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HELLO!
I'M CHI NGUYEN.

I'm all about big ideas: social purpose business, gender, politics, communities and my beloved Canada.

I'm on a lifelong mission to challenge the way “gender” impacts the world of work, home and school.


Are you driving this kind of change in your workplace, school, or community? Join me in building a world that works for all of us.

 
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ABOUT ME

I am a community engagement expert, public policy nerd and specialist for gender equality and inclusion.

I have worked for some of Canada's most respected institutions, charitable agencies and do-gooding organizations to develop public policy, engage citizens and end systemic and cultural inequality.

I have just wrapped up an incredible year as the inaugural Director of Social Innovation Canada: a new national network to support social innovators to roll up our sleeves to make sure that we help our planet and people reach our potential.

We're living in challenging, messy times and we need to evolve how we work. Our traditional ways of solving problems are not enough to deal with the intractable problems of the day. What we need now is courage to experiment, to learn from our successes and failures and to keep pushing ahead.

My work was recognised for its contributions to improving the lives of women and girls when I received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons’ Case (2004) and YWCA Toronto’s Young Woman of Distinction Award (1999).

I am proud to say that I come from a first-generation immigrant family. While my parents like many newcomers were committed to the success of their kids, they struggled with their own mental health challenges. I know that growing up in a city like Toronto that welcomes immigrant families has given me many advantages. It opened up a world of possibilities for me. And, my life as a woman of colour has taught me that not everyone gets to see the world as their oyster.


It’s time that everyone gets that opportunity.

I continue to model to both of my sons a balance of parenting and professional life so that they can see women bringing their whole selves to work. 

 

What's in my wheelhouse? I bring a unique and invaluable expertise around deepening gender equality across the globe. If you’ve got a mission, I want to lend my expertise to get you there.
From start-up to scaling, I can lead you to success by maximizing the impact of service, leadership, community, and inclusion on the bottom-line.

BUILDER

Dream. Plan. Do.

I love to roll up my sleeves, work with thoughtful colleagues and to build new initiatives, organizations and projects that inspire others. I see gaps in our world, and find teams to execute and deliver to make change.

FIXER

Strategy, Ideation and Implementation.

I am a first-class problem solver who can spot landmines in unsuspecting places. I work best with good sparring partners who want to be challenged to make a big impact in their work. I've worked with:

  • United Way Centreaide Canada

  • Scadding Court Community Centre

  • McGill University

  • Barrick Gold

  • Status of Women Canada

  • University of Regina

  • Lassonde School of Engineering

  • CBC

  • United Way Toronto and York Region

  • North York East Local Immigration Partnership

  • The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, MP

DO-GOODER

Lover and fighter for the common good.

Volunteerism feeds my soul. I love organizations, projects and people who do good and I love to put my muscle behind them. This has included some of these amazing social impact projects:

 

"It's time to reboot our whole society so that we all start out on a more even playing field."

 

IN THE NEWS

"With the announcement last Friday that the Canada Student Service Grant will no longer be delivered in partnership with the WE Charity, there is a moment here to hopefully put more effective principles of community-ownership, youth learning and empowerment, and intergenerational thinking into these efforts."

"While the challenges of an aging society affect women more than men in their role as caregivers, everyone is affected equally as receivers of care.
In some ways, it’s "self-interest” for women to be in positions of power where decisions about the future of long-term care are made, says Ms. Nguyen at Social Innovation Canada. 'But actually it’s a collective societal interest in investing in the mechanisms that are going to keep us all healthier longer, with better living opportunities'"

"There's an incredible power in being part of a collective... When you get a community to come out in solidarity, it can give people lift and energy to continue doing the long-term advocacy work that leads to real change."

"Chi Nguyen is something of a lifelong specialist in the field of social change. She's worked as a staffer on Parliament Hill and for charities like the United Way. Currently, she's the director of social innovation at Social Innovation Canada, a non-profit that runs shared workspaces for groups on a social mission."

"... policies and rules need to go hand-in-hand with efforts to change the corporate culture. This isn’t about picking the token woman to sit on the corporate board or excluding men from mentoring programs, she says. It’s about executives and managers making sure they’re searching both gender pools when fishing for top talent."

 
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