{ Who We Are }

OPEN BLUE CONSULTING works with both new and more established foundations, social profit organizations, and individuals who are deeply committed to developing powerful strategies to tackle some of the most pressing global, national, and local problems of our time. As its name suggests, Open Blue provides a window into what’s possible, into “the imaginable blue.” We help our clients articulate their visions and turn those visions into a plan with substance, colour, and impact. Offering a range of services including strategic planning, creative programming, research and landscape analysis, communications, and human and organizational development, Open Blue brings deep expertise and a vast network to all of its work. We value integrity, collaboration, innovation, and building strong relationships to meet the needs of our clients.

RUTH RICHARDSON is the Principal of Open Blue Consulting. With almost 20 years of experience working in philanthropy, Ruth has a keen analysis of the charitable and social profit landscape in Canada and a robust understanding of social investment and innovation here and abroad. Having established the Unilever Canada Foundation, the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, and Small Change Fund, Ruth has particular strengths with respect to strategic planning, program development, governance, and innovative engagement strategies. As well, through her work with the Metcalf, Greenbelt, Laidlaw, and Prince Edward County Community Foundations, she has developed strong facilitation, research, and communications skills. Ruth lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.