President and CEO
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Peggy Taillon leads the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), Canada’s longest serving social policy and research organization (1920). She accepted this challenge – and honour – in 2008.
While navigating a period of unprecedented renewal for the CCSD, Peggy takes the responsibility of leading an organization with a 95-year legacy as a solemn one, with a view to the future and respect for its past. Integrity, diversity and inclusiveness are hallmarks of her leadership.
A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy and her team at CCSD organized the inaugural Canadian Social Forum in Calgary in 2009, followed by many positive social innovation initiatives. The changing landscape for the third sector in Canada over the last several years presented more challenges that Peggy met head on. This evolution led to a recent launch of a renewed strategic mission and approach for the CCSD, focusing on nation building through evidence, collaboration and design.
Prior to the CCSD, Peggy served as Senior Vice-President at The Ottawa Hospital, and previously led Ontario's Mental Health Implementation Task Force, a sweeping reform process. Peggy served as an Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and to the Premier on the implementation of Ontario’s Regional Health Authorities, Local Health Information Networks (LHINs), along with a number of other major health reform processes.
A dynamic and compelling public speaker, Peggy is often called upon to present on the health and wellbeing of Canada’s most vulnerable, and issues of gender, race, human rights, social development and inequality. A proud Canadian, Peggy believes we can create a strong, resilient and caring nation that values the well-being and contributions of all of its citizens. Peggy’s diverse voluntary roles include the International Initiatives for Mental Health and Disability Leadership; Co-Chair of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health under the Public Health Agency of Canada; and member of the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council in Ontario – to name but a few. Honouring the CCSD’s proud association with the International Council on Social Welfare since the 1940s, Peggy accepted the appointment as Regional President, North America and the Caribbean in June 2014.
Peggy founded the HERA Mission of Canada in 2008, a foundation that supports women leading development projects empowering widows, children and grandmothers in Western Kenya. Through this work, Peggy honours the community where her son Devlin was born. She is the recipient of CTV’s Amazing People Award 2012 for changing adoption laws in Kenya that enabled her to bring her son home to Canada and her Hera Mission work. CTV’s W5 profiled her journey in Kenya in The Love of a Child which aired on March 8, 2014 – International Women’s Day. Over 1.2 million viewers across Canada and beyond tuned in or watched online, with many more since then. Most recently, Peggy received Ontario’s 2015 Leading Women, Building Communities Award.
Originally from the small northern Ontario town of South Porcupine, Peggy was educated in Toronto and Ottawa and holds degrees in Social Work and Law, as well as advanced diplomas in mediation and negotiation.
Vice-President, Research & Policy
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Katherine has worked in the social development field as a researcher, writer and advocate over the past 20 years. Her on-going work focuses on issues of social and economic inclusion as they affect children, families and communities. She has served as Vice President of Research at the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) and the Vanier Institute of the Family, planning and managing the research agenda and public education activities for these organizations, as well as participating in numerous projects and advocacy coalitions.
Katherine is currently completing the new Poverty Trends Scorecard series (2012-13) for Citizens for Public Justice and a Research and Evaluation Framework for Pathways to Education Canada (2013). Other publications include: Families Count: Profiling Canada's Families IV (2010), a databook that documents the character and circumstances of Canadian families over time, Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs, an edited collection of 14 reports in the CCSD's Social Development Report Series, and Community Vitality, a Concept Paper for the Canadian Index of Well-being (2009). Her influential book, Funding Matters: The Impact of Canada's New Funding Regime on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, published in June 2003, documented for the first time the profound funding challenges that nonprofits face.
Originally from central Ontario, Katherine has lived in Ottawa for 15 years with her partner and two children. She holds degrees in political science and environmental studies from Queen's University and York University.
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Social Media
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Nancy joined the Canadian Council on Social Development in September 2013 as Vice President, Strategic Communications. With more than 28 years of experience, Nancy has served a wide range of clients and organizations in the federal government in strategic communications, community building, marketing, stakeholder engagement, publishing, corporate communications and more.
Nancy held senior communications positions supporting initiatives in the policy, social, economic and environmental sectors of government in organizations dealing with policy research, environmental assessment, infrastructure, Indian and northern affairs, and employment and immigration.
An Ottawa native, Nancy has participated in community volunteer groups supporting community well-being and consumer affairs.
Lead - CCSD Community Data Program
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Michel holds a Master of Urban Planning (1993) and Bachelor of Arts (1991) from McGill University, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Project Management Institute. He has practiced in Canada and overseas since 1993 as an Urban & Community Planner and Project Manager and has directed, managed or participated in numerous projects in the areas of strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation and policy analysis.
Michel is the Director and Owner of Acacia Consulting & Research, established in 1999 to help urban, municipal and community-based organizations make better use of data, information and knowledge in order to inform policy and effect change. Through his company, Michel has served as lead consultant offering comprehensive support to Canada's leading municipal indicator and community data access projects. These include the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System (since 2002); the Canadian Council on Social Developments' Community Data Consortium Program (since 2005); and the Community Foundations of Canada's Vital Signs Reports (2006-2010). Michel is also serving as lead consultant to Community Data Canada, a multi-stakeholder process aimed at establishing a permanent forum for collaboration among Canadian governments & community organisations in support of improved access to and use of small area data for decision making.
Michel operates his company from 430 Parkdale Avenue, a mixed use residential and legal non-conforming commercial property and former automotive repair garage which is now home to commercial catering, studio and gallery space, and a family home, where he lives with his wife and four children.