Corporate Community Investment in Canada: A Profile of the Profession

The Conference Board of Canada, 97 pages, December 11, 2017
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This report provides a comprehensive review of the corporate community investment (CI) profession in Canada and makes recommendations to further advance it in Canada.

Document Highlights

Organizations across Canada are making investments that contribute to the well-being of the communities and environments in which they operate, and on which they depend. A 2016 report published by The Conference Board of Canada found that community investment (CI) contributions made by 30 financial institutions operating in Canada totalled more than $5 billion over the last decade. Despite the significant scope and breadth of community investments by Canadian organizations, to date no comprehensive report profiling the CI profession in Canada has been published.

This report was created to support members of the Conference Board’s Corporate Community Investment Council in their roles as CI professionals, to provide valuable benchmarking information, to raise the profile of the profession, and to showcase the value of CI to business and society. The report findings have implications for job seekers hoping to get into the profession, existing professionals working in CI, human resources teams recruiting CI professionals, and organizations that support those working in the profession.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1–Introduction

  • Definitions
  • How This Report Is Organized

Chapter 2–Literature Review

  • What the Literature Tells Us About the CI Profession Globally

Chapter 3–Research Methodology and Findings

  • Research Methodology
  • Profile of Survey Respondents
  • Job Responsibilities
  • Travel Expectations
  • Budgets
  • Team Size and Management Requirements
  • Educational Attainment
  • Career Paths
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Motivations to Work in Community Investment
  • Skills and Personality Characteristics
  • Compensation
  • Job Security and Satisfaction
  • Why Do Organizations Engage in Community Investment?
  • The Future of the Community Investment Profession

Chapter 4–Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Considerations for Community Investment Professionals
  • Considerations for Academic Institutions
  • Considerations for Human Resources Professionals/Recruiters
  • Considerations for Professional Networks and Organizations Supporting CI Professionals
  • Considerations for Those Considering Working in Community Investment

Appendix A–Bibliography

Appendix B–Courses and Qualifications

Appendix C–Professional Networking Groups

Appendix D–Other Support Organizations

Appendix E–Media Resources

Appendix F–Awards

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