Partners of The Gordon Foundation are as diverse as the communities we work with, and include a variety of public and private sector supporters. If you are passionate about the North or protecting Canada's water, we want to hear from you. From short-term partnership opportunities to longer-term program support, we are interested in building relationships with individuals, organizations, and communities that share a passion for the work we do. Our partners are active and reliable members of our team, sharing our commitment to setting ambitious goals and doing everything we can to exceed them.
Our founders shared a vision for a prosperous Canada, serving all Canadians. While we have evolved significantly as an organization, we continue to pursue goals and advance programs that reflect the spirit of the Gordon family. The Foundation's goal is to promote innovative public policies for the North and in fresh water management based on our values of independent thought, protecting the environment, and full participation of Indigenous peoples in the decisions that affect their well-being.back to all back to all highlights
The current fellowship program, the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is a policy and leadership development program recognizing leadership potential among young northern Canadians eager to address policy challenges facing the North. The Foundation’s Global Citizenship Program which ran until 2012 focused on members of diaspora communities and young Canadians who shared a passion for solving global challenges and who were poised to help shape Canada’s international policies. The Foundation's Water Policy Fellowship which ran until 2010 supported emerging leadership in building links between research and Canadian public policy to address water policy issues.back to all back to all highlights
Over the past fifty years the Foundation has undertaken research, leadership development and public dialogue to support Canadian public policies that reflect a commitment to stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. In recent years we have successfully expanded the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship and DataStream programs through collaboration and partnership with a variety of organizations who share our values and objectives.back to all back to all highlights
The Gordon Foundation has made a longstanding commitment to protect Canada’s water and empower Canada’s North. The DataStream initiative is designed for public audiences and decision-makers, allowing users to access, visualize, and download full water quality datasets collected through dedicated community monitoring programs. We are actively seeking partnerships – specifically datasets, expertise and resources – to further DataStream’s reach and to support innovative research, citizen engagement, and the development of sound freshwater policy.back to all back to all highlights
Lead by Jane Glassco's personal passion for the North, this focus came into full view following the deaths of Walter and Duncan Gordon and was championed by the next generation of Foundation leadership. In 1987, the North became a primary priority, focusing on issues such as land rights and treaty negotiations, resource development, and human rights. Over the years the Foundation's Northern Program has evolved, but remains focused on ensuring a people-driven, equitable and evolving North.back to all back to all highlights
Our initiatives are supported in part by contributions from these organizations.
In 2016 the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Program provided a grant to support the addition of Fort Nelson First Nation’s freshwater data to Mackenzie DataStream.
Government of Canada
In 2016-17, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada contributed $250,000 toward the Fellowship program. This funding will support the Fellows as they gather together, learn from field experts, and conduct their research. This investment will also contribute to the future development of the program.
Working with these organizations has broadened our reach, and increased our impact.
Ontario Arts Foundation
The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program is managed for the Foundation by The Ontario Arts Foundation. The Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, increase the public’s knowledge of collecting and permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.
Government of the Northwest Territories
Mackenzie DataStream was developed in close collaboration with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Foundation’s key northern and technical partner for this project. This project has received ongoing input from NWT Water Strategy Water Partners. The NWT-wide Community-Based Monitoring program’s water quality information was the first to be included in DataStream.
Forum for Leadership On Water
Since FLOW’s establishment in 2007, The Gordon Foundation has worked with the members of FLOW to study and promote some of the most pressing water issues in Canada.
Canada Water Week
Since 2011 The Gordon Foundation has worked with WWF-Canada, Living Lakes Canada, and more recently the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to co-manage this annual celebration of water each March in conjunction with World Water Day on March 22.
The Foundation thanks all of our supporters for sharing our mission to protect water and empower the North.