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The Ottawa Senators Foundation

The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

Ottawa Senators Foundation logo
Ottawa Senators Foundation logo

The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. It is proud to have a direct impact on the lives of so many each year. Annually the Ottawa Senators Foundation provides financial and in-kind support to more than 100 charitable organizations in the National Capital Region.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation invests in programs designed to reach vulnerable youth and the more than one in five local kids that do not have access to after-school sports, recreation or social programs. Examples of social recreation investments include SENS RINKs, Sens Camperships at 20 different Summer Camps, and the Sens Sports & Leadership League at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. Further examples of their investments in the community’s future through educational initiatives directed towards youth, teens and young adults, include Sens In School and post-secondary school bursaries.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation also provides financial support to local charitable organizations focused on meeting the needs of families with children and youth suffering from various forms of mental health and addiction illnesses. Examples of these supported organizations include project S.T.E.P. and The Bridges Program at the Youth Services Bureau in partnership with DIFD.

Roger Neilson House is a pediatric respite and palliative care home dedicated to enhancing the comfort and quality of life of children and families in a time of need. The Ottawa Senators Foundation has made a long-term commitment to cover an important portion of the annual operating budget for the home and to help build an endowment fund to provide for its future financial stability and growth.

Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue for 2016-2017

$6 million

Geographic region of focus

Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec

How you can help


The Ottawa Senators Foundation welcomes and encourages gifts from individuals, groups, foundations and corporations, for the purpose of enhancing the services that the Ottawa Senators Foundation provides to its various stakeholder groups and its supported programs. The Ottawa Senators Foundation utilizes sponsorship and participation of its Signature Events and other fundraising initiatives to ensure that all donations received are maximized to their fullest and have the greatest philanthropic impact to the designated programs and end-users. Donations can be made by cheque or online and tax receipts will be issued
according to the preference of the donor. Monthly or planned giving programs are also available.

Senators tickets from Sens Fans and Season Seat Members can be donated through the “Cheer for Charity” program wherein the Foundation will distribute tickets to deserving children, youth, families or school groups.

“Sens Rink” program

The Ottawa Senators Foundation is committed to building a total of 20 SENS RINKS (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids) giving children and families access to year-round activities including hockey, skating, ball hockey, basketball, lacrosse in addition to community activities of all kinds. These outdoor recreational facilities will provide easily accessible and subsidized recreation and sport opportunities for some of the most vulnerable communities across the region. The Foundation has completed 12 SENS RINKS to date.

The SENS RINKS program will enable hundreds of kids and families to have a place in their community to get active, establish healthy routines and provide access to programs and activities that otherwise would have been out of reach.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation seeks investment partners to help offset construction, project management and activity programming costs for each new SENS RINK project.


The Ottawa Senators Foundation is grateful to receive support from volunteers throughout the year with the greatest need for volunteers centered around its Signature Events. Sponsors often look to provide their staff with different engaging volunteer opportunities. Examples of opportunities for volunteers include Sens Camp Day Visits, Sens Soirée, Sens Telethon and other Signature and Community Events.

Events and fundraising

Bell Senators Charity Golf Classic: Monday, Sept. 11 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club
Ferguslea Hat Trick Speaker Series Lunch #1: Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Bayshore Shopping Centre
NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Game: Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Canadian Tire Centre
Ferguslea Hat Trick Speaker Series Lunch #2: Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre
Bell DIFD Hockey Talks Mental Health: Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Canadian Tire Centre
Ferguslea Senators Soiree: February, 2018 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy
Ottawa Senators Foundation Telethon: March 9th at Canadian TIre Centre
Molson Sens Alumni & NHL Celebrity Cup: April 6-7, 2018

Board members and executives

Headshot of Danielle RobinsonGoldy Hyder

Marsha Akkerhuis, Wife of Senators Head Coach Guy Boucher
Tom Anselmi, President & CEO, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
Mirko Bibic, Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer and Executive VP, Corporate Development, Bell
Frank Bilodeau, Vice President, Scotiabank, Ottawa and West Quebec
Ken Charbonneau, (retired 2017) Partner, KPMG LLP
Kevin Cinq-Mars, President, Tomlinson Group of Companies
Barbara Crook, Director, Danbe Foundation
Trie Donovan, Wife of Senators Alumni, Shean Donovan
Greg Farrell, (retired 2016) President & COO, Giant Tiger
Claude Hamelin, General Manager, Destination Gatineau
Cliff Hammell, Associate Dealer/Owner, Canadian Tire Corporation
Goldy Hyder, President and CEO, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Janice Macdonald, President, The Beacon Agency
Graham Macmillan, President, Macmillan Capital
Ian Mendes, Host, TSN1200, Bell Media
Honourable Vern White, Senator, Senate of Canada

Get in touch

1000 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2V 1A5

Twitter: @sensfoundation