About us

Prince’s Trust Canada is a national charity. Our vision is a sustainable future for Canada, where young people and communities thrive. Our mission is to empower young people and Veterans to build resilient, future-ready communities.

We’re part of The Prince’s Trust Group – a global network of charities focused on transforming lives and building sustainable communities across the world.

Our strategic plan for 2020-2025 has five objectives: Preparing young people and Veterans for the transforming world of work; Championing sustainable solutions for a green recovery; Empowering our people and our partnerships; Delivering Impact; and Investing in the future.

For 2020-2021, our program areas within the strategic plan include: helping young people overcome barriers to employment and prepare for the changing world of work; providing entrepreneurship training and support for the Canadian military community; and addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Previous focus areas have included a range of projects and initiatives including Indigenous language revitalization projects.

Download the Prince’s Trust Canada 2018-2019 Annual Review (8mb)

Download the infographic highlighting our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan (2mb)

“I established Prince’s Trust Canada so that I could connect the accomplishments of my charities in the U.K. and across the world with organizations in Canada in order to make a difference in the lives of Canadians.”

– His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

The Prince’s Role

HRH The Prince of Wales is a social entrepreneur.  He is a leader in identifying charitable needs and providing innovative solutions that address those needs.  His charities focus on a wide range of issues and globally raise more than 175 million dollars annually.

Prince’s Trust Canada was created by The Prince to expand his charitable reach in Canada.  It was motivated by his strong connection to the country and his deep appreciation for Canadians.  He is committed to supporting initiatives that align with his own core values and is dedicated to transforming lives and building stronger communities.

In his own words: Prince Charles on his charities and love for Canada published in The Globe and Mail, May 2014

Why The Prince of Wales is an underrated entrepreneur published in The Globe and Mail, March 2017

A keynote speech delivered by HRH The Prince of Wales at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland – January 22, 2020

A message from HRH The Prince of Wales on Earth Day 2020 – April 22, 2020


The work of Prince’s Trust Canada is overseen and supported by its Board of Directors.

Prince’s Trust Canada is currently recruiting for two Board of Directors positions. Please send enquiries to

F. Mark M. Fell (Chair)

Mark leads Royal Bank of Canada’s Global Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) Services group. He is responsible for developing and executing a focused UHNW client strategy and operating model across RBC globally. Previous to this role, Mark was responsible for driving the overall strategic agenda for the Royal Bank of Canada’s wealth management division. Mark has a Law degree from Oxford University (MA, Oxon) and a BA Hons from Queens University in Canada. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. Mark replaced The Hon. Hilary Weston as Chair of PTC in December 2017.

Ian Aitken, MSC, CFA

Ian Aitken believes in lifelong learning, entrepreneurship and the importance of friends and family. He is the Managing Partner of Pembroke Management, an investment management firm that he joined in 1987.
Mr. Aitken serves as Chairman of Enactus Canada, a registered Canadian charity that he founded, is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a past president of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal. He is also the Chairman of the Mount Royal Club in Montreal and a Director of the Bhutan Canada Foundation and The John Dobson Foundation. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General in 2017 in recognition of his contribution towards entrepreneurship education. Mr. Aitken graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Business Administration in 1987 and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1990. Mr. Aitken is married with three children.

Laurel C. Broten, B.Sc., B.A., J.D., I.C.D.D.

Laurel is President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), the agency responsible for investment attraction and export development for the Province of Nova Scotia.
From 2013-2015, Laurel was President and CEO of Broten Public Policy International Inc., providing strategic advice on complex public policy challenges, change management and government transformation, including conducting a comprehensive review of Nova Scotia’s taxes and regulations.
From 2003-2013, Laurel served in the Government of Ontario, including as Minister of Education, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Vice-chair of Treasury Board/Management Board, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care, and to the Minister of Energy.
Laurel graduated with distinction with her Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario; clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justice L’Heureux-Dubé; and practiced as a commercial and civil litigation lawyer until her election to government in 2003.
Laurel currently serves on the boards of the International Women’s Forum (Atlantic), Mount Saint Vincent University, l’Université de Moncton, the Public Policy Forum, and the Canada China Business Council.

Tania M. Carnegie, MVO, MBA, CPA

Tania Carnegie is the Founder and Leader of the Impact Ventures practice at KPMG. A recognized global leader in impact investing, she advises clients on developing strategies that integrate impact as part of business and investment decisions. Tania is also a member of the KPMG Enterprise Family Office leadership team, responsible for supporting families and high net worth individuals to develop and execute their own impact strategy. Tania was a member of the Government of Canada Steering Group tasked with developing a national social innovation and social finance strategy, and Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. She is KPMG’s delegate to FCLT Global, and a founding member of KPMG’s Global Impact Investing Institute. Active in her community, Tania is the inaugural Chair of Board of the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, a Director of Business for the Arts, and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Service Fund, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Lee-Chin Institute at the Rotman School of Management.  In recognition of her community service, Tania has received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Volunteer Award, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. For over a decade, Tania was a Member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, serving as Lady in Waiting to HRH The Countess of Wessex.  In The Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours List, Tania was appointed a Member of The Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

Dame Martina Milburn, DCVO, CBE

Martina is Group Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust and was previously Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust UK. She joined The Prince’s Trust in May 2004, having been Chief Executive of the BBC Children in Need Appeal since 2000. In July 2018, Dame Martina was appointed Chair of the Social Mobility Commission by the UK Government. Martina trained and began her career as a journalist. She established the Press and Communications function for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD). She then held the post of Chief Executive of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (ASPIRE). Dame Martina received a CBE for services to charity in 2013. In the 2017 New Year Honours list, she received the honour of Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO).

Malik Talib

Mr. Malik Talib is an entrepreneur, active corporate director, and engaged community volunteer. He is the Chief Executive of The Talmont Group, has practiced as a tax lawyer and worked as the CEO of a publicly traded company. Malik is currently Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum and for over 30 years, he has held a series of senior leadership and executive roles with the Ismaili Community and agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, including recently as President of the Aga Khan Council for Canada, Director and Corporate Secretary of the Aga Khan Museum, and Member of the Global Centre for Pluralism corporation, a joint initiative of the Government of Canada and the Ismaili Imamat. In 2015, Malik was appointed by the Government of Canada to the position of Vice-Chair of the External Advisory Committee on Religious Freedoms reporting to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  He served as the youngest member of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation and was on its executive for five years. He has served as a Chair of the United Way for the Lower Mainland Cabinet, Member on the Ad Hoc Advisory Council for the Premier of British Columbia, Board Member of the Vancouver Foundation, and Board Member of LIFT Philanthropy Partners. Malik has been a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Award by Business in Vancouver, named to the Power 50 list of Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine, and been a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal and Senate 150th Anniversary Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall. Malik lives in Vancouver with his wife Shahzma and their three children, Kayla-Iman, Mikhail and Ali.

Cynthia (Cindy) Caron Thorburn

Originally from Montreal, Cindy has a BA Hons. from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, England.  Her professional life has focused on the retail financial services industry and she has held positions at both Toronto Dominion Asset Management and Trimark Mutual Funds. Currently, she is President of her own consulting practice, CynTactics Communications Inc., and she serves as a Vice President and Director of a privately-held family corporation. Cindy’s volunteer work and philanthropic board appointments have centred largely on education, the arts, and the environment. In addition to many grassroots volunteer initiatives, she was Chair of the London Goodenough Association of Canada (an alumni association that grants scholarships for Canadian graduate students to live at Goodenough College, London); she served on the boards of Trinity College (Toronto), Canada’s National Ballet School, and the Association Council of Upper Canada College; and she completed a four-year term as a civic appointee to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.  As President of her local residents’ association and in other capacities, she has supported and actively led advocacy on such environmental initiatives as Toronto’s pesticide ban, preservation of Toronto’s urban forest, and land-use of local green space. She obtained her ICD.D at the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2015.

The Hon. Hilary Weston, CM, CVO, OOnt. is Chair Emeritus.

Prince’s Trust Canada Staff

Sharon Broughton – CEO

André Garneau – Manager, Marketing and Communications

Jacqueline Gilchrist – Program Assistant

Owen Henderson – Coordinator, Programs and Special Projects

Alèque Juneau – Project Manager, Operation Entrepreneur

Kathleen Kilgour – Senior Program Manager, Operation Entrepreneur

Jennifer Lusby – Regional Manager, Youth Employment

Janet McCausland – Head of Programs

Shirley Piersma – Regional Manager, Youth Employment

Jen Power – Chief Development Officer

Alexis Ramgulam – Project Manager, Youth Employment

Sarah Resendes – Project Manager, Youth Employment

Lauren Stephen – National Program Manager, Youth Employment

Kevin Uchikata – Controller and Head of Operations

Prince’s Trust Canada’s Founding Advisory Council:

The Hon. John Baird, PC Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones and former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Gordon Campbell, OBC Former Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Phillip Crawley, CBE Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail

Edna Elias Former Commissioner of Nunavut and member of the Inuit Uqausinnginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit

Shaun Francis Chair and CEO, MEDCAN

Major-General (Retired) David Fraser, BA, MA, CD, MSM, MSC, CMM President, Aegis

Robert Ghiz Former Premier of Prince Edward Island, President and CEO of the CWTA

The Hon. Myra Freeman, CM, ONS Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Tamara Gordon Founder and Vice President of the Tamara Gordon Foundation


Eva Haller Philanthropist

General (Retired) Rick Hillier, OC, CMM, ONL, MSC, CD Former Canadian Chief of Defense Staff

Tim Hogarth President and CEO, The Pioneer Group Inc.

Senator, The Hon. Serge Joyal, PC, OC, OQ Canadian Senator

Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre Head of Personnel, Canadian Armed Forces

The Hon. Audrey McLaughlin, PC, OC, Former Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada

The Hon. David Onley, OOnt. Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Hon. Dr. Steven Point, OBC Provincial Court Judge, Former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and Former Chief of the Skowale First Nation

Nathan Tidridge Teacher and Constitutional Expert

Prince’s Trust Canada Ambassadors:

George Stroumboulopoulos
George Stroumboulopoulos
Melissa Grello
Melissa Grelo