Peter R. Elson


Peter R. Elson is co-leader of the PhiLab research program with Jean-Marc Fontan and Sylvain Lefèvre. His previous research focus was on the engagement of grant-making foundations in public policy. Currently, he is focused on creating space for Indigenous engagement in the PhiLab project and editing a book on Canadian Foundations with Jean-Marc Fontan and Sylvain Lefèvre.


  • Elson, Peter R. (2018). Student-centered CaseStudies ina Nonprofit Leadership and Management Course. Nonprofit Education and Leadership.Vol 8 (3) pp. 277-289.
  • Elson, Peter R., Wamucii, P., Hall, P.V., (2018). Scaling up Community-Based Research: A case study. Research for All. Vol 2 (2) pp. 376-394
  • Elson, Peter R. Fontan, J-M, Lefèvre, S., Stauch, J. (2018). Foundations in Canada: A Comparative Perspective. American Behavioural Scientist(May 20, 2018 – online)
  • Elson, P. Hall, S. (2016). System Change Agents: A profile of policy-focused grantmaking foundation engagement in public policy. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, Vol 7 (2) pp. 57-78.
  • Liston-Heyes, C., Jevtovic, N., Elson, P., & Hall, P. V. (2016, January). Social Enterprises: Who gets the non-earned income?. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2016, No. 1, p. 12742). Academy of Management.
  • Elson, P. (2015). A Comparative Analysis of Nonprofit Policy Network Governance in Canada, Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 6 (2) pp. 42-64.
  • Elson, P., Hall, P., Leeson-Klym, S., Penner, D., Andres, J. (2015). Social Enterprises in the Canadian West, Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 6 (1) pp. 83-103.
  • Elson, P. (2014). Third Wave, Third Sector: A comparative analysis of third sector policy governance, Canadian Public Administration 57 (4) pp. 527-547.
  • Elson, P. and Hall P. (2012). Canadian Social Enterprises: Taking stock, Social Enterprise Journal 8 (3) pp. 216-236.
  • Elson, P. (2012). Canada’s Voluntary Sector Initiative and Sub-National Voluntary Sector Relations: The third wave, Nonprofit Policy Forum 3 (2), Article 4

Awards and Distinctions

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant 2014-2016
  • SSHRC Partnership Grant 2018-2024


Avid marathon canoe paddler and hiker.