Ian Bird


From the moment Ian joined Community Foundations of Canada in 2011 he embraced its ‘all for community’ vision and immediately began exploring opportunities to mobilize its diverse network to achieve greater collective impact in communities across the country.

A two-time Olympian in field hockey, Ian was well known in the sport community for his ability to bring groups together to affect change. He quickly began doing the same at CFC. From expanding the organization’s circle of champions to include new voices and expertise, to building new partnerships based on common interests and outcomes, Ian has worked hard to find new ways for the movement to address complex community issues.

Under Ian’s leadership, CFC established a landmark Smart & Caring Communities initiative to help build a smart and caring Canada. This vision continues to shape CFC’s engagement with the 150Alliance and other partners towards a pluralistic and reconciled Canada in 2017 and beyond. CFC has also played an integral role in founding and incubating the Rideau Hall Foundation, with Ian at the helm as its first Executive Director.

Dedicated to his community, Ian founded and coaches the Chelsea Phoenix Field Hockey Club in Chelsea Quebec, where he lives with his family.


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