Ms. Lopes, born in Lisbon, Portugal, is a Toronto-based social innovator and entrepreneur who has led numerous not-for-profit transformations with a focus on corporate governance and philanthropic strategy. She has worked for 25 years in senior positions in both the private and public sector and is Director of the Tapscott Group, a privately held think tank focusing on the digital revolution in business and society.
She is director of numerous organizations, including the World Wide Web Foundation, the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and the Toronto Symphony Foundation. She is a member and Canada’s representative to the International Portuguese Diaspora Council, a member of the Advisors Group of the Fraser Mustard Institute at the University of Toronto, and Director and past Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. She is a Governor Emeritus of Trent University, former Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and a past Director of many organizations, including Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Business for the Arts and a former member of the Partnership Forum, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for Ontario.
Ms. Lopes is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Toronto Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and was listed as one of WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in December 2013. In 2014, the President of Portugal awarded Ms. Lopes Portugal’s Order of Merit. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.