Protecting Canada's Water. Empowering Canada's North.

With a mission to promote innovative public policies for the North and in freshwater management, The Gordon Foundation has a track record of taking action through collaboration.

While the Foundation has evolved with the times, our guiding principles are steadfast – the values of independent thought, protecting the environment, and the full participation of Indigenous Peoples in decisions affecting their communities form the foundations of all we do.

The programs we manage and support reflect our commitment to the development of progressive, mutually-reinforcing social and environmental policies for all Canadians. We believe that human development needs must be met in a way that recognizes the imperative to protect the environment. We believe that full participation by Indigenous Peoples in Canadian society must be secured in ways that respect their rights and cultural identity.

A Legacy of Philanthropy

Our founders shared a vision for a prosperous Canada, that served all Canadians. Their legacy lives on through the work of the Foundation, and their commitment and dedication continue to inspire and motivate us in all that we do.

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Explore Our History

With over 50 years in operation, The Gordon Foundation has an enduring legacy of philanthropy in Canada. Learn more about historic milestones and achievements from our past by exploring our interactive timeline.

See how we got here
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Board of Directors

Meet the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to the success of the Foundation.

Past Chairs
  • Paul Corriveau

    2020 - 2024

  • Robert Pace


  • Karen Hanna

    2010 - 2012

  • Sen. Hugh Segal

    2002 - 2010

  • Harvey L. Secter

    2000 -2002

  • Dr. John R. Evans

    1998 - 2000

  • Kyra L. Montagu

    1988 - 1998

  • Jane L. Glassco


  • Duncan L. Gordon

    1974 - 1987

  • Walter L. Gordon


  • Duncan L. Gordon

    1965 - 1972


We model our internal activities on what are considered to be best practices for operational foundations, and are committed to clear, transparent communications with our stakeholders.

Audited Financial Statements