Members appoint Directors to the Board of Directors, approve changes to the by-laws and appoint the external auditor. The Foundation’s membership is limited to thirty Members. Six seats are reserved for Members appointed by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (“ISED”) and another three seats are reserved for liquidators of the succession of the late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
Chair of the Members
Thomas S. Axworthy
He has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy, including as president and CEO of the Gordon Foundation.
Dennis M. Browne
Member of the Law Society of Newfoundland
Straddling the worlds of writing and public policy, Denise Chong was a trailblazer for diversity and inclusiveness in the public service before raising Canada's social consciousness with acclaimed works of nonfiction.
Lawyer, Partner at Langlois Lawyers, Montreal office
President of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada
He is an author and journalist. He edited, among other books, The Essential Trudeau, with Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary at Sagard Holdings & Portag3 Ventures.
Chair of the Board of the Foundation, he joined Power Corporation of Canada in Montreal as Secretary in 1985 and in 1987 became Senior Vice-President and General Counsel.
David Johnston was Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017. President of the Board of the Rideau Hall Foundation.
Frederick H. Lowy
Mr. Lowy has been the psychiatrist-in-chief and the director of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, and a professor at, and chair of, the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry. He has also been the 4th Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University.
Founding Member, Vice-chair, and Treasurer at the Foundation
Strategist, Tri Sector Leader, Partnership Guru, Global Speaker
Provost and Vice-Chancellor, Trinity College
A Member of the International Advisory Board of Lafarge S.A., he was President and CEO of Lafarge North America from 1987 to 1992.
General Partner at iNovia Capital.
Founding President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) for almost eighteen years, Hilary Pearson now chairs the Advisory Body of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University and serves on the Advisory Committee to the Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at Carleton University.
Sean E. Riley
President of St. Francis Xavier University and Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, he also served on the Board of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.
Roy J. Romanow
A Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan (1991–2001), he also headed the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
An Attorney and Counsellor at Law in the State of New York, he specializes in the resolution of complex international disputes involving public authorities in emerging markets.
A neighbour, travelling companion, and close friend of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Nancy Southam has been a member of the Foundation since 2014.
Stephen J. Toope
Professor Toope is vice-chancellor at the University of Cambridge. He has been the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
Son of the late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Alexandre Trudeau is a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist.