Lynne Toupin

Senior Associate

Lynne Toupin is an experienced professional who has worked in the public, nonprofit and cooperative sectors in Canada. In the last twenty years, she has led and managed a number of national non-profit organizations, successfully engaging boards of directors, staff teams and other stakeholders to work strategically and collaboratively toward clearly defined results.

Lynne started her career as an educator in Manitoba, working as a school teacher, principal, curriculum consultant for the Department of Education and as Special Assistant to the Minister of Education.

She was Executive Director of the National Anti-Poverty Organization for five years, working with low income Canadians to bring changes to social and economic policies at the federal level. She went on to become CEO of the Canadian Co-operative Association, bringing together credit unions and co-operatives to raise awareness about the co-operative model and to support the development of new cooperatives both domestically and internationally.

For the last nine years, Lynne helped create and then became the founding Executive Director of the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector, bringing together key stakeholders such as educators, governments, employers and unions to work collaboratively to address human resource and labour force issues in the sector.

Between 1996 and 1998, she served on the Federal Government Task Force on the Future of Canadian Financial Services (MacKay Task Force) as well as acting as the Consultations Manager for the Panel on Governance and Accountability in the Voluntary Sector (Broadbent Panel). She also co-chaired the Accord Joint Table, which led to a written agreement for a new relationship between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector, as part of the Voluntary Sector Initiative in 2002.

She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to Imagine Canada and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Institute of Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University.

Lynne holds an M.Ed from l’Université de Montreal, a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg and a teaching certificate from the University of Manitoba. She is fluently bilingual in both official languages.