About Us

Patrick Patrick Johnston is Principal and Founder of BOREALIS Advisors. He brings to the practice extensive, diverse and grounded experience with charitable, philanthropic and other non-profit organizations.

Patrick has served as Chief Executive of a range of organizations including the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now ImagineCanada), the Canadian Council on Social Development and the National Anti-Poverty Organization. He began his professional career as Executive Director of the Richmond Youth Services Agency in British Columbia.
Patrick has also served on numerous non-profit Boards of Directors and committees at both a national and international level. His past Board service in Canada includes the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the United Way/Centraide Canada, Canada World Youth, Philanthropic Foundations Canada and the Weiler Trust. He continues to serve on the Boards of CanadaHelps and the Canadian Centre for International Justice.

At the international level, Patrick was a member of the Board and the Global Philanthropy committee of the Washington based Council on Foundations. He was also on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS headquartered in Johannesburg serving as Board Chair for almost 3 years.

In previous positions as senior policy advisor to a provincial Premier as well as a federal Cabinet Minister, Patrick developed a deep understanding of the regulatory environment as it affects charities, foundations and non-profits.