Canada Post Community Foundation

About Canada Post Community Foundation

With seven years of fundraising and grants under its belt, the Canada Post Community Foundation is meeting its promise to deliver a brighter future for Canadian children and youth. In 2018 The Foundation granted almost $1.2 million in vital support to 112 community organizations across Canada. From breakfast programs, anti-bullying initiatives, camps for children living with serious illnesses, early literacy programs, crisis lines, health programs, recreational programs or special education programs, each program supported helps that community with their most vital resource—their children.

Funds are raised through an annual in-store campaign, sales of a special fundraising stamp and employee support. Employees are involved in reviewing applications (more than 1100 in 2018), providing to the Trustees recommendations for funding. The independent Board of Trustees, chaired by the President and CEO, provides final evaluation and decisions ensuring grants are awarded across the country and covering all aspects of support—education, community projects and health initiatives.

Over the past seven years, the Foundation has allocated over $7 million to some 660 projects. Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited annually for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation's objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children.

Canada Post provides administrative support for the Foundation and facilitates fundraising activities. The Foundation's Trust Deed stipulates no more than 8% of funds raised for the Foundation may be used to cover overhead costs, though typically less than 4% of funds raised are used by the Foundation to support its work.


CEO Canadian Children's
Literacy Foundation

CEO of Prudential
Consulting Inc.

Senior Vice President, Community and Partnerships, Canadian Tire

President and CEO,
Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA)

Youth and Volunteer Leadership Specialist, Government of the Northwest Territories

Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and CEO,
Canada Post

Vice President, Government
Relations and Policy, Canada Post

Vice-President, Communications
& Public Affairs, Canada Post

Grant Advisory Committee

The Grant Advisory Committee is composed of a group of volunteer Canada Post employees (current and retired), from across Canada, who review applications and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Audit Committee

Barb McKenzie,
Vice-president Finance & Comptroller,
Canada Post

Sharon A. Firth, LLD (Hon)

Sharon Firth Youth and Volunteer Leadership Specialist, Government of the Northwest Territories

Sharon Firth is a Canadian former cross-country skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 and eventually became a Youth and Volunteer Leadership Specialist for the government of the NWT, speaking to communities across the NWT about the positive influence of sports. Her career is an outstanding testimony to the dedication displayed by her in achieving a level of excellence very rarely attained by any athlete in this country.

At a time when many people of the north still survived on the land by hunting, fishing, trapping and sewing, Sharon followed her dream to see the world. She speaks with great humility and fondness for the life she was born into and how it was the foundation for her success. Being raised on the land and learning traditional skills gave Sharon the discipline, perseverance and courage to achieve. Sharon and her twin sister Shirley made cross-country skiing a way of life. Members of the Gwich’in First Nation, the Firth sisters won a combined 79 medals, including 48 titles, at the national championships. They were the first indigenous women to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sharon was the recipient of many awards during her illustrious career such as The Northwest Territories Commissioner’s Award (1981),The Order of Canada (1987), an induction in the Canadian Ski Museum Hall of Fame (1990), the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the sports category (2005), the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award (2012), and induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame; the highest Sports Honor in Canada (2015) and an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Alberta in 2017.


Jessica L. McDonald

Jessica L. McDonaldChair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and CEO, Canada Post

Jessica L. McDonald is Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. McDonald has extensive experience in senior public sector management from a career spanning more than 25 years.

She held many positions in the British Columbia government, including as a deputy minister. From 2005 to 2009, she held the most senior public service position in the provincial government as deputy minister to the premier, cabinet secretary and head of the BC Public Service, responsible for overseeing all aspects of government operations.

From 2014 to 2017, she served as President and CEO of BC Hydro, one of Canada's largest energy suppliers. She was also Chair of the Board of Directors of Powertech Labs, one of the largest testing and research laboratories in North America, and on the Board of Directors of Powerex Corp, a key participant in energy trading markets in North America.

She has served as Vice Chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC, serves as a Board Member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and is a member of the BC Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, and the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. She has been named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40, and Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the IPAC/Deloitte National Gold Award for Public Sector Leadership.

Ms. McDonald is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.


Susan Margles

Susan Margles Vice President, Government Relations and Policy, Canada Post

Susan Margles is Vice President, Government Relations and Policy. In this role, Susan is responsible for managing the relationships and developing and negotiating the corporate positioning vis-à-vis our Shareholder, the Government of Canada, and other levels of government across the country. She is also responsible for ensuring that the policy and regulatory framework for the corporation provides clear direction for the effective formulation of corporate strategies and achievement of sustainable business results.

Susan joined Canada Post in 2005 from the federal government where she worked in increasingly senior positions in several different departments including the Department of Finance, Transport Canada, Industry Canada and Health Canada.

In the course of her career, Susan has established excellent relationships with senior government officials and Central Agencies. Throughout her career, Susan has garnered extensive experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders, representing divergent interests, on highly sensitive public policy issues. She is known for her strong communication skills and ability to bring complex issues to ground.

Susan is fluently bilingual and holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and an MBA from McGill University. She is married and is the mother of two.


Jo-Anne Polak

Jo-Anne Polak Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, Canada Post

Ms. Polak was appointed Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs in April 2011. In this role, she is responsible for aligning and integrating internal and external communication strategies for employees, stakeholders and the public.

She joined Canada Post in April 2008 as General Manager, Communications Strategy. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as Senior Vice-President with Hill & Knowlton, one of the world's leading public relations, public affairs and strategic communications agencies. Jo-Anne led major corporate communications initiatives for national and global clients across a multitude of industries, including oil and gas, transportation, financial services, entertainment and technology. She is credited with creating innovative communications methods that have since been adopted by the company worldwide.

In December of 1988, at the age of 29, Jo-Anne was named General Manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. At the time, she was the first female General Manager of any professional sports franchise in North America. Following three seasons with the team, Jo-Anne spent two years as a morning show co-host on an Ottawa radio station before moving to Hill & Knowlton.


Jeffrey L. Orridge

Jeffrey OrridgeSenior Vice President, Community and Partnerships, Canadian Tire

Jeffrey L. Orridge is a leading executive with a lifelong passion for sport and business with more than 20 years of experience in building major brands, businesses, and teams. Mr. Orridge currently serves as Senior Vice President, Community and Partnerships for Canadian Tire Corporation.The former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, he was the first African-American chief executive of a major North American sports league. Prior to that role, Orridge served as COO of Right to Play and was the executive director of CBC Sports Properties and General Manager, Olympics.

At CBC, as the Executive Director of Sports and General Manager, Olympics, Orridge oversaw rights acquisitions, partnership management, revenue initiatives and program execution involving marquee sports properties and digital opportunities. He successfully secured the media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games, and the 2018 and 2020 Olympics. Under his direction, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup achieved record setting broadcast reach, digital consumption and profitability.

Previously, Orridge was the Chief Operating Officer and head of Global Business Development for Right to Play International, a charity that improves the lives of children and youth around the world in the areas of health, education and wellness.

He has also served as Vice-President, Corporate Strategic Planning for Mattel Inc, identifying growth opportunities and capturing emerging trends for this $5 billion company, and as Director, Sport Licensing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

His extensive resumé includes stints in the 1990's as Director, Global Sports Marketing for Reebok International and as Assistant Executive Director of USA Basketball, where he played an important role in introducing the first "Dream Team" to basketball fans around the world.

Born and raised in New York, he and his family are proud Canadian Citizens and have lived in Canada since 2007.


Vikram Khurana

Vikram Khurana CEO of Prudential Consulting Inc.

Mr. Khurana is the founder and CEO of Prudential Consulting Inc. in Toronto, an IT-enabled service provider. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 1995, Mr. Khurana worked with Toronto Dominion Bank in Commercial Credit. Since then, he has founded many India-centric businesses such as Leading System Consultants, a company engaged in IT staff augmentation, established in 1995, and Prudential Chem Inc., a company involved in marketing pharmaceutical formulations and ingredients, established in 2004. Mr. Khurana has been an advisor, consultant and served on the board of numerous multinational companies and community organizations in the field of Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services.

Mr. Khurana is currently a board member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce. Among other community involvements, he is an honorary Board member at Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto, honorary Ambassador of the Province of New Brunswick, Board member of India Research and Policy Institute at University of Waterloo and the Regional Convenor of the Canada-India Foundation. Mr. Khurana also serves on the Board of the Museum of Hindu Civilization. He has also served on the board of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).

Mr. Khurana is an engineering graduate from India and also holds a Masters in Business Administration, Cum Laude, St. Mary's University, Halifax. He has been an active guest speaker on a wide variety of topics including mainstream media and business educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Mr. Khurana is an active participant in a variety of community fundraising activities for worthy causes such as schools for underprivileged children, and long term aid initiatives for Haiti. In 2011, Mr. Khurana Co-Chaired the first Diwali gala to raise friends and funds for the Emergency Department at Toronto Western and Toronto General Hospital. Recently, Mr. Khurana received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and work in the community.


Julia Deans

Julia Deans CEO Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation

Julia Deans is the founding CEO of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, a new organization aiming to make Canadian children the most literate in the world.

Previously, Julia was CEO of Futurpreneur Canada, a national non-profit organization that has helped more than 10,000 18-39 year olds launch start-ups with its business skills coaching, financing, mentoring, and online resources.

Julia started her career as a lawyer with Torys in Toronto and Hong Kong before creating a successful legal recruitment business in Singapore. She later became CEO of CivicAction and chaired the task force that developed Ontario’s first-ever immigration strategy.

Julia holds board roles at the Canada Post Community Foundation, George Brown College, and InvestEco. She’s held other board roles and received honours including YWCA Toronto’s 2018 Woman of Distinction award, The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy’s 2018 Progressive Leader Award, and being twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Julia is a graduate of Queen’s University, Columbia University, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Harvard Business School’s executive education program. She is qualified to practice law in Ontario, the UK and Hong Kong.


Martha Durdin

Martha Durdin President and CEO at Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA)

Martha Durdin is currently the President and CEO at Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA).

She is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in management, public affairs and advocacy. Previously, she was the Managing Principal of a leading national strategic public affairs firm and spent thirteen years as an executive at a large Canadian bank. Early in her career, Martha worked on Parliament Hill.

Martha volunteers her time for a number of community organizations. Among them, she served three terms as the Chair of the Ontario Arts Council and is currently Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees. She is also a Director of The Canadian Club of Toronto. Martha represents CCUA on the boards of The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Co-operatives & Mutuals Canada (CMC) and a member on the National Steering Committee for Financial Literacy. Martha is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Ms. Durdin is bilingual; holds a BA (Hon) from Western University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate.