Penelope Rowe is CEO of the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador with experience as an employee and board leader in nonprofit management and governance. After an early media career Rowe found her niche in the community sector. Described as a risk taker with a passion for public policy and conceptualizing innovative solutions, her work supports the community sector, its leaders and employees and has been instrumental in positioning the sector as central to economic and social progress. She has contributed to various government agencies and boards, as well as nonprofit organizations at national and provincial levels serving as vice chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; chair of the NL Workers Compensation Board; National Executive of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference; Joint Coordinating Committee for the Federal Government – Voluntary Sector Initiative; Imagine Canada’s provisional Advisory Committee for the Standards Program, and Statistics Canada’s Advisory Group for non-profit research. She co-authored the Atlantic Regional Report of the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations. Currently on the Boards of Social Enterprise Council of Canada and Volunteer Canada, she is a member of the Canadian Federation of Voluntary Sector Networks and the National Advisory Committee for the Canada Volunteer Awards. She is co-lead of a joint undertaking with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to develop an action plan to support the economic contributions of the community sector.
A member of the Order of Canada – cited as a tenacious advocate for the social and economic well-being of Canadians – Penelope has an MSc London School of Economics and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Along with sound governance, resilient and sustainable organizations rely on dedicated employees. It is important that they have access to fair compensation and benefits. Exploring a sector-wide retirement plan is a timely undertaking and an important collective initiative.