Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:09:25 GMT | By Mary Teresa Bitti, MSN Money
Canadian business leaders on the best ways to give back

Giving season is here. But with so many great causes and more than 80,000 charities in Canada to choose from, how do you decide who to help and how?



A homeless man eats a charity meal. (© Anatolii Stepanov/Newscom/RTR)
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  • A homeless man eats a charity meal. (© Anatolii Stepanov/Newscom/RTR)
  • Arlene Dickinson, CEO, Venture Communications and venture capitalist on CBC’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ (© Michelle Siu)
  • Brian Burke, GM Toronto Maple Leafs (© Michelle Siu)
  • Rita Fabian, executive vice-president, advertising sales, Bell Media (© Michelle Siu)
  • Anatol von Hahn, group head, Canadian banking, Scotiabank (© Michelle Siu)
  • Tom Woods, senior executive vice-president and chief risk officer, risk management, CIBC (© Michelle Siu)
  • Duncan Hannay, senior vice-president and head of marketing, Scotiabank (© Michelle Siu)
  • Andrew Lapham, principal, Onex Corp. (© Michelle Siu)
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In order to turn the spotlight on homeless teens and help raise much needed funds, international charity Covenant House asked business leaders in cities across the U.S. and Canada to sleep outside for one night.  Some of the country’s top business leaders unrolled their sleeping bags and spent the night on the pavement outside Covenant House Toronto, the country’s largest shelter and support service for homeless kids, and raised more than $500,000 for their efforts. Here we share their thoughts on philanthropy and the best ways to give back.

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