Founder’s Story

Janet McKelvey has spent 40 years involved with business and philanthropy. Her long-term business career was with Xerox Canada. Starting in sales in 1980, Janet’s experience included executive positions in marketing, strategy, customer service, administration, communications and change management. Her final position was Vice President, Marketing until 1996.


Janet and Bruce McKelvey

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, Janet joined Canadian Tire as the Executive Director of its Foundation. From 1997-2003, she worked with the Corporation, Board and Associate Dealers to design and implement a new corporate philanthropic strategy and the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families. After this 5-year period, philanthropy was a core strategy throughout Canadian Tire and the Foundation was raising and disbursing more than $3.5 million to families in need in communities across Canada.

When the tsunami struck in 2004, Janet felt compelled to offer more than a donation and signed up to spend two weeks building homes in Sri Lanka. Experiencing the devastation first-hand, Janet returned to Canada determined to find the resources and volunteers to help the homeless families. TRIP Canada was launched in June 2005 and the following December the first team headed to Sri Lanka.

It was the start of a life-changing experience for Janet and her husband Bruce who participates in all trips and TRIP Canada activities. With the support of many loyal donors and volunteers, TRIP Canada has built homes, infrastructure, communities and transformed many lives through education programs.

Most recently, Janet has been focussed on volunteer pursuits with:

  • Developing and leading TRIP Canada
  • Toronto Public Library Foundation Board of Directors: Chair 2002-2012
  • Shaw Festival Board of Governors: Chair 2008-2010
  • Board Director, Developing World Connections, 2015-Present
  • Board Director: Majengo Children’s Home (Africa)

Going forward Janet plans to commit herself to family, friends and growing TRIP Canada. Her interests include fitness, skiing, sailing, golf, reading and the family cottage with much time devoted to granddaughters Maddie and Sophie and grandson Finn.