Ian Bird

President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada

Ian Bird

Ian Bird
President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada

Ian Bird joined Community Foundations of Canada in 2011, at a watershed moment in the movement’s history.

Community foundations were celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada’s first community foundation; CFC was welcoming its first patron, David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, and the country was just beginning to think about its sesquicentennial in 2017.

Ian officially took the reins at CFC’s 2011 Conference in Vancouver, a momentous occasion where the Governor General shared his vision of a “smart and caring nation” and issued a call to action to community foundations from coast to coast.

CFC’s national network includes more than 180 community foundations all of whom help individuals and organizations to invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work, and play.

Under Ian’s leadership, community foundations responded to the Governor General’s call to service with Smart & Caring Communities, a national effort to that will see the movement expand its reach and establish special Smart & Caring Community Funds to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

A two-time Olympian in field hockey, Ian serves on several volunteer Boards of Directors, including Imagine Canada, Own the Podium, and Canada’s Public Policy Forum.

He also sits on the Governor General’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Advisory Committee, and serves as the Canadian representative on the Community Foundation Leadership Team (CFLT), a committee of the Council on Foundations, which provides leadership to community foundation development in the United States.

A well-known champion of using sports to develop resilient and inclusive communities, before joining CFC Ian was the senior leader of the Sport Matters Group, where he was instrumental in the development of large-scale public initiatives including unprecedented public-private community infrastructure investments and tax reforms, new investments to support Canadian athletes, an a pan-Canadian municipal sport and physical activity policy framework.

A native of North Vancouver, Ian has also made his home in Alberta and, now, Quebec. He currently works from Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.