Board and Staff

The Board of Directors 2017-2018

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

Allan Northcott, 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

Michelle Clarke, Executive Director, Burns Memorial Fund, Calgary

Moses Levy, Executive Director, Asper Foundation, Winnipeg
Shelley Uytterhagen, President, Carthy Foundation, Calgary
Mike Flynn, Past Chair, The Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Toronto
Kevin Leonard, Executive Director, Echo Foundation, Montréal
Sarah Saso, Managing Director, Social Innovation, Green Shield Canada, Toronto
Llewellyn Smith, President, The Helderleigh Foundation, Toronto
Grace Laing Hogg, Secretary, The George Hogg Family Foundation, Montréal
Andrea Nemtin, CEO, Inspirit Foundation, Toronto
Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation, Toronto
Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director, Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto
Patty Faith, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation, Dartmouth
Bob Wyatt, Executive Director, Muttart Foundation, Edmonton
Thomas Chanzy, Vice-President Public Affairs, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto

New Directors 2017

We are very excited to welcome aboard and introduce our five new Directors for 2017-2018.


Bob Wyatt has been executive director of The Muttart Foundation since 1989. He has been a leader in the voluntary sector at the local, provincial and national levels, including serving as sector co-chair of the Joint Regulatory Table during the Voluntary Sector Initiative. He is in regular contact with provincial and federal governments, including through the Muttart Consultations process that he initiated 20 years ago. He is the author of a book resulting from a sabbatical research project examining the role of voluntary-sector umbrella organizations in affecting public policy related to the sector, and co-editor of a new book on regulating charities. He has served on a number of boards of directors, including as founding member of PFC, Imagine Canada and the governing body of his church. He is a credentialed parliamentarian and has provided advice to a large number of voluntary sector organizations.



Thomas Chanzy is the Vice-President, Public Affairs of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Part of the Senior Leadership Team, he oversees the Support Centre, all the internal and external communications operations as well as the volunteer and government relations for the Foundation. Thomas is also accountable for the Foundation’s customer service and its privacy and access to information policies and procedures.

Born and raised in France, Thomas moved to Canada in 2001 as an attaché for educational and cultural affairs for the Consulate General of France in Toronto. Director of Communications and Development for Théâtre français de Toronto from 2004 to 2008, Thomas joined provincial politics in 2008, first as a senior communications advisor to the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, until he joined the Ontario Trillium Foundation in October 2013. Thomas was a guest commentator for Radio-Canada and TFO for many years and is currently a board member of Lycée français de Toronto and the Empire Club of Canada.



Andrea Nemtin is CEO and founding President of Inspirit Foundation a national, grant-making organization that supports young people in building a more inclusive and pluralist Canada. Over the last five years, she has led her team to launch a series of critically needed programs to address inclusion in Canada. Most recently, she played a key role in coordinating the organizational structure to embrace positive impact investing strategies, creating the foundation’s first roadmap towards a 100% impact portfolio.

Andrea was President and CEO of PTV Productions from 1995 to 2011. In this role, she created and managed relationships with Canadian and International broadcast partners, government and NGOs, becoming a leader in multi-platform storytelling as PTV Productions created award-winning projects. Andrea was chair of the Abilities Arts Festival, a Board member of Hot Docs and past National Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC).



Kevin Leonard is a graduate of the University of Montreal Law School and has been a member of the Board of Notaries of the Province of Québec since 1987. He practised as a notary for 25 years before joining Echo Foundation on January 1, 2012.



Patty Faith joined the Medavie Health Foundation in January 2011 and led the development and execution of the official launch that October. Since then, the Foundation has committed $7 million to more than 60 organizations through an annual grants program and collaborative multi-sectoral partnerships aimed at supporting child and youth mental health and the prevention and self-management of type 2 diabetes.

Patty is a seasoned strategic communications and marketing professional with national level experience working with both publicly traded and not-for-profit companies in the automotive, energy, insurance, and health care delivery sectors. A graduate of the MBA program at Dalhousie University, has a dual role at Medavie, serving as Executive Director of Medavie Health Foundation and as Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing for Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. She has served on the Boards of Alice Housing, the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society and Gemini Gymnastics.



PFC Staff 2017

From left to right:

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, representing many of the largest private charitable foundations in the country. Since 2001, when she was appointed President, she has grown the organization to become of the leading voices in Canadian organized philanthropy. She has worked at senior levels in all three sectors, with positions in central agencies of the Government of Canada from 1981 to 1993, an executive role at the Royal Bank of Canada from 1993 to 1996 and a senior consultant at the Montreal strategy consulting firm Secor from 1993 to 2001. An expert in nonprofit governance, Ms. Pearson has served on several national boards of directors, including those of Pearson College of the Pacific, Imagine Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, CARE Canada and Indspire. She chairs the Advisory Body of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, and was granted honourary doctorates by Carleton University and 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.

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.