The Discovery Pod

The Discovery Pod features conversations with leaders in non-profit/social sector. Join former CEO Doug Nelson as he talks with CEOs, Board Chairs, Founders and other senior leaders about how they got started in the sector, how they work with their boards, and what remains to be done. As Managing Director of The Discovery Group, Doug understands the complexity of leading organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’ Learn from the brightest and the best in the industry so you can accomplish what is most important by tuning in to The Discovery Pod today, whether here or on your preferred streaming platform such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and more.

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Season 6 Premiere: Sofia Janmohamed

There have been many changes to the world of fundraisers, with many opportunities in the field. Along with opportunities, of course, are new challenges to face. In this episode, Douglas Nelson interviews Sofia Janmohamed, President of the AFP Greater Vancouver...

NorQuest College With Carolyn Campbell

NorQuest College continues to grow more into an institution that helps show the way on solving problems together. Douglas Nelson introduces Carolyn Campbell, the President and CEO of the institution. Carolyn explains that the deep purpose of NorQuest is to be a place...

Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon with Richard Pass

The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families who have a child being treated at the BC Children's Hospital. This house has created a culture of care and support for one another that even long-time families welcome the new families in. Learn that you...

University Hospital Foundation With Dr. Jodi Abbott

Working between two large entities - academia and the healthcare system - is a complex role to play. In this episode, Douglas Nelson’s guest is Dr. Jodi Abbott, the President and CEO of the University Hospital Foundation. Dr. Jodi talks about how being in the middle...

Banff Centre For Arts & Creativity With Janice Price

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is home to some of Canada’s finest in the realm of arts and culture. With nearly a hundred years of excellence in the arts, The Banff Centre is prepared to continue inspiring people towards creativity. In this episode, Douglas...

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation With Stephanie Beck

How can you have a good recruitment and retention program at your hospital? You need to provide your physicians and surgeons with the most modern and technologically advanced tools. Douglas Nelson introduces Stephanie Beck, the Executive Director of Peace Arch...

YMCA of Greater Vancouver With Stephen Butz

Having a leadership mindset could be developed overtime. You just have to be committed to recognizing opportunities, solving problems and delivering value to the company as a whole. The CEO of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the CEO of Canada West YMCA Regional...

Praxis Spinal Cord Institute With Bill Barrable

The challenges of the COVID pandemic has changed how social organizations operate. In this episode, we learn how the United Way of Greater Toronto has risen to the challenge to provide social services to their community. Douglas Nelson speaks with the president and CEO of United Way, Daniele Zanotti on United Way’s response to the challenges of the pandemic. He discusses United Way and the changes in how it engages not just with their donors and sponsors, but with the community as well. Tune in and be inspired by their journey to help others.

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Join former CEO Douglas Nelson as he talks with CEOs, Board Chairs, Founders and other senior leaders about how they got started in the sector, how they work with their boards, and what remains to be done.