May 12 - 14, 2021

PhiLab’s Ontario Hub Regional Conference 2021

The Role of Grantmaking Foundations in Restructuring Ontario’s Philanthropic Action

Throughout and Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis 

May 12th – 14th, 2021 



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PhiLab’s Ontario Hub is hosting a 3-afternoon regional virtual conference with the purpose of bringing together established and emerging scholars, grantmaking foundations, and philanthropic organizations to develop a common understanding and direction on the challenges and priorities of philanthropic action in Ontario. 

The conference has three key objectives:  

  • Develop common understanding of current and future challenges faced by philanthropic organizations in Canada. 
  • Establish joint research and development agenda for Ontario, integrating and coordinating the efforts of various actors (scholars, grantmaking foundations, community organizations and intermediary philanthropic organizations). 
  • Identify common priorities for collaborative partnership among new and emerging scholars, practitioners, and other philanthropic organizations.  

Conference themes:

Day 1: Post-COVID reality: Challenges and priorities faced by community organizations.

Day 2: The role of foundations in restructuring post-pandemic philanthropic action

Day 3: Establishing a joint philanthropic research and development agenda for the Ontario region.




Searchable Program

May 12th: Current state of the sector and future challenges and priorities

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Opening and keynote

Opening remarks: Jean-Marc Fontan

Keynote speaker: Andrew Chunilall, CFC

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Session 1: Grantees and the post-COVID reality

  • Presentation 1: Cathy Taylor, ONN
  • Presentation 2: Adam Saifer, PhiLab: Pandemic influences on DEI nonprofits.
  • Presentation 3: Jean-Marc Fontan, PhiLab: Granting agencies – the issue of management and administrative costs.

3:00p.m.—4:30p.m. Session 2: Sector-specific challenges

  • Presentation 1: April Lindgren, PhiLab: Philanthropic support for Canadian journalism
  • Presentation 2: Manuel Litalien, PhiLab: The philanthropic ecosystem in Northern communities
  • Presentation 3: Francois Brouard, PhiLab: Sports organizations in a post-COVID-19 era

5:30p.m.—6:30p.m. Evening Social Introduction to the EDGE Funders Model by Ariane Shaffer

Facilitator: Juniper Glass 

May 13th: The role of foundations in restructuring philanthropic action post COVID-19

1:00PM — 2:30 p.m. Session 3: Grantmaking foundations and their response to the current crisis

  • Presentation 1: Isidora Sidorovska, PhiLab: Foundation responses to COVID-19
  • Presentation 2: Paloma Raggo, Delphi Study— COVID-19 & Philanthropy
  • Presentation 3: Megan Conway, The role and capacities of community foundations

3:00p.m.—4:30p.m. Session 4: Grantmaking priorities and the role of foundations in enabling a more resilient grassroot sector. The rationale and steps taken by foundations to support sector restructuring.


  • Presentation 1: Marcel Lauzière, Lawson Foundation
  • Presentation 2: Gillian White, Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Presentation 3: Stephanie Procyk, United Way GT

5:00p.m.-6:30p.m. Students only: Introduction to PhiLab and specific opportunities for collaboration and research funding

Facilitator: Katherine MacDonald

May 14th: Development of a joint research and development agenda

12:30p.m.—2:00p.m. Panel 1: Identification of sector priorities for future research and development.

  • Scholar: Susan Phillips, Carleton University
  • Foundations: Jean-Marc Mangin, PFC
  • Community organizations: David Lasby, Imagine Canada

2:30p.m. -3:30p.m. Panel 2: How can the Ontario HUB support future sector priorities?

Facilitators: Manuel Litalien/ François Brouard

3:30p.m.—4:00p.m. Closing remarks Peter Elson



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