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.
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.
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
We work with communities, organizations and individuals to protect Canada's water and empower Canada's North.
Meet the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to the success of the Foundation.
2010 - 2012
Sen. Hugh Segal
2002 - 2010
Harvey L. Secter
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.