It is a very exciting time to be working in environmental philanthropy and social innovation. There’s a feeling of optimism across the country. Political change at the federal and provincial levels is leading to new opportunities for collaboration. Canadians are demonstrating a growing appetite for openness, transparency, and inclusion in important decisions— their participation holds significant promise for a better world. And we are seeing governments, civil society, and Canadians respond positively to both the invitation from Indigenous people to build a new relationship and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Tides Canada is ready to take on an even greater leadership role in this new Canada. We have a 15-year track record of success, accumulated experience, and knowledge, and an expanding and diverse network of partners across the country. From this foundation, we are ready to apply all that we’ve learned—charting a course for the Canada we all want.
We will build on recent successes such as the final Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) agreement, which came together at the end of 2015 after two decades of effort by many parties, including Tides Canada. The final agreement established a framework to protect 85 per cent of the region’s old-growth forests. It represented an extraordinary collaboration between First Nations, government, environmental organizations, and companies, among others. Tides Canada is proud of its contributions to this outcome, including spearheading the design of the $120 million financing effort and leading GBR fundraising in Canada. There is still much to do. In the next few years we will collaborate with young Indigenous leaders as they develop community capacity and assert their authority as stewards of the lands and waters of their territories. We will also continue to help build integrated marine plans in the region.
We are accelerating our work in northern Canada, an area facing many urgent challenges but also offering great promise and opportunity. In 2015:
Beyond the North, we are working across Canada to shape an exciting future defined by sustainable food systems, a stable climate, clean energy, wise land and water stewardship, and caring communities. We are also proud of the work done through all of the projects on our shared platform including encouraging walkable cities (Jane’s Walk), helping households track their carbon footprints (Project Neutral), and improving economic opportunities for informal recyclable collectors (Binners’ Project).
This is just a glimpse into what we have been up to in the last year. We have so much more planned for the future and we hope you will join us on this incredible journey.
Thank you for your continued support and for placing your trust in us. We could not be where we are today—ready to advance boldly during this exciting period of change—without you.
President & CEO
After almost 20 years of hard work, the final conservation and human well-being agreement for the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) was completed. By working together, First Nations, the Province of BC, logging companies, funders, and environmental organizations achieved a remarkable success—the most comprehensive conservation and commercial forest management plan of this scale in North America, and perhaps on Earth.
Tides Canada’s contributions to the GBR agreements include spearheading the design of the $120 million financing effort and leading fundraising in Canada, as well as providing support to First Nations and conservation organizations.
Protected Land and Forests
The first Canadian gathering of The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration brought together 39 foundations from Canada and the US to discuss how to work together to support the health of the Great Lakes watershed on both sides of the border.
Tides Canada is proud to co-chair and support the strategic direction of the Great Lakes Funder Collaboration.
The Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund completed its first phase supporting land-based closed-containment aquaculture systems as an alternative to traditional open-net aquaculture. The initial phase not only produced environmentally sustainable seafood, but also created local economic opportunities.
Tides Canada’s $6 million Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund was built with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, and a group of committed individual Canadian donors. Direct funding was available to projects located in BC and required matching government or industry funding.
The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative supported 19 community-led projects with $247,000 in grants to drive innovative local food solutions. Projects ranged from encouraging cultural practices through medicine picking, teachings on the land, and sweat lodges to building community infrastructure such as processing facilities, summer kitchens, and smokehouses.
The Collaborative is hosted and administered by Tides Canada and is composed of northern community people and advisors, funders, and organizations working together to foster healthier and stronger communities in northern Manitoba.
Sustainable Food Systems
April 27, 2015 marked the completion of the planning phase of the Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP)—an innovative partnership between 18 coastal First Nations and the Province of BC. MaPP’s ambitious recommendations advance human well-being, economic opportunities, and ocean conservation on Canada’s North Pacific Coast.
Tides Canada provides project administration for MaPP and hosts The Great Bear Sea Fund to support MaPP’s ongoing work.
For many indigenous communities, the land encompasses culture, relationships, ecosystems, social systems, spirituality, and law. Programs held ‘on the land’ advance community wellness and environmental stewardship. In 2015 the NWT On The Land Funder Collaborative was launched to provide more effective and centralized access to funding and resources for on the land programs in the Northwest Territories.
The NWT On The Land Collaborative Fund partners include: Tides Canada; the Government of the Northwest Territories; J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; PEW Indigenous Leadership Initiative; Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation; TNC Canada; and Community Advisors from across the NWT.
The Toronto Star and Tides Canada partnered to produce a series of articles addressing a range of pressing climate issues in Canada leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, December 2015.
Tides Canada supported the partnership to increase public awareness and dialogue around the impacts of climate change on Canada’s economy and communities.
Clean Energy and Climate Solutions
Jess Housty of Qqs Projects Society is soft-spoken yet direct and eloquent. She is a Heiltsuk mother, storyteller, and poet with an academic background in medieval literature. Many people know her as a young, emerging leader. We are proud to share an interview with her and her thoughts on leadership, Indigenous stewardship, and how philanthropy can support First Nations.
Not Far From The Tree surpassed 100,000 pounds of fruit picked and distributed to local volunteers and community agencies, with the 2015 harvest being the most fruitful yet at 37,000 pounds.
Not Far From The Tree inspires Torontonians to harvest, share, celebrate, and steward the bounty from urban orchards.
Sustainable Food Systems
Farms at Work, in partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, developed tools to ensure dairy products served at Trent University are sourced from local farmers.
Farms at Work promotes healthy and active farmlands in east central Ontario.
Sustainable Food Systems
The Canadian Freshwater Alliance launched A Communications Toolkit for Strengthening BC’s New Water Sustainability Act to provide a united voice for freshwater groups. The toolkit is centred on shared values and storytelling; it is already being used by over 130 community groups, First Nations, and non-governmental organizations throughout British Columbia.
The Canadian Freshwater Alliance supports an active and engaged network of freshwater groups concerned with protecting and restoring Canada’s waterways.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs won the Startup Canada Award for Ontario, for their innovative approach to supporting entrepreneurs.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs guides students from all backgrounds to drive social change by helping to transform their vision into sustainable solutions. Photo: Solana Cain
Our Voices, Tides Canada’s first project in the Yukon, joined the shared platform. This collective is supporting northern Indigenous youth through on the land programming and cultural revitalization.
Our Voices works with Indigenous youth to inspire, engage, and uphold a thriving culture.
Reel Youth led film camps across Canada including Cortes Island, BC, Fort Liard, NT, Mississauga, ON, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL—500 youth produced 126 films, distributed to an audience of 100,000 people.
Reel Youth empowers youth to produce and distribute films about the issues most important to them.
East Scarborough Storefront was one of 16 organizations to receive support from the Province of Ontario’s new Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The East Scarborough Works initiative will build local pathways to decent work by supporting institutions and public infrastructure projects to place a local focus on their recruiting practices, and co-ordinating training supports and opportunities so that people in Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) can take advantage of local jobs.
East Scarborough Storefront collaborates to support residents and build community in the inner suburban neighbourhood of KGO.
The Binners’ Project held their second annual Coffee Cup Revolution where in just one day, 130 binners collected and recycled over 31,000 coffee cups at Victory Square Park in Vancouver. This demonstration project shows both the magnitude of coffee cup waste and the role of binners in the urban waste stream.
The Binners’ Project improves economic opportunities for and reduces the stigma of informal recyclable collectors. Photo: Susan Mendel
Great Bear Education and Research (GBEAR), with First Nations partners and Pacific Wild Alliance, brought international attention to the central coast herring spawn resulting in a commitment to joint fisheries management in 2016.
GBEAR protects marine and terrestrial wildlife on Canada’s north Pacific coast. Photo: Ian McAllister
Project Neutral partnered with the City of London to help households monitor and track their carbon footprint. Building on success in Toronto and Guelph, this partnership empowers London, ON residents to monitor and reduce their energy consumption using Project Neutral’s CarbonShift tracking tool. Plans are currently underway to streamline the CarbonShift Tracker to enable even more participation in 2016.
Project Neutral transitions neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality, one neighbourhood at a time.
Clean Energy and Climate Solutions
Tides Canada receives donations from a wide range of individuals, governments, and organizations, including foundations, charities, nonprofits, and businesses. Our donors help us connect and empower a wide range of people and initiatives across the country to take on environmental and social challenges.
We sincerely thank our community of donors for their ongoing support and for working alongside us to build a stronger Canada.
You may recognize Leonard Schein as the former owner of much-loved independent cinemas in Vancouver, including the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, the Park Theatre, and the Ridge Theatre. Or, perhaps you know him as the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival. But there are a few things you may not know about Leonard Schein including his dedication to giving back to his community.
7th Generation Fund
Adobe Foundation Fund
African Rural Development Fund
AIDS-Free World Fund
Alexander Graham Bell Innovation Fund
Amy Carter-Crossley and Shun Hei Lor Families Fund
Animal Spirit Fund
Animal Welfare Fund
AnQi’s Little Angels Foundation Fund
Auerbach Family Fund
Big Wild Fund
Burton Family Fund
Butterfly Wings Fund
Canadian Organization for Yoga and Mental Health
Canadians for Popular Education in Health Fund
Chaloult Wallace Fund
Chosen Waters Fund
Clayoquot Conservation Fund
CNIS Surgical & Obstetrical Skills Education Fund
Cohen Building Fund
Collette Foundation Charitable Fund
Communications & Broadcasting Canadian Trust Fund
Corridor of the Clouds Fund
Coyle Family Foundation Fund
CPAWS Nova Scotia Conservation Fund
Crumbfree Caribou Fund
Dark Horse Fund
David J. Sokol Endowment Fund
Division of UBC PM&R Fund
Don Rubenstein Housing Fund
Dr. Bik May Wai & Dr. Chung Nin Lam Endowment Fund
Draimin-Haddon Endowment Fund
Elaine Dulsey Fund
Endswell Long-Term Fund
Erwin Kuechau Fund
Etisah Foundation Cameroonian Youth Fund
Forests Live Fund
Friends of Qatuwas Fund
Friends of Qqs Conservation Support Fund
Fund for Action on Investment Responsibility
Funding Awesome Fund
Glenn Powers and Melanie Wong Foundation Fund
Great Vow Zen Support Fund
Green Research Fund
Harbinger Fund Health and Education Fund
Hollyhock Scholarship Fund
Hoops 4 Hope Fund
Ignite Excellence Foundation Fund
International Development Fund
Jantzi Research Fund
Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation Fund
Joel and Dana Solomon Fund
John Kenneth Galbraith Prize Endowment Fund
Jokabeca Foundation Fund
Jon Gates Foundation Fund
LAM Canada Fund
Language Documentation and Revitalization Fund
Laura Louie Hope Projects Fund
Lindalee Tracey Award Fund
Lunapads Global Opportunity Fund
MacGavin Fund McMillan-Dobell Fund
Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba Fund
Mentoring Excellence BC Fund
Michael and Amelia Humphries Earthrise Legacy Fnd
My Arms Wide Open Fund
Naramata Conservation Fund
Natural Burial Association Fund
New Literacies Fund
Nonprofit Centers Fund
Open Media Education Fund
OSEA Education and Research Fund
Outreach Zanzibar Fund
Oxfam Canada Fund
Pacific Wild Fund
Power of Giving Fund
Rani Luthra Charitable Fund
Reverence for Life Legacy Fund
Rhodes Trust Fund
Richardson Family Fund
Rideau Institute Research Fund
Robert Huber Memorial Fund
Seaver Family Fund
SHLF Endowment Fund
Simons Foundation Fund
Skeena Watershed Fund
SkeenaWild Conservation Trust Fund
Social Innovation Conference Series
Social Venture Institute Fund
Sokol-Rubenstein Family Life Insurance Gift Fund
Somos El Barco Fun
Stand Now Fund
Stockton Fergus Family Fund
Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation Fund
Strategic Philanthropy Course Fund
Street Kids International Fund
Sustaining Design Fund
the deer crossing the art farm fund
The Funding Network-Toronto Fund
Twin Island Protection Fund
Tyee Solutions Society Fund
UFSC Community Outreach Fund
Urban Forest Fund
V. Paul Lee Family Foundation
Valerie Elia Fund
Vancouver Bicycle Fund
Vancouver Tomorrow Fund
Vern’s Community Fund
Wild Faith Fund
The following is a summary of Tides Canada grants, programmatic activities, collaborations, and project expenditures in 2015 by interest area and grants made by donor advised funds.
The following is a breakdown of Tides Canada revenue sources in 2015.
The following is a breakdown of Tides Canada expenses in 2015.