Three leadership insights from one of my cherished mentors

“A valuable contribution doesn’t necessarily need to come in the form of smart answers, it can also be good questions.” This was one of the many nuggets of wisdom from Barbara McInnes, a visionary changemaker and one of my most cherished mentors. 

Barb passed away early in the morning on July 1 after a long battle with colon cancer, at 77 years old. 

Barb co-founded the Ottawa Community Foundation with her father in 1987. She then led the Foundation from 1991 until she retired in 2014. Barb was also instrumental in forming and developing Community Foundations of Canada, the umbrella network for approximately 200 community foundations across the country. She was deeply involved in a number of boards and was awarded the rank of Member in the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

People often mention the size of the Ottawa Community Foundation


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