Exploring Community Impact: Connecting Students, Leaders, and Ideas


Jan 22, 2019


Innovation Works London

201 King St, London, ON N6A 1C9


We are living in a time of transformational change.

Drivers like culture, community, social consciousness and technology are converging for a better future, one which we all can participate in and benefit from.

Join us on January 22nd for a panel discussion on social enterprise, nonprofits, academia, community development and innovation with our amazing panelists representing expert and diverse perspectives in these areas. Learn how these vehicles for change are managed and the skills necessary to lead them - and ways to get involved in shaping our community.

 Why participate?

- Explore emerging ideas in strategic organizational impact

- Connect with students and innovative community leaders

- Discover opportunities to work with students/community partners

- Network and meet incredible people moving London forward

- Get a taste of the culture of social innovation in the beautiful Innovation Works space

- Learn about leadership and the important skills and challenges in social innovation

 Our Panelists:


Michelle Baldwin,

Executive Director, the Pillar Nonprofit Network

As a social innovator whose personal mission is to be a community connector, Michelle is passionate about connecting people and organizations. Michelle is a firm believer that nonprofits are integral to our community and that business, government and nonprofit sectors must work collaboratively to strengthen ​it. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, social innovation, communications and fundraising.



Chris Zhang

Business Analyst, Propel. co-founder, Plant a Home

Chris graduated from the Ivey Business School in 2018 and currently works as a Business Analyst at Propel, the entrepreneurship center at Western University. Chris is also the co-founder of Plant a Home, a housing co-op for adults with developmental disabilities and their families to own their own homes and live in a community with people of all abilities. This business was created in response to the lack of long-term housing for adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario, while they continue to live with aging parents as their main caregivers. Outside of work, Chris volunteers with the Social Enterprise team at Pillar Non-Profit, as a graphic designer for L’Arche London, and as a youth group leader at her church.


Skylar Franke

Executive Director, the London Environmental Network

Skylar Franke is the Executive Director at the London Environmental Network. She is happiest
when talking to new people and eating good food with friends and family. Skylar is passionate
about building community, environmental advocacy, great wine and ethical coffee.
Skylar sits on the Urban League of London Board of Directors as the Vice Chair and recently
started the Coves Community Association with her partner to meet more of her neighbours.

Erin Huner,

Director, Research, Assessment and Planning, Western University

As the Director of Research, Assessment & Planning, Erin works to develop systems that promote outcome-driven and evidence-based practices across the Student Experience Portfolio. She actively contributes to the development of the Student Experience Strategic Plan, as well as other portfolio and university-wide planning efforts. Using her background in Knowledge Translation and Evaluation Science, she has established comprehensive evaluation plans for Student Experience programs, in collaboration with leaders and staff across the portfolio, while actively seeking out grant funding for research projects and special initiatives across the portfolio. She is also responsible for establishing clear metrics and key performance indicators, which are tracked through robust and standardized mechanisms to help the unit measure and articulate its success. She coordinates the reporting processes across the unit, through active consultation with other members of the senior leadership team to enhance planning processes within each unit in the portfolio. As Director, she works collaboratively with units to support Student Experience in becoming an agile and proactive unit that can respond to the dynamic needs of Western’s students and the broader community.