educational platforms – that’s the magic of Future Chicken! This innovative “ecotainment” approach aims to strike a balance between environmental honesty and optimism, inspiring a new generation of eco-warriors. Are you ready to learn more and empower the next generation? Tune in!

    • 29 min
    Plan International Canada With Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO

    Plan International Canada With Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO

    The mission is clear: to advance child rights globally with a focus on empowering girls.  Dedicated to building equity, Plan International Canada translates that mission into action. Join host Douglas Nelson as he speaks with Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO of Plan International Canada, about her organization’s unified global strategy of addressing the challenges faced by girls and communities worldwide. Don't miss this engaging conversation with one of Canada's best social profit leaders.

    • 38 min
    Opportunity Spotlight: SAIT With Brian Bowman, AVP, Advancement

    Opportunity Spotlight: SAIT With Brian Bowman, AVP, Advancement

    Education isn't just about acquiring knowledge; it's also about building bridges between classrooms and boardrooms, between theory and practice, and between students and the careers. In this episode of Opportunity Spotlight, Brian Bowman, AVP, Advancement, of SAIT, shares the future of the organization and the pivotal role that industry engagement will play. SAIT, a renowned polytechnic institute in Canada with a 100-year history of excellence, is seeking a passionate leader as its first-ever Director of Industry Engagement. This is your chance to build a career by creating something entirely new. Be a part of shaping the future of education and industry collaboration. Tune in to learn more!

    • 20 min
    Transform Philanthropy With Mike Todd, Founder

    Transform Philanthropy With Mike Todd, Founder

    Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are changing the landscape of charitable giving. On this episode, Mike Todd, Founder of Transform Philanthropy, explores the benefits of DAFs for donors and charities, dispels common myths, and provides actionable strategies to maximize your organization's impact. By educating donors about DAFs and using the term strategically, charities can position themselves to receive more charitable contributions. Learn how to cultivate relationships with DAF advisors and unlock a new revenue stream for your organization. Join Mike Todd and Douglas Nelson to learn how to harness the power of donor-advised funds.

    • 28 min

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Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to make on the world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change within the social / profit space - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Douglas does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving social enterprise and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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