Nicole Helwig heads the Centre for Social Enterprise at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she is responsible for setting strategy and direction to fulfill the centre’s mandate to nurture social entrepreneurs, strengthen social enterprise and drive social innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Nicole is also program co-ordinator for Memorial’s MBA in social enterprise and entrepreneurship (MBA-SEE), which is the only MBA program in Canada purposefully designed to develop business leaders who are committed to sustainable and social business practices.
Nicole’s circuitous career path has provided her with a wealth of experiences and exposure to societal issues around the world. She holds a bachelor of arts from McGill University (humanistic studies program) and a master of business administration from the University of Strathclyde (Malaysia International Centre). She is also is also a Social Innovation Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom). Outside of work and raising her young daughter, she is a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Better Business Bureau and Kittiwake Dance Theatre.
More about Nicole: https://gazette.mun.ca/public-engagement/creativity-is-innovation/
Social Enterprise Partner Relations
Hannah comes to The Centre for Social Enterprise with a background in Human Resources, policy development, and diversity management. With experience in the oil and gas industry as well as the non-profit sector, Hannah knows the importance of developing sustainable projects while keeping local communities at front of mind. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative, and for the past six years has been working towards the Market’s move to their new location. Hannah holds a Master’s Degree in Employment Relations, with a focus in policy that supports underrepresented groups, Indigenous communities and women in male-dominated environments. Her work at the Centre for Social Enterprise helps to develop the provincial social enterprise ecosystem and creates inclusive experiential learning opportunities for students.
Samantha Hoddinott is a Student Assistant with the Centre for Social Enterprise. She is completing the last year of her undergraduate degree, a double major in Classics and English. Samantha will be using her research and writing skills as she works to help provide content for the centre’s web page, with her main focus interviewing social entrepreneurs for our Featured Stories section. Samantha is fairly new to the world of social enterprise and looks forward to continuing her education on the subject and experiencing professional and personal growth during her time with us.