Community Foundations of Canada announces new CEO building on culture of shared leadership, innovation and growth

(OTTAWA, ON) – Ahead of its international conference in Ottawa-Gatineau this May, Board Chair Victoria Grant and President Ian Bird, on behalf of Community Foundations of Canada, are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Chunilall as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

The move builds on a culture of growth and innovation that has emerged at a time of particular strength for Canada’s community foundation network. Andrew will be supported in his new CEO position by Ian Bird who will remain President with Community Foundations of Canada.

“Through his commitment and dedication, Andrew has been a guiding light for Canada’s community foundations and has earned the opportunity to step into this new CEO role,” says Board Chair Victoria Grant. “His leadership comes at the right moment to help our movement adapt to the demographic, technological, environmental and social trends that are reshaping our communities right now.”

“Andrew is an exceptional leader who has been a champion for our collective efforts across Canada and on the global stage,” says President Ian Bird. “Over the last number of years, Andrew and I have worked closely together as partners, and I’m looking forward to continuing that relationship, working in common purpose to support our movement in navigating the changing and increasingly globalized world around us.”

A Chartered Professional Accountant and one of 250 emerging leaders in Canada chosen to attend the 2016 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, Andrew brings a wide range of expertise to the CEO position. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP before moving on to become Vice President of Finance with the London Community Foundation and then Chief Operating Officer with CFC since 2013.

Andrew will help guide CFC’s strategic direction, financial operations and external partnerships, working closely alongside President Ian Bird and the Board of Directors on a number of key initiatives to advance the organization’s growing global and innovation agendas.

“I’m excited to continue to support the leadership from across our network in building a more inclusive and sustainable future for our communities,” says Chunilall. “As we look to what’s next for community foundations with a particular focus on global challenges that require local level responses, our movement is in a unique position to channel what we’ve learned from nearly a century of philanthropy in Canada toward even greater impact.”

The evolution at CFC is part of a broader vision for collective leadership supported by the organization’s Board of Directors and Chair Victoria Grant, who has been instrumental in leading on a range of high-priority projects including a national fund to welcome and settle Syrian refugees and a pan-Canadian granting initiative in connection with the country’s sesquicentennial.

CFC’s Board has extended Victoria’s term until the end of 2017 and is currently engaged in a process to identify a new incoming Chair to start in January 2018. Three new community leaders will be presented for election to the Board at the organization’s upcoming Annual General Meeting taking place during the 2017 Community Foundations Conference in Ottawa-Gatineau.


About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and vibrant communities.

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302

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