Vice President, Community Foundations of Canada
JP Bervoets is Vice President of Community Foundations of Canada where he explores opportunities to connect the local leadership, knowledge and resources of Canada's 191 community foundations with national partners from the public and private sectors, civil society, and academia.
“The SDGs present a unique opportunity to speak a common language across sectors,” he says, “We can begin to explore the issues that matter most at home and abroad through this common framework.” To JP this presents an opportunity to to build new relationships and partnerships. “I'm particularly excited about the pending launch of Alliance 2030,” says JP, “A new national network of organizations, institutions, and individuals committed to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
JP sees inequity, and all of the ways it is present within and perpetuated by institutions, as one of the most significant barriers to meeting the SDGs in Canada. “Individuals and institutions must reflect, change, and act to shift how we understand and engage community, design programs, and measure impact,” he says.
JP was inspired to work in sustainable development by his father, an artist and the founder of the youth-focused organization Art for AIDS International. His work is driven by a desire to support local leadership, and foster a culture of collaboration, learning, and entrepreneurialism across sectors. For fun he likes to get out of the city and into nature.