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

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 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 where she focused largely on health equity and efficacy. She holds a degree in public policy and medical anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied as a Morehead-Cain scholar.

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, the
preeminent strategy consulting firm in the US nonprofit space. At Bridgespan,
her consulting engagements with non-profits included strategy development, facilitation,
operational planning and development of implementation roadmaps and performance
measurement strategies. 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.

Julie Werry

Affiliate, Toronto

Julie Werry is a consultant specializing in non-profit development and brings her
expertise in fundraising, donor communications, and organizational management to her
clients. Prior to her work in consulting, Julie was a development professional in the
non-profit sector, most recently as the Director of Individual Giving at Right To Play
Canada. Before moving to Toronto, she worked for nearly a decade at New York City’s
largest poverty-fighting organization, the Robin Hood Foundation, where she led the
Donor Relations and Events teams. Julie has also worked on the Growth, Strategy and
Development team at Teach For America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain
scholar, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.