Eric Saarvala

Senior Associate

With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and in corporate social responsibility, Eric Saarvala, MBA, CSR-P, G. Dipl. SR&S, specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and has additional significant expertise in Advancement Services, Alumni Relations and Giving, Counsel and Support for Philanthropists and Risk Management and Fundraising Governance.  


Some of his previous experience has included: Strategic Account Executive, CSR, Employee Engagement, Foundations & Nonprofit Solutions for Blackbaud, Advisor to Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) and Manager, Charitable Foundation Services, Scotiatrust, Scotia Private Client Group, Scotiabank. 


Eric graduated from the Ivey Business School with an Executive MBA from Western University and the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, with a Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility & Sustainability.  Eric also has sustainability practitioner certification from the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence. 


Eric is an in-demand thought leader in CSR/sustainability, philanthropy and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  He sits on the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) Education Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Imagine Canada Board of Directors’ Risk Management, Finance and Audit Committee.

Area of Expertise:
Eric’ specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility and has significant additional expertise in Advancement Services, Alumni Relations and Giving, Counsel and Support for Philanthropists and Risk Management and Fundraising Governance

Sector Experience:
Education, Healthcare, Arts & Culture, International Development

Fundraising Must Have:
Strategic philanthropy that drives internal and external capacity building and inclusion for greater social impact and advancement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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