2016 Sponsors

Corporate Supporters

manulife_logoAs part of Manulife’s desire to maximize the positive impact and momentum of our corporate giving initiatives, we focus our efforts on three areas: Promoting health and wellness – As one of the world’s largest life insurance companies, we believe strongly in the importance of promoting health and wellness and supporting the prevention of disease through active, healthy living. Empowering communities – We are committed to the health and vitality of the communities where we operate. Manulife supports a wide range of social, educational and employment programs aimed at empowering children, youth and families, building social inclusion for all, and fostering economic and environmental sustainability Harnessing the power of volunteering – Manulife continues to demonstrate its leadership through the time, attention and expertise our people donate as volunteers. Volunteerism helps magnify and expand the scope of our charitable giving programs and has positive, lasting effects at the community level. Manulife is the luncheon sponsor of Companies & Causes Canada.

cibcCIBC is thrilled to help bring the Companies & Causes conference back to Canada to connect organizations focused on making a difference – something that is an important part of our DNA,” says Monique Giroux, Vice-President of Sponsorship Marketing & Strategy at CIBC. “Through our corporate donations and sponsorships, including marquee programs like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, we are committed to investing in initiatives that engage Canadians in meaningful experiences and celebrations, while enriching and strengthening our communities from coast to coast-to-coast.” Learn more


alex_aniALEX AND ANI creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and connect humanity. Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer designs each piece. Carolyn believes that every individual has their own positive energy to share with the world. By incorporating powerful symbolism and personal meaning into each product, ALEX AND ANI provides a wearable and beautiful way for consumers to express their individuality.  The company is passionate about the wellbeing of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths. ALEX AND ANI uses recycled materials with eco-conscious processes. Its CHARITY BY DESIGN division has strengthened non-profit organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences, resulting in donations of more than $47M CAD. An Inc. 500 Company, ALEX AND ANI has retail stores as well as retail partners worldwide. ALEX AND ANI products are proudly designed and crafted in America and made with love.  The company’s World Headquarters is located in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area. For more information, please visit http://www.alexandani.com.au/charity-by-design.html

Meridian Credit Union

meridianMeridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than a quarter of a million Members, including over 23,000 business Members. Meridian has a longstanding commitment to communities, including re-investing a minimum of 4% of profits annually into community programs and partnerships. Its signature Good Neighbour Program and leading My Commitment to Communities employee giving program enable its 84 branches and 1,500 employees to support local causes. Toward the goals of improving financial literacy and empowering entrepreneurs, Meridian has partnered with non-profit organizations and governments to co-create and jointly deliver digital and community-based solutions. Meridian teamed up with Omega Foundation to launch SmartSAVER.org which helps lower income families kick-start education savings and with Futurpreneur Canada to co-host the OwnersWanted.ca Ontario coffee shop meet-up series to mentor young entrepreneurs. Most recently, Meridian, The Learning Partnership and digital product studio Tiny Hearts have created SavetheCamp.ca – a new app coming soon to empower youth with financial literacy skills through game-based learning. Visit Meridian at: Meridiancu.ca/Community.


samsung_logo_wordmark_rgbCommitted to helping Canadians live connected and make a difference, Samsung Canada’s Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. Initiatives include the STEM-education focused Solve for Tomorrow Challenge with The Learning Partnership, Let’s Talk Science and YouTube celebrities AsapSCIENCE; the Look At Me Project with Autism Speaks Canada, connecting children living with autism to the world around them through technology; and a partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children, bringing innovation to child patients through their Epilepsy Classroom and a new digital space.


unilever-logoIn 2010 Unilever launched its Sustainable Living Plan to help it double the size of its business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. By 2020 Unilever intends to:
  • Improve the health and well-being of more than a billion people
  • Halve the environmental impact of its products
  • Enhance the livelihoods of millions working across our value chain


Strategic Agency Partner

PUBLIC FLAG SmallerPUBLIC Inc. is a social impact marketing agency and innovation lab designed to create social change programs, campaigns and businesses. As a certified B Corporation we believe the way to create large scale social impact in the world is through the merger of profit and purpose. Our Agency works with leading brands across North America including Under Armour, Sun Life, Kruger, YMCA, ROM, Oceana, Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Toronto Zoo. Our innovation Lab is incubating a fair trade football academy in Uganda, a walking program with ParticipACTION and a social purpose mortgage. At Companies & Causes we will be facilitating both the Corporate Leadership Summit and the Non Profit Leadership Summit.


Hilborn-ECS-logo-colourAt Hilborn: ECS, we know that a strong brand and compelling story can change hearts and minds. Serving Canada’s nonprofit sector, we provide editorial and communication services to charities and companies from coast to coast. Clients benefit from our years of combined professional experience fused with fresh, creative thinking. Together we will achieve great things! Contact us.

Imagine_Canada-colourImagine Canada is proud to sponsor Companies & Causes Canada event, bringing business and community organizations together for common good. We are pleased to provide our members with an opportunity to share experiences, learn new approaches, meet and network with leaders from across the country and North America.

G_I_Reid_cmykIpsos Reid is Canada’s market intelligence leader, the country’s leading provider of public opinion research, and research partner for loyalty and forecasting and modelling insights. Staffed with seasoned research consultants with extensive industry-specific backgrounds, Ipsos Reid offers syndicated information or custom solutions across key sectors of the Canadian economy, including consumer packaged goods, financial services, automotive, retail, health and technology & telecommunications. To learn more, visit www.ipsos.ca.


Manifest is a communications agency that helps make social change happen. We believe in the power of non-profits, companies, governments, and above all, people, to make the world a better place. For every problem, we see potential. In every client, we see a partner to transform lives. We’re strategists, writers, art directors, digital geeks and account managers. And we’re all here because of the issues. We’ve been doing this and nothing else since 1981, so we’ve got a few ideas on what works. We’d love to share them with you.  Learn more at www.manifestcom.com