As a professional program, we want to ensure that we stay informed of emerging trends and issues and that we can connect our curriculum to professional practice and networks. Our Advisory Council of highly experienced professionals and creative leaders in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector act as a sounding board and assist with external relationships in building the program. (Note: The Advisory Council has no control over curriculum decisions or other academic matters.)
- Keith Sjögren – Chair
Keith Sjögren is a Managing Director at formerly Investor Economics, a leading provider of research and advisory services to the financial services industry in Canada.
Before joining the management consulting profession in 1995, Keith held several executive positions at CIBC including Senior Vice President, Private Banking & Trust. His career spans retail banking, wealth management and international banking. He has lived and worked in the United States, Iran, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
Keith was educated at Carleton University, Ottawa and the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds the Partners, Directors and Officers qualification of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Keith is the author of several major reports on issues such as the transfer of wealth; women and wealth, as well as three reports on the issue of women and philanthropy and a report on donor-advised funds in Canada. He is a frequent speaker at wealth management conferences and has also spoken at major conferences dealing with philanthropy and the charitable sector.
Keith is the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership offered by Carleton University. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Emeritus Counsel of the Canadian Opera Company.
He also sits on a special committee of the Portfolio Management Association of Canada that selects an annual winner of an award for excellence in investment journalism as well as the Seniors Expert Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.
- Michelle Campbell
Alumna; President, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, London, ON
- Cornelia Duck
Collaborating closely with her husband whose business success she credits with their good fortune to be active philanthropists, Cornelia Duck draws on her hands-on experience in two privately-held businesses to inform and support her work in the community. A lifelong learner, she has applied herself to be well-informed about the critical work many agencies carry out to maintain and to improve the quality of life in Ottawa. Her passion is for the common good tapping all available resources in the city. This, coupled with her uniquely compassionate approach, has made Cornelia a knowledgeable funder in a number of cross-sectoral initiatives in Ottawa.
- Dr. Sharilyn Hale
Dr. Sharilyn Hale helps those who give, give well, and supports social purpose organizations to deepen their performance. With a 20+ year leadership career spanning the social profit sector, she draws on expertise in philanthropic strategy, family systems, organizational development, governance and research.
Serving clients across Canada and the Caribbean, Sharilyn is an advisor with NYC-based 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy, a governance advisor and trainer with BoardSource, a Chartered Director (C.Dir), and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Sharilyn serves on the Board of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, is a leadership volunteer for the Imagine Canada accreditation program for charities in Canada, and was a Provincial Appointee to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is Canada’s largest grant-making foundation. Having begun her career as a professional fundraiser, Sharilyn is Past Chair of CFRE International, the global credential ensuring effective and accountable fundraising. She is an invited speaker and educator to professional communities around the world, and has written or co-authored numerous publications including Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (3rd ed. 2011, Wiley), Excellence in Fundraising in Canada (2011, Civil Sector Press), as well as “Giving in the Caribbean” for the Palgrave Handbook on Global Philanthropy (2015).
Recently, Sharilyn successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on governance in multi-generational family philanthropy in Canada. She is a Research Associate with the Centre for Global Generosity, exploring HNW philanthropy in the Caribbean. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University; a program initiated by a group of sector leaders – including Sharilyn – who saw a need to build Canada’s philanthropic capacity.
- E.H. Guy Mallabone
Guy Mallabone is President/CEO of Global Philanthropic Canada. He has served as Vice-President of External Relations for SAIT Polytechnic (1999-2010) and Chief Development Officer for the University of Alberta (1995-1999), as well as senior fundraising positions at the Canadian Red Cross Society and cultural non-profit organizations.
Guy has served as a former member of the International Board of Directors for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and CFRE Professional Certification Board, member of the Board for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Advancement & Support of Education, District VIII, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Chamber for Voluntary Organizations.
Guy has taught Fundraising Management at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Master in Fundraising program at the University of Bologna, Italy, as well as serving on a number of charity advisory committees. He is a regular speaker and presenter on fund development and has presented keynote and workshop sessions at numerous international conferences. Guy was recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential citizens (2009) by Alberta Venture Magazine, one of Calgary’s 20 most compelling citizensby the Calgary Herald (2009), and Outstanding Fundraising Executive by both AFP Edmonton Chapter (1999) and AFP Calgary Chapter (2011).
Guy has Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. He obtained his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1995.
- Kevin McCort
Kevin McCort is President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation. With more than 30 years of service to the non-profit sector, both in Canada and around the world, he has earned a reputation as a smart, strategic leader who always puts community at the heart of his work.
Since 2013 Kevin has led Vancouver Foundation through a period of significant transformation, with a sharpened focus on donor service, community inspired grant-making and world-class endowment management. Strong growth in new funds and assets enabled the foundation to contribute over $63M towards building healthy, vibrant, livable communities across BC in 2018. As the scale of Vancouver Foundation has grown Kevin has also worked to expand its impact, pioneering new initiatives and innovations that create meaningful change at a community level. Starting in 2015 Kevin led his team in a transformation of Vancouver Foundation’s approach to community granting, with a new focus on seeking systemic change by addressing root causes of pressing social, cultural and environmental issues.
Kevin has also been active at the national level. In 2019, he was appointed to the Women Deliver 2019 National Committee and also to the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, advising the Ministers of Women and Gender Equality, and National Revenue respectively.
Before joining Vancouver Foundation Kevin worked with some of Canada’s leading humanitarian aid organizations, including six years as President and CEO of CARE Canada. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his leadership in promoting Canadian values of tolerance and social justice across the world. Kevin currently serves on the boards of Community Foundations of Canada, Friends of Vancouver Foundation, and the B.C. Unclaimed Property Society. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization — a global network for business leaders.
Kevin graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989 with a B.Sc. (Specialist/Honours). In 2005, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
- Paul Nazareth
VP, Education and Development, CAGP, Toronto
- Hilary M. Pearson
Hilary Pearson has been President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national member association for family, independent and corporate grant makers in Canada since 2001. Her career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She spent over 12 years in the Canadian federal government as a policy analyst and senior manager in central agencies such as the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office. In 1993, Ms. Pearson became Vice-President, Strategic Development, at Royal Bank of Canada. In 1996, she turned to management consulting with the Montreal firm Sector, and in 2000 launched a practice in the non-profit sector, with a wide range of clients, from national membership organizations and operating charities to local organizations in the health, cultural and social services field.
Ms. Pearson has been a director and member of several nonprofit boards, including Imagine Canada, the United Nations Association in Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Centraide of Montreal and ECS School. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University
Ms. Pearson holds a BA and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and an honourary doctorate from Carleton University.
- Jo-Anne Ryan
Jo-Anne Ryan is Vice President, Philanthropic Advisory Services at TD Waterhouse Canada, Executive Director and architect of the Private Giving Foundation (PGF). PGF was the first donor-advised fund program launched by a financial institution in Canada that provides a structure to leave a lasting legacy in a simple and effective manner. Jo-Anne develops strategies within TD Waterhouse that help clients in corporate philanthropy in their overall financial and estate planning. She is a past member of the executive of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners GTA and is currently a member of the government relations committee which lobbies the department of finance to improve tax incentives related to charitable giving. Jo-Anne is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto. She is an active volunteer on several gift planning committees for charities. In addition, she is a recipient of the “Friend of CAGP Award” in 2002 which was awarded to her for her significant contribution to gift planning in Canada. She is also a member of the Board and audit committee for Bishops University Foundation.