August 26, 2019

PFC Looks Forward to Collaboration with the Permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS)

Montreal – August 26, 2019. PFC welcomes the announcement of the full membership for the permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS) by the Government of Canada Friday.

“This is an impressive group from across the country,” said President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) Jean-Marc Mangin. “We look forward to the work of the committee and providing our full collaboration.”

The Advisory Committee members appointed are:

  • Peter Robinson, former CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation
  • Kevin McCort, President & CEO of the Vancouver Foundation
  • Susan Manwaring, national lead of the Social Impact Group at Miller Thomson
  • Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO of YMCA Canada
  • Terrance Carter, Managing Partner at Carters Professional Corporation
  • Paulette Senior, President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia
  • Paula Speevak, President & CEO of Volunteer Canada
  • Bruce Lawson, President of The Counselling Foundation of Canada
  • Peter Elson, Co-Director of PhiLab
  • Denise Byrnes, Executive Director of Oxfam Quebec
  • Andrea McManus, Chair of the ViTreo Group.

The creation of the Committee was announced late last year, responding to recommendations made by the Consultation Panel on charities’ political activities. Hilary Pearson (former President & CEO of PFC) was named as co-chair alongside Imagine Canada President & CEO Bruce MacDonald and Mr. Geoff Trueman, Assistant Commissioner of the CRA’s Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch. Two other representatives from the Federal Government will be named at a later date, bringing the total number of members to 17.

The Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector will focus on providing recommendations to the Minister of National Revenue and the Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency on important and emerging issues facing the sector.

The charitable sector accounts for 8.1% of the GDP and employs over 2 million people according to Imagine Canada. It is involved in all aspects of Canadian life and works hard in finding solutions to complex societal challenges.

Last June, The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector (CSSB) released its final report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector including 42 recommendations that were widely praised by sector leaders.

“The announcement of the committee members will help in bringing some of these recommendations to implementation, and in unlocking the potential of Canadians in making our country a more just and prosperous society for all.” says Jean-Marc Mangin.


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