Board of Directors
Rahul K. Bhardwaj, Chair (Toronto, ON)
Rahul Bhardwaj is the President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation. Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, Rahul served as Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid and more recently as CEO of United Way of York Region.
Rahul has a long history of community service, including sitting as a member on many of Ontario’s premier not-for-profit boards.
Rahul is a popular presenter and speaker, particularly on issues relating to the city, community and leadership as well as Toronto's Vital Signs.
Michael Buhr (Selkirk, MB)
Michael Buhr is Past Chair of the Selkirk and District Community Foundation, the third largest community foundation in Manitoba. Michael's involvement has been instrumental in helping the foundation implement an aggressive fund development strategy, doubling the foundation's assets during his tenure.
Throughout Michael's distinguished career, he has raised funds for numerous charitable causes and has been recognized for his significant contributions to community with the Lieutenant Governor's "Make a Difference" Community Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service, among other awards.
Terry Cooke (Hamilton, ON)
Terry Cooke is President and CEO of Hamilton Community Foundation and has been serving his community for 25 years.
His experience includes serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth from 1994 to 2000, and as President of Cooke Capital Corporation, a management consulting firm focused on leadership, strategic planning and government relations.
Terry began his career at the Ontario March of Dimes and has served extensively as a community volunteer with several charitable and other organizations. He is Past Chair of the Canadian Urban Institute and serves on the boards of a number of corporate agencies.
Michael E. Doyle (Saint John, NB)
Michael Doyle is a long time volunteer with the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, serving as the Chair of the foundation's Board of Directors and its Treasurer.
Michael recently retired as a partner at Deloitte Touche and served as the President of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is Governor of the Sir James Dunn Foundation, past president of the United Way of Greater Saint John and has been active in the Boy Scout movement.
Spencer Duncanson (Winnipeg, MB)
Spencer Duncanson joined the Board of The Winnipeg Foundation in 2009 and currently sits on the Grants Committee and Strategic Initiatives Committee.
Until his recent retirement, Spencer was a guidance counselor and Visual and Performing Arts Department Head at Sisler High School.
He also serves as Founder/Artistic Director of the Little Opera Company, Chair of the Manitoba Arts and Cultural Management Program Advisory Council, and as a committee member with the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir. Spencer has also served as Second Vice-President of the Manitoba Music Educators Association, on the Board or Dance Manitoba, and as Chair of the Winnipeg Arts Council.
Christopher Goett (United States)
Christopher Goett is the Managing Director of Community Foundations at the Council on Foundations, a non-profit membership association of more than 1,800 grantmaking foundations and corporations, serving more than four-fifths of the United States population.
Prior to joining the Council, Christopher served as Director of Membership & Organizing with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and started his career in philanthropy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Over the past 12 years, Christopher has built and nurtured relationships with key collaborative partners from the non-profit, philanthropic, academic, and governmental sectors in order to facilitate place-based change initiatives in several cities.
Terry A. Jackson, Past Chair (Oakville, ON)
Terry A. Jackson is a past Chair of the Oakville Community Foundation Board.
Terry is former Vice-Chair, Nesbitt Burns and Executive Vice-President of BMO Financial Group.
His strong leadership and management skills have been key to his ability to successfully engage others in his community in various initiatives. He successfully chaired the CFO Endowment Building Committee and is a member of the Foundation's Finance and Investment committee. He is involved in the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management Advisory Board and active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Halton Peel Wellspring and Oakville Trafalgar Hospital.
Bill Lockington (Peterborough, ON)
Bill Lockington is Founding and Current Chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, and has also served on the Boards of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, Cottage Dreams Recovery Initiative, Inc., and as Director of Jr. Lakers Lacrosse.
A Partner and Business Lawyer with LLF Lawyers, Bill serves with the firm’s Corporate/Commercial and Estate Planning/Administration practice areas.
Gordon MacDougall (Vancouver, BC)
Gordon MacDougall is Vice Chairman and Director of Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management, one of Canada's largest and fastest growing independent asset management firms in Canada.
Gordon has raised funds and volunteered his time with numerous organizations, including Junior Achievement, BC Heart Association, St. George's School and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
He has an MBA, a CFA designation, and currently serves as Chair of Vancouver Foundation and on the Board of International Forest Products.
Victoria McKenzie Grant (Temagami and Toronto, ON)
Vicki Grant is an honourary Director of the Temagami Community Foundation, a community foundation created as partnership between Aboriginal and other community members. She spearheaded the creation of this foundation and chaired its board for its first four years.
Vicki began her working career as the first band administrator of the Temagami First Nation. Vicki has strong community development skills and knowledge of aboriginal issues and sits on various advisory committees including the Indigenous Health Research Development Program and Trans Canada Pipelines Chair in Aboriginal Health at the University of Toronto.
Jennifer Guy (St. John’s, NL)
Jennifer Guy is Chair of the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jennifer was with the CBC for 25 years as host, producer and reporter and was the founding producer/host of CBC Newsworld's Medicine File. She also served as executive director of Public Affairs and Communications with the Ontario Medical Association and worked in public relations for Memorial University, St. Clare's Hospital and the General Hospital.
Jennifer plays a key leadership role in the non-profit sector, serving on several boards overseeing municipal, provincial and national philanthropic initiatives. In addition to her commitment to the community foundation movement, she currently chairs the Bannerman Park Foundation, dedicated to rejuvenating one of the oldest Victorian Parks in North America, as well as co-chairing Winterset in Summer Literary Festival.
Jessica Price (Banff, AB)
Jessica Price is a Board Member with Banff Community Foundation and a volunteer with a range of organizations and events. She was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.
In her late 20s, Jessica works as Children & Youth Program Coordinator for the Town of Banff , but volunteering is part of her daily schedule. She has cheered on runners at community road races, countered tickets for Taste of Banff, greeted newcomers during Back to Banff Day, and been a Girl Guide Leader.
She joined BCF’s Grants Advisory Committee six years ago, an experience she describes as hugely rewarding.
Nataly Rae (Quebec City, QC)
Nataly Rae is the Executive Director of the Fondation Québec Philanthrope, a position she has held for nearly a decade. Nataly brings more than 15 years of business development experience from the private sector, and a deep understanding of philanthropy, planned giving and charitable tax incentives to her Board role.
Nataly has worked as a coordinator for the province of Quebec to develop community foundations in the region and provide support to existing organizations. She holds a bachelor degree in management from Laval University in Quebec City a master's degree in Philanthropic Management from New York University.
Don Thurston (Calgary, AB)
Social change enterprises have been part of Don’s career for many years. He was a founding director of the Canadian Association for Family Enterprise in Calgary, Advisory Board member for the Schools’ of Business at the University of Calgary and Queen’s University, Member of Calgary’s Economic Development Authority, Director and Chair of Engineers Without Borders, a Director of Honens International Piano Competition, and a Director of The Calgary Foundation. Don is also a past Chair of Momentum and currently a Board Member. He is a Board member of Engage North and the Community Foundations of Canada.
Don is an Engineering graduate from the University of Alberta and received an MBA from Queen’s University. He is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada (Hon.) an Associate Member of the CFA Institute and a Professional Engineer. Don is an Honoured Alumni of the University of Alberta. Don's career includes engineering, business, and finance. He is currently President of Unbiased Portfolio Management Inc.