Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. In 2011, she won the Manning Innovation Award – Canada’s top prize for social innovation. In 1981, she founded Canada’s first and largest Parenting and Family Literacy Centres. The Roots of Empathy program was established by Gordon in 1996, and is now offered in ten countries and every province in Canada. In 2005, she created Seeds of Empathy. Gordon is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Ashoka Fellow.