Helen Burstyn

Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 30-year career in government, business, and community service. She is the former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. In 2010/2011, together with Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Eric Hoskins, she co-chaired The Partnership Project, an Ontario government initiative to strengthen the not-for-profit and voluntary sectors in the province. She continues to chair the Partnership Forum, an advisory body on the not-for-profit and charitable sector. Helen is also a Principal at Counsel Public Affairs, based in Toronto, Ontario. With The Boston Consulting Group and MaRS, she recently co-founded the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating the next generation of social entrepreneurs. She is also a founder, past-president and honorary board chair of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto and a founding member of Equal Voice. In the 2011 general election, she was the provincial Liberal Candidate for Beaches-East York. Helen received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership in 2010 and the Ontario Citizenship Award for Volunteer Service that same year.