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robert "wacky duck" wakulat

Curious Lawyer & Facilitator

robert@designwithcourage.com | LinkedIn

Robert is the Managing Director of Courage Co-Lab Inc., where he connects corporate partners to creative processes. He is a Founding Law Partner at Wakulat Dhirani LLP, a professional services from embedded at the Centre for Social Innovation where he focuses on supporting social entrepreneurs working to alleviate social or environmental challenges. Robert is highly sought after to lead workshops on corporate law and enterprise structure across the GTA with community-based organizations, the Toronto Public Library and postsecondary institutions such as Ryerson University’s Social  Innovation Zone. This includes recurring guest instructor roles with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Toronto Artscape’s Launchpad program for creative entrepreneurs. Robert loves exploring provocative questions and often co-hosts “Kitchen Table Conversations” on topics that pique his personal and professional interest.

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denise "bangarang" pinto

Obsessive Community-Builder & Facilitator

denise@designwithcouragecom | LinkedIn

Denise is the Creative Director of Courage Co-Lab Inc., where she oversees design strategy and facilitation. She is a board member for MABELLEarts, a community-based arts practice which transforms public spaces, and a volunteer for the StopGap Foundation, a charity focused on improving the accessibility of local communities all across Canada. Denise teaches Urban Studies at the University of Toronto, and frequently mentors students at the Institute Without Boundaries. In 2016 she was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Foundation for her years of work as Executive Director of the international Jane’s Walk project, connecting neighbours face-to-face in 226 cities worldwide. In her spare time, Denise hosts events about placemaking and peacemaking.

 
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ALIA SCANLON

Inquisitive, Strategic Doer of Things 

alia@designwithcourage.com | LinkedIn

Alia is an Associate at Courage Co-Lab, where she makes things happen and emboldens changemakers to bridge the gaps between intent and impact. She is an inquisitive city-builder with an MPA and cheerful imperturbability in the face of complexity. Through her work as the Executive Director of Jane's Walk and her growing caboodle of projects, initiatives, and side hustles, she seeks to make city-building in Toronto and around the world more human-centered, resulting in better public policy, inclusively designed services, products, and spaces, and an urban business ecosystem that is competitive, compassionate, and socially innovative.