Chief Executive Officer

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information and research. Every day 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. There is no cure. Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex and their effects are devastating. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is the leader of the effort to raise awareness and mobilize research to find a cure and improve the quality of life for the 55,000 people living with a brain tumour. The organization is funded solely through private donations and relies heavily on the time and expertise of a network of volunteers across Canada to achieve its goals.
Based in London, Ontario, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is seeking a dynamic and seasoned executive to lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer in its national role of supporting the brain tumour community. Building on a solid foundation, the CEO will extend the reach of programming and fundraising, and oversee the growth of high quality research and innovative support services across the country.
Reporting to a national Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada:

  • Leading the development of the mission and strategic plan; creating and motivating a team of professional staff focused on delivering the best support services for the brain tumour community in Canada; acting as a spokesperson for the organization; and, representing the Foundation at a variety of functions across the country to enhance the organization’s national profile.
  • Building relationships with existing and potential major private and corporate donors; participating in securing major donors; and, overseeing the development of fundraising plans and proposals.
  • Developing an operational plan; ensuring the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its stakeholders; and, overseeing the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the Foundation.
  • Recruiting staff that have the competencies to further the organization’s mission; and, nurturing a positive and healthy work environment through effective orientation, employee development, team building, coaching and performance management.
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace through fair hiring practices, inclusive communication strategies, employee education initiatives and a supportive office environment.
  • Leading the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services including support, information, education and research; and, ensuring these programs and services are aligned with the mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  • Advocating with federal and provincial levels of government, as well as key agencies to raise awareness of key policy issues, or gaps in policies, that affect the brain tumour community as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan; and, working collaboratively with other national health charities on shared goals.
  • Overseeing the preparation of a comprehensive budget and regular reporting on revenues and expenditures to the Board; administering the funds of the organization according to the approved budget; and, ensuring that sound accounting procedures are followed, and that the organization complies with all relevant legislation.
  • Communicating with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization; and, establishing good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the Foundation.
  • Identifying and evaluating the risks to the organization’s people (clients, employees, Board members, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implementing measures to control risks.

Qualifications and Requirements


  • Minimum 5 years of progressive senior management experience
  • A university degree in a related field such as business, not-for-profit management, fundraising, or health care is required
  • Proven leadership and management of a team of professionals
  • Strong capabilities in human resource management
  • Understanding and management of finance of the organization
  • Good knowledge of the structure/mandates of federal and provincial levels of government as they relate to health care issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong capabilities in public speaking and facilitation
  • Experience in fundraising an asset
  • Travel required in Canada approximately 30% of the time
  • Requirement to work evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as Board meetings, fundraising activities, representing the organization at public events, and travel

The successful candidate will have strengths in all areas of leadership with particular emphasis on strategic thinking, developing and executing plans, building relationships externally and internally to achieve the organization’s mission, and influencing others to achieve results.
For more information or to pursue this opportunity, please contact Jim Stonehouse, Partner at, Pamela Colquhoun, Partner at or Sharon Iadipaolo, Project Manager