Governor General of Canada Helps Carleton Celebrate Graduate Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Program

Carleton University celebrated a one-of-a-kind Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program on Aug. 22. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, attended and gave an address at the Celebrating Philanthropy panel discussion.

“These students are part of a profession,” the Governor General said. “Professions are loosely defined but, in my view, professionals are on the leading edge of those fundamental values that are most important to a country. They have a specialized body of knowledge that can’t simply be picked up a how-to-book or by watching people operate for a day or two, it requires intensive study and careful consideration and teaching from the great mentors of the profession.”

The first group of students to attend an intense summer institute – 31 in all – were on hand for the event, which included a panel discussion among top experts. They included Jo-Anne Ryan of TD Waterhouse and Diane Hodgins from ShoreFast Foundation.

Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte and Susan Phillips, director of the School of Public Policy and Administration, were also in attendance.

“The students of this program have told me that after graduation they plan to change our nation,” said Runte. “They are determined to do something very special. They want to make the gifts that they have been given truly count. I thank them for this and for their dedication.”

“This is the only program of its kind in Canada and it is a program whose time has come,” said Phillips. “The practice of philanthropy is increasingly professionalized, sophisticated and complex. With $212 billion in revenues, the philanthropic sector is a significant force in our society.”

About the Master and Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program:

Launched in August 2013, the program is intended to develop advanced skills and knowledge required of leaders and innovators in the increasingly sophisticated and complex environment of the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. It will be delivered primarily through a mix of intensive two-week summer institutes and interactive online courses so that it is available to a national audience.

The program is offered by the School of Public Policy and Administration, the oldest school of public policy in Canada.

More information about the program, including registration information, is available on the website:


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Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 240-3305

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