Teresa Marques, M.A., CFRE
President & CEO at Rideau Hall Foundation / Fondation Rideau Hall
Teresa is an established senior executive and educator in the non-profit sector. She leads the Rideau Hall Foundation, an independent charity established by the Right Honourable David Johnston. The RHF’s vision is a better Canada, and it works to address key challenges facing the country in the areas of learning equity, creating a culture of innovation, leadership development, and the promotion of giving and volunteerism. Teresa is a proven senior executive with significant experience in people management, stakeholder engagement, major-gift fundraising and financial stewardship. Teresa has extensive experience in Toronto and Ottawa leading development teams in the healthcare and post-secondary education sectors. She is a sought-after public speaker and frequent media commentator on Canadian philanthropy, giving patterns, and non-profit sector management issues. She is an instructor at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School for Continuing Education and holds degrees in Canadian history from the University of Ottawa and York University, and a post-graduate certificate from Dalhousie University’s School of Continuing Education, with a focus on non-profit governance. Teresa’s volunteer service has focused on community development and education issues and she has served on numerous local and national boards of directors. Her current and previous directorships include the National Theatre School, AFP Ottawa, Family Services Toronto, and Working Women Community Centre. She is interested in how giving patterns and attitudes towards philanthropy in Canada are changing. She is seeking to drive social change while strengthening the non-profit sector and civil society more broadly.
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