Peter R. Elson

Peter R. Elson
Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Community Development
Credentials

PhD (Toronto), MSc

Contact
Office: HSD A346

Professional Information & Research Interests

Professional Information

Peter Elson arrived at the School of Public Administration at UVic from the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University where he is cross-appointed as Senior Research Fellow. His PhD in Adult Education and Community Development (University of Toronto) followed the completion of his MSc in Voluntary Sector Organization at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously spent fifteen years as a nonprofit executive director and active community organizer.

Peter has also been the English Language editor for ANSERJ, the journal for the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (2010-2015), and is active on numerous provincial and national committees. His latest book, Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada, was published by the University of Toronto Press.

Research Interests

Peter is, by nature, a collaborative, community-based researcher. His research focuses on:

  • The societal impact of grant-making foundations in Canada.
  • The long-term analysis of voluntary sector-provincial government relations.
  • Mapping the nature and impact of social enterprises across Canada.

Selected Publications

Refereed Books

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, S. (2017 forthcoming). A Portrait of Canadian Grantmaking Foundation Engagement in Public Policy. In Fontan, J.-M., Elson, P. R. & Lefèvre, S. (Eds.) Les fondations subventionnaires canadiennes. Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec.
  • Elson, P. R. (2017). Forward: The Insiders. In Mulé, N. J. & DeSantis, G. (Eds.) The Shifting Terrain: Nonprofit Sector Public Policy Advocacy in Canada. McGill-Queens University Press.
  • Harris, B., Morris, A., Ascough, R. S., Chikoto, G. L., Elson, P. R., McLoughlin, J., Muukkonen, M., Pospíšilová, T., Roka, K., Smith, D. H., Soteri-Proctor, A., Tumanova, A. S. & YU, P. (2016). History of associations and volunteering. In Smith, D. H., Stebbins, R. A. & Grotz, J. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Elson, P. R. (2016). Western Canada’s Nonprofit Landscape. In Elson, P. R. (Ed.) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Songpal-Valias, N., Sigurdson, L. & Elson, P. R. (2016). Alberta’s Social Policy: The Neoliberal Legacy of the Klein Reforms. In Elson, P. R. (Ed.) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Elson, P. R. (2016). Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada. In Elson, P. R. (Ed.) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Elson, P. R. (2011). The Great White North and voluntary action: Canada’s relationship with Beveridge, social welfare and social justice. In Oppenheimer, M. & Deakin, N. (Eds.) Beveridge and Voluntary Action in Britain and the wider British World. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Elson, P. R. (2010). A Comparative Analysis of Voluntary Sector/Government Relations in Canada and England. In Mook, L., Quarter, J. & Ryan, S. (Eds.) Researching the Social Economy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, S. (2016). System Change Agents: A profile of policy-focused grantmaking foundation engagement in public policy. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 7(2) pp. 57-78.
  • Liston-Heyes, C., Jevtovic, N., Elson, P. R. & Hall, P. V. (2016, January). Social Enterprises: Who gets the non-earned income? In Academy of Management Proceedings, (Vol. 2016, No. 1, p. 12742). Academy of Management.
  • Elson, P. R. (2015). A Comparative Analysis of Nonprofit Policy Network Governance in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 6(2) pp.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P., Leeson-Klym, S., Penner, D. & Andres, J. (2015). Social Enterprises in the Canadian West. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 6(1) pp. 83-103.
  • Elson, P. R. (2014). Third Wave, Third Sector: A comparative analysis of third sector policy governance. Canadian Public Administration, 57(4).
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, P. (2012). Canadian Social Enterprises: Taking stock. Social Enterprise Journal, 8(3) pp. 216-236.
  • Elson, P. R. (2012). Canada’s Voluntary Sector Initiative and Sub-National Voluntary Sector Relations: The third wave. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 3(2), Article 4.
  • Elson, P. R. (2011). The emergence of structured sub-national voluntary sector-government relationships and their policy outcomes. Voluntary Sector Review, 2(2), pp.135-155.
  • Elson, P. R. (2010). The Origin of the Species: Why charity regulation in Canada and England continue to reflect their origins. International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, 12(3), pp. 75-89.
  • Elson, P. R. (2009). Where is the Voice of the Canada’s Voluntary Sector? Canadian Review of Social Policy, Issue 60/61, Fall 2007/Winter 2008, pp. 1-20.

Refereed Policy Paper

  • McMurtry, J.J., Brouard, F., Elson, P. R., Hall, P., Lionais, D. & Vieta, M. (2015). Social Enterprises Context, Models and Institutions in Canada: Canadian Working Paper ICSEM Project.

Research Reports

  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii, P. (2016). Social Enterprise Sector Survey Guide. Calgary: Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii, P. (2016). Canadian National Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report 2016. Calgary: Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P., Rowe, P., Smee, J. & Wamucii, P. (2016). Ready for Takeoff: Social Enterprise in Newfoundland and Labrador. St John’s: Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, S. (2015). Policy Matters: Grant-making foundations and public policy.
  • Engagement: A preliminary discussion of the Canadian Landscape of grant-making foundations and public policy engagement, Montreal: Montreal Research Laboratory on Canadian Philanthropy.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P., McQuaid. S. & Wamucii, P. (2015). 2015 Prince Edward Island Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report. Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University.
  • Chamberlain, P., Gillis, K., Prindiville, T., Bechard., Ulhaq, M., Elson, P. R. & Hall, P. (2015) Enterprising Change: Report of the 2015 social enterprise survey for Ontario. Toronto: The Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P., Leeson-Klym, S., Penner, D. & Wamucii, P. (2015). Manitoba Social Enterprise Sector Survey (2014). Calgary: Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P., Prink, S. & Wamucii, P. (2015). Nova Scotia Social Enterprise Survey (2014). Calgary: Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P., Hall, P., Pearl, C. & Wamucii, P., Trico Charitable Foundation (2015). Alberta Social Enterprise Sector Survey 201: A scan of local social enterprise economy. Calgary: Trico Charitable Foundation.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii, P. (2014). British Columbia Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report. Calgary: Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii, P. (2013). Alberta Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report. Calgary: Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University.
  • Flatt, J., Daly, K., Elson, P. R., Hall, P., Thompson, M. & Chamberlain, P. (2013). Inspiring Innovation: The size, Scope and Socioeconomic Impact of Nonprofit Social Enterprises in Ontario. Toronto: The Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
  • Elson, P. R. (2012). Nova Scotia Nonprofit Sector Pension Plan Feasibility Study: Discussion Paper. Halifax: La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE).
  • O’Connor, R., Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Reimer, B. (2011). Measuring the Size, Scope & Scale of the Social Enterprise Sector In Manitoba, CED-NET, Mount Royal University, Simon Fraser University.

Recent Speaking Engagements & Presentations

  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii P. (2017). Scaling up Community-Based Research: A case study. 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, Toronto, Ontario. June 1.
  • Elson, P. R. (2017). Use of Self-selected Case Studies in a Nonprofit Leadership and Management Course.10th Annual Conference of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, Toronto, Ontario. June 1.
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, S. (2016). Agents of Change: Grantmaking foundations and public policy. Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, Nottingham, England, September 9.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii P. (2016). Social Enterprises in Canada. Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, Nottingham, England. September 8.
  • Elson, P. R., Hall, P. & Wamucii P. (2016). Social Enterprises in Canada. International Social Innovation Research Conference. Glasgow, Scotland. September 5.
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, S. (2016). Les Fondations et leur engagement dans les politiques publiques. 84e du Congrès de l'Acfas, Montreal, Quebec. May 12.
  • Elson P. R. & Fontan, J-M. (2016). Change Makers in Public Policy: A preliminary analysis of grant-making foundation engagement in public policy. 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, Calgary, Alberta. June 1.
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, P. (2016). Work Integration Social Enterprises in Canada. Presentation at Employment and Social Development Canada’s Workshop on Work Integration Social Enterprises, Gatineau, Quebec. February 1.
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, P. (2015). An Emerging Social Enterprise Dataset. Paper presented at the eighth annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Elson, P. R. & Fontan, J-M. (2015). Social Innovation, Societal Change and Canadian's Grantmaking Foundations: An agenda of research, networking, and knowledge mobilization. 8th Annual Conference of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, University of Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Elson, P. R. (2015). A Comparative Analysis of Nonprofit Network Governance in Canada. Paper presented at the eighth annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Elson, P. R. (2014). "Undergraduate Nonprofit Programs: Too much too soon or too little too late?" Paper presented at the seventh annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Brock University, St Catherines, Ontario.
  • Elson, P. R. (2014). "Third Wave, Third Sector: A comparative analysis of third sector policy governance" Paper presented at the International Research Society for Public Management Conference 2014, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Elson, P. R. & Hall, P. (2013). "Ploughing the Fields: Provincial surveys of social enterprises in Canada" Paper presented at the 4th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
  • Elson, P. R. (2013). "Governance and the Nonprofit Sector - a preliminary profile of nonprofit relations inside provincial governments" Paper presented at the sixth annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.

Courses Taught

  • ADMN 409: Leading and Managing in the Non-Profit Sector
  • CD 504: Practices and Perspectives on Forging Change