Hilary M. Pearson

Former President
Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Hilary Pearson

Hilary Pearson was formerly the President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national member association for family, independent and corporate grant makers in Canada since 2001. Her career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She spent over 12 years in the Canadian federal government as a policy analyst and senior manager in central agencies such as the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office.

Ms. Pearson has been a director and member of several nonprofit boards, including Imagine Canada, the United Nations Association in Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Centraide of Montreal and ECS School. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University.

Ms. Pearson holds a BA and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and an honourary doctorate from Carleton University. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018.