Annette Aquin

Executive VP of Finance & Operations, Hamilton Community Foundation

Hamilton, Ontario

Accelerate Collaboration, Shift Capital  |  Funding / Investment

Hamilton Community Foundation has moved 20% of donor advised funds to impact investing and is supporting the creation of a community hub.

Annette oversees the finance, investment and administrative activities of Hamilton Community Foundation and is responsible for all statutory and regulatory compliance. Under Annette’s leadership, Hamilton Community Foundation has become known as a leader both in effective governance practices and in pioneering new business models to support community building and an expanded donor base. She has been instrumental in helping HCF to align more of the Foundation’s assets with its Mission, Vision and Values with the development of a $42 million impact investment portfolio, including a $30 million public market ESG fund, $7 million in direct impact investments, and a $5 million Community Loan Fund for charities, not for profits, and social enterprise. Annette is a chartered professional accountant who has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as in public accounting.

Hamilton Community Foundation, Ontario’s first community foundation, manages more than 500 individual, family, corporate funds, and nonprofit agency endowments, and is a public charity with over $80 million in assets serving thousands of people who share a common concern: making Hamilton a better place to live, work and play.


The Hamilton Community Foundation:

  • Provides a strong role of leadership in promoting philanthropy.
  • Connects donors and others with opportunities to make a positive difference.
  • Addresses community issues through grantmaking and support of effective nonprofits efforts.
  • Identifies, lead, and collaborate in its areas of priority in order to leverage its human, financial, and
  • informational capital for achievement of positive change.

The Hamilton Community Foundation has awarded more than $90 million in grants to thousands of nonprofit organizations locally and nationally. They have worked to address issues of great concern in their communities, including hunger, homelessness, affordable housing and the conservation and protection of water resources. Most importantly, their ability to solve problems, develop partnerships and provide community leadership has helped build long-term positive change in the community.