This message from Metcalf President and CEO Sandy Houston was sent on June 29, 2023 to members of our community.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Twenty-three years ago, I was given a rare opportunity. The Metcalf Foundation had recently received a transformational gift from the estate of George Cedric Metcalf that increased its assets ten-fold. The family asked me to help strategize on how to move forward, building on their long-standing support for the arts, the environment, and poverty reduction. Wisely, I accepted, imagining it would be something I would do part-time for a year or two. Almost a quarter century later, that invitation continues to afford me an extraordinary array of challenges and opportunities, working alongside some of the most passionate, purposeful, and engaged people in Canada — people who are intent on creating social change, forging community, and leaving this country better than they found it.
Today, I’m writing to let you know that I will be stepping down as the President and CEO of the Metcalf Foundation at the end of the year. This was not an easy decision. I have loved my time here and am proud of our work, people, culture, and achievements, but it feels like the right time, personally and professionally.
Canada’s civil society is remarkable. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside so many of you. I am grateful for all the invigorating challenges, learning, and friendships that this community has given me.
Metcalf’s next leader will inherit a nimble, thoughtful, and collaborative organization, led by a strong board and supported by a small but mighty staff. While much has been accomplished to date, I have every confidence that even greater things lie ahead.
The board has established a search committee and retained Sharon Rudy of Watson Advisors to lead the search. Consultations will take place over the summer to inform a comprehensive CEO recruitment brief, and the search will officially commence in September. Our expectation is that the new leader will be selected by the end of the calendar year.
I am a strong believer in Metcalf and expect to continue to engage with the work in some form after the end of the year. I will also be interested in other opportunities to use some of what I have learned over my years in the sector, and I welcome your thoughts on that.
With all good wishes,