Toronto Community Foundation
In his role as the President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, Rahul Bhardwaj has been working to engage philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid.
As part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, Rahul was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto. A year later the Province of Ontario appointed him to the Board of Metrolinx, an organization developing and implementing an overall transit strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. More recently, Rahul was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto and is currently Chair of Community Foundations of Canada as well as Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games . He is the past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and his board commitments, past and present, include Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among others.
In 2012, Rahul’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine. His vision for Toronto has made him a popular presenter and speaker, particularly on issues relating to the city, community and leadership as well as Toronto’s Vital Signs®. Rahul is a frequent contributor on TV, radio, and print in Toronto, and has been featured on CBC News Network, and internationally on CNN and China’s National Daily News.