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Gonzalo Duarte

Director of Coworking Design & Operations

Returning to Toronto after years away and looking for connections, Gonzalo joined CSI as a Community Animator and Member in 2015 and then became Community Manager of CSI Annex in 2016. Since then he has continually learned from and contributed to an incredible staff team who handle sales, leasing, and facilities management as well as animation, events, and community-building with hundreds of members and visitors. In 2023 he became Director of Coworking Design & Operations and works across both our CSI Annex and CSI Spadina locations to improve the flow, function, and feel of property, processes, and people. He’s good at alliteration, small group facilitation, money yoga, and change management.

Gonzalo is from Toronto and graduated from McMaster (Political Science), Waterloo (Peace & Conflict Studies), and Queen’s (Education) universities. His Master’s in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University gave him an overview of the legal, financial, governance, communications, and operational aspects of nonprofit management that he still refers to almost daily. His research focused on standards of practice in global service learning experiences and produced infographics and publications that have been widely referenced by volunteer sending organizations.

While working as an experiential learning program coordinator with high school and university students in Ontario, Gonzalo founded a social enterprise in 2002 that facilitated global citizenship experiences with community development projects in Nicaragua. Until 2018 Compañeros Inc engaged 1,500+ Canadian participants in 100 service learning programs and organized 200 education, health, housing, and water projects with 14 public and private partnerships that benefitted 15,000 marginalized people. In 2019 he transformed the company into a registered charity called Compañeros Partners that provided educational and humanitarian aid to small entities in Nicaragua until it paused operations in 2023.

Outside of work, Gonzalo loves time with his spouse and blended Canadian-Nicaraguan family. His introverted tendencies are nurtured by good food and clothing, cycling, gardening, reading, traveling, and watching Toronto sports teams when they are winning.