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Rebecca Darwent is a social entrepreneur who activates generosity through philanthropic advising, consulting and speaking. A proven builder of relationships and capital, Darwent has led strategy, policy, fund development and partnerships that have mobilized multimillion-dollar investments in equity, health and education. In 2020, Darwent co-founded the Foundation for Black Communities, which seeks to ensure that every Black person in Canada can flourish and that Black communities have the power to define their own future.

Darwent was previously the director of global partnerships at Singularity University, leading tech and education programming across five continents. She also worked in the Ontario provincial government as a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, responsible for the Anti-Racism Directorate. She is vice chair of Laidlaw Foundation, a Women Leaders for the World Fellow and a Canadian Millennium Laureate.

“I know that donors have good intentions. But good intentions aren’t good enough. Communities are being left behind and we’re running out of time.”


Updated June 28, 2023

Rebecca Darwent

Rebecca Darwent, Philanthropic advisor
Montréal, Québec




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