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Metcalf Innovation Fellows


The Metcalf Innovation Fellowship program provides critical thinkers with the opportunity to ask hard questions and propose solutions to systemic issues in areas which the Foundation works, namely the Performing Arts, Environment, and Inclusive Local Economies. Established in 2005, the Foundation has supported the work of 18 Fellows to date. Metcalf Innovation Fellows have tackled a wide range of topics that illuminate Metcalf’s focus areas including the geography of poverty, precarious work, improving Toronto’s public parks, and the promise of shared charitable platforms.


Danielle Olsen has spent 15 years in the workforce development field. Her work has included developing programs and policy with a focus on workforce solutions that provide improved economic opportunities for low-income populations, while meeting the skills and labour needs of employers.

Her experience has included serving as the Executive Director of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre, a sector-based labour-management workforce development organization in Toronto, and working as an advisor to the Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, with responsibility for the skills, employment, and education files. Danielle has also worked internationally in the areas of entrepreneurship, development, and industry-driven workforce strategies.

She holds a BA in Labour Studies and International Development from York University.

Danielle will focus her Metcalf Innovation Fellowship on continuing to advance innovative workforce development policy and practice to improve the economic opportunities of low-income people, while supporting the local skill needs of employers.

John Stapleton worked for the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services, and its predecessors, for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations. His more recent government work concerned the implementation of the National Child Benefit at the turn of the millennium. From 2004 to 2006, John was Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto and was the co-chair of the working group associated with this project.

He is currently Vice-Chair and Commissioner with the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission. He volunteers with West Neighbourhood House and Woodgreen Community Services in Toronto. John recently served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Daily Bread Food Bank and he is the Past President of the Canadian Horseracing Hall of Fame. He chairs the Board of Directors of the West Scarborough Community Legal Services and is a member of the Executive of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (SCRO). He is a member of the expert panel on Income Security of the Council of Aging of Ottawa. He recently served on advisories at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels on poverty reduction in Toronto Ontario and Canada.

John has published op-eds in National Post and The Toronto Star. In addition to his body of work for the Metcalf Foundation, he has written reviews for the Literary Review of Canada and written articles and studies for Ideas that Matter, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, The C.D. Howe Institute, Realize (the former Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation), The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, TD Bank Financial Group, Employment and Social Development Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Civic Action.

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John Stapleton joins fellow panelists to discuss the possibility of breaking the cycle of poverty in Ontario, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO. September 23, 2014. 42 min.


Graham Saul has more than 25 years of experience working on social and environmental justice issues. His background includes five years with Oxfam International in Maputo, Mozambique, and five years in Washington, D.C., with the Bank Information Centre — an environmental watchdog and information clearinghouse that monitors the World Bank and other multilateral development banks.

Since returning to Canada in 2004, he has worked as the International Program Director for Friends of the Earth Canada and Oil Change International, and was the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada — a coalition of more than 100 Canadian organizations working together to push for action on climate change. Graham was a founding member and Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. In September 2017, Graham joined Nature Canada as Executive Director.

Graham received an honours degree in Political Science from McGill University and was a visiting practitioner at Cornell University.

His Metcalf Innovation Fellowship paper, Environmentalists, what are we fighting for? blends the personal and professional, weaving Graham’s and other sector leaders’ reflections on what they are fighting for, with a critical analysis of how social movements are built, flourish, and upend the status quo in pursuit of a better world. Designed to spark debate, Graham will host a series of gatherings in cities across the country over the coming months to dig deeper into the issues and ideas outlined in his paper.

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin, November 7, 2018. 25 mins.


Tom Zizys has worked for over 25 years as a policy researcher and project consultant in the community sector, focusing on labour market analysis and designing employment programs. He works regularly with the various workforce development boards across Ontario and frequently makes presentations to organizations and policymakers regarding labour market trends.

Tom previously held a number of senior positions in the Government of Ontario, including Director of Policy, Premier’s Office. He has taught several courses at York University and Ryerson University, including program evaluation, public policy, and public law. Tom has also been involved in numerous international development projects focusing on civil society and poverty alleviation.

Tom’s work as a Metcalf Innovation Fellow involves exploring the impact of the changing labour market on the working poor – how these changes have come about, what their impact has been, and how Ontario’s labour market can be improved to better serve employers, employees, and job seekers.


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Fay Faraday is a nationally recognized lawyer with expertise in constitutional and human rights law. She has a particular interest in the rights of migrant and marginalized workers.

Fay represents civil society, unions, and individuals in the areas of constitutional and appellate litigation, human rights, administrative/public law, labour, and pay equity. In her legal practice, Fay has addressed a wide range of issues relating to gender and work, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of migrant workers, race discrimination, employment equity, poverty, income security, and international human rights norms. She has represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

As an Innovation Fellow, Fay has undertaken research on the strategic analysis of the laws, programs, and policies that structure and constrain the rights of migrant workers. Her 2012 report for the Metcalf Foundation, Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity, maps the complex legal landscape that regulates migrant workers and develops a framework for sustainable reform to strengthen temporary foreign worker rights in Canada. Her 2014 paper, Profiting from the Precarious: How recruitment practices exploit migrant workers exposes how temporary foreign workers are paying thousands of dollars in recruiting fees to work in minimum wage jobs in Ontario.

Fay’s latest report, Canada’s Choice: Decent Work or Entrenched Exploitation for Canada’s Migrant Workers? documents the continued exploitation faced by migrant workers — including unscrupulous recruitment practices, employment mobility restrictions, and a lack of protection from rights abuses— despite the 2014 changes to the program. It concludes by providing clear policy recommendations to strengthen protections and build employment security for Canada’s migrant workers.

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Fay Faraday appears on a panel with Min Sook Lee and Jenn Pfenning, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO, September 14, 2016. 28 min.

Elizabeth MacKinnon has worked in arts and culture for several years as an artist, policy maker, researcher, administrator, and teacher. As of 2016, she has been in the role of Director, Policy, Planning and Strategic Foresight at the Canada Council for the Arts. Previously, Elizabeth worked as a consultant specializing in strategic planning and organizational management for arts organizations and public arts funders. She developed this expertise as a policy analyst and researcher at the Department of Canadian Heritage, and as a senior program analyst at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

As a dance and interdisciplinary performance artist, Elizabeth has worked on a variety of projects as a performer, choreographer, and interactive video designer. She co-directed a small dance company and co-managed an artist-run space, and has served on various boards. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance from Concordia University, and a Masters of Digital Performance from the University of Hull (UK).

Elizabeth’s Metcalf Innovation Fellowship paper, More than Money: How social finance can build resilience in the arts sector, undertaken in collaboration with Christine Pellerin, looked at the viability of social finance as a means of increasing resources for the performing arts in Canada.

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Christine Pellerin is a fundraiser, arts administrator, and researcher with 15 years experience in the performing arts industry having worked with some of the country’s leading cultural institutions including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Theatre Centre, Soulpepper Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, TIFF, the National Ballet of Canada, and Cirque du Soleil. She is currently the Manager, Governors Council at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake where she is responsible for stewarding their mid-level donor program.

A passionate advocate for the non-profit sector, Christine was selected to participate in the Toronto Arts Council’s 2018 Leaders Lab and is a past participant of the Banff Centre’s Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency.

A lifelong learner, Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Theatre from York University, a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College, and is a first-cohort graduate of Carleton University’s Masters of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership program. She is proud to serve as a board member for Cahoots Theatre and the CANVAS Foundation.

Christine’s Metcalf Innovation Fellowship paper, More than Money: How social finance can build resilience in the arts sector, undertaken in collaboration with Elizabeth MacKinnon, looked at the viability of social finance as a means of increasing resources for the performing arts in Canada.

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Dr. Sarah Schulman is the founding partner of InWithForward, an international social enterprise that re-designs social services from the ground-up.

From 2009 to 2013, Sarah helped to launch three new solutions with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, including the award-winning Family by Family. Before moving to Australia, Sarah worked with Participle in London, where she developed a new model for universal youth services. Sarah started her first organization at the age of 10, and ran a successful youth development consultancy agency throughout high school and college.

Sarah holds a DPhil in Social Policy from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Masters in Education from Stanford University.

From 2014-2016, Dr. Sarah Schulman and her team at InWithForward experimented with new methods to spur behaviour change and shift practice among 400 Canadian social services professionals. In her Metcalf paper, Choreographing New Practices for Social Change, Dr. Schulman offers a series of case studies and actionable strategies.

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Dr. Sarah Schulman launches 'Choreographing New Practices for Social Change'. 4 min.

With over 20 years of experience in the performing arts sector, Guy de Carteret has worked with some of Canada’s leading artists as a producer, general manager and cultural leader.

The work he has produced has toured nationally and internationally to major festivals, including the World Stage Festival, Luminato Festival, Festival TransAmériques, Magnetic North, Melbourne International Festival, the Spoleto Festival and Munich’s SpielArt Festival.

From 1996 to 2012, de Carteret was the producer and general manager of Necessary Angel Theatre Company in Toronto, where he collaborated on the creation of the company’s repertoire of work and conceived, developed, and spearheaded an Associate Artist program that invited renowned international artists to create work with the company.

He received a Metcalf Innovation Fellowship to conduct research on social change and public engagement with his project INCITE, an immersive and interactive environment devised for experimentation, exchange, and transformation.

Shannon Litzenberger (MA) is an award-winning contemporary dance artist, choreographer, producer, creative facilitator, arts advocate and leadership consultant based in Toronto.

Known for creating live performance experiences at the intersection of forms, her perspective is decidedly feminist, philosophical, socially conscious, and emphatically Canadian. Her rural roots in Canada’s prairies inspire recurring themes of connection to land, environment, belonging, identity, and place. Her work has been presented across Canada and the U.S.A. and she has been an invited resident artist at several prestigious institutions including the Banff Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Harbourfront Centre.

As a consultant, strategist, and facilitator, Shannon also works with many cultural institutions including Business for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, among others. She designs and facilitates workshops on creation, innovation, and leadership within organizational settings, using perception-based practices to foster effective collaboration and productive team dynamics.

She has been an invited guest speaker at a multitude of universities, events, and conferences across Canada and internationally, and has published over 100 articles on dance, the creative process, and arts policy.

Shannon is the recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance and a twice-shortlisted finalist for the KM Hunter Award.

Shannon’s Innovation Fellowship paper Choreographing Our Future: Strategies for Supporting Next Generation Arts Practice examined how new technologies, changing demographics, and global interconnectedness are reshaping the arts.

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Shannon delivers a lecture on her Metcalf paper. 16 min.


Tim Jackson is Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the UK. CUSP builds on Tim’s vision over three decades to explore the moral, economic, and social dimensions of prosperity on a finite planet. He’s served as an advisor on sustainability to numerous commercial, government, and intergovernmental organisations.

Between 2004 and 2011, Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of his groundbreaking book Prosperity Without Growth, recently published in a substantially revised and updated 2nd edition.

In 2016, he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

Dr. Jackson’s Metcalf report, written in partnership with Dr. Peter Victor, found that greening the economy at the local level will bring jobs, prosperity, and help address environmental challenges. Green Economy at Community Scale analyses conceptual foundations and provides empirical evidence for more sustainable community-based economic activities. The final section of the report draws together findings and identifies positive steps towards the creation of green local economies.

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An economic reality check, Ted Talk at TedGlobal 2010. 20 min.

Peter Victor, author of Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster, is a Professor Emeritus at York University. He has worked for nearly 50 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment issues as an academic, consultant and public servant. His work on ecological economics has been recognized through the award of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2011, the Boulding Memorial Prize from the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2014, and his election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2015.

Peter was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics and is a past-president of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science. Prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in 1996 he was Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environmental Science and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Currently Peter is a member of the Honorary Board of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Board of the Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, as well as belonging to several advisory boards in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Victor’s Metcalf report, written in partnership with Dr. Tim Jackson, found that greening the economy at the local level will bring jobs, prosperity, and help address environmental challenges.  Green Economy at Community Scale analyses conceptual foundations and provides empirical evidence for more sustainable community-based economic activities. The final section of the report draws together findings and identifies positive steps towards the creation of green local economies.

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What’s the Difference Between Growth and Prosperity?, Institute for New Economic Thinking, October 1, 2014. 18 min.

Sally Miller (MA/ PhD; MES) is the project manager for the Local Food and Farm Co-ops in Ontario. She has worked in sustainable food and agriculture and co-ops for over twenty-five years, including with the Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Organic Meadow, Fourth Pig Worker Co-op, and West End Food Co-op in Canada, and Finger Lakes Organic Growers’ Co-op in the U.S.

Sally is currently the project manager for the Fair Finance Fund, providing affordable capital for social enterprises in the local food and farm sector. She sits on various boards, including the Ontario Co-operative Association.

Sally’s publications include Edible Action: Food Activism and Alternative Economics and Belongings: The Fight for Land and Food and numerous research reports.

Dr. Miller’s Metcalf research paper Places to Farm: Alternative practices and policies for Ontario’s changing agricultural landscape explores the link between strong regional food systems and land use policies in southern Ontario.

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Sally Miller on her book Belongings, Harrowsmith TV, January 15, 2018. 12 min.

Marilyn Struthers is the principal of M. Struthers & Co., a freelance consultancy formed in 1991. Her work currently includes coaching, organizational development, and strategic initiatives that support sustainability and leadership in social sector organizations. She has worked in and around the non-profit sector for more than forty years, engaged in fields as varied as women’s safety, children’s issues, the arts, First Nations’ issues and innovation. Her work has spanned community organizing, organization building, and participatory approaches to learning, governance, program and leadership.

Marilyn was the Inaugural John C. Eaton Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Community Service at Ryerson University. Before joining Ryerson, she spent 14 years as a funder with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, where she held a $4 million/year portfolio, making provincial investments in mission-driven organizations, enabling new approaches, networks, and collaboration to build the social sector’s capacity to innovate.

Marilyn’s work has afforded her a broad, systems level view of practice in the sector, a perspective she brings to work as a researcher, writer and teacher. Watching the changes in how money flows and the sector’s growing role as ‘solution finder’ to complex social problems, she has been tracking the lively conversations on what the social sector is, how it collaborates, and how it creates new structures that support lightning fast shifts and innovation for public benefit.

Marilyn holds an M.A. in organizational development in social organizations, and diplomas in community development, asset-based community development non-profit management, human systems dynamics, collaborative leadership, and organizational mediation. She works as an organizational development consultant, facilitator, and coach.

Marilyn’s Metcalf Innovation Fellowship Research examines how funders can best support civil society organizations that are emerging as critical solution-generators to some of the most complex problems facing us today.

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Jane Marsland has managed arts organizations and has served on a wide range of boards, advisory groups and committees for over 40 years.

Jane was a co-founder of For Dance and Opera, co-founder and Director of Technical Assistance of The Creative Trust: Working Capital for the Arts, as well as co-founder and director of ARTS 4 CHANGE. She has been the recipient of two arts community awards: a “Harold” in 2001 and the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2002.

Jane has managed arts organizations since 1970, and was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1982 to 1999. In 1995, she received the first M. Joan Chalmers Award for Arts Administration for outstanding leadership in the arts. In 2011 she was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award.

Jane is one of Canada’s most respected arts consultants and since 1999 has worked with more than 90 arts organizations, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

In 2017, Jane garnered a Silver Ticket Award, which is given out by the Dora Awards to an individual in recognition of personal excellence combined with nurturing the development to Canadian theatre.

Jane’s Metcalf Innovation Fellowship report Shared Platforms and Charitable Venture Organizations: A Powerful Possibility for a More Resilient Arts Sector galvanized the arts community to explore new organizational and financial models for funding in Canada.

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Dave Harvey is the founder and Executive Director of Park People. Under Dave’s leadership, since its creation in 2011 Park People has quickly emerged as Canada’s leading city park transformation organization. Dave has many decades of experience managing environmental and municipal issues in government and in politics. He has always brought a thoughtful, solutions-based approach to the wide range of public policy challenges he has helped governments and organizations address.

Dave has devised and driven many of the Toronto-region’s most significant greenspace and city building initiatives. Before starting Park People, Dave helped guide the successful campaign for the creation of Canada’s first national park in an urban area, Rouge National Park.

Dave has served as senior advisor to the Premier of Ontario, working to develop, implement and communicate the Ontario Government’s agenda in the areas of environment, natural resources, and municipal affairs. He played a key leadership role in many aspects of the Ontario Government’s conservation agenda, including the 1.8 million acre Greenbelt, the GTA Growth Plan, the City of Toronto Act and the Go Green Climate Action Plan.

He has served on the boards of LEAF and the Task Force to Bring Back the Don. Dave is a regular media commentator on city park issues, has spoken on numerous panels in Canada and the US and been published in many magazines and newspapers.

In 2016, he was given the Aster Award from the Toronto Botanical Garden recognizing his contributions to green space and in 2017 the Canadian Urban Institute gave him the City Builder Award.

Dave’s Innovation Fellowship research led him to establish Park People.

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Pat Thompson is the Director of Social Impact at the Atkinson Foundation.

Until joining the Foundation in January 2014, Pat was a leadership consultant. She worked with mature nonprofits on their organizational renewal challenges. She began her career on Parliament Hill in 1981, where she worked first for her hometown MP and later two cabinet ministers.

From 1988 to 2000, she served YMCA Canada and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver in senior management roles.

Her Metcalf Innovation Fellowship examined the role of vocation and reflective practice in sustaining and strengthening the vitality of nonprofit leaders, organizations, the sector, and civil society and also explored the area of nonprofit leader renewal and how investing in the professional vitality of leaders supports the strengthening of organizations and the sector as a whole.

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In the 1970s, Lynn Eakin founded and built the Griffin Centre, a community mental health service for youth, which pioneered services for Canadians with developmental and mental health challenges.

In 1989, Lynn began her own consulting firm providing specialized services to nonprofit organizations, associations, funders and community groups. Her consulting work included assistance with restructuring, mergers, and service partnerships, as well as offering rescue management services for organizations in difficulty.

By the end of the 1990s, Lynn shifted her focus to what she saw as a growing crisis in the financing and regulation of nonprofit community organizations. She undertook primary research on the funding and costs of program delivery and the accountability and administrative demands on community service providers. This led to the creation of a series of tools and guides that were made available to agencies and funders. They offered advice on a variety of issues, such as managing mergers and funding cuts, and advising funders on finance a regulation issues. Her work led also led to suggestions for a number of structural  reforms, which could assist the sector.

Lynn’s multi-year Innovation Fellowship was awarded to study and advise on the best way for the nonprofit sector to build capacity to achieve legislative, regulatory, and financing reform and supported the early development of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, where she remains as a policy advisor to this day.

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