Tim Brodhead – Wisdom2Action

Tim Brodhead


Tim Brodhead was from 1995 to 2011 President and Chief Executive Officer of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, a private foundation based in Montreal. The mission of the Foundation is to foster a more resilient Canada by enhancing social innovation, inclusion and sustainability. He continued as a Senior Fellow of Social Innovation Generation (SIG), a collaborative initiative to promote social innovation in Canada, until 2013, and was appointed Interim President of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation in 2013-14.

Prior to joining the McConnell Foundation, Tim spent twenty-five years working in international development, first in West Africa and then as founding director of several non-governmental organizations, including ACORD (based in London, now Nairobi) and as co-founder of Inter Pares (Ottawa). He co-authored a book, Bridges of Hope?, that analyzes the contribution of Canadian NGOs to global development, served on many boards (including the North South Institute; USC Canada; CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation) and from 1987-92 was Executive Director of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. He also worked in program evaluation and as a trainer in gender and development for several UN agencies.

In a voluntary capacity he has served on many boards, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Concordia University, Centraide de Grand Montréal, and was chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the national organization of Canadian independent foundations. He chaired ETC Group until 2015, and was a board member of the Fondation Jeanne Sauvé, the Montreal Community Foundation and IMAGINE Canada.

Currently he co-chairs Canadians for a New Partnership and is a board member of The Natural Step, Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Canada), the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, and the Inspirit, OMEGA, Jarislowsky, Glenn Gould and Ottawa Community Foundations. He is on the Advisory Boards of Musagetes, the MaRS Solutions Lab and the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, and is a member of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR).

In 2001, Tim was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is the recipient of honourary degrees from Carleton University, Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick and McGill University.

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