Annual Report 2021

“Community Strong” for the Future

Thank you to the Big Brothers Big Sisters community of supporters for spending your time and/or dollars to support our youth mentoring initiatives.

More than ever, Canada needs mentors. This is evident on the toll the pandemic has taken on kids and their mental health. All of us need to do more. The ultimate opportunity for us is being able to serve more youth by building more mentoring capacity. The work that we’ve done over 2021 and the past two years, has better positioned the entire federation to be able to focus on this unique aspect of our work for social profit.

Special thanks to National and Local board members for their continued commitment to responding to the need for mentors across the country. And to the national and agency staff for working hard to fulfill the impactful collective work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Finally, I take this opportunity thank members of The National Youth Mentorship Advisory Council for their creative engagement with and support of the mentoring cause across Canada.

We are truly Bigger Together!

– Paul Byron, National Board Chair

Changing Ourselves for Canada’s Youth

If I had to sum up the year, it would be with the capital letter “P” –  and I think many of us may go to that word “pandemic” that we’ve all been living through –  but I’m speaking about the building blocks; who we are collectively as a federation. We’re passionate, we’re purposeful, we’re aligned with incredible people as well as partnerships.

When you pause and reflect that we’ve been changing lives for nearly 110 years, much of our evolution has taken place over the past few years. Just before the pandemic, we launched our new brand and began our new strategic plan that will elevate our impact as a social movement. We will continue to ignite the power and potential of children and youth with greater clarity and purpose.

 Even though our rural, urban and remote communities may be different, mentorship is common and children are always at the center – the heartbeat of our shared mission and mandate – and children are our past, present, and our future.

On the good work we need to accomplish now and in the future, we are striving to offset the challenges unleashed by the pandemic. Financially we finished the year with a modest surplus. Our goal moving forward is to ensure that funding grows so we can uplift more children’s lives through one mentoring relationship at a time.

– W. Matthew Chater, National President & CEO


2021 continued to be financially challenging for us, the charitable sector, and for those who fund our work. BBBSC continued to monitor outcomes and implement measures to ensure longevity in our cashflow and operations, with a strategic approach to prepare us for recovery and growth.
As a result of the government wage subsidy, and the continuing need to make efficiencies in our operating expenses, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada ended fiscal 2021 with a small surplus.

We are pleased to note that in 2021, BBBSC provided $3,586,681 in flow-through funding to our member agencies and another $2,035,901 in support of our member agencies.

– Rizwan Kanji, National Board Treasurer


Sources of Funds

2021 Revenues

BBBSC 2021 revenue pie chart

Use of Resources

2021 Expenses

BBBSC 2021 expenses pie chart


Our mission is made possible through the generous support of our corporate government, community and individual donors. Whether their funding is supporting program innovation, youth employment-readiness, or allowing us to reach rural, remote or indigenous communities. Their unwavering support during the pandemic ensured that the impact of our work could continue to be brought to life. Thank you on behalf of the children, their families, our agencies and staff and the schools and communities who we serve in every corner of our country. We couldn’t do it without you.

Chair’s Circle

($250,000 +)

Bain & Company

Government of Canada (Public Safety)

Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development)

Ontario Ministry of Education

RBC Foundation

Rogers Sports and Media ALL IN


WestJet Cares for Kids

President’s Circle

($100,000 – $249,999)

BMO Financial Group
Cadillac Fairview
Coke Canada Bottling
Coca-Cola Ltd.
Heritage Canada
The Keg Spirit Foundation
TD Bank Group

Leader’s Circle


Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
Bowl Canada
Canada Post Community Foundation
CIBC Foundation
Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP

Champion’s Circle


The Bateman Foundation
Intact Public Entities
Nordstrom Rack

Please visit us online at for more details about the contributions of our partners.


2021 Board of Directors

Shalomi Abraham, Chair
Paul Byron, Vice Chair
Rizwan Kanji, Treasurer
Denise Baker, Secretary
Michael Contento, Director-at-Large
Alison Evans, Director-at-Large
Liz Falco, Director-at-Large
Angela Hantoumakos, Director-at-Large
Matt McGowan, Director-at-Large
Susan Tarves, Director-at-Large
James Temple, Director-at-Large