Hilary Pearson, BA, MA

Hilary is president of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national network of family, independent and corporate grant-makers in Canada, representing many of the largest private charitable foundations in the country. Since being appointed president 2001, she has grown the organization to become a significant voice in Canadian organized philanthropy. She has a background 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 as a senior consultant at the Montreal strategy consulting firm Secor from 1993 to 2001.

Hilary has a particular interest in not-for-profit governance, and has served on several national not-for-profit boards of directors, including those of Imagine Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, CARE Canada and Indspire. She also chairs the Advisory Body of the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, and honourary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of New Brunswick.