Owen is the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. Born in Toronto, raised in St. John’s, Owen has worked with many non-profit organizations through his career, including youth-serving organizations like the YM-YWCA and Easter Seals. In executive leadership roles, he has focused on marketing and fundraising to raise the profile and grow the impact of various health charities and hospital foundations, and at CanadaHelps, to encourage technologically-enabled philanthropy.
A proponent of a strong, collective voice for the non-profit sector, Owen is a member of the Advisory Committee for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University and former chair of Imagine Canada. He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management, both from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also an adjunct member of York’s faculty, lecturing at the MBA-level on nonprofit management.
Having chosen the nonprofit sector as a career, I have seen many employees that are passionately dedicated to the mission and cause of their organizations, but have often done so at the expense of securing their financial future. I believe in decent work, and part of that is ensuring that those who work so hard to secure the future for others can themselves depend on a good retirement. Common Good provides a flexible, portable tool that provides the foundation for saving throughout your career, and is vital in ensuring a nonprofit workforce that can focus on good outcomes today knowing their own future income is assured.