Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health is seeking a results-driven, relationship-focused, and community-minded leader to serve as our Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  As the Foundation’s lead fundraiser, the CEO will bring deep knowledge and proven success in cultivating relationships, building partnerships, and fostering engagement. The Foundation CEO will be a champion and ambassador for Ontario Shores, continually striving to increase our presence, build positive brand awareness, and drive revenue to support the hospital’s exemplary and transformative care.
Posted On: July 5, 2022
Closing On: August 5, 2022

Location: Whitby, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $160,000 – $190,000

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Chief Executive Officer

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Foundation CEO will be accountable for the performance of the Foundation, setting and achieving annual and multi-year goals that are aligned with the Board, the mission of the Foundation, and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  The new incumbent will develop the strategy, execute the programs and operations of the Foundation, and lead the Foundation team.

The Foundation CEO will bring a business-minded approach to working with the Foundation Board and leadership volunteers providing information, direction, and fundraising best practices that will enable the Board to make sound decisions and heighten our collective impact. With experience engaging senior volunteers in major gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, the successful candidate will effectively draw on current donors and referrals as well as explore new donor audiences to build a robust portfolio.

The successful candidate will support a culture of performance by developing and implementing plans that maximize the Foundation’s potential. The CEO will value and embrace their role as leader, mentor, and coach to a capable team, providing focus around individual goals and expectations while maximizing the contribution of each team member.

The Foundation CEO will work closely with the Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership team and clinical colleagues, valuing and leveraging their collective knowledge and expertise. The new incumbent will build and sustain strong collegial relationships with physicians and clinicians encouraging their participation in developing fundraising priorities and in the cultivation and stewardship of potential donors; engaging them in the hospital’s unique and innovative approach to mental health services that are focused on recovery, hope and inspiration through discovery.

Located about 30 minutes east of Toronto, Ontario Shores is located in Whitby, Ontario, atop 76 acres of Lake Ontario’s shoreline. The Foundation offices are co-located in the main Health Sciences facility. It is a serene environment that features beautiful gardens, walking paths, gazebos, and outdoor eating areas.

The Foundation offers a flexible environment with a combination of in-office and occasional remote work as well as substantial time in the community and with stakeholders.

About Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health

The Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health was founded in 2009 to support mental health and recovery at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). In partnership with our donors, staff, patients, and community, we lead change through numerous fundraising initiatives that have supported the tools and resources needed for program and technical enhancements, innovation and research projects, and the essential needs for our patients.

Creating a sense of hope is one of the greatest gifts we can give to those living with complex mental health challenges. Together we are helping patients get access to the compassionate, recovery-based care they need to fully participate in an inclusive and stigma-free society.

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public teaching hospital providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services to those living with complex and serious mental illnesses. Exemplary patient care is delivered through safe and evidence-based approaches where successful outcomes are achieved using best clinical practices and the latest advances in research. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration, and hope.

We have an innovative approach to mental health care that uses clinical best practices and evidence-based care in an environment built on compassion, empowerment, and hope. We are proud to be part of the community and work together with organizations across all sectors to provide care and support for individuals and their loved ones affected by mental illness.

Ontario Shores has introduced new models of care and developed professional standards to ensure all staff, patients, volunteers and visitors embrace recovery and provide a professional and therapeutic setting for our patients.


We provide leadership and exemplary mental health care through specialized treatment, research, education, and advocacy.


Our vision is bold and transformational. Ontario Shores is recognized by many as having a holistic approach to mental health care and unique services that are focused on recovery, hope and inspiration through discovery.

Recovering Best Health – Ontario Shores provides specialized care focused on individual paths to recovery and mental wellness. Our highly skilled staff are leaders in promoting optimum well-being. Our comprehensive services and innovative practices are integrated with our community partners.

Nurturing Hope – Our advocacy with the community eliminates the stigma of mental illness. Our commitment to care extends beyond the scope of client recovery to educating and informing our families and communities. We proudly embrace diversity and offer individualized care.

Revolutionizing Care – We have a global impact on the way in which mental health care is delivered. We lead system innovation with our partners to transform care. Our use of real-time data, research, analytics and measurement drive the highest standard of care.

Core Values:

We aim for Excellence – through leadership and learning, we achieve exceptional performance in all we do, while fostering an environment of optimism, hope, and recovery.

We encourage Innovation – through research and creative approaches, we support the advancement of mental health care.

We value Safety – we provide a safe and healing environment for our clients and a sense of security for our patients’ families, our employees, and the community at large.

We Respect all individuals – encouraging diversity and treating everyone with dignity while embracing the rights, beliefs, opinions, and contributions of others.

We are a Community – we work together as one team, and with families, providers, and the public as our partners, while maintaining mutual trust, transparency, and shared purpose to enhance our patients’ quality of life.

2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan

Our 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan, We., guides our workThe three Strategic Directions collectively drive our organization forward:

Additional Background and Resources


Key Accountabilities

Strategy, Planning & Leadership

Fundraising, Donor Relations & Community Engagement

Human Resource Management

 Operational Management


Required Qualifications & Competencies


For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Vice President, Search + Talent by email at

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Please send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by August 5, 2022

The salary range for this position $160,000 – $190,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Ontario Shores is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and encourage applications from all qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. Ontario Shores is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise us during the recruitment process.

All new hires must be fully vaccinated (two weeks post second dose) prior to starting employment with Ontario Shores (note: those seeking a medical exemption or an exemption related to a Human Rights Code Ground must provide documentation for approval).