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Michelle Baldwin

Executive Director, Pillar Nonprofit Network

Michelle Baldwin is Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network and helped to co-create Innovation Works and VERGE Capital in London, Ontario. As a social innovator whose personal mission is to be a community connector, Michelle is passionate about connecting people and organizations. Michelle is a firm believer that nonprofits are integral to our community and that business, government and nonprofit sectors must work collaboratively to strengthen it. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, social enterprise, social innovation, social finance, communications and fundraising.

In the development of Innovation Works a 32,000 sq ft co-working space for social innovators, Michelle was involved in bringing innovative social finance tools including a 1 million dollar community bond and 1.2 million in social finance loans to make the project possible. She currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Nonprofit Network and Atlohsa Native Healing Services. Michelle currently sits on the Premier’s Advisory Committee on Community Hubs, Community Economic Advisory Panel with City of London and Entrepreneur Support Network. She is also a past board member of Huron University College where she was the chair of the Campus Community Advisory Committee and the London Health Sciences Community Advisory Council. Pillar Nonprofit Network has been recognized with the June Callwood Outstanding Voluntarism Award from the Ontario government and London Convention Centre Ambassador Award. Michelle was the recipient of an Honorary Diploma from the Faculty of Media, Arts, Design from Fanshawe College and Green Umbrella Award from the Urban League of London for demonstrating outstanding community citizenship and leadership in the City of London. Michelle holds a Master of Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Communications & Public Relations Professional Certificate from Western and a Volunteer Management Certificate from Fanshawe College.

All Sessions by Michelle Baldwin

Opening Keynote Address

8:40 AM


Panel Discussion on The Power of Collaborative Leadership: Lessons from the Field

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Being a collaborative leader is an imperative today because this is how you surround yourself with those who bring to your organization the skills and knowledge to create transformational change in your community. Come on a journey of one leader’s collaborative path with successes, failures, learning and storytelling at the heart of her leadership quest to become an architect of relationships and productive disruptor. “Bold transformational change takes a whole lot of hope, tenacity, collaboration and… a sprinkle of panic.”