Sharilyn Hale

Dr. Sharilyn Hale

President, Watermark Philanthropic Counsel

Dr. Sharilyn Hale helps those who give, give well. She enables philanthropists and their families to unearth and achieve their philanthropic goals, and supports social purpose organizations to deepen their performance. With a 20+ year career in philanthropy, she draws on expertise in philanthropic strategy, family engagement, organizational development, and board governance.

Sharilyn is an advisor with the NYC-based 21/64 to support multi-generational family philanthropy, a Chartered Director, and a Board Source Certified Governance Trainer. She serves as Vice Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and is a leadership volunteer for the Imagine Canada accreditation program for charities in Canada.

Author and educator, Sharilyn recently completed her doctoral dissertation on governance and family philanthropy, and was among a group of leaders to initiate Canada’s first graduate degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University, where she serves on the Advisory Council.