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Vancouver Foundation attracts individuals across a broad range of knowledge and experience, who contribute their time, leadership and financial expertise to support local initiatives and to help people give back where their communities need it most. With an intimate knowledge of local priorities, our staff champions what matters most by directing grants, expertise, leadership, and investments towards community identified priorities.
Kevin McCort was appointed President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation in September 2013, bringing with him a wealth of energy and over 30 years experience in the non-profit sector to the role. In his three years since Kevin joined the Vancouver Foundation, the organization has passed two major milestones; cumulative granting surpassed $1 billion in 2014 and net assets exceeded $1 billion at the end of 2015.
Kevin has volunteered, studied and worked in the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada and abroad since 1983. He joined Vancouver Foundation following an impressive 20-year career with CARE Canada, one of Canada’s leading development and humanitarian aid organizations, serving the last six years as president and CEO of the organization.
As President and CEO of CARE Canada in Ottawa, he oversaw programming of over $150 million annually in service to communities in more than 30 countries. A respected leader in the international development community, McCort’s work was enhanced by living and working in many countries, including several years posted to Mali, Zimbabwe and Zambia directing development and humanitarian programs.
Deeply committed to fostering collaboration, McCort co-founded the Humanitarian Coalition in 2005, and served as the first Chair of the Board with a vision of bringing together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of humanitarian crises. He also served as a board member of Imagine Canada, an umbrella agency for all Canadian charities, from 2009 to 2015. To help build connections to the business community, McCort has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network for business leaders since 2009.
McCort graduated in 1989 with a B.Sc. (Specialist/Honours) from the University of Toronto. In 2005, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University. In February 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his leadership in promoting Canada’s values of tolerance and social justice across the world.
Deborah is vice-president of Grants & Community Initiatives at Vancouver Foundation. She is responsible for leading a team that oversees $25 million of community granting, research and policy initiatives, and diverse partnerships. Prior to this, Deborah was Chief Operating Officer of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and a vice-president with Royal Roads University in Victoria.
Having worked in roles that span the public, private and non-profit sectors, Deborah is keenly interested in the tools, strategies, and relationships that generate positive conflict, support learning, and advance change.
Craig came to Vancouver Foundation in 2007, after seven years with the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM), where his roles included serving as the UWLM’s Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving and Assistant Director, Resource Development. He has spearheaded a wide variety of highly successful fundraising appeals, including direct mail, employee giving campaigns and leadership giving.
A trusted philanthropic advisor, Craig has pioneered innovative ways to link Vancouver Foundation donors to the causes they care the most about.
Bill comes to Vancouver Foundation from the Board of Trade where he was the CFO. Prior to joining the Board of Trade, he was the VP, Finance and Accountability for the Rick Hansen Foundation and prior to that held the Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer roles for Sport BC. Bill has also worked extensively in the corporate sector at several large public companies including General Electric, Falconbridge and LAC Minerals.
With an active interest in sport as a two (2) time IRONMAN finisher and four (4) time National Triathlon Team member, Bill currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, as Interim Chair, and the 2010 Games Operating Trust Society. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee from 2005-2015, he was also the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Audit Committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Society. Bill was the volunteer Chair of Triathlon Canada from 1997-2005, during which time Canadian triathletes won many international medals including Olympic gold. He was elected Treasurer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation on June 1st, 2015.
A Chartered Professional Accountant, CA, by profession, Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.
Eugene is the newest member of the Executive Team and has over 20 years of investment experience working with pensions, endowments, foundations and Indigenous settlement trusts.
Prior to joining Vancouver Foundation, Eugene spent three years at PBI Actuarial Consultants as an Investment Consultant and 14 years at RBC Investor and Treasury Services; working closely with various plan sponsors in developing investment policies and governance guidelines as well as manager research, performance monitoring and strategic asset mix analysis.
As a member of the CFA Vancouver Society, Eugene is an experienced public speaker who has presented at investment industry conferences on topics relating to performance measurement, pension finance and spending sustainability. Eugene received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002 and graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce program majoring in Finance from the University of British Columbia in 1997.