Margaret DicksonTides Canada today announced the appointment of Margaret Dickson as Director of Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI), an operating charity dedicated to fostering a healthy environment and just Canadian society.

Dickson will oversee TCI, home to over 40 of the country’s leading environmental and social justice projects working on the frontlines of critical issues such as climate and energy, forest and marine conservation, social inclusion and poverty alleviation, as well as food and water security.

As Canada’s pioneer in shared governance approaches, TCI provides comprehensive financial, human resources, risk and grant management to these projects, thereby offering an organizational alternative to every new initiative, idea and collaboration needing to establish as a stand-alone entity.

Dickson comes to Tides Canada from VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games), where, as Director of Inclusion, she managed innovative social sustainability programs. This role entailed building strategic relationships with community organizations, all levels of government, and corporate partners.

In her new role, she will report to Sarah Goodman, Vice President of Business Development and Services for the Tides Canada family of institutions.  “With the vision and tenacity of an entrepreneur, the discipline of a lawyer, and the passion for creating a better world of a social advocate, Margaret is the perfect person to help Tides Canada bring our innovative charitable venture model to scale nationally,” said Goodman.

Dickson’s past experience includes creating her own business, giving her hands-on experience in the day-to-day financial and operational challenges of running an early-stage entrepreneurship. Her dozen years as a corporate and tax lawyer, including experience with family philanthropy and charity law, and 25 years in diverse business and community settings give her the expertise critical to ensuring the effective management of a complex operating charity. Dickson also has a long history of volunteering with various arts and social service groups.

“TCI is leading the way to a healthy and sustainable future for Canada’s charitable sector by providing a cost-effective way to implement new initiatives and bring together groups to collaborate on important issues,” said Dickson. “I look forward to working with and supporting these innovative social and environmental leaders.”