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Hilary M. Pearson, C.M., LL. D.

Hilary Pearson has over 20 years of experience in foundation philanthropy in Canada. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at Carleton University.

From 2001 to 2019, she was the founding President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. She also served on the Governor-General’s Advisory Committee on Volunteerism and Philanthropy and co-chaired the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, advising the Federal Minister of Revenue on charitable policy and regulatory issues.

In 2018, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to building the field of philanthropy in Canada. In October 2020, she will become Chancellor of Brock University.

She holds a BA and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and was awarded honourary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of New Brunswick.

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