Godfrey Edwards, Engagement Manager

As I prepare to begin the Executive MBA in the fall at the Richard Ivey School of Business, I believe this volunteer experience will not only assist me in the classroom but beyond in my future career paths.

 

What is your educational background and work experience?

My educational background in Political Science with a course concentration in Business Administration prepared me for a chosen career path after graduation in the public sector. Throughout my seven years of employment with the Ontario government, I have received four promotions throughout the Ontario government in the Ministry of Finance, Health & Long-Term Care, Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Government Services (Ontario Shared Services) working in the discipline areas of policy, project management and currently finance.

Why did you choose to be a volunteer with Endeavour?

I chose to volunteer with Endeavour in 2008 after viewing and being impressed with Endeavour’s operational structure, calibre of leadership/volunteers and testimonies of personal and professional growth from past volunteers. Furthermore, Endeavour’s track record and professionalism has positively contributed to non-profit/charities in the Greater Toronto Area.

Please describe the project that you worked on.

In 2008/2009 during the financial crisis, I led a consulting team comprised of four consultants to advise Meal Exchange (MX), a national student-founded, grassroots charity that addresses local hunger issues in Ontario and across Canada. The focus of the project was to conduct a pre-feasibility study within the corporate sector to identify potential sources of consistent sustainable revenue stemming from partnerships. The recommendations on sustainable funding strategies and (indirectly) board governance were instrumental to Meal Exchange’s sustainable growth.

What was your role on the volunteer project and what are some of the activities that you performed?

As Engagement Manager, I managed and contributed to:

  • Providing MX with the information required to make a decision on pursuing sustainable funding partnerships.
  • Researching ideas for the types of programs, products/services and corporations that MX may target for successful marketing partnerships (market feasibility)
  • Exploring and identifying best practices on sustainable funding, including how to structure partnerships for the organization (organizational feasibility)
  • Exploring MX’s organizational capacity to build and support corporate marketing partnerships (resource feasibility)

In addition, I dedicated a great deal of time and effort as the relationship facilitator between MX’s organization (Executive Director & Board Chair) and the consulting team to arrive at the deliverables that would effect change in the organization.

How has volunteering with Endeavour helped you personally and professionally?

Volunteering with Endeavour has assisted me professionally by being exposed to the consulting industry, skill set and working practitioners in the field. Furthermore, being an Engagement Manager for a project enabled me to utilize and improve skills that I did not always use daily on my job. Lastly, volunteering with Endeavour completed my contemplation to apply to pursue a MBA, as the volunteering experience confirmed a personal capacity strength that I want to utilize and further develop. As I prepare to begin the Executive MBA in the fall at the Richard Ivey School of Business, I believe this volunteer experience will not only assist me in the classroom but beyond in my future career paths.

What advice would you pass along for future Endeavour volunteers?

The advice that I would encourage future Endeavour volunteers to adhere to would be, to learn and be open to others opinions and experience. There is a great deal of personal value one can obtain while working in an environment that is composed of diverse work and educational experiences.

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