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Who Are We?

 

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, educators and practitioners dedicated to gaining and promoting a better understanding of Canadian civil society. Our research and education focuses on nonprofit organizations: their contribution to society; their governance and structure; their human and social capital, including managing staff and volunteers; their financial management, including fundraising and commercial ventures; their relationship with government and the business sector, including community service programs and corporate social responsibility.


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Meet Our People


Director



Agnes Meinhard, PhD
Associate Professor,
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
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Agnes is the founding and current Director of the Centre. Her research has focused on the formation, growth and demise of voluntary organizations; strategic responses of voluntary organizations to changing policy in the Canadian context; comparative studies of voluntary sector partnerships; volunteer behaviour and development; leadership and organizational change. Agnes was instrumental in establishing Canada's first undergraduate interdisciplinary curriculum in nonprofit and voluntary sector management at Ryerson University. Voluntary organizations are not only of academic interest to Agnes; she also serves on the board of Na'amat Canada and the Daily Bread Food Bank.

 


Research Manager / Senior Research Associate



Pauline O`Connor
CVSS, Ted Rogers School of Management,
Ryerson University
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Dr. O’Connor has been a policy researcher, program evaluator and research project manager since the early 1990s, working largely in the fields of Canadian social policy and health.  She has held senior policy, research and management posts in provincial and municipal governments, and in non-governmental organizations where she led large-scale, multi-component research projects and designed and commissioned multi-year research programs.  She also spent several years working as an independent consultant in social policy and health. Prior to the early 1990s, she was in academic for a few years, teaching and researching in contemporary political philosophy and ethics in U.S. and Canadian universities. She also taught high school in Canada and Australia, and worked as a print journalist in Ottawa for several years.

 


Founding Associates



Mary Foster, PhD
Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
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Mary Foster
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Mary's interest in the voluntary sector began when she worked with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario before beginning her academic career. In addition to working with Agnes and Ida on several SSHRC grants related to the voluntary sector, she has published articles on women and management and entrepreneurship, and recently has developed a research program in management education as a result of her experience teaching large classes. Mary is the Chair of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Marketing Department.

 

Ida Berger, PhD
Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
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Ida Berger
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Ida has been involved with research on the formation of attitudes, the relationship between attitudes and behavior, and motivating socially responsible behaviors for almost 20 years. Her research began with an interest in the effect of product experiences and advertisements on consumers' recognition, attitudes and behaviours regarding branded consumer products. She has been published in the top marketing journals, winning awards from the American Marketing Association. Ida is an expert in the field of attitudes and consumer behavior and serves as a reviewer for a number of prestigious publications and forums. She is the Associate Director of Ted Rogers School of Management.

 


Associates


Ted Richmond
Independent Researcher
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Ted Richmond
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Ted Richmond is an independent researcher and an instructor in the Chang School at Ryerson University. He has worked previously with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Laidlaw Foundation, CERIS (the Ontario Metropolis Centre), the Social Planning Council of Toronto (SPT) and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Ted has a Master’s degree from OISE, University of Toronto with a specialisation in statistics and evaluation. He is an active member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, and a Fellow at CERIS. Ted has published and presented extensively on such issues as: the service implications of changing ethnoracial demographics, relations between government and community service providers, and the dynamics of equity and social inclusion. Ted frequently serves on community boards and advisory groups dealing with needs assessment for disadvantaged communities, community-based research and evaluation, and community use of technology.

Katie Misener, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
University of Waterloo
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Katie completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario in Nonprofit Sport Management, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Ryerson University in 2011. Her research focuses on organizational capacity and inter-organizational relationships in nonprofit community sport clubs. Her other research interests include older adult volunteerism, social capital, service-learning, and social responsibility through sport.

 
Ilene Hyman Ph.D
Community-based researcher and assistant professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
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Ilene Hyman is a social epidemiologist, and much of her research explores health and social equity among newcomer and racialized populations in Canada.  She is a frequent author and contributor to government and non-governmental organization reports on immigration, racialization and health.  Recently Ilene coordinated and was a researcher on the CVSS project Immigrant Integration and Inclusion: Investigating the Canadian Partnership Model from a Complex-System Perspective. Her academic background includes an MHSc (currently MPH) in Community Health from U of T, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Montreal.

 
Paul MacLean, MA, ThM
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Paul has worked for 30 years as a consultant, facilitator, educator and researcher, primarily with religious organizations such as congregations, church agencies, judicatories and theological schools. His present research interest is in practical theology, that is, the way in which people live out their faith in Canadian society both individually and collectively. Paul participates in a network of Canadian practical theologians, is active as a volunteer in his local church, and cochairs an inter-faith refugee committee

 


Clare Chua, PhD
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
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Wendy Cukier, PhD
Vice-President Research and Innovation,
Ryerson University
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Wendy Cukier

Farhat Faridi, PhD
Research Associate, Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies,
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
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Bryan Evans, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration
Ryerson University
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Bryan Evans
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Femida Handy, PhD
Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice
Ryerson University
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Gerda Kaegi, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University
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Phaedra Livingstone, PhD
Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, School of Architecture and Allied Arts
University of Oregon
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Cecilia Rocha, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition
Ryerson University
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John Shields, PhD
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University
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John Shields
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Kernaghan Webb, PhD
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
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Stephanie Tara Schwartz, PhD
Research Director,
Interactive Museum of Jewish Montreal
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Ilan Alleson, PhD
 

 

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Symposium on New Ideas for the NonProfit Sector
CVSS hosted a symposium on New Ideas for the Nonprofit Sector: Insights from North America and Europe March 18. Click here for a video of the symposium. For the individual presentations:
- Dr. Jon Van Til
- Dr. Gabor Hegyesi
- Dr. Ferenc Farkas

On January 9, Ontario policy officials attended a seminar to discuss findings from CVSS’s recent pan-Canadian research study on immigrant integration and inclusion. Click here to see an expanded version of the Ontario presentation.
 

quickfacts did you know?
  • More than 2 million Canadians worked in Canada’s 161,227 nonprofit and voluntary organizations in 2003 --  11% of Canada’s workers.
  • The sector posted $106.4 billion revenues in 2008 -- 7.1% of Canada’s total GDP.
  • Nearly 24 million Canadians donated an average $446 each to nonprofits and charities in 2010, or a total  $10.6 billion.
  • Some 13.3 million individuals -- 47% of Canadians -- volunteered 2.1 billion hours in 2010,  the equivalent of almost 1.1 million full-time jobs.
  • 1% of nonprofits accounted for 58% of revenues, 49% of paid staff, and 20% of volunteer placements in the sector in 2003. These were primarily hospitals, universities and colleges.
  • 54% of sector organizations had no paid staff in 2003.
  • 63% of sector organizations had revenues less than $100,000 in 2003.
  • Just over half of the sector’s organizations were registered charities in 2003.
  • Core non-profits – excluding hospitals, universities, and colleges – posted $35.4 billion in 2008 – 2.4% of Canada’s total GDP.

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