Marva Wisdom

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Marva Wisdom


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Marva Wisdom is a community leader who blends her personal and professional passions to help her clients and community build on the strengths of a strong and collaborative team. A highly respected and sought after facilitator and speaker, Wisdom's company Wisdom Consulting provides clients with the tools and courage they need to facilitate meaningful growth through leadership, effective engagement, diversity and inclusivity. 

Wisdom is currently the Director for the Black Experience Project, a study initiated by the Environics Institute with partners, Ryerson University and the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. Wisdom is the founding Chair of the Guelph Black Heritage Foundation whose aim is to acquire and restore an historic British Methodist Episcopal Church, associated with the Underground Railroad of Southwestern Ontario. 

A dedicated volunteer, Wisdom chaired the 2010 and 2011 United Way campaign for Guelph-Wellington where she led the team that raised nearly $5M for social services in her community, setting records for funds raised in 2010 and 2011 – a leading campaign in all of Canada. 

Her community contributions also include: Board of Directors-Rotary Club, trustee for the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, vice chair of the Guelph YM-YWCA board and founding chair of the Guelph Chapter - Institute for Canadian Citizenship and member of her community’s Leadership Advisory Group. Nationally, she serves as vice chair of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and is a member of the National Diversity Task Force for YWCA Canada. 

Updated July 2023