Lisa Pottie has over twenty years of experience in Canadian art, health, education, conservation, and international development not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as Director, Development and Donor Relations, Lisa was National Campaign Director, and Executive Director for Atlantic Region at Muscular Dystrophy Canada. She has been a consultant for numerous organizations in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, and worked at Canadian Cancer Society, World Wildlife Fund and University of Toronto. She also has experience in strategic planning, program development, building grassroots and senior business leader networks, research and communications.
Lisa has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto and taught English literature for a number of years. She has also volunteered for many community organizations, including the Youth Project in Nova Scotia, Autism Nova Scotia, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Toronto Community Foundation.
“One of the most positive things about working in non-profits is the sense of community. We are here because we care about helping others. That has translated in my personal experience into being able to rely on others for, and provide, advice and support, or sometimes just commiseration. I am grateful for the support of my fundraising community, and very pleased with the Tony Elischer Foundation program that embodies that spirit of support for the next generation of fundraising leaders.”