Ms. Lopes, born in Lisbon, Portugal, is a Toronto-based social innovator and entrepreneur who has led numerous not-for-profit transformations with a focus on corporate governance and philanthropic strategy. She has worked for 25 years in senior positions in both the private and public sector and is Director of The Tapscott Group – a privately held think tank focusing on the digital revolution in business and society.
She is Director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a Member and Canada’s representative to the International Portuguese Diaspora Council, a Member of the Advisors Group of the Fraser Mustard Institute at the University of Toronto, immediate Past Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMHF) – Canada’s largest mental health and addiction hospital – and is leading a campaign for a $1 billion dollar transformation of that institution. She is a Governor Emeritus of Trent University, former Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and a past Director of many organizations including Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Business for the Arts and a member of the Partnership Forum, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for Ontario. Her career over the past 25 years has included Senior Assistant to Bob Rae, Ontario’s 21st Premier and a number of executive public service positions at the municipal and provincial sector in Ontario.
Ms. Lopes holds a Hon BA from the University of Toronto and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Toronto Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and was listed as one of WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in December 2013. In 2014 the President of Portugal awarded Ms. Lopes the Order of Merit. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.
Her greatest passion is to ensure that people with mental illness and addiction receive world class care and that Canada becomes the world’s leader in research. She and her husband Don Tapscott have collaborated alongside early pioneers in this area and have endowed the Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies at the University of Toronto.