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Skills4Good Spotlight: Stephanie Breitman

The Skills4Good Spotlight series shines a spotlight on amazing corporate employees who generously share their time, talent and treasure with nonprofits as they help build resilient communities. We recognize and thank our corporate clients and their employees for their meaningful social impact in strengthening nonprofits who serve our communities especially during this pandemic.

RBC is a Skills4Good Client. It is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance and creating value for its clients and communities. It has  been named as one of the “Best Workplaces in Canada” for 11 consecutive years.

Skills4Good matched Stephanie with the board of Action Against Hunger (AAH) Canada, a nonprofit whose mission is to lead the global fight against hunger.

Meet Stephanie Breitman

Q: Why did RBC engage Skills4Good?

A: RBC chose to work with Skills4Good because of the twin benefits of giving its employees the opportunity to contribute to their communities while cultivating skillsets that complement on-the-job learning.

RBC is a very community-focused organization; the opportunity to work with Skills4Good is well-aligned with our corporate values, including the prosperity of our communities.

We at RBC believe that the success of our company is defined by the long-term wellbeing of the people we serve, the places in which we operate and the planet that we leave to future generations.

Q: Why did you participate in the Skills4Good program?

A: The Skills4Good program appealed for many reasons.

First and foremost, the opportunity to give back to the community has always been a central tenet of mine, so the social aspect of the Skills4Good program and ensuing Board opportunity were important to me.

I also liked that I would be developing skills (leadership, strategic thinking) and experiences (learning how Boards function, firsthand and sitting on the Audit Committee) that would bolster my confidence in a professional setting.

Lastly, I appreciated the opportunity to grow my network; as someone who has worked in the financial sector for over ten years, it has been wonderful to meet people that serve on the Board and that work at the managerial level that have completely different backgrounds and experiences.

Q: Why did you choose to serve on the Action Against Hunger Board?

A: The AAH Board attracted me for several reasons. Chiefly, I feel very passionate about the organization’s mandate of ending global hunger. The areas in which AAH operates contain some of the most vulnerable populations, and I believe access to food and clean water are a basic human right.

Further, AAH has taken a data-driven approach to tackling malnutrition, which attracted me because it is a scientific approach to solving the issue and therefore I believe has a higher chance of success. I also liked the variety of programming on offer, which ties in malnutrition treatment with other issues such as gender-based violence and a focus on women and children.

As for the Board and Audit Committee, specifically, I was attracted by the very deep bench of talent as well as the high quality of governance standards. I could tell from the get-go that this Board functioned professionally and that I would gain the experience of serving on a “best-in-class” Board. Further, I felt there was a very strong element of “fit;” everyone I met during my interview process was approachable, intelligent and open-minded.

Q: What is the positive impact of your board service on your personal and professional goals?

A: The impact has been profound, both in a personal and professional sense.

Personally, my time on the Board has provided me with an invaluable perspective on how the challenges of food security, gender-based violence and climate change are inextricably linked, in the context of malnutrition. Attending educational and fundraising events has allowed me to further my understanding of these challenges while meeting the exceptional staff and volunteers that provide our programming. The level of determination and optimism is both infectious and humbling.

Professionally, I have benefited by assisting in setting the high-level strategy of the organization, including financial oversight in my capacity as a Member of the Audit Committee. I have also had the pleasure of watching the entity grow its revenue stream by launching a professional services model to capitalize on its rich store of malnutrition analytics and data. Learning how to enhance and protect the organization’s financial viability has informed how I think about challenges and opportunities within a professional context at RBC.

Q:  What invaluable contributions do you bring to the Action Against Hunger board?

A: I have provided guidance on corporate fundraising initiatives and I have been able to apply expertise from my professional role as a financial researcher to decision-making within the Audit Committee. I have also been able to liaise AAH with opportunities at RBC, including a very enthusiastic group of volunteers that helped out with our annual fundraising gala last year.

Q: Would you recommend other professionals to serve on a nonprofit board?

A: Absolutely, I would recommend other professionals serve on a nonprofit Board. The experience has expanded my horizons, introduced me to new people and ways of doing things and has given me the opportunity to become more involved with a cause that I care about.

Further, working with Skills4Good was a great experience; they helped me to focus my areas of interest and provided me with access to nonprofit opportunities that I would not have sourced on my own.

Q: Could you share an inspirational story or insight from your board service?

A: I would like to mention two inspirational moments.

One is the first time I attended an educational event put on by AAH, where I had the opportunity to hear the staff and volunteers in the field speak about their experiences in countries such as South Sudan, Mauritania and Bangladesh. The hardships that are experienced in delivering malnutrition programming were extreme but the level of commitment to make a positive change and save lives was overwhelming. Hearing about their experiences was emotional and it made me proud to be associated with the organization.

The second inspirational moment is ongoing and has to do with how AAH is handling the COVID-19 crisis. The Board has been extremely diligent in providing guidance and oversight. Perhaps an organization is not truly tested until a crisis, but I believe the AAH Board and management have risen to the occasion, and it has been inspirational to me to work alongside such a hardworking and committed group of individuals.

Q: Any other thoughts you wish to share?

A: Thank you to the Skills4Good team for the support during the search and matching process!

Nonprofit Recognizes Stephanie’s Invaluable Contributions

Q: Why did your nonprofit engage Skills4Good?

A: Skills4Good helped us achieve our objective of reinforcing operational excellence, effectiveness and good governance. It is crucial to look beyond our existing networks for talented Board members from different sectors and with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Q: What are Stephanie’s invaluable contributions to your board?

A: I was impressed because Stephanie hit the ground running in a way most board members do not. She needed little time to be up to speed on all our sector’s topical issues and jargon. It often takes a good year for Board members to be as comfortable as Stephanie seemed in the first month. I have been impressed by her contributions ever since. She attends all board and committee meetings and can be counted on to ask pertinent, challenging and relevant questions of management and fellow board members. She was a great support during the audit process and in providing advice and ideas as we expanded our professional services work.

Q: Could you share how Stephanie is making a meaningful difference in the community?

A: I have been inspired by Stephanie’s engagement with our fundraising initiatives and her commitment to learning more and sharing it with others in her network. That goes a long way to raising our profile and ensuring others know about the good work we do around the world. She pitched in last year to provide extra support as a member of the committee for our annual fundraising gala, which was above and beyond her work at the Board level and as a member of the audit committee. This included sharing opportunities for raising new revenues and soliciting support from her family, friends and networks for our ongoing fundraising priorities.

Note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

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Kind Words from Our Partners


“I’m excited about this partnership with Skills4Good. In my experience, the most successful teams are built when diverse individuals with unique experiences choose to work together with a single purpose.”

Michael Crothers
President & Country Chair
Shell Canada


“Our partnership with Skills4Good is a unique opportunity for us to develop our talented Equifax leaders while making a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”

Lisa Nelson
Equifax Canada

Global Impact

“Skills4Good has a unique model for improving corporate employee engagement and Global Impact is excited to be supporting their U.S. expansion.”

Scott Jackson
President & CEO
Global Impact

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“I’m excited about this partnership with Skills4Good. In my experience, the most successful teams are built when diverse individuals with unique experiences choose to work together with a single purpose.”
- - - Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good was recommended to us and so we registered our nonprofit. I like working with them because the process was fast and easy. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit sector colleagues.”
- - - Danny Glenwright, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger Canada

“Our partnership with Skills4Good is a unique opportunity for us to develop our talented Equifax leaders while making a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”
- - - Lisa Nelson, President, Equifax Canada

"I give Skills4Good an excellent rating. Their team was incredibly helpful, responsive and encouraging. They didn't rush the match, ensuring I had explored a variety of options to choose the right nonprofit for me. I would highly recommend working with Skills4Good, and think it's such a great non-financial benefit a company can offer their high valued employees. I strongly recommend them to my colleagues at RBC."
- - - Jodi Wright, Senior Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

“Skills4Good’s service was excellent in matching our busy Board with interested candidates. They got the ball rolling, did what they said they were going to do, and provided a great candidate who accepted a position with our Board. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Roland Osske, Board Chair, Immigrant Services Calgary

“The quality of the Board Matching Program services I received from Skills4Good was excellent. I liked their personalized service, their online videos and their prompt response times. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Enbridge.”
- - - Laszlo Varsanyi, Vice President, Enbridge

"I rate Skills4Good's matching services as excellent. I liked how prompt their team responds to my inquiries. They are very easy to work with."
- - - Heather Evans, Managing Director, Community Living Ontario Foundation

“I appreciated that Skills4Good got to know me well. Their approach was very high touch and greatly helped with my selection of board opportunities. I give them an excellent rating!”
- - - Benjamin Winograd, Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

“Skills4Good is an excellent resource to find qualified Board members. They were always professional and supportive. The process was effortless, timely and successful!”
- - - Gregory Caswell, Executive Director, Alberta Emerald Foundation

“Skills4Good’s board matching services were excellent. The program was effective and efficient. Josephine was extremely relatable and supportive throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Skills4Good to my LGM colleagues.”
- - - Eddie McWhirter, EVP-Finance, LGM Financial Services

“Skills4Good was very professional and efficient in matching us with great new board members! Their board matching services are excellent! I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Karen MacMillan, Executive Co-Director, Foothills Academy

“I give Skills4Good an excellent rating. They couldn't have made it easier for me to connect with a nonprofit. The online training was fit for purpose and the interviews/questionnaire were instrumental in finding a good fit. I am very happy with my match, which wouldn't have happened without their help. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Julia Stadnyk, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good’s services were excellent. Their communication was outstanding - clear, kind, and very punctual. The process was thorough and laid out clearly, which certainly built trust in not only Skills4Good/B3, but in the candidate that was successfully matched with us. I really enjoyed working with them and am very excited that we're welcoming a new board member!”
- - - Joshua Dalledonne, Board President, Calgary Young People's Theatre Society

“I give Skills4Good’s services an excellent rating. I liked working with their team! They were very professional, warm and really cared that I ended up at a nonprofit that not only aligned with my passions, but that was also going to be a good fit with my personality. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at RBC.”
- - - Stephanie Breitman, Senior Credit Analyst, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

”We registered with Skills4Good to try a new recruitment method. The quality of their services was excellent. They had easy-to-use online tools and were very responsive with their feedback. I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Joy Parsons, CEO, Fair Haven Homes Society

“Skills4Good invested a lot of work to ensure a great match. I am grateful to Skills4Good for my board appointment. Given their excellent service, I highly recommend them to my Enbridge colleagues!”
- - - Tanya Mushynski, Vice President, Enbridge

“Skills4Good was intentional about understanding our board needs. They presented excellent candidates and we’re thrilled with the outcome!”
- - - Anne Marie Peirce, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Mississauga

”The absolute professionalism, dedication to personal development and the opportunity to learn directly from the Skills4Good team was excellent. It is evident that they’re respected and connected within the industry. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Jamie Beyore, Director Global Wholesale, Shell Canada

”We were in need of quality board members and were having a hard time connecting with the right individuals. The Skills4Good team was very professional. The candidate was well suited. Communication was easy and the process was efficient. I am very happy with their services. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues."
- - - Bill de Jong, Board Director, Janus Academy Society

"I give Skills4Good an excellent rating. Their program worked perfectly for me. I liked how organized and methodical the matching program was. I also liked their team's individual and personalized approach. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Equifax."
- - - Yosh Ubieda, Senior Finance Analyst, Equifax Canada

”We had been looking for some months to add new members to our Board of Directors. Skills4Good’s services were excellent. We liked working with them because of the quality of applicants we received. I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Samantha Fox, Board Chair, London Youth Advisory Council

“I rate Skills4Good’s services as excellent. Everyone was very responsive and helpful. The board volunteer opportunities identified were very much what I was looking for and the Leaders on Board online course was interesting. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Julianne Osberg, Senior Counsel, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good’s professionalism in finding someone for us was unbelievable and made my workload a lot easier as they did the legwork in finding someone. I give them an excellent rating and highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Sarah Preston, Gateway Association

“I liked Skills4Good’s great, very user-friendly online portal interface and excellent nonprofit board governance training. They provided access to many nonprofits without the need to search for them myself. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Alex Markos, Production Manager, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good is a professional organization to work with! Thanks so much for helping us find an amazing person to join our board! I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Kate Butler, Board Director, Hope 24/7

“I give Skills4Good an excellent rating! They invested a lot of time and effort to determine my interests and objectives to ensure a great match. They were very responsive to my feedback throughout the process. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Enbridge!”
- - - Tanya Mushynski, Vice-President, Enbridge 

“I liked Skills4Good’s personalized connections and excellent support they provided our nonprofit. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues. Their services were excellent.”
- - - Rebecca White, CEO, Engineers of Tomorrow

“Skills4Good has the nonprofit connections and methodology in place to first understand what resonated with me professionally and personally. They found the appropriate board contacts to facilitate my placement. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Brody Mainville, Head of Retail, Shell Canada

“We contacted Skills4Good because of their impressive reputation. Their board matching services are excellent! I enjoyed communicating with their team. They made the board matching process very smooth. I have only positive feedback from my experience with Skills4Good!”
- - - Julie Wildgoose, Board Director, Centennial Infant and Child Centre

“Skills4Good’s level of service and professionalism is top-notch. I liked their very high touch service and online board training. They made sure I understood everything and were there for me every step of the way. They really match personal passion to nonprofit. I give them an excellent rating and highly recommend them to my colleagues at LGM.”
- - - Diana Ricketts, VP of Strategic Partnerships, LGM Financial Services

”The communications we received from Skills4Good was terrific. The candidate was a good match to our organization. I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Carlene Chrumka, Executive Director, Janus Academy Society

”The Skills4Good team was very knowledgeable about the working of Boards and areas that would not be known by the more general audience. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Enbridge.”
- - - Christine Neff, Vice President, Enbridge

“I give Skills4Good an excellent rating! Their matching process was spot on to connect applicants with the experience and interest to our nonprofit board. This is a great service to match volunteers with the right skill sets for boards. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Pam Banks, Executive Director, RIC Centre

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