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newpact started with an idea.

To build stronger communities, we must build better organizations.

Whether you lead a food bank, a tech company, a university, or a local bakery, community matters; your community matters. Building it. Supporting it. Growing it. Nurturing it.

Until recently, most organizations considered community engagement and social impact nonessential. But the world is changing.

  • 86% of investors say companies should work for the benefit of all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
  • 73% of consumers say companies must show how they support communities and the environment to win their support.
  • Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. 64% of Millennials will only take a job if their employer has a solid corporate social responsibility strategy.

Social impact is the new standard.

But meeting that standard requires more than a great vision. It requires the right systems and processes. It requires support, guidance, and training for your people. And it requires your organization to build authentic connections within your community.

Fortunately, that’s what we do best.

The newpact collective includes leading strategists and facilitators from the non-profit and for-profit sectors who believe in a people-first approach to organizational development. We build stronger communities by building better organizations.

We’re committed to social justice.

At newpact, we believe in fighting for a world in which everyone has access to the same rights, opportunities, resources, and benefits. That means acknowledging historical inequalities and addressing them through collective action, taking tangible steps to combat discrimination and oppression.

We only work with organizations who share our commitment to social justice–period. If you’re serious about making an impact in your community, we can help you do it.

Our Team


Dwaine Taylor

Founder & Executive Director | Lead Strategist & Facilitator

Dwaine has spent a decade helping charities, nonprofits, and higher education institutions successfully develop community impact programs, establish employee engagement initiatives, and implement equity, diversity and inclusion policies.

Through his work, Dwaine has designed workshops for thousands, mentored dozens of emerging leaders and fundraised over 1 million dollars for charity. His work spans the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors, including the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Carleton University.

Dwaine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, specializing in impact measurement and evaluation, social enterprise and social value purchasing.


Tania Gomes

Director of Operations | Lead Strategist & Facilitator

Tania is an experienced business strategist with more than seven years of experience working in sustainability, social impact, and business transformation. She specializes in growth strategy, social impact measurement, operational sustainability and transformation, change management, and social entrepreneurship. 

A believer that what gets measured gets managed and what gets managed gets improved, she’s passionate about working with organizations to ensure that measurement is the cornerstone of every social impact project. As a facilitator, Tania has delivered social justice and leadership development workshops to youth, schools, and corporate groups. She holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management degree from Carleton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from IESE Business School.


Kelsey Gilchrist

Director of Communications | Lead Strategist & Facilitator

Kelsey is a digital marketing strategist, writer, and facilitator who specializes in working with mission-driven organizations. An experienced communicator, she has expertise in content marketing, SEO, social media, copywriting, branding, and data analysis. Through storytelling and community engagement, she helps organizations hone their brand voice and effectively communicate with their audience.

A former student activist, Kelsey co-founded a national student movement to end campus sexual violence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University.


Rosalynn Alessi

Principal Strategist

Rosalynn is an atypical leader with over a decade of experience in business and HR. In her roles as a strategist, manager, and board member, her work is focused on leveraging each team member’s natural strengths and creating teams and environments where it is not only accepted but encouraged to be your authentic self.

While she possesses a range of expertise, Rosalynn specializes in employee relations, labour relations, talent acquisition and management, training and development, performance management, HR policies and compliance. An experienced board member, she currently serves as the Chair of the Fredericton Intercultural Centre board. She holds an MBA from the University of Fredericton, as well as her CPHR and SHRM-CP.


Sarah Cuddie

Principal Facilitator

Sarah is an operations nerd, writer and editor, and creative program developer. She’s a proud generalist with experience working with non-profits, small businesses, startups, and government. 

Sarah believes in life-long learning and personal growth, and centres the power of empathy and storytelling in all of her work, from facilitation to operations and beyond. Her diverse education and work experiences allow her to bring a unique perspective to teams on the possibilities for work and leadership, no matter the environment. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. 


Isabeau Welter

Strategist & Facilitator

Isabeau is a highly experienced social worker based in the Ottawa region, boasting over 10 years of expertise in gender and sexuality, gender based violence, and trauma work. Having taught at Carleton University in the competitive Social Work Program, and founding her own mental health practice, she brings practical knowledge from extensive work in trauma, mental health and community focused programming.

Her passion lies in creating inclusive environments for queer and gender diverse communities, utilizing a culturally competent and collaborative framework. With a comprehensive understanding of large organizations and small non-profits, her approach is grounded in a structural framework, emphasizing tangible skills. Isabeau is committed to delivering transformative outcomes, offering evidence-based solutions to complex social challenges, and cultivating compassionate, inclusive partnerships.