Peggie Pelosi is a Social Architect. She has the unique professional combination of visionary, inspiring speaker and successful, innovative entrepreneur. Combining her skills in management, sales and marketing, and her commitment to involving people and companies in doing well and driving social change, Peggie established ORENDA Connections in 2005 as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Consultancy. Peggie is the author of Corporate Karma, a book that discusses how businesses can move forward by giving back and a sought-after speaker to business groups and not-for-profit organizations.
Prior to creating ORENDA Connections, Peggie was VP of Network Development and Sales for USANA Health Sciences, based in Utah (NSDQ: USNA). While at USANA, Peggie developed a partnership with The Children’s Hunger Fund that not only produced dramatic results for the cause, but had a transformative impact on employee pride, corporate culture and ultimately brand equity. Contributions to the cause grew tenfold, sales increased, and share value increased 3000%. From there Peggie created ORENDA, a company committed to developing meaningful connections between companies and causes – through compelling social strategy.
Peggie is a graduate of the CSR program at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Peggie is an active humanitarian, having spent time working in Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and in the underserved communities of her hometown of Toronto. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hunger Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto and newchoir.
On a personal note, Peggie is the mother of 5 sons, grandmother to 3, and lives between Toronto and a country retreat in Eastern Ontario. Beside her family and her work, Peggie’s greatest passion is music, and she sings in newchoir, a 150 person rock choir in Toronto!
Friday Night Panel
Following Peggie Pelosi’s keynote on Friday, join business leaders on our panel and then network with others at a reception. Learn about Calgary businesses actively engaged in CSR and leading the way as good corporate citizens. The panel discussion will include Wayne Chiu, President of Trico Homes; Craig Ryan, Corporate Social Responsibility Director of Business Development Bank of Canada; and Suzanne West, President & CEO of Imaginea Energy Corp.
Wayne Dunn is an award-winning global expert in Corporate Social Responsibility. Consulting for major industries, governments and international organizations, he has advised on over 60 CSR projects spanning six continents and nearly 3 decades. His projects have won prestigious global awards including the first private sector winner of a World Bank Global Development Innovation Award and the Star of Africa Award. They have been developed into case studies by Stanford Business School and other Universities and are widely recognized for their ground-breaking nature and overall success.
Wayne is President and Founder of the CSR Training Institute, a Professor of Practice in CSR at McGill and a founding member of the Leadership Council of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). He is a frequent lecturer worldwide on business and economic issues and also provides volunteer support to numerous local, national and international organizations. This includes 4 years as the Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Council on Africa, on the Board for the University of Winnipeg’s Master’s Program in Development Practice in Indigenous Development and ongoing support to Ghana’s University for Development Studies. He has developed an innovative social business, Baraka Supplies, that imports Shea Butter and Baskets from Africa for distribution in North America. He is a Stanford University Sloan Fellow and holds an M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.