Sharilyn is an advisor with 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy. She holds the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P) designation demonstrating expertise in all aspects of strategic charitable gift planning, is a Trusted Family Advisor with the Institute for Preparing Heirs, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
A Chartered Director (C.Dir) and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), she has completed ICDs course on Family Enterprise Governance, and is also a certified governance advisor and trainer with BoardSource, serving nonprofit boards.
An invited speaker and educator to professional communities around the world, Sharilyn has written or co-authored numerous publications. She earned a doctor of education degree, where her research on family philanthropy governance produced a model that helps families approach their giving in a meaningful way that works. She is also a Research Associate with the Centre for Global Generosity, currently leading a study to explore HNW philanthropy in the Caribbean.
A committed volunteer, Sharilyn is 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.
She is Vice-Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and a leadership volunteer for the Imagine Canada accreditation program for charities in Canada. Previously, she served as a Provincial Appointee to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is Canada’s largest grant-making foundation, and was Chair of the Governance Committee for Canadian Feed the Children. Having begun her career as a professional fundraiser, Sharilyn is Past Chair of CFRE International, the global credential ensuring effective and accountable fundraising.