Board of Directors

Helen Burstyn

Bruce Bennett, Gretchen Ross

Honorary Legal Council
David Stevens

Zahra Al-Harazi, Ian Alexander, Shari Austin, Diane Blake, Jodi Butts, Clint Davis. Alyssa Hussein, Ira Gluskin, Elizabeth Gomery, Chethan Lakshman, Janelle Lassonde, Robin McLay, Scott Mullin, Chima Nkemdirim, Richard O’Hagan (Emeritus), Anna Porter, Karen Prentice, Gillian Smith

Educational Review Committee

Karen Prentice

Mark Migotti

Benjamin Berger (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University), Lea Caragata (Wilfrid Laurier University), Barb Hunt (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University), Stephen Kimber (University of King’s College), Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (University of Manitoba), Mira Sucharov (Carleton University)

National Advisory Council

Siri Agrell, Charlie Angelakos, Cameron Charlebois, Paul Cohen, Heather Conway, Jean Cumming, Michael Decter, Rupert Duchesne, Martha Durdin, William Fox, Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, John Geiger, Marina Glogovac, Blake Goldring, Francesca Grosso, David Harrison, Dr. Eric Jackman, Tom Jackson, Roberta Jamieson, Donald K. Johnson, Lucille Joseph, Mark Kingwell, Gerald Lazare, D’Arcy Levesque, James Little, Louise MacCallum, Hugh MacKinnon, Bruce MacLellan, Laura Michalchyshyn, Seamus O’Regan, Terry O’Reilly, Julian Porter, Justin Poy, Pierre Santoni, Bernard Schiff, Lee Smolin, Helga Stephenson, Anne Sutherland, Vince Timpano, and Aritha van Herk.


With the multi-year commitment of exceptional donors, The Walrus Trust will secure the long-term future of fact-based journalism at The Walrus.

Lead Donor
Rosemary Phelan

The Order of the Walrus

This designation recognizes outstanding one-time transformative gifts to The Walrus that help accomplish major editorial projects that would not otherwise be possible. This special two-year capacity-building campaign, launched in Canada’s sesquicentennial year celebrates a commitment from donors to The Walrus idea of a better Canada.

Companions of the Order of the Walrus
Gretchen and Donald Ross
Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

Officers of the Order of the Walrus
Lassonde Family Foundation
The Honourable Margaret McCain

Members of the Order of the Walrus
Donald K. Johnson
Jim and Sandra Pitblado

Optimistic Canadians

The Walrus Foundation salutes these community leaders who have made substantial multi-year commitments to the Walrus Foundation. Their commitments allow us to plan on a longer horizon and execute projects in an environment designed for success rather than survival.

The Walrus Trust donor
Kim Samuels

Lead Visionary donor
RBC Foundation

Visionary donors
Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Chisholm/Thomson Family Fund
La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso
John Macfarlane and Rosamond Ivey
Rosemary Phelan
Andrew and Valerie Pringle
Gretchen and Donald Ross
Barry and Laurie Green

Champion Donors
Donald K. Johnson
Lucille Joseph and Urban Joseph, OC
Lakshman Family
Lassonde Family Foundation
Louise MacCallum and Michael Barnstijn
Michael Young Family Foundation
Mike and Martha Pederson

Ambassador Donors
Helen Burstyn
Michael Decter
David and Yvonne Fleck
Kevin and Roger Garland
William C. Graham
Richard and Lois Haskayne
Dr. Eric Jackman
Erica and Jeff Lebbert
The Honourable Margaret McCain
Nadir and Shabin Mohamed
Karen Prentice

We also thank The Walrus community of 1,500 donors who helped fund independent, fact-based journalism this year.

Please contact Aimée Ippersiel, director of development and strategic communications to discuss making a philanthropic gift to The Walrus.
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The Walrus gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council.