Webinar: What is the COVID-19 emergency aid revealing about the social impact sector modernization agenda? 

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April 28: What is the COVID-19 emergency aid revealing about the social impact sector modernization agenda? 

With special guest Senator Ratna Omidvar 

In June 2019, the Canadian Senate released Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, a first-of-its-kind report for non-profits and charities. With 42 recommendations in a range of areas, this synthesis is the extraordinary work of senators who engaged a range of funders, executives, frontline professionals, volunteers, and public servants in order to understand the opportunities and pain points facing the sector.

It’s only been 9 months since the report was released but it feels like the world has changed—our institutions, frontlines, funding tools, service delivery, and advocacy will not be the same. So, what does this mean for the recommendations and the report? What recommendations are worth revisiting as a result? What is the pandemic crisis revealing about gaps in the modernization agenda from 2019? What are the lessons in preparedness and adaptation for the sector?

Future of Good publisher Vinod Rajasekaran speaks with Senator Ratna Omidvar in an insightful, forward-looking conversation.

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont.
Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, Ms. Omidvar was appointed to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as Liaison. Senator Omidvar also served as Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector.

Senator Omidvar has over 30 years of experience working in the charitable sector at senior levels of management as well as serving as a board director and a volunteer. For over 16 years she transformed a small, private foundation – Maytree – into a champion for anti-poverty, diversity and inclusion and immigrant and refugee policy issues. Senator Omidvar has served as a board director and advisor on over 30 charitable boards including public agencies, boards and commissions.

Currently, Senator Omidvar is a Director at the Samara Centre for Democracy, a Councillor on the World Refugee Council, and Chair Emerita for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Senator Omidvar was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, with both honours recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. She is the co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success (2011).