If you or a loved one has come through our doors, you know why a third of British Columbians rely on Royal Columbian Hospital for critical care.
We are the only hospital in BC with trauma, cardiac, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care on one site. We are also one of Fraser Health’s three primary COVID-19 sites. We look after some of our province’s most seriously ill and injured patients. In addition, we are a teaching hospital and a UBC Clinical Academic Campus.
We do it with the support of donors like you.
Building on a strong tradition of caring and community support, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) was established in 1978 to raise funds for the hospital’s first CT Scanner. Since then, the mission of RCHF has been to raise money to help the hospital save lives, restore health and provide comfort to seriously injured and ill patients of all ages.
Today, RCHF is an independent charitable organization that raises millions of dollars each year to fund major projects, priority equipment needs, facility enhancements, research, education and innovation at RCH.
Thousands of individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations in surrounding communities and across the region provide generous support to help RCHF achieve its vision — to inspire giving and grow funding so patients have access to the best in health care at Royal Columbian Hospital.
Charitable Registration Number: 11912 8866 RR0001
Legal name: Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation
The 2021-2022 Foundation Board
Our board is made up of a committed team of volunteers, who help build public support for Royal Columbian Hospital.
- Cameron Belsher, Chair
Cam Belsher is a senior partner and national head of mergers and acquisitions at McCarthy Tetrault LLP. A resident of New Westminster for close to 30 years, both of Cam’s children were born at Royal Columbian Hospital.
- Norm Taylor, Vice-Chair
Norm Taylor is Vice President & Managing Director, Real Estate Finance, BC Region at CMLS Financial. Born and raised in Toronto, Norm moved to attend the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a BA in 1995, after which he began to work in real estate. Norm lives in North Vancouver with his wife, and together they have three children and a dog.
- Catherine Ruby, Treasurer
Catherine Ruby is a CPA, CA and the CFO of Collingwood School Society and Foundation where she is responsible for Finance, HR, IT, Facilities and Risk. Catherine brings experience providing strategic business advice and ensuring long-term financial sustainability as CFO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, CFO of the Rick Hansen Institute, and Audit Manager at KPMG LLP, where her clients included not-for-profit organizations, health authorities and large private companies. Catherine also sits on the Finance Committee of BC SPCA.
- Jennifer Podmore Russell, Secretary
Jennifer Podmore Russell is the Senior Vice President at rennie. Having built a career and reputation on her ability to develop real estate strategies tailored to both the client, circumstance and desired outcome, Jennifer is a sought after advisor to the real estate industry. Jennifer oversees Operations for rennie to ensure the smooth delivery of services by its 135 advisors and 70 team members that comprise the head office support.
- Jeff Norris, Foundation President and CEO
Jeff Norris is President and CEO of Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. His career in non-profit organizations spans two decades and includes experience in health care and post-secondary sectors. In 2013, Jeff was recognized by Business in Vancouver with a “Forty Under 40” Award. He is the recipient of the 2014 Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- Hema Bhatt
Hema Bhatt is the co-founder and Vice President of Natu’oil Services Inc. She has been with the company since its inception in 2003. Hema has two daughters and both are employees of Natu’oil Services Inc. Hema hopes to inspire young women to take on leadership roles and succeed in business.
- Dr. Sukh Brar
Dr. Sukh Brar is an Anesthesiologist and Cardiac Intensive Care Physician at Royal Columbian Hospital, as well as Past-President of the BC Anesthesiologists’ Society. Dr. Brar can be found in the operating room during complex surgical procedures or on the floor of the Cardiac Services Intensive Care Unit to ensure patients get healthier before they can return home to their loved ones. Dr. Brar has helped lead efforts to better manage the supply of blood for critical transfusions as Chair of the hospital’s Blood Conservation Working Group, and he has been the local lead on a Canada-wide trial aiming to revolutionize the management of bleeding in cardiac surgery patients.
- John M. Clinton, ICD.D
John Clinton is a senior communications executive. He has worked in leadership roles in advertising, publishing and public relations. John is also an accomplished sculptor whose work can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
- Tom Corsie
Tom Corsie is the Vice President of Real Estate at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and is responsible for all matters pertaining to real estate management, engineering, asset maintenance and Canada Place. Tom attended school in his native New Westminster, followed by Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. He has been awarded the designation of Professional Port Manager by the American Association of Port Authorities.
- Farid Rohani
Farid Rohani is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution. During his tenure, he established the Ethics and Human Rights lecture, expanded the M.K. Wong Lecture Series (CBC Radio). He also established Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series at Vancouver Island University.
He has served on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (E-Division) Diversity Advisory Committee, and on the Steering Committee of the Vancouver Dialogues Project. He has been honored with the British Columbia Multicultural Award (2011), the British Columbia Regiment Commanding Officer’s Commendation (2014), and has been recognized as a Georgia Straight Cultural Navigator (2013).
Farid publishes widely on immigration, diversity and ethics. He also manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.
- Dr. William Siu, MD, FRCPC
Dr. William Siu is a radiologist with a subspecialty in neuro and interventional radiology. After completing medical school at University of British Columbia in 1994, he spent a year at Royal Columbian Hospital as an intern and was impressed by the collegial and “can do” atmosphere at RCH. After completing his radiology residency and fellowship subspecialty training at UBC, he was fortunate to return to RCH in 2000 as a staff radiologist.
- Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor is Chief Financial Officer, British Pacific Properties Limited. Emily is committed to providing strong, strategic leadership and creating long lasting relationships with partners and stakeholders. She earned her ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors in February 2018.
- Rana Vig
Rana Vig is an entrepreneur who has 30 years of business experience, during which time he has helped to launch five business ventures in private industry. In 2010, Rana became involved in publicly traded companies – first as the Executive Vice President at RTN Stealth Software Inc., then as president of Musgrove Minerals Corp, and in 2013, as Chairman and CEO of TSX listed Continental Precious Minerals. He is currently President & CEO, Blue Lagoon Resources. Rana is a former chair of British Columbia’s Open Learning Agency, and continues to serve on public company boards and committees.
- Fred Withers
In 2014, Fred retired as a Partner and Chief Development Officer for Ernst & Young LLP (Canada). An auditor by training, Fred was the Managing Partner for British Columbia from 2001 to 2011 and the Managing Partner for Western Canada from 2005 to 2011. He is currently a Director of Avigilon Corp., a TSX listed company. Fred is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Thank you for your interest
You will find details below about current opportunities to join Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation’s team, including how to submit your application.
- Manager, Annual Giving
Director, Public Affairs
Joining a team of seasoned, passionate fundraisers supporting one of BC’s leading critical care hospitals, the Manager, Annual Giving will play a leadership role in the development and execution of the expanding Direct Response and Community Events programs at Royal Columbian Hospital. This role will continue to build on the success of recent growth in digital acquisition and develop a new version of events.
The Manager, Annual Giving is a key member of the Engagement team. This role is responsible for planning and implementing strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and sponsors to support the mission of Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF). This role will develop and execute direct mail and email solicitation strategies, manage the Partners in Care monthly giving program, and lead third party and special events. The Manager, Annual Giving will focus on strategically expanding the organization’s annual giving program with a goal of significantly increasing the base of annual gifts.
ABOUT ROYAL COLUMBIAN HOSPITAL
Royal Columbian provides the highest level of care to the most critically ill and injured from throughout the region and province. We are a provincial referral centre for cardiac care, trauma, neurosciences, high-risk maternity, neonatal intensive care, and mental health. No other hospital in the province provides all of these services, at this level of care, on one site.
Right now, Royal Columbian is undergoing a $1.49 billion multi-year, multi-phase redevelopment. This is one of the largest government-funded health care redevelopments in BC’s history.
Whether it’s a heart attack, car accident, tumor removal or a stroke, Royal Columbian Hospital is known for providing the highest level of care during life or death medical moments. Often, patients and their families wish to express gratitude and honour the care received with a gift to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.
The Manager, Annual Giving will leverage compelling stories of the hospital with the mass mailings, working closely with other members of the Engagement Team.
In addition, the Manager, Annual Giving will be responsible for developing and executing plans to grow the Events portfolio. Still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, your role will advise the organization on what our new future in this area can resemble.
KEY AREAS OF INVOLVEMENT
Working collaboratively with all RCHF fundraising teams, the Manager, Annual Giving will:
- Have responsibility for strategy and execution of Direct Response Appeals (paper based and digital), including stewardship and recognition activities
- Design, manage and execute a comprehensive Direct Response program (direct mail and online giving strategies) and regularly review program results for refinement and ROI.
- Develop and execute strategies for new donor acquisition and growth, with a focus on digital options and utilizing multi-pronged approach to appeals
- Build and maintain positive relationships with individual donors, volunteers, alumni, and community stakeholders
- Further develop and implement Partners in Care monthly giving program to establish a pipeline of annual giving donors
- Collaborate with other departments and staff to establish benchmarks and regular reporting processes to measure results of all annual fund activities.
- Work closely with other members of Engagement Team to develop and manage consistent messaging to donors and prospects
- Assist in the creation of external content and collateral, including but not limited to appeals, newsletters, social media, website, and invitations
- Lead, plan and execute third party and special events in support of RCHF
- Solicit and manage all vendors related to special events, and manage and negotiate contracts with input from the Vice President, Engagement
- Build reputation of RCHF as a leader in event execution
University degree with five (5) years minimum experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience in fundraising (or similar field). Specific knowledge relating to digital marketing is a must, as is experience in a health care environment and experience with event management. Experience with MS Office applications including Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook and working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge required. Valid BC driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle is also required.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- An understanding of and appreciation for the donor-centered approach to fundraising.
- Proven ability to multi-task in a busy environment, to work well under pressure, and to prioritize tasks appropriately while meeting time-sensitive demands
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
- Proficient computer skills and working knowledge of appropriate software applications such as Raiser’s Edge; ability to generate reports and queries.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
- Demonstrated successful track record in fundraising from individuals with outstanding relationship management skills
- A disciplined self starter with the ability to set objectives, activate plans and manage performance in a fast-paced environment
- Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as required
- Generous vacation policy where all team members start at four weeks vacation per year.
- Extended Health Benefits including a Health Spending Account that can be used to subsidize dental, vision, or prescription drugs, and a Wellness Spending Account for you to use on gym memberships, fitness classes, and more.
- Our Professional Development Program for you to use on workshops, professional courses or professional designations.
RCHF is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring on the basis of merit. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
RCHF celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment. Through a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experience, we are better able to serve our community. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume via email to: