Federal Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector Members Announced

On August 23, 2019, the Minister of National Revenue announced the remaining 12 members of the permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS) as part of the Fall Economic Statement 2018 proposal.

The ACCS is a consultative forum for the Government of Canada to engage in meaningful dialogue with the charitable sector, to advance emerging issues relating to charities, and to ensure the regulatory environment supports the important work that charities do. They meet twice per year in Ottawa or more frequently if necessary.

Earlier this year, the co-chairs of the ACCS were announced. In total, the ACCS is composed of 17 members, 14 from the sector and 3 from the Government. The 14 members from the sector bring experience grounded in the issues facing the charitable sector, including registered charities, national umbrella organizations, professional associations, charity researchers/academics, and legal experts.

Sector Members:

  • Co-Chair: Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO, Imagine Canada

  • Co-Chair: Hilary Pearson, former President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

  • Denise Byrnes, Executive Director, OXFAM-Québec

  • Terrance S. Carter, Partner, Carters Professional Corporation

  • Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO, YMCA Canada

  • Peter Elson, Co-lead, Canadian network of partnership-oriented research on philanthropy (PhiLab), and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

  • Bruce Lawson, President & CEO, The Counselling Foundation of Canada

  • Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director, Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia

  • Susan Manwaring, Partner, Miller Thomson, and Chair, Canadian Bar Association Charities and non-for-profit section

  • Kevin McCort, President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation

  • Andrea McManus, Chair and Founding Partner of ViTreo Group, former Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Board

  • Peter Robinson, former CEO, David Suzuki Foundation

  • Paulette Senior, CEO & President, Canadian Women’s Foundation

  • Paula Speevak, President & CEO, Volunteer Canada

CRA and Department of Finance Members

  • Co-Chair: Geoff Trueman, Assistant Commissioner, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch

  • Tony Manconi, Director General, Charities Directorate, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch

  • Pierre Leblanc, Director General, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch, Department of Finance

Whether you work, volunteer for, or donate to a charity, the ACCS encourages you to contact the ACCS secretariat directly if you have input to share.

More information on ACCS members can be found here.