Jan 14 2012

President/CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation

Topics: Business & Finance, Charity & Humanitarian
Interview Date: November-29-2011
Extraordinary Insights: "It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together. When we take the time to focus on common goals and work together, we can change the world."

Audio-only version:

Beverley Wybrow has been president & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) since it began operations in 1991.

CWF is Canada’s public foundation designed to raise and grant funds to meet specific needs of women and girls across the country. CWF raises money from individuals, corporations and other foundations and invests it in community programs in Canada that help low-income women move out of poverty, help end violence against women and girls, and build resiliency in girls. Since 1991, Canadian Women’s Foundation has invested more than $35 million in support to over 1,100 community programs for women and girls across Canada. It is now one of the ten largest women’s foundations in the world.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Bev worked for four years as the Director of Public Education at the Ontario Women’s Directorate, a central advocacy agency within the Ontario government. From 1975 to 1987, she worked for the Community Information Centre of Metropolitan Toronto as Manager of their 24 Hour Inquiry Services. During this same time, she was also the first chair of the Interagency Steering Committee that established the Assaulted Women’s Helpline in Toronto.

In a volunteer capacity, Bev was on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto for six years and served as President from 1985 to 1987. She has extensive volunteer experience with other organizations, including the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Association of Community Information Centres, the Metro Toronto Coordinating Committee Against Wife Assault, the YWCA of Canada, and Raising the Roof: Solutions for Canada’s Homeless. She was a Board member of the Women’s Funding Network, a global membership organization of women’s funds and foundations around the world, and is currently a member of the Boards of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.

Bev received the Toronto YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2009, and the City of Toronto Constance Hamilton Award for Women’s Issues in 2008.