Culture of kindness

The Foundation (WCPD) supports the OSM’s Opening Night Concert as a Presenting Sponsor, as it continues to recognize the importance of music and culture for all of society

Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Earlier this month, The Foundation WCPD gave voice and support to the Orchestre Symponique de Montreal (OSM) by serving as the Presenting Sponsor at its Opening Night Concert. Fiera Capital also served as a Presenting Sponsor alongside The Foundation. More than 280 people attended the annual event, which raised nearly $200,000 for one of the most important cultural institutions in Canada.

“The OSM wishes to thank its presenting partners. Without our partners, we could not have raised these much needed funds,” says Catherine Lussier, the Head of Project for Philanthropic Events.

“This event will allow our talented artists to continue their incredible work and support the more than 150 concerts we hold each year. We thank The Foundation (WCPD) for its commitment to culture.”

While the Opening Night Concert assists the artists of today, the OSM is also focused on the musicians of tomorrow.

In particular, the OSM is committed to many educational and outreach programs for young people. These educational programs range from opportunities in elementary school all the way to instruction at the college and university level. 

For elementary schools, for example, the OSM allows children to become familiar with classical music by offering educational concerts. In addition, teaching guides, online resources and educational activities give students ongoing exposure and education as it relates to instruments and composers.

Bita Cattelan, VP of Philanthropy at The Foundation (WCPD), has been a strong supporter of culture and the OSM for many years.

While the preservation of our cultural heritage is important, Cattelan also believes that music can play an integral role in health and education, whether it is used as a form of therapy, or as a mechanism to help children excel in school and their daily lives.

Through the generous support of major donors, the OSM has built a music school in Montreal for children from disadvantaged backgrounds called La Musique Aux Enfants. Over the last three years, these children had the opportunity to visit the music school and learn to play an instrument.

“And the results are now coming in,” she explains.

“The hope and belief is these children not only go on to study music, but it has also been linked to an improvement in behavior and learning capabilities.”

The results will be shared with the provincial government as evidence that music programs in schools can have a positive impact on the lives of young people.

Apart from its support of the OSM, another key aspect of WCPD’s commitment to the arts is the creation the Cultural Philanthropic Advisory Council.  Dedicated to promoting philanthropy for arts and culture across Canada, its members are considered key leaders and influencers, with a united desire to maximize donations to the artistic community.

Members of this council include Andrew Wan, Concertmaster  at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Alain Dancyger, Executive Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and David Moss, the founding National Executive Director of Culture Days, the largest arts and cultural participation and engagement initiative in Canadian history.

“For me, I do it because I really enjoy performing arts. I was exposed when I was young, and it really nourishes me. I make my way to the concert hall and I get reenergized,” Cattelan says, who is also a member of the Cultural Philanthropic Advisory Council.” Second, I understand the challenges and struggles that artists are faced with. They are so passionate about their art – it is hours and hours of commitment to perform and perfect their craft. I really appreciate that. I do believe we need to advance culture and help these artists. It is a very challenging path.”

To learn more about the OSM and consider a donation, click here.


Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits

The largest source of philanthropic support for nonprofits in the United States is giving from individual donors. Of the total charitable giving in 2018, individual donors contributed 68 percent. However, the recent decline in giving among small- and medium-gift givers means that major donors are becoming critically important to nonprofits.

Based on survey responses from 198 nonprofit CEOs on CEP’s Grantee Voice panel, Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits provides insight into what support nonprofits already receive from major donors, what major donors can do to support nonprofits better, and how nonprofits’ relationships with major donors differ from their relationships with staffed foundations. This resource also includes questions to guide major donors in building relationships, addressing the understanding gap, and deciding what kind(s) of support to provide to nonprofits.

Click here to download your copy of the full report.

Nicholson honoured for innovation in philanthropy

The Foundation (WCPD) had the distinct honour of serving as co-presenter at a recent event at the Chabad Westmount in Montreal, which brought together more than 250 guests to discuss the future of philanthropy.

Hosted by Rabbi Yossi Shanowitz and Rabbi Ariel Stern, the event, entitled “Celebrating and Advancing Impactful Giving”, featured a panel discussion with well-known community leaders, including Patricia Saputo, CFO of Placement Italcan Inc., Aldo Bensadoun, Founder and Executive Chairman of the ALDO Group, and Robert Kleinman, Executive VP of the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal.

The panel discussion was moderated by Caroline Montminy, VP of Burgundy Asset Management.

The guest of honour was Alexander Friedman, Chief Engineer of Israel’s Beresheet SpaceIL Systems Lunar Project.

“At Chabad of Westmount, we are dedicated to educating the next generation to be proactive in kindness and giving.  Our youth programs facilitate and encourage young people to engage in volunteer work and acts of kindness,” said Rabbi Ariel Stern at Chabad Westmount.

“WCPD is part of that circle of kindness and giving and we are so pleased to have partnered with them for this fabulous evening. It truly raised awareness on advancing and celebrating philanthropy and innovation”.

As part of the evening, Peter Nicholson, the President and Founder of WCPD Inc., was presented with a very special award for his contributions to innovation and philanthropy.

“I thank the Chabad Westmount for this distinct honour,” said Nicholson.

“Our firm is passionate about helping philanthropists give more to charities of their choice. Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Ariel have shown incredible leadership in this regard and I am humbled to accept this award.”

Also receiving a Philanthropy Appreciation Award was Robert Wares, on behalf of Osisko Mining Inc., who serves as the Executive Vice President of Exploration and Resource Development.

Other sponsors for the evening included Burgundy Asset Management, Engel Volkers and RBC.






INFOGRAPHIC: Metals and minerals used in renewable power generation

The world is rapidly transitioning to low-carbon technologies to combat climate change.

However, these technologies require large amounts of minerals.

To meet this demand, more mining and mineral recycling will be needed.

Why will a low-carbon future be more mineral intensive?

You can learn more about it here.



The Foundation (WCPD) enters promotional partnership with golfer Myles Creighton

Ottawa – The Foundation (WCPD) is proud to announce that they have entered into a promotional partnership with Digby, Nova Scotia native Myles Creighton.

As part of the new partnership, Myles will proudly wear The Foundation (WCPD) logo on his apparel while competing on the PGA Tour China and PGA Tour Canada during the 2019 season.

“We are pleased to announce our new association with Myles Creighton,” said Peter Nicholson, Founder and President,The Foundation (WCPD).  “Myles embodies qualities we value at our organization, from his competitive drive to his commitment to professional success. We are extremely proud to have Myles represent our organization.”

Adds Creighton, “I am thrilled to wearThe Foundation (WCPD) logo and am proud to associate with an organization that gives so much back and truly cares. This is a very exciting time, the beginning of my professional golf career, and I look forward to a great partnership.”

After turning professional in September of 2018, the 22-year-old Creighton has earned conditional status on the PGA Tour China – the only Canadian in his qualifying field to do so – and has four top 3 finishes on the Florida Minor League Golf Tour against fields consisting of players from the Tour.

Prior to his professional career, Creighton was Nova Scotia’s Men’s Amateur Champion and four-time Nova Scotia Junior Golfer of the Year. As a member of the Division 1 Radford University Golf Team, Creighton holds the school’s all-time scoring average record, led the Big South Conference in scoring average in 2016/2017, was named twice to the Big South All Conference Team, and was named a GCAA Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American in 2017.