Speaker Profiles

Gillian Mason

Gillian Mason


ABC Life Literacy

Gillian Mason is President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. ABC’s vision is a Canada where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged life. Gillian joined as President in May 2013.

Mason joined ABC from the Centre for City Ecology, where she held the role of Executive Director since 2011. Prior to joining the Centre for City Ecology, Mason was the Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships for United Way Toronto. She started with the United Way in 2007 after 13 years with the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), an international membership association of senior public officials which she helped to found in 1994, where she was the second Executive Director and CEO.

Prior to CAPAM, Mason was Vice President of the Canadian Urban Institute, which she also helped to found. In the late 1980s, she worked in Ottawa, ON with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

Mason currently serves as a Vice Chair, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, and Chair, Diaspora Dialogues. From 1998-2008, she was member and then Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board, and member and Vice Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, with distrinction, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo.

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