About the campaign

Every Canadian has something to give, whether it’s big or small.

Opportunities to give are all around us, every day. We call them “Giving Moments”. The more we act on them, the better and more caring Canada will become.

My Giving Moment will help more Canadians discover what they have to give. It will inspire millions of us to say, “Hey, I’m going to do that!” And we’ll have a stronger, more compassionate nation that we can all be proud of – a nation that values helping others and giving back to the community.

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How it started

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston had an idea. The key to a kinder and more caring Canada, he thought, lies in helping more Canadians use their time, talent and money to help others.

Inspired by His Excellency’s vision, leaders from the corporate, community and media sectors have come together to support the campaign, partnering with the Rideau Hall Foundation. They all share the Governor General’s commitment to giving as the key to creating a smarter and more caring Canada.

The Rideau Hall Foundation gathers, aligns and catalyzes ideas, people and resources to move the Canadian spirit and our shared aspirations forward.

As an independent, non-political charity, the Foundation works closely with the Governor General and many external partners to support initiatives that build our identity, build capacity and promote the advancement of a caring nation.

Friends of Rideau Hall Foundation 

The following people have played an important role in bringing this campaign to life:

Ian Bird,

President, Community Foundations of Canada

Tim Brodhead,

O.C., Former President and CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Marc Caira,

President and CEO, Tim Hortons

Victor G. Dodig,

President and CEO, CIBC

William A. Downe,

President and CEO, BMO Financial Group

Serge Godin,

C.M., O.Q., Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, CGI

Donald A. Guloien,

President and CEO, Manulife

Bob Harding,

Chairman, Brookfield Global Infrastructure;
Co-Chair, Governor General’s Advisory Committee on Volunteerism and Philanthropy;
Director, Rideau Hall Foundation

Thomas G. Heintzman,

O.C., Q.C., Arbitrator/Mediator, Heintzman ADR;
Director, Rideau Hall Foundation

Patrick Johnston,

Principal, BOREALIS Advisors

Henry Karamanoukian,

President and CEO, Procter & Gamble Canada

Marcel Lauzière,

President and CEO, Lawson Foundation

Bharat Masrani,

President and CEO, TD Bank Group

Ross McGregor,

Co-Chair, Governor General’s Advisory Committee on Volunteerism and Philanthropy

Susan McIsaac,

President and CEO, United Way Toronto

David McKay,

President and CEO, RBC

Anil Patel,

Executive Director, Timeraiser

Hilary Pearson,

President and CEO, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada

Brian J. Porter,

CEO, Scotiabank

J. Robert S. Prichard,

O.C., O. Ont., Chair, Torys LLP;
Director, Rideau Hall Foundation

Michael E. Roach,

President and CEO, CGI

Marnie Spears,

President and CEO, KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Paula Speevak,

President, Volunteer Canada

Paul Straus,

President and CEO, Home Hardware

Louis Vachon,

President and CEO, National Bank of Canada

Annette Verschuren,

O.C., Chair and CEO, NRStor;
Director, Rideau Hall Foundation

Frank Vettese,

Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte

Faye Wightman,

President Emerita, Vancouver Foundation