Executive Director – FOOD FOR LIFE

Food for Life is seeking a new Executive Director to provide leadership, direction, and guidance for the organization’s activities.  Reporting to the Board of Directors and building on its almost 30-year history as a sector-leading organization that delivers high impact, thought leadership, and collaboration across the network, the Executive Director will work collaboratively with staff, senior volunteers, and the community.

With the development of Food for Life’s Strategic Plan underway, the new incumbent will be responsible for delivering the organization’s vision to enhance services today while exploring ways to improve our impact tomorrow – both for people and the planet.  Salary Range:  $120,000 – $160,000

Posted On:  August 3, 2023

Closing On:  September 6, 2023

Location:  Burlington, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $120,000 – $160,000

Website:  https://kciphilanthropy.com/kci-talent/

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The successful candidate will foster a culture of collaboration and integration ensuring alignment of strategy and direction across the organization leading a highly capable and competent team of subject experts in food logistics, operations, programs, and fundraising. A strong communicator, the Executive Director will share and respond to relevant information, feedback, and issues with transparency and proactivity.

As a face of the organization and highly engaged in the community, the Executive Director will build and cultivate effective partnerships with regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the public. The new incumbent will be a network and systems thinker, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the broader context in which Food for Life operates. The Executive Director will anticipate changing stakeholder expectations and needs and develop effective responses to them in order to solidify and expand the role Food for Life plays throughout Halton and Hamilton Regions to achieve its vision for everyone to have access to healthy food.

The Executive Director can anticipate working out of Food for Life’s office/warehouse based in Burlington with occasional remote work as well as offsite meetings.



Food for Life is the largest food rescue organization in Halton and Hamilton.

Food for Life supports the community by supplying healthy, fresh, and frozen food directly to neighbours and to a network of non-profits and partners who offer food support programs. Food for Life is a thought leader in our sector and is built on a unique supply chain model driven by environmental sustainability.

While the type and amount of food that Food for Life redistributes may differ from our beginnings in 1995, our core values and focus remain remarkably unchanged. We continue to proudly be a volunteer-powered, grassroots-driven organization employing 22 full-time staff and utilizing approximately 400 volunteers from the community to mobilize our mission. Food for Life thrives on the spirit of teamwork with an unparalleled network of support from individuals, corporations, and foundations in the Halton region. Through trusted alliances, Food for Life is able to turn every $1 donated into $7 of GOOD food.

Rescue Since its inception in 1995, Food for Life has rescued over 26 million pounds of food by collecting surplus perishable food (fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, and prepared foods) from both retail and wholesale food suppliers and grocery stores.

Distribute Food for Life holds a unique niche among Canadian food relief charities in that we focus on redistributing fresh, nutritious food. Clients tell us that they are often not able to afford fresh food and that having access to this healthy food allows them to focus on obtaining other life essentials as they work towards no longer relying on our services.

Sustainable By diverting over 4.9 million pounds of good food last year, Food for Life was able to reduce the equivalent of 7 million kilograms of greenhouse gases.


Rescuing Food. Impacting Lives.


For everyone to have access to healthy food.

We value those we serve, our key role in improving food security, our generous donors, our culture of partnership and our commitment to continual improvement toward our mission.

Environmental Impact at Food for Life

Rescuing food helps our neighbours. It also helps the environment. According to a recent study from another food rescue agency, about 60% of food produced in Canada is wasted. This is an important reason why Food for Life exists.

From Food for Life’s start in 1995, when Oakville resident George Bagaco would stop at a bakery on his way home from work and deliver surplus baked goods to needy families, environmental stewardship has been a key to the work we do.

Over the last 25 years, Food for Life has rescued over 26 million pounds, saving the equivalent to over 37 million kgs of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.

Food for Life has taken positive steps on top of diverting greenhouse gases. We were the first food security charity in Canada to purchase a hybrid diesel/electric truck for picking up food from farmers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers, then delivering it to programs where neighbours access food.



About Food for Life

Financial Reports & Annual Reports

Board of Directors

2021 – 2023 Strategic Plan

Environmental Impact and Resources

Food for Life Posts & Newsletters

Food for Life Warehouse Tour



Strategic Leadership & Governance

Finance & Risk Management

Human Resources Management

Fundraising & Community Engagement

Food Logistics, Operations, and Facilities Management

Program Management





KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Food for Life. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent by email at FoodforLife@kcitalent.com

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 September 6, 2023.

To view full position brief, please visit www.kcitalent.com

Food for Life is committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment and selection process. If you are invited to attend an interview and require accommodation, please inform KCI in advance of our meeting.

The salary range for this position is $120,000 – $160,000.