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Evergreen Board Chair Helen Burstyn Named to the Order of Canada

Evergreen congratulates Helen Burstyn, Chair of Evergreen Board of Directors, on being named Member (C.M.) of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, in recognition of her many leadership roles within non-profit organizations dedicated to the environment, literacy, health, and arts and culture. The announcement of the 125 new appointments was made in Ottawa by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette,  Governor General of Canada.
Headshot of Evergreen's Board Chair Helen Burstyn.

“Helen is a passionate leader and friend of Evergreen,” said Geoff Cape, Evergreen CEO. “For the past four years she has enthusiastically guided and inspired our work in creating flourishing cities. Her dedication to the community, and our organization, will no doubt help us shape our cities for the better.” 

Ms. Burstyn joined the Evergreen Board of Directors in 2014. She has enjoyed a 35-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service. She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University and the Chair of Waterfront Toronto, a tri-partite government agency responsible for the revitalization and stewardship of the city’s waterfront lands.

In addition to Evergreen, Helen is a director of many non-profit and charitable organizations, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Toronto Public Library Foundation, Luminato, The Walrus Foundation, The Learning Partnership, and the Koffler Centre for the Arts. She is a co-founder of The Pecaut Centre for Social Impact and Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, and was a founding member of Equal Voice. She served for nine years as a Trustee of the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) and is a past-president of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

“I am deeply honoured to be recognized alongside so many remarkable individuals who have contributed to our country in so many ways,” says Ms. Burstyn. “Cities play a pivotal role in our most pressing environmental issues, and I feel newly inspired to support Evergreen’s vision for ensuring that our cities flourish, now and for future generations.”

Ms. Burstyn and new recipients, including Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape who was also appointed to the Order of Canada in 2017, will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.   

For more information on Ms. Burstyn, Evergreen and its award-winning programs and projects, visit

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