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, Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundations of Canada to discuss the idea of future forward thinking. In his 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 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.

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

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