Policy Conversation: Future Forward Thinking

In our ongoing effort to bring together our community to continue the conversation around public policy, we have invited Andrew Chunilall, Community Foundations of Canada and Vinod Rajasekaran, Future of Good to discuss the idea of future forward thinking. Both Andrew and Vinod have been speakers at past Annual General Meetings. In Andrew's keynote address at Pillar’s Annual General Meeting this year, Andrew sparked the idea of future forward thinking and the importance of looking at the trends that are impacting our country and community.

As a community, we need to be future forward thinkers and actively engage in public policy. How do we prepare our organizations to be resilient in the face of shifts in government and shifts in our local and global contexts?

Join us in this conversation where we will explore:

  • What does it mean to be a future forward thinker?
  • What are the trends and shifts that we need to be paying attention to as a community?
  • What are the trends and shifts that will impact our organizations and how do we prepare for them?
  • How does future forward thinking relate to public policy?

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Everyone is welcome to attend. This is an especially important conversation to executive directors, managers and board members


Andrew Chunilall, Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundations of Canada
Andrew joined Community Foundations Canada in 2013 and became CEO in 2017, following a six-year tenure as Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation and his long-standing service as a finance and regulatory expert for Canada’s philanthropic milieu. Now at the head of the community foundation movement, Andrew is working closely with the Community Foundations of Canada Leadership team, Board and foundations in Canada and abroad to help the philanthropic sector transform, innovate and meet the new challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. An increasingly active public speaker, Andrew is helping raise awareness for how the philanthropic sector’s convening power, leadership and action around targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals can help Canadian communities reach their full potential.

Outside of Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew has been highly active in the nonprofit community for 15 years, serving on numerous boards including Community Living London and Art for AIDS International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of the Southwest Local Health Integration Network by former Minister of Health, Deb Matthews. In 2015, he was among 250 selected emerging leaders to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He recently joined the Board of WINGS, the global network of grantmaker associations and philanthropic support organisations.

With a background in education in economics and commerce, Andrew obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2002 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Group.

Vinod Rajasekaran, Publisher & CEO, Future of Good
Vinod is a seasoned entrepreneur and leader with 10+ years experience in innovation, organizational strategy, strategic partnerships, and future-proofing including extensive work leading teams and developing products, platforms and programs in philanthropic, not-for-profit, private, and cross-sector contexts.

Vinod is Publisher & CEO of Future of Good, a new digital content platform dedicated to illuminating stories, innovations, and trends shaping social impact. Future of Good also produces the Future of Good Summit, the premier gathering of impact-focused leaders who want to navigate the trends, tensions, and transformations shaping how we do good.

Vinod was Co-founder and Executive Director of Impact Hub Ottawa, the largest multi-sector social innovation environment in Canada's capital. He recently oversaw strategy and business model development as the founding Managing Director of Rideau Hall Foundation, chaired by former Governor General David Johnston. Vinod also launched Canada's social R&D network as a Fellow with SiG working to seed ecosystem conditions to strengthen embedded R&D capacity in Canada's non-profits. His ground-breaking work in social R&D is referenced around the world.

Vinod is on the Advisory Board to The MATCH International Women’s Fund. He was designated as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, is a member of the Banff Forum community, and is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada.

NOTE: We are hosting another conversation on August 14 - Policy Conversation: Beyond the Talk & Getting to Action - learn more HERE

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