Our Staff

Juliana Sprott, Chief Giving Officer

Megan Lorius, Managing Director

Our Board

Eric Sprott, Board Member

Vizma Sprott, Board Member

Larisa Sprott, Board Member



Chief Giving Officer

Travels to more than 30 countries, in particular trips to India, Kenya, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, resulted in Juliana’s three main themes which guide her philanthropic work:

  • Compassion for those in need

  • Having enthusiasm for life and its possibilities

  • Savouring the moments of pure fun on this beautiful planet.

She is driven by genuine compassion about a charity’s financial needs which are aligned with the Sprott vision.  She builds deep relationships with grantees to figure out together how Sprott gifts can help alleviate homelessness & hunger.  Innovation is key.

Juliana has a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and completed the one year program,  The Philanthropy Workshop, at the Institute for Philanthropy. She is fluent in English and French.  Prior to her work in philanthropy, Juliana was in sports broadcasting, including on Hockey Night in Canada and in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  



Managing Director

Megan has dedicated her career to amplifying the voices of underrepresented peoples, advocating for social justice issues, and supporting the development of public policies that address social change.

Megan has a wide range of management experience, including program design, implementation and evaluation, human resources and financial oversight.  With a certificate in Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials, Megan has assisted Boards and staff with updating, developing and implementing policies and procedures for achieving compliance and best-practices in NFP management.  Megan has provided organizations of various sizes with fundraising, public engagement, event management, media relations and social media strategies.

Megan joined The Sprott Foundation in January 2019 as Managing Director and is pleased to be supporting the long-standing, visionary work of the Sprott family.



Eric founded the Sprott Foundation in 1988 with his wife Vizma to help address homelessness and hunger in Canada.  He believes that the world needs true leadership for positive social change.

In 2013, Eric was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a philanthropist, notably in the areas of health care, education and international development. He was also recognized for his generous philanthropic endeavours with the Fraser Institute T.P. Boyle Founder’s Award. 

Eric has a Bachelor of Commerce and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University. He is also a Chartered Accountant and an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award recipient (Ontario 2006). The Eric Sprott School of Business is named in his honour and in 2013 he was recognized with Carleton's A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction.



Since founding the Sprott Foundation in 1988, Vizma has been driven by her "belief that having hope is central to a person’s journey from merely surviving to genuinely thriving.”

Vizma is a repeat recipient of the Oakville Mayor’s Awards for Business and the Arts and in 2001 was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mayor of Oakville. In 2002, she received the Outstanding Individual Philanthropists Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Ottawa.

Vizma has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toronto and previously owned the bookstore, Bookers, in Oakville, Ontario. 



When speaking about her work as a director at the Sprott Foundation, Larisa says, "I want to make a difference in any way possible. The donations we make today will have a noticeable impact on society and can bring about visible changes in the future."  As a young Canadian philanthropist, impact is first and foremost on her mind.

Larisa believes in enabling grantee impact and enjoys site visits to the charities the foundation supports.

Larisa Sprott has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto, a Master's Degree in Education and completed the one year program,  The Philanthropy Workshop, at the Institute for Philanthropy.  She is the President of Sprott Money Ltd, an international company offering physical delivery of investment grade bullion to investors.