Kevin McCort, Vancouver Foundation
Kevin McCort is president and CEO of Vancouver Foundation, a role he has held since 2013. Prior to joining Vancouver Foundation, Kevin worked with some of Canada’s leading humanitarian aid organizations, including six years as president and CEO of CARE Canada. As the scale of Vancouver Foundation has grown, Kevin has also worked to expand its impact, pioneering new initiatives and innovations that create meaningful change at a community level. Kevin has led his team in a transformation of Vancouver Foundation’s approach to community granting, focusing on supporting systems-change work that addresses root causes of pressing social, cultural, and environmental issues. Kevin serves on the board of Community Foundations of Canada and is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, advising the Minister of National Revenue.
Susan D. Phillips, Carleton University
Susan Phillips is professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, and director of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) – Canada’s only graduate program in this field. She serves as editor-in-chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal on nonprofits, philanthropy, and civil society, and is an associate of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Susan’s research focuses on place-based philanthropy and public policy/regulation of charities and nonprofits. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (Routledge, 2016) and is currently co-editing a book on disaster philanthropy and leading a study team exploring the question “What makes some charities more resilient than others?” Her work in advancing research in nonprofit studies has been recognized by a Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) and in public management from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA).