Board and Staff

The Board of Directors 2016-2017

Laura J. Manning, Executive Director, Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, Kitchener

Allan Northcott, Vice President, Max Bell Foundation, Calgary

Past Chair
Bruce Lawson, President & CEO, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Toronto

Helen McLean, Executive Director, Donner Canadian Foundation, Toronto

Llewellyn Smith, President, Helderleigh Foundation, Toronto


(From left to right: Hilary Pearson, Moses Levy, Llewellyn Smith, Bruce Lourie, Laura Manning, Shelley Uytterhagen, Michelle Clarke, Bruce Lawson, Mike Flynn, Helen McLean, Allan Northcott)


  • Moses Levy, Executive Director, Asper Foundation, Winnipeg
  • Michelle Clarke, Executive Director, Burns Memorial Fund, Calgary
  • Shelley Uytterhagen, President, Carthy Foundation, Calgary
  • Patricia Rossi, Director, Liaison and support to organizations, Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, Montréal
  • Mike Flynn, Past Chair, The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Toronto
  • Sarah Saso, Managing Director, Social Innovation, Green Shield Canada, Toronto
  • Grace Laing Hogg, Secretary, The George Hogg Family Foundation, Montreal
  • Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation, Toronto
  • Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director, Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto
  • Margret Hovanec, Chair, The Lupina Foundation, Toronto
  • Lucie Santoro, Administration Director, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Montréal
  • Stephen Huddart, President & CEO, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Montréal


PFC Staff 2016 


From left to right:

Sarah Pinchevsky,
Liza Goulet,
Hilary Pearson,
Diane Pagé,
Jennifer-Lee Thomas

Hilary Pearson
President & CEO

Hilary Pearson is President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national network of family, independent and corporate grantmakers in Canada. Since 2001, she has grown the organization to become a significant voice in Canadian organized philanthropy. Her career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She spent 12 years in the Canadian federal government in the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office. In 1993, Ms. Pearson moved to Montreal to be  Vice-President, Strategic Development, at Royal Bank of Canada and subsequently a senior consultant with the independent management consulting firm Secor, working with both private sector and nonprofit clients.

Ms. Pearson holds a BA and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto, and honourary doctorates from Carleton University and from the University of New Brunswick.

Liza Goulet
Director Member Services

Liza Goulet joined Philanthropic Foundations Canada in 2002 as Director of Member Services. She spent fifteen years as a consultant specializing in children’s rights and healthy child development in the voluntary sector, and for the federal government in Canada and internationally. Ms. Goulet managed the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, a national member-based association of organizations in the voluntary sector for six years and was responsible for programming, management and operations. Prior to this she worked in Rwanda for the Canadian International Development Agency, managing a Canadian funding program for women and children and local community development initiatives.

Ms. Goulet holds a BA Honours in Communications as well as a graduate diploma in International Development and Cooperation from the University of Ottawa. She completed doctoral level courses in children’s rights and child development at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Jennifer-Lee Thomas
Director Communications

Jennifer-Lee Thomas joined Philanthropic Foundations Canada in 2015 as Director of Communications. Ms. Thomas has a passion for branding and communications and has spent over fifteen years helping organizations in both the public and private sectors define their brands and promote their products or services. Ms. Thomas started her career in marketing and communications by launching, the employment website, in Canada in 1997. Most recently, Ms. Thomas was Marketing Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, a non-profit organization that matches volunteer mentors with youth to help them reach their full potential.

Ms. Thomas holds a BA in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal.

Sarah Pinchevsky
Coordinator, Member Services

Sarah Pinchevsky joined Philanthropic Foundations Canada in 2012. Prior to joining PFC, she was Project Coordinator for OmniGlobe Networks, a technology company providing cellular and internet service to remote and rural communities worldwide. She has also held community development positions in Canada with Katimavik and YMCA, as well as internships internationally with U.N. Women (New York), World Youth Service and Enterprise (Italy), Foundation for AIDS Orphaned Children (Uganda), among others.

Ms. Pinchevsky holds a BA in Psychology, with a concentration in Child Development, from Dalhousie University and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics.

Diane Pagé

Diane Pagé joined Philanthropic Foundations Canada in August 2014. She holds a certificate in Business Administration from l’Université du Québec à Montréal.