Nadia Duguay named a CKX Philanthropy Fellow

At CKX, we embolden shift disturbers with opportunities for reflective practice, deep learning and knowledge exchange.

It is through these opportunities that we believe we can help spark fundamental shifts in society, challenging longstanding and entrenched systems. We lead with love and work with shift disturbers — people living and driving those shifts  — to live in symbiotic relationship with the Earth and each other.

This transformative work demands transformative questions — and an exploration of how to embody different, remembered and reclaimed ways of working together.

Since our inception as a project of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) in 2013, we’ve explored ways of working together to spark fundamental shifts. In 2017, we integrated with the Carold Institute, bringing together our legacies and shared practice of investing in civil society leaders as shift disturbers — most recently Michael Alberg-Seberich (the 2017 CKX Canadian Philanthropy Fellow), Niveria Oliveira (the 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellow) and Alexa Conradi (The 2017 Alan Thomas Fellow at the Carold Institute).

Nadia Duguay (Photo: Sylviane Robini)

Nadia Duguay (Photo: Sylviane Robini)

We are happy today to announce that Nadia Duguay has been named the 2018 CKX Philanthropy Fellow.

Fellowship Funding Partners

Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon

Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo

Laidlaw Foundation

McConnell Foundation

Community Knowledge Exchange

In collaboration with Philanthropic Foundations Canada and several funding partners, both the 2017 and 2018 CKX Fellowships are collaborative initiatives to bring new perspectives and approaches to philanthropic practice and social change work in Canada.

Now a year into our renewal following the integration of CKX and the Carold Institute, we are deepening our exploration into ways of working together with the combined energy and inspiration of our multiple legacies: social justice, adult education, knowledge exchange, and citizen engagement.  

We are asking ourselves: How do we decolonize our work? How do we lead fully with love? How can we intentionally create, hold and cede space to centre voices from the margins?

In that same spirit, Nadia will use her fellowship to explore how social change practices and approaches can be made more inclusive and also and to better understand the connections and tensions between philanthropy and social justice, including systemic barriers to emancipation and inclusion and how existing paradigms (funding, power, privilege) need to shift.

Drawing on her experience as the co-founder of Exeko, an organization that uses creativity – art and philosophy – to promote social inclusion for people experiencing or at risk of exclusion, Nadia aims to spark actionable dialogue on the challenges and strategies for inclusive and emancipatory social transformation.

We’ll share more about Nadia’s fellowship in the coming weeks, including opportunities to engage and connect with her over the course of her journey.

We’ll also share more about new programs that reflect and deepen our ongoing commitment to decolonization, equity and social justice.

Stay tuned and join our mailing list. For questions, email Reflective Practice Director Kelsey Spitz at or Program Director Alexander Dirksen at

ABoUT Nadia

As a social entrepreneur, Nadia Duguay is harnessing the power of creativity and philosophy to promote social inclusion and support the most marginalized and at risk in our communities. Her leadership and innovative projects have earned her recognition as a compassionate force for creativity and social transformation.

She is the co-founder of Exeko, an organization that she codirects today and whose mission is to use “creativity – art and philosophy – to promote social inclusion for people experiencing or at risk of exclusion. After more than ten years of growing her work, Nadia is transitioning from her leadership role towards a systems thinker role that will connect the work of Exeko to a broader capacity to leverage, build and influence social change.

She is also a member of the Observatory of cultural mediations practices (OMEC), member of the Quebec Network for Social Innovation (RQIS), member of the advisory committee of the Rideau Hall Foundation and the Governor General, and member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.