Maytree is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities.

We seek to accomplish our objectives by identifying, supporting and funding ideas, leaders and leading organizations that have the capacity to make change and advance the common good.

We invest in leaders to build a Canada that can benefit from the skills, experience and energy of all its people.

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hammer and wedges Maytree Opinion, January 2015: It’s time to look beyond the wedge

As we approach a federal election, we’re looking for all levels of government to engage with each other. And we’re looking for them to work with and for the people they’ve sworn to represent. Sadly, if the past few years have been any indication, we’re headed in the opposite direction. As Alan Broadbent and Elizabeth McIsaac write, the current trend seems to be a focus on wedge issues.

Matthew Thomas Five Good Ideas about Cross-Sector Leadership

Matthew Thomas – an expert in cross-sector leadership development with experience in the nonprofit, business, and government worlds – explored the challenges and opportunities for individuals leading across sectors. He made the case for why leaders must develop an expanded, cross-sector mindset to address our most pressing societal issues.

Ken Chan Maytree Newsletter - December 2014

Read about Caledon’s latest commentary, What you need to know about the Canada Job Fund; about new possibilities on permanent resident voting; how Ken Chan combines professional success with public service to make a difference; and about Brokering Success, a Mowat Centre report, that examines possible solutions to improve skilled immigrant employment outcomes.

who_votes_spotlight Who Votes in Toronto Municipal Elections?

This new study conducted for Maytree by Ryerson University Professor Myer Siemiatycki and geographic analyst Sean Marshall explores the connection between municipal voting behaviour and some of Toronto’s prime demographic characteristics like immigrant status, visible minority identity, income and home ownership.

Ryerson University New Ryerson-Maytree initiative set to advance the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities

Maytree is pleased to announce the creation of the Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University. This new initiative, led by Ratna Omidvar as its founding Executive Director, will be housed at the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute.

Perspectives_Alan_spotlight The Many Faces of Leadership in a Thriving City: A Rethink of the Toronto Narrative

Toronto residents have been told over and over that their City faces a leadership crisis. They are told that Council is dysfunctional and that the city is failing. This narrative misses the mark, argues Alan Broadbent in the second in a series of IMFG Pre-Election Perspectives papers.


The Past, Present, and Future of City Finance and Governance

January 26, 2015 – On the tenth anniversary of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, a panel looks at the past, present, and future of financial and governance issues and gives a progress report: what, if anything, have cities learned? Welcome by the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; moderated by Alan Broadbent, Chairman and CEO, Avana Capital Corporation, Chairman, Maytree, and Chair, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance.

Five Good Ideas about how non-profits can benefit from the media revolution

February 23, 2015 – Five Good Ideas session with Robert Steiner, Director, The Fellowships In Global Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Robert will share his five good ideas for non-profits that want to create new collaborations with media.

Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes

From February 23 to 25, 2015, join Tamarack’s Liz Weaver and From Here to There’s Mark Cabaj in Toronto for Evaluating Community Impact, a three-day interactive workshop designed specifically for leaders who have basic evaluation training and a desire to take their community change efforts to the next level.

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The Five Good Ideas Book

Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success features a collection of the best ideas from past Five Good Ideas sessions. We’re sure that you’ll find the book a handy quick-reference guide.

Read about it and buy your copy today.