The Ontario Trillium Foundation Announces new Chair of the Board

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The Ontario Trillium Foundation Announces new Chair of the Board

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 2015400 Views

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Yale as the Chair to the Foundation’s Board of Directors effective today.

Janet was first appointed to the Board in May 2011 and was Vice-Chair since May 2014. Her true passion has long been found in the non-profit sector where she has been recognized as a proven innovator and leader. Janet is currently the President and CEO of The Arthritis Society. Prior to that, Janet served as CEO of Scouts Canada and held multiple senior leadership roles at TELUS, including as national chair of TELUS’ Community Boards and executive vice-president of Corporate Affairs, further developing and refining TELUS’ innovative leadership with its unique corporate philanthropy model. Recipient of several prestigious business and community awards, Janet is an active member of the Ottawa community. She is a member of the Board of CARE Canada, Samara and the Ottawa Art Gallery. She was the past chair of the National Arts Centre Gala and the Board of Directors of the Ottawa United Way/Centraide.

Janet replaces Dr. Dev Sainani who has led the Board since 2012.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has recently announced new granting programs and investment strategy which are evidence based, and focuses on creating measurable, positive impact in Ontario communities. As the new Chair, Janet is committed to providing leadership and guidance to support the successful implementation of the Foundation’s new strategy.


  • The Chair of the Board of Directors, along with the other members of the Board, is appointed by the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario and is the largest grant making foundation in Canada, awarding about 1,000 grants every year in the charitable and non-profit sector.
  • OTF has recently announced new granting programs. Next deadlines to apply for funding are scheduled in summer 2015. Details are available at


“I am very excited to continue my work with the Foundation in a new role. It is an exciting time for the organization as it just launched its new Investment Strategy. I am humbled to be a part of such tremendous team and I look forward to helping the Foundation reach new heights.” —Janet Yale, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

“I am thrilled that Janet has been promoted to the Chair position. Her expertise as a community builder, her deep understanding of the Foundation and her existing leadership experience make her the perfect leader to support the Board and oversee the governance of our organization in this strategic time. I’d like to thank Dr. Dev Sainani whose work leaves a lasting positive impact on our organization.”
—Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation


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