About Us

Robin Cory

Partner, Toronto

Robin brings many years of experience working with both foundations and non-profit organizations to increase their impact.  Prior to her work with Colbeck, her background largely focused on the intersection of business and social impact, demonstrated by her experience as Project Manager for the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance (at Social Innovation Generation), as the Leader of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation, and as one of the first team members of the Global Leadership and Diversity group at Goldman Sachs in New York.  She has completed her training as a coach with the Coach Training Institute, is an active volunteer and board member, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Margot Smart

Partner, Calgary

Margot has spent more than a decade working as an advisor and strategist with non-profits and foundations in Canada, the United States and abroad.  She began her career with Oliver Wyman, a strategy and operations consulting firm, where she worked with large international organizations in the field of global health.  She went on to serve as Manager of the President’s Office for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, where she was responsible for strategic initiatives and evaluation at the national level.  In addition to her professional background in non-profit management, Margot has extensive voluntary experience at home and abroad.  She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Laura Limarzi Klyn

Associate, Toronto

Laura has played the role of leader, program consultant and active volunteer for a diverse group of non-profit organizations over the past decade. Before working with Colbeck, she was based in Malawi as a research assistant on an HIV prevention study funded by The National Institutes of Health. She has also worked on health equity projects with the Center for Ethical, Social and Cultural Risk in Toronto, the World Health Organization in Geneva, and Baylor Scott and White Health in Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in the Control of Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Ikran Abdullahi Ali

Special Projects Coordinator, Toronto

Ikran is a community leader, mentor and dedicated volunteer. She is the co-founder of Say Somaali Youth Development Initiative, a program aimed to provide Somali youth with holistic mentorship opportunities in Toronto. She is also a Program Facilitator at Visions of Science, a non-profit organization that aims to bring STEM learning to youth in underserved communities. Ikran is passionate about providing equitable opportunities for marginalized youth. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto, and holds a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Modern Sciences.

Shazeen Virani

Affiliate, Edmonton

Shazeen is the founder of Virtue Strategic Advisors, a firm that supports global and local
non-profits and businesses of all sizes to create strategies to scale impact, develop
strong leaders, build successful boards, and manage change initiatives. Prior to
founding Virtue, Shazeen was a senior manager at The Bridgespan Group. Shazeen has also worked for various international development organizations such as the Aga Khan Foundation, the World Bank and the UN. Shazeen earned her BSc in Health Information Systems from the University of Victoria and her MS in Health Administration from the University of Toronto where she focused on international health systems.