In Person

Montreal Climate Summit’s Philanthropy Stream and PFC Gathering in Montreal

9 May 2023 / Registration Closed

Montreal Climate Summit, Philanthropy Stream

We cordially invite you to the inaugural Philanthropy stream of the 2nd annual Montreal Climate Summit. Organized in collaboration with the Montreal Climate Partnership and presented by the Fondation du Grand Montréal and the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, the philanthropic programming will offer two sessions during the afternoon of May 9th, 2023. (see session details below)

Whether your organization is just getting started, building momentum, or demonstrating leadership already in climate action, these sessions will be an excellent opportunity for you to discuss with peers on how Montreal philanthropy can contribute to the city’s climate efforts. If you are a signatory of the Canadian Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change, or interested in the movement, these sessions are for you. Please see details on the two exclusive, closed-door, philanthropy events below.


You can register for the Climate Summit Philanthropic Segment here: 2023 Montréal Climate Summit – Philanthropic Segment (

Montreal Regional Gathering for Members

Following the sessions on May 9, from 5-7 PM,  all members are invited to join us at the PFC tables of the Summit’s Cocktail at the Grand Quay to engage in conversation with our featured member guests, who are each working on unique innovations in the climate space. This will also be a great opportunity to reconnect with PFC colleagues from across the city, and celebrate Liza’s time and many accomplishments at PFC. This 5 a 7 is open to all PFC members and those strongly considering membership. If you cannot attend the full summit, please register for tickets for the cocktail only using the form below. 

Philanthropy sessions @ MTL Climate Summit

May 9th @ 1.30-3pm – Panel discussion: Engaging in Climate Action (50 seats)

Climate change is on the rise, and its effects are especially felt by the most vulnerable, including those who live in poverty, Indigenous communities, racialized immigrant communities and climate refugees—all groups that the philanthropic community strives to support. These groups have increasingly been calling on philanthropic foundations for help as more and more resources are needed to face the climate crisis. The situation calls for urgent action.

In this context, how can philanthropic foundations engage in climate action? This panel will bring together new and well-established climate and environmental foundations to share their experience to take their actions further. Participants will also get to talk about actions and projects other foundations can support and share their experience collaborating with partners on the ground.

May 9th @ 3:30-5pm – Workshop: How to Align Investments and Mission for a Swifter Transition (25 seats)

More and more philanthropic foundations are aligning their investments with their mission and values to speed up the transition to a fairer, greener, and more sustainable world. This activity will allow participants to learn from the leading practices of well-established foundations that now use such impact investment strategies. It will help participants answer questions such as: How do you decarbonize your investments? How do you create an impact investment strategy and what should be considered? How do you broach this topic with your board of directors? After this activity, participants will know how to turn philanthropic foundations’ investment strategies into true drivers of the transition.