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.
Anne’s motivation as a Director of Sprott Foundation is to help improve lives of those less fortuitous. She believes that everyone should have the chance to provide for themselves and their families, ideally free of poverty, illiteracy, abuse and illness. The Sprott Foundation’s donations endeavor to address many needs with a primary focus on homelessness and hunger.
Anne Spork has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Majoring in International Finance from The Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. Anne holds the Canadian Investment Management designation and has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. She was instrumental in helping Sprott Securities Inc. develop into one of the most successful institutional brokerage firms in Canada.