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Sara Lyons

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Community Foundations of Canada (CFC)

Sara Lyons is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Community Foundations of Canada (CFC). In her role, her focus is on driving CFC’s strategy, partnerships and leading key areas of focus for the organization, such as settlement, youth, reconciliation, and social finance.

She recently spearheaded the development of the Impact Investing Guidebook for Foundations alongside a range of partners, and is currently leading CFC’s implementation of the Government of Canada’s Investment Readiness, a precursor to the Social Finance Fund.

Over her years with CFC, Sara has played a leadership role in bringing foundations together for impact, often in partnership with the corporate sector and government such as through the Community Foundations and the Environment program, Vital Signs, the Youth Catalyst Fund and the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees. Prior to this, Sara worked in politics and urban issues.

A graduate of McGill and the University of Toronto, Sara is a frequent speaker on philanthropy, innovation, and social finance. She is currently the Board Chair of the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, a charity that transforms philanthropy and contribute to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation.