Maryann Kerr

Chief Happiness Officer, Leadership, Governance & Culture Specialist

The Medalist Group


Maryann Kerr is Chief Happiness Officer, CEO and principal consultant with the Medalist Group. Maryann has worked in the social profit sector for 34 years and helped raise over $110M. She has led at the local, provincial, national and international level and is passionate about her family, feminism, and continuous learning.

As a governance, leadership and culture specialist, Maryann knows that successful organizations create and nurture a climate where everyone understands their role; politics are minimal; engagement is high and turnover low. Environments where employees co-create the roadmap to mission delivery. Compassion, kindness, and a deep commitment to the co-creation of collaborative and productive workplaces are core to her work.

Maryann has participated on many social profit boards and committees and her first book, published by Civil Sector Press Tarnished: Let’s rethink, reimagine and co-create a new social impact sector is due to be released in the Fall of 2021.

Maryann earned her master’s in organizational leadership and is currently applying to do her PhD. If that doesn’t come through, Maryann hopes to take her research idea and turn it into her next book on how to successfully facilitate change in the social impact sector while continuing to serve our missions.