Anne Golden

Anne Golden, CM OOnt (born 1941) is a Canadian administrator.

She received her BA in history from University College, University of Toronto in 1962. She received an MA from Columbia University and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Toronto.

She joined the United Way of Greater Toronto, Canada's largest annual fundraising campaign and non-governmental distributor of funds to the social services, in 1982 and was its President from 1987 to 2001. From 2001 until 2012, she was the President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada.[1] In April 2012 she was named Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University[2]

She was Chairman of the Greater Toronto Area Task Force for Ontario in 1996. In 1998, Mel Lastman, the Mayor of Toronto, appointed her chair of the Toronto Homelessness Action Task Force.[3]

She was director of research for the Ontario Liberal Party and special advisor to the Leader of the Opposition. She taught at Newark College of Engineering, the University of Toronto, and York University.

In 2003, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[4] She has received five honorary doctorates, from McMaster University (2011),[5] the University of Calgary (2011),[6] University of Toronto (2002), York University (2000) and Ryerson Polytechnic University (1997). The Conference Board named Anne Golden its 2012 Honorary Associate.[7] In 2013, she was made a Member of the Order of Ontario[8]

One of Golden's sisters is National Post columnist Barbara Kay.


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  2. "Anne Golden named Distinguished Visiting Scholar". Ryerson University. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  3. Report of the Mayor’s Homelessness Action Task Force Archived October 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-10-1.
  4. Order of Canada Citation. Retrieved on 2011-10-1.
  5. McMaster Daily News Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  6. University of Calgary 2011 Convocation News Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-10-1.
  7. Conference Board of Canada, Honorary Associate Archived January 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-11-6.
  8. "25 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour". Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
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