Lynda Hamilton is the President and CEO of Edper Investments Ltd. and a human-resources consultant with 30 years’ experience developing a wide range of innovative education and training programs. From 1989 to 2017, she oversaw the programming of workshops and training sessions for riders and horses at Petlyn Farm in Caledon, Ontario. In this work, she is widely admired for her ingenuity in employing non-traditional methods and in promoting the use of complementary treatments and healing modalities. She served on the board of Brascan, now Brookfield Asset Management from 1991 to 2003.
Ms Hamilton is a dedicated and generous volunteer who has shared her time and expertise with a number of charitable boards. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. She served as Chair from 1994 to 2003, and is currently on the Advisory Council. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Artists’ Health Alliance, and served as Chair until 2005. She returned in 2008 to 2017 to provide strategic guidance and assistance to the Board of the Artists’ Health Centre, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board.
She was a founding Patron of the Canadian Senior Artists Resources Network, and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, set up to fund women’s shelters across Canada in partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She was a member of the team that established the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre in the Toronto Western Hospital in 2002. This medical clinic was the first in North America to provide both allopathic and complementary services to artists in a hospital setting. She also helped to establish the Artists’ Retreat in Caledon, Ontario in 2009 to provide free space for artists of all disciplines to have a week for rejuvenation.
Her support of postsecondary education includes establishing a Women’s Hockey Scholarship initiative at the University of British Columbia to bring in coaches and facilitate student exchanges to enhance the opportunities for women to participate at Olympic levels. She also co-founded the Teaching from the Heart Program at UBC, which provides on-going funding for the development of an artists-in residence program. At the University of Toronto, Ms Hamilton established the Peter Bronfman / Brookfield awards program at Woodsworth College, and she continues to participate in the selection of the top awards each year. In 2002, the University of Toronto honoured her tremendous generosity and volunteerism with an Arbor Award.