Toronto CEOs take up Prince of Wales’s Challenge
October 3, 2013
Gay Mitchell (Deputy Chair – RBC Wealth Management) led a group of Toronto business and community leaders today to experience Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park and SKETCH on Queen West.
Both organizations use the arts and social innovation to create unique opportunities for disadvantaged communities.
The group is part of the Prince’s Seeing is Believing, an experiential program created two decades ago by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in order to engage corporate leaders on social issues and challenge them to action.
“PSiB is a powerful leadership program that gives senior business leaders first-hand insight into key social issues,” said Amanda Sherrington, President & CEO of Prince’s Charities Canada. “The program was born from a simple but powerful idea – to close the gap between the boardroom and the community.”
Over the day the CEOs were immersed in activities with Regent Park tenants and young artists and learned about the problems they face. At the end of the day CEOs worked with each other to come up with tangible solutions and then drive their implementation.
“CEOs solve problems for a living,” said Ms. Mitchell. “This program taps those skills and puts them to work in support of the community.”
The group led by Mitchell includes: John Andras (The Andras Group), Tom Anselmi (formerly of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment), Pavi Binning (George Weston Ltd.), John Crean (National Public Relations), Alex Gill (Mendicant Group), Vikas Gupta (Transgaming), Valerie Pringle (Broadcaster), John Stackhouse (Globe & Mail), Marilyn Struthers (Ryerson University) and Peter Willson (Willson International Brokerage).
Previous visit days have led to internships, improved access to capital, marketing support, mentorships and jobs initiatives.