About Sharilyn

Sharilyn Hale - Watermark Philanthropic Counsel

Dr. Sharilyn Hale, C. Dir, President
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Dr. Sharilyn Hale helps those who give, give well, and supports social purpose organizations to deepen their performance.  With a 20+ year leadership career spanning the social profit sector, she draws on expertise in philanthropic strategy, family systems, organizational development, governance, and research.

Serving clients across Canada and the Caribbean, Sharilyn is an advisor with NYC-based 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy, a governance advisor and trainer with BoardSource, and a Chartered Director (C.Dir).  Sharilyn also serves as Burgundy Asset Management Inc.’s Strategic Partner for Philanthropy.

Sharilyn is Vice-Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation board, is a leadership volunteer for the Imagine Canada accreditation program for charities in Canada, and was a Provincial Appointee to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is Canada’s largest grant-making foundation.  Having begun her career as a professional fundraiser, Sharilyn is Past Chair of CFRE International, the global credential ensuring effective and accountable fundraising.  She has deep expertise in women’s philanthropy, including having created and led YWCA Toronto’s campaign for the award-winning YWCA Elm Centre providing affordable and supportive homes for women.

She is an invited speaker and educator to professional communities around the world and has written or co-authored numerous publications. Recently, Sharilyn successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on governance in multi-generational family philanthropy in Canada.  She is a Research Associate with the Centre for Global Generosity, exploring HNW philanthropy in the Caribbean.  She also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University; a program initiated by a group of sector leaders  – including Sharilyn – who saw a need to build Canada’s philanthropic infrastructure.


Sharilyn’s network within the local and global philanthropic and nonprofit communities is extensive. To best meet your needs, Sharilyn is able to easily and effectively draw on or partner with other world-leading experts.

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