Mary Tidlund

Board Member, Women Moving Millions
Founder & President, Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation

Speaking topics: Funding women & girls, women’s leadership, education, economic security, women’s health, alleviation of poverty

Geographic location: Canmore, Alberta (Canada)

Willing to travel? Yes

Website links:Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, LinkedIn

Recommended Fees: Available upon request

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Mary A. Tidlund was born in Calgary, Alberta and adopted at the age of 7 by a loving Calgary family. Along with 3 other adopted children, Mary shared her childhood with at least 45 foster children that her parents nurtured and loved. Later in her life she reunited with her birth families. After completing a science degree in Geography, Mary began a 15-year career in the oil industry starting as a landman; later becoming President and CEO of a publicly traded oil exploration and service company. She located the head office for the company in Saskatchewan where she was committed to the community through her entrepreneurial work. Her activities expanded to include drilling and trucking companies, clothing store, art gallery and restaurant based in Arcola. Mary’s business employed more than 250 people. Mary’s commitment to her community was recognized nationally in 1993, where she was a finalist in the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. In addition, Mary received an In Award for having the most impact on the local community. An industry downturn led Mary from the oil business and she turned her energy to traveling internationally where she expressed her desire to serve others. On October 14, 1998 she founded the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, a public foundation that has grown to work in 24 countries with over 75 programs. The foundation financially supports and participates in programs in Canada and overseas. Key initiatives include medical clinics and workshops, the construction of schools and playgrounds, palliative care, educational sponsorship, providing meals for the homeless, water and micro finance. In October of 2000, she received the Black Achievement Award for Humanitarianism and in May 2010 the Woman of Vision Award with Global TV. In 2013 she is an Ernst Young nominee for the Social Entrepreneur award. Focusing on women and children, Mary’s long-term goal is to empower individuals to provide for themselves and create self-sustaining programs.

Check out an interview with Mary Tidlund on the Sylvia Global Media Network

Interview with Mary Tidlund – President’s Award

KIN Global Philanthropy
May Tidlund – Give Back – May 14, 2010





Prior Speaking Engagements:

American Association of Professional Landmen
Washington, DC, USA
June 2013

Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September 2012

Canadian Association of Gift Planners
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
April 2012

Power of the Purse
Waterloo/Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
November 2011

Canadian Women’s Foundation
Panel – Investing in the Power of Women and Dreams of Girls
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 2011

No Woman No Cry Panel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 2011

Famous 5 Speaker’s Series
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
April 2011

Women’s Guild in Holland
Deventer, The Netherlands
February 2011

The Power of the Purse
London, Ontario, Canada
September 2010

KIN Global Summit
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, USA
May 2010

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 2010

Philanthropic Foundations Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
October 2009