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Anne Golden


Anne Golden Anne Golden
Past President and CEO

Anne Golden, Ph.D., C.M., was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada from 2001 to 2012. Previous to that, Dr. Golden served as President of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years.

Dr. Golden gained national recognition for her role in the public policy arena through chairing two influential task forces: one in 1996 for the provincial government on the future of the Toronto area, and another in 1998 for the City of Toronto and the federal government on homelessness. Both of her reports, Greater Toronto: Report of the GTA Task Force and Taking Responsibility for Homelessness: An Action Plan for Toronto, remain relevant and are still referenced today in academic courses. Also noteworthy is her work on The Canada Project, the largest public policy project undertaken by The Conference Board of Canada, for which she co-authored Volume III: Mission Possible: Successful Canadian Cities.

Author of numerous publications on public policy issues, Dr. Golden has held research positions including Director of Policy Research for the Ontario Liberal Party (1981-82), Special Advisor to the Provincial Leader of the Opposition (1978-81), and Research Coordinator for the Bureau of Municipal Research (1973-78).

In 2003, Dr. Golden’s commitment to social justice was recognized in her appointment by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received eight honorary doctorates from McMaster University (2011), University of Calgary (2011), University of Western Ontario (2008), Royal Roads University (2005), the University of Toronto (2002), York University (2000), and Ryerson Polytechnic University (1997), including an honorary diploma from Loyalist College (2005).