Chief Executive Officer – Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

As our capital campaign moves towards completion, and with the upcoming retirement of our current CEO after 31 dedicated years of service to our hospital and our community, we are seeking a new leader for our Foundation. We have a terrific team of staff and volunteers in place, an excellent relationship with our Hospital partners, and the vision and drive to move with energy and excitement into the Foundation’s next chapter.

Posted On: 2021-11-22
Closing On: 2021-12-23
Location: Guelph, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital (FGGH) CEO is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial and administrative operations of the Foundation, advancing philanthropic support by building awareness, engagement, and investment. The CEO provides leadership and direction to staff, and guidance and partnership to the Foundation Board, and develops and maintains a proactive and effective partnership with the Hospital’s internal stakeholders, including the Hospital’s Board of Directors, senior leadership, hospital staff, professional staff and volunteers.



When the doors to Guelph General Hospital were opened on August 16, 1875, the hospital had 12 beds, a small infectious room and a dispensary. A superintendent and two nurses provided care, as well as working in the kitchen, housekeeping, switchboard and laundry.

Today, Guelph General Hospital is a dynamic, comprehensive acute care facility providing the highest quality of care and experience for the 200,000+ residents of Guelph and Wellington County. Hospital services include 24-hour emergency coverage, advanced technology and diagnostic support, and specialty programs, such as being the Regional provider for general vascular surgery and a designated Provincial Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery.

The hospital has 213 acute care beds and employs over 1,600 staff. There are approximately 300 professional staff at GGH including physicians, midwives and dentists. Volunteers normally contribute over 1,500 hours of work per month. Volunteers operate in a variety of patient care and support service areas and organize fundraising activities.


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Saving lives and improving health, together with our community.

Patient care is better at Guelph General Hospital because of community support. A strong community makes a hospital greater, and a great hospital makes a community stronger. At some point in our lives, each of us in our community will rely on the expertise and care we receive at Guelph General Hospital. Whether in moments of joy, worry or pain, our community hospital is always there when we need it.

We’re fortunate because Guelph General is one of Ontario’s best hospitals, with exceptional marks in safety, quality and efficiency. All this is done without compromising patient care, and as a well-run hospital that is supported by our community, we are in the best position to address urgent situations such as the 2020 global pandemic.

Currently overcrowded and under strain, our hospital has critical needs we must address together to continue the best quality of care for our community. Guelph is growing quickly, and our hospital must keep pace with the demands this growth will place on it. At the same time, patients and their families need to know we are using the very best equipment available – and this equipment is not funded by tax dollars, and therefore must come from a community donor.

Since the Foundation’s beginnings, our community has responded generously with more than $80 million in kind and caring donations. Last year, our community of donors collectively gave $7.5 million dollars to help support the Hospital.

We are so fortunate to have an exceptional and diverse team to lead, inspire, and on many occasions, roll up their sleeves to carry out the work that we need to get done to support our Hospital. Our team of 9 staff is bound together by our pride and love for our community, as well as our desire to ensure it has a Hospital that can offer the best possible care to our community. We are passionate about carrying out our mission of saving lives and improving health, together with our community.

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Together, We Care

Our record-setting $34 million Together, We Care campaign is The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s most urgent community fundraising project ever. Together, our community is funding these three essential projects:

  1. Expand our strained Emergency Department and create new space to support better mental health and addictions care.
  2. Replace aging equipment and purchase innovative technologies.
  3. Reimagine and expand our Special Care Nursery to meet the needs of modern families.

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Strategic and Operational Leadership

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Team Leadership and Management

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Communications and Community Engagement



Leadership and Vision – Lead and create a vision for the future with the Board of Directors and Hospital partners. Inspire, encourage and passionately support the teams in achieving the short- and long-term goals for the organization.

Team Work – Lead and support all members of the Foundation team to assist them in achieving their personal and organizational best. In addition, participate as a key senior member of the hospital team in supporting the hospital and the Foundation as two high-functioning, interdependent organizations.

Professionalism – Consistently display professionalism in all aspects of the role. Demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to the complexities of the role and the stakeholders that the organization serves. Demonstrate values of honesty, integrity and respect at all times and in particular within the more difficult and at times politically driven environments. Demonstrate a consistent high level of energy and stamina for an executive level position that can involve many non-traditional work hours.

Donor Centered – Demonstrate an exceptional customer service orientation as it relates to all aspects of donor relationship building and stewardship.

Strategic Thinking – An analytical thinker with strong planning and financial management skills that demonstrate a strong ability to develop and execute initiatives successfully.

Networking and Relationship Building – Demonstrate ability to build constructive, friendly, professional relationships and network with staff, volunteers, donors, community influencers and others, maintaining partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support.

Fund Raising and Fund Development – Demonstrate through knowledge, experience and results an ability to design and lead processes and programs that can raise and have raised substantive financial resources.

Focused and Outcome Orientation – Demonstrate a strong ability to set the vision in a clear and engaging fashion and lead people to achieve results in what is often a demanding and competitive environment. Build loyalty and trust through expectations and focus, building commitment, leveraging performance, engaging collaborative team participation and delivering on results.

Managing Change – Ability to effectively manage change within the organization, both in terms of systems/process change and the transition to a new CEO.


Strategy & Operational Leadership

Donor, Hospital, and Community Engagement

Team Leadership

Governance Support

Expected Behaviours & Qualities


KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Tara George, Partner/Lead, KCI Search + Talent by email at 

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by January 4, 2022.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

The Foundation is committed to a selection process that is reflective of the population that we serve. We welcome and encourage the broad range of experiences, skills and knowledge from applicants with diverse abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, and intersectionality. We believe that a range of lived experience, voices and perspectives directly contribute to the success of our team.

All positions at GGH contribute to ensuring there is a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our patients, staff and our community from COVID-19, subject to any accommodation required by applicable human rights legislation, Guelph General Hospital and the Foundation both require that all staff have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada prior to their start date.

Please note that the salary range for this position is $150,000 – $200,000 plus pension and a range of benefits.