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For my second edition of DMPTalks I was extremely fortunate to have the inspiration for this initiative agree to speak with me. I was attending my second Canadian Association of Gift Planners board meeting where I had the opportunity to listen to Don Johnson share his wisdom in regard to the Canadian charitable sector. It was then I thought, would it not be a helpful service for all those Canadians passionate about their nonprofit sector to interview, record, and share the insights of individuals such as the calibre of Don Johnson?

If you are reading this there is a good chance that the subject of this interview needs little introduction. Not only is Don Johnson an accomplished entrepreneur and celebrated philanthropist, he became President of Burns Fry, Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, and Vice Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns. Semi-retired, Johnson is now extremely active in the not-for-profit sector, sitting on a number of not-for-profit boards. In addition, Johnson had a lead role in lobbying the federal government to remove tax barriers of registered charities for gifts of publicly listed securities. He has received numerous awards and honors, including an appointment as Member and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Here are some of the questions that Don answered during our 26 minute conversation.141891f8-6e09-4db5-9fd5-ed1451993947

  • Whom would you consider your role models when it comes to philanthropy?
  • What was your most effective accomplishment in regard to the charitable sector?         
  • As you look back on your life, what would you have done differently in regard to advancing the cause of philanthropy in Canada?
  • If you were having a conversation with planned giving professionals, what would you be telling them that they should be doing right now?
  • Where do you see the planned giving sector going in Canada?
  • Could you share with me the book you have most often given as a present?
  • What would your friends be surprised to know about you that they didn’t already know?
  • … and much more!

I hope you enjoy listening to my conversation with Don Johnson as much as I did having it. Click play below to listen to the podcast.