Lynn Fergusson is co-founder of Social Impact Advisors, which works with nonprofit organizations, foundations and companies to define and focus on the social impact they aim to achieve and develop the strategies and actions to make it happen.
As a Certified Impact Coach with Innoweave, Lynn and has worked with organizations across Canada. Whether for a single organization, through Innoweave’s Impact & Strategic Clarity module, or a number of cross-sector organizations tackling an issue through Innoweave’s Collective Impact module, Lynn provides support, tools and direction, and asks some tough questions to ensure clients are clear and intentional about their strategies and doing their best to positively impact the people they aim to serve. Lynn also has the privilege of working with Innoweave on content development and being among the few coaches delivering the two workshops all Collective Impact groups attend.
Lynn has been consulting/coaching since 2008 and an Innoweave Coach since 2013. Prior to this work, Lynn held leadership roles over 16 years at GE, including on GE Canada’s National Executive, leading GE Volunteers and GE’s Quality initiative across Canada. As a result, she approaches her work from a strategic and data-driven perspective, with the end in mind, and cares about community building.
Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration from Western and an MBA from York. She has a Certificate in Adult Training and Development and teaches Strategic Philanthropy and Leadership at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.
Lynn is based in Burlington, Ontario, where she has volunteered with organizations delivering long-term social change, including the Board of Habitat for Humanity Halton (where she was also Interim ED) and as a Roots of Empathy instructor. She’s been on the Burlington Community Foundation’s Grants Committee and the Halton Poverty Roundtable’s Business Advisory Council. She currently spends more of her time in hockey arenas with her family.
Lynn’s Innoweave clients have included:
- Autism Lifepath
- Caledon Youth Voice
- Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network
- ECEBC – Early Childhood Educators of BC
- Ending Kingston Youth Homelessness, led by KFL&A United Way
- Feeding Halton
- Halton Poverty Roundtable
- Hamilton Healthy Birth Weights Coalition
- Nelson Youth Centres
- Niagara Children’s Planning Council, led by Early Childhood Community Development Centre
- Peel Children & Youth Grief Network
- PolicyWise for Children and Families (previously Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research)
- Raising the Roof
- Sustainability CoLab
- United Way Burlington and Greater Hamilton
- Vibrant Communities Charlotte County
- Y2K Kingston, led by the Students Commission
- YouthCAN, led by Centre for Print and Media Arts