Advancing social change.

Helping you increase impact &

return on resources.



  • Systems change strategies
  • Program design
  • Possibility identification
    & recommendations
  • Stakeholder & community engagement


  • Implementation plans
  • Proposal & grant writing
  • Tool & resource creation
  • Workshop & meeting facilitation

Fundraising & Revenue Generation

  • Program design for revenue generation
  • Market & competitive analysis
  • Donor research & prioritization
  • Board, committee and volunteer engagement



Without strategy, execution is aimless, and without execution, strategy is useless
We tailor our methodology below to help clients exceed their goals, maximizing social and financial return.

1. Discovery
Understand root opportunities & challenges
2. Goal consensus
Agree upon project goals
3. Road map creation
Identify the path to achieving project goals. Review and revise as needed4. Stakeholder engagement
Connect, understand and integrate meaningful insights
5. Research
Dig, dig deeper and integrate
6. Strategy development
Connect insights, define direction, articulate critical choices, and make recommendations
7. Project implementation
Identify milestones, resources and ownership. Provide critical support as needed

Recent Projects

Change initiatives & community support


Real money strategies helping get real results
Strive emerged out of the Alt/Now program at The Banff Centre.  Monica designed the initiative with a belief that peer to peer engagement combined with efforts to encourage financially resilient behaviours could catalyze greater financial agency. 

School for Social Entrepreneurs
Monica has been a mentor and volunteer with the school for social entrepreneurs since 2014. 

About Monica Da Ponte


Monica is passionate about using her expertise and 20 years’ experience in business, not for profit management and systems thinking to help build a society where people and nature thrive.

Monica started Shift & Build in 2015 and has been working to help organizations develop and implement strategies that deliver economic, environmental and social value ever since.

In addition to her work at Shift & Build, Monica is an adjunct professor at the Schulich School of Business. 

Prior to Shift & Build, Monica was the Executive Director, Education at Public Services Health and Safety Association leading efforts to advance prevention in the education and culture sectors. 

Preceding PSHSA, Monica led WWF-Canada’s efforts to drive transformational change and raise funds through relationships with business.  Here she created the award winning, Living Planet @ Work, WWF’s program to advance sustainability through employee engagement.  The program now has over 1,000 participating companies and has raised over $1M for conservation efforts. 

Monica began her career at Procter & Gamble in various business development and customer marketing roles. 

Monica holds a BBA with a major in Marketing and an MBA with a specialization in Sustainability, both from the Schulich School of Business.  Most recently, she completed a residency program at The Banff Centre focused on using design thinking to build market-based solutions that tackle economic inequality.




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