PhiLab’s co-director on the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

26 August 2019

PhiLab on the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

PhiLab is proud to announce our co-director Peter R. Elson’s presence on Canada’s Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector.

“I feel it is a privilege to be selected to be on the committee, given the calibre of the other members on the committee. The membership appears to be representative of several different facets of the charitable sector as well as regions of the country. I look forward to working with the other committee members, many of whom I already know. It appears that there will be opportunities for others in the charity sector to be involved as the committee’s agenda and work plans take shape.” – Peter R. Elson

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Below is the full list of the Committee’s members:

Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO Imagine Canada

Hilary Pearson, former President & CEO of Philanthropic Foundations Canada

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 LLP

Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO of YMCA Canada

Terrance Carter, Managing Partner at Carters Orangeville

Paulette Senior, President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia Community Sector Council-NS

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-Québec

Andrea McManus, Chair of the ViTreo Group Inc. PhiLab on the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

Press Release 

August 23rd, 2019     –    Ottawa    –     Canada Revenue Agency

The Government of Canada recognizes that charities play a key role in our society by providing valuable information and services to Canadians. To further enhance their contribution, the Government of Canada is facilitating meaningful dialogue with the sector to ensure that the regulatory environment supports and sustains the work they do.

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced the complete formation of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS). Along with the expertise of the co-chairs, Ms. Hilary Pearson, Mr. Bruce MacDonald, and Mr. Geoff Trueman, Assistant Commissioner of the CRA’s Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch, the Government of Canada will now benefit from the expertise of 12 members with experience grounded in the issues facing the charitable sector, as well as 2 representatives from the Government. In total, the ACCS is composed of 17 members – 14 from the sector and 3 from the Government. An inaugural meeting will take place next week via teleconference.

Formed in response to the recommendations of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities, and the Social Innovation and Social Finance Co-Creation Steering Group, the ACCS is co-chaired by the charitable sector and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and will provide advice to the Government on important and emerging issues facing the sector.


“Our Government committed to allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians free from political harassment, while modernizing the rules governing the sector. This permanent Advisory Committee is a direct response to this commitment. By engaging in an ongoing dialogue with experts from the charitable sector, we can shape the regulatory environment so it supports and helps sustain the important work charities do in the world of today.”

– The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

Quick facts

  • The Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities was published in May 2017 and contained a number of recommendations, all of which the Government has responded to.
  • In the context of additional legislative and policy changes, the Panel recommended that the Government of Canada consult with the charitable sector. The ACCS is the Government’s response to that recommendation.
  • The formation of the ACCS was first announced in the Fall Economic Statement in November 2018.
  • The Government is providing $3.2 million in new funding to the CRA over the 2018-19 to 2023-24 period for the Advisory Committee to strengthen the relationship between government and this important sector.
  • Ms. Hilary Pearson and Mr. Bruce MacDonald are co-chairs, along with Mr. Geoff Trueman, Assistant Commissioner of the CRA’s Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch. Two other Government members include a representative from the CRA’s Charities Directorate, and one from Finance Canada.
  • The Committee will meet twice per year in Ottawa, or more frequently if necessary. Summaries of ACCS meetings will be posted online.
  • The names of the remaining 12 members can be found on the CRA website. Biographical information will soon be available for all members.

View the original press release here