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Imagine Canada

Strong Charities. Strong Communities.

Derek Gent

Derek proudly leads Vancity Community Foundation, an arms-length public charity associated with the members of Vancity Credit Union in BC. Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has grown to more than $50MM, including 120+ Donor Advised Funds and a core endowment, modelling a progressive approach to investing the assets, making grants and directly delivering collaborative programs with a focus on sustainable development rather than aid. Building on the values, tradition and capacity of the relationship to a $20 billion, 500,000 member financial cooperative, VCF has pioneered a number of innovations in Canadian philanthropy and impact investing, with a particular strength in supporting social enterprises and community owned real estate initiatives in our region.

Before joining the Foundation in 2008, Derek helped build and manage an investment portfolio of non-profit social enterprises, co-ops, aboriginal ventures and green businesses as part of the venture capital arm of Vancity and served as the first manager of Social Responsibility at Coast Capital Savings, where he initially started as front line staff at a branch. He has an MBA from Queen’s, and has worked in management consulting, also gaining international experience in Bangladesh, Brazil, and northern Italy. Derek currently serves on the Board of Imagine Canada, an important umbrella organization representing the interests of charities and nonprofits across the country, as well as the serving on Cooperators Foundation, Responsible Investment Association and as City Co-Chair for Aga Khan Foundation Canada. He lives in East Van with his wife and partner of 27 years and their 3 children.

Our National Partners

  • great west life
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • investors group

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

Charitable Registration Number: 119218790 RR0001