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Tides Canada welcomes new faces and a new role to leadership team

Vancouver, BC – Ross McMillan, President & CEO of Tides Canada, is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new members to the organization’s leadership team. Ms. Elissa Beckett has joined Tides Canada as Vice President, Philanthropy and Ms. Anne Marie Johnston has assumed the new role of Vice President, Information and Communications.

“We are delighted to welcome Elissa Beckett and Anne Marie Johnston to the Tides Canada family,” said McMillan. “Each of these accomplished leaders brings a wealth of sector and business knowledge as well as passion for social innovation and change. Their talents, skills, and experience will enrich our executive team and our work as an organization.”

Ms. Beckett previously served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is the co-founder of Canada’s first certified Benefit Corporation – FlipGive, a web-based grassroots fundraising tool. Ms. Beckett also brings significant development experience from previous major gift fundraising work with WWF Canada. Recognized for her leadership in non-profit enterprise, Ms. Beckett developed and teaches “Entrepreneurial Fundraising” at Ryerson University. She also serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Toronto.

“Tides Canada offers a truly unique and transformational approach to address the social and environmental challenges facing Canadians,” said Ms. Beckett. “We’re reframing charitable work by putting the priorities of Canadians first, collaborating strategically, and focusing on impact on the ground. I’m thrilled to be a member of this dedicated team.”

An experienced and strategic leader in operations, human resources, and information technology, Ms. Anne Marie Johnston directed large-scale operational change initiatives for the Royal Bank of Canada, Vancity Savings and Credit Union, and British Columbia Institute of Technology. More recently, Ms. Johnston was the Managing Director of Development and Alumni Engagement Services at the University of British Columbia where she supported the institution’s $1.5 billion fundraising campaign. Ms. Johnston will oversee Tides Canada’s information systems, impact assessment, and communications.

“I am excited that Tides Canada is rethinking how we take in, evaluate, and communicate information to help tell a more holistic story about the change we’re effecting in the world ,” said Ms. Johnston. “I’m proud to be part of an organization that is committed to the social and environmental well-being of our people and country.”

Full biographies for Ms. Beckett and Ms. Johnston are available at

About Tides Canada

Tides Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to building resilient communities and a healthy environment for all Canadians. We collaborate with both donors and social change leaders, offering a platform for charitable giving and a home for on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at @tidescanada.


For more information:

Christine Faron Chan
Communications and Marketing
Tides Canada


Alison Henning
(236) 317-2778