Blair leads the strategic partnerships and services to the community that support applicants and grantees to build their capacity and amplify their impact. He also oversees the Measurement, Evaluation and Learning department that leads the Foundation’s Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management strategies.
Blair oversees the development and implementation of other provincial granting programs that align with the Foundation’s overall strategy. Currently this includes the Community Capital Fund, the Youth Opportunities Fund and the Local Poverty Reduction Fund.
Blair also leads the development and implementation of the Services to the Community Program, which supports the capacity building needs of Ontario’s nonprofit sector, as well as the building of partnerships between the Foundation and other key stakeholders in order to advance the Foundation’s strategic goals.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006 as Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management, Blair was Director of Strategic Planning and Research at TVOntario, served as Research and Partnership Coordinator with the Ontario Premier’s Council, and was a Lecturer in International Politics at Trent University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.
Blair currently sits on the Steering Committee on Not-for-Profit Research at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, and the Not-for-Profit Governance Committee of the Certified Professional Accountants of Canada. Blair has served on the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Effective Philanthropy, the Province’s Social Enterprise Strategy Advisory Group, the Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs Advisory Committee, and Community Foundations of Canada’s Vital Signs Future Visions Task Force.
Blair is an active community volunteer, serving as a certified coach and hockey school instructor with the East York Hockey Association and participating in a range of urban agriculture activities.