The Ottawa Senators Foundation

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This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

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.

At a glance

Year founded: 1998

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $6,537,049

Top funding sources:

  • Electronic 50/50 Raffle At Ottawa Senators Home Games: 49%
  • Signature Events & Corporate Sponsorships: 26%
  • Community Events: 17%
  • Philanthropic Donations: 8%

From August 2018 to July 2019, the investments made to support incredible programs and charitable partners in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec directly helped more than 60,000 kids. Below is a snapshot of how supporting the Ottawa Senators Foundation is truly changing the game for children and youth in our region:

Social recreation: 

$1.2 million invested 

  • SENS RINKS (15 of 20 completed).
  • SENS Camperships: 2,200+ kids attended 30 camps in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. 
  • SENS I Love to Skate: 500+ kids received free skates, helmets and skating lessons.
  • SENS Sport and Leadership League: 1,184 kids participated in five competitive sports leagues.
  • SENS RecLink: 389 kids accessed nearly 40,000 hours of free sport and recreation programming.
  • SENS Power Plays Program: 319 kids received financial assistance to try 12 different sports.
  • SENS Play & Music Program: 1,200 kids accessed free therapeutic sessions.
  • SENS Seats: 2,684 tickets were donated.

Physical and mental wellness:

$275,000 invested

The following programs we support at no cost:

  • Project s.t.e.p.:  Youth drug and alcohol addiction education and counselling in 57 high schools. 
  • Youth Hub: Residential shelter and wrap-around-wellness programming.
  • Oncology Wellbeing Program: Counselling for oncology patients and their families at CHEO.


100+ students awarded scholarships from our endowment funds

Algonquin College:

  • Ottawa Senators Foundation Scholarship Program
  • MBNA/Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursary.  
  • Ottawa Senators Foundation Military Families Fund Bursary
  • Bell Canada/Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursaries (2)
  • Direct Energy/Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursary/Bill Patterson Memorial Bursary
  • Just One Person Scholarship

Carleton University:

  • Bell Canada/Ottawa Senators Bursary
  • Daniel Alfredsson Scholarship in Mental Health

University of Ottawa:

  • Bell/Senators Educational Bursary
  • Just One Person Scholarship

Cité Collegiale:

  • La Bourse des Sénateurs d’Ottawa.

Roger Neilson House:

$315,000 invested

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.

Roger Neilson House was at 98 per cent occupancy, offering families the following support:

  • Acute end-of-life care
  • Grief and bereavement support
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Perinatal hospice
  • Respite care
  • Transitional care

How you can help

  • Make a donation 
  • Sponsor an event
  • Attend an event
  • Host an event
  • Buy 50/50 raffle tickets online
  • Participate in our auctions 
  • Donate your Sens hockey or concert tickets
  • Volunteer your time
  • Like and share our social posts
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Visit our YouTube channel
  • Attend an Ottawa Senators hockey game

Board members and executives

Robinson and Hyder
President and CEO Danielle Robinson; Chair of the board Goldy Hyder

Tara Borowiecki
Ottawa Senators players representative

David Boyko
Senior legal counsel

Roxanne Bouchard (Treasurer)
Vice-president and market manager, BMO Private Bank

Michel Drouin
President, Charlebois Trépanier and Associates

Connor McGarry
Associate, Welch Capital Partners

Ian Sherman
Vice-chair, Tax practice leader, EY

Barbara Crook 
Danbe Foundation

Brendan Bell
Sens Alumni Member and Partner, Stratum Advisory Group

Jason McMahon 
Managing director, Canada Life

Christine Bezaire 
Ottawa Senators coaches representative

Dr. Robert Ganske
Partner, Holland Cross Dental Centre

Mark Bonneau
Second vice-chair, Chief revenue officer, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Get in touch

1000 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2V 1A5

Twitter: @sensfoundation