Helen Burstyn

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University and
Co-Host, Toronto Files on RogersTV.

Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 30-year career in government, business, and community service.  
The former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Helen currently serves as the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisor, Social Enterprise and Chair of The Partnership Forum, the government’s advisory group on the not-for-profit sector.
Helen is a Director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Luminato, The Walrus Foundation, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors, The Toronto Public Library Foundation, The Learning Partnership and The Pecaut Centre for Social Impact. She is also a co-founder of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto and a founding member of Equal Voice.
Helen is the author of Eleven Out of Ten: The Life and Work of David Pecaut. Beginning in September 2013, she will co-host Toronto Boomers, a lifestyle program airing weekly on RogersTV.
Helen is the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and the Ontario Citizenship Award for Volunteer Service. She has four daughters, two granddaughters and lives in Toronto.