As a senior leader in the health, education and the social-service sector, Laurie has over three decades of experience leading fundraising and non-profit organizations.
She was the chief spokesperson in all areas relating to fund development, donor cultivation and stewardship, and government relations/advocacy. She also has extensive experience in board cultivation, development and governance.
Laurie successfully led a variety of organizations to build new financial capital and organizational accomplishment. Most recently, she served as CEO of the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation and member of BC Women’s Senior Executive Committee. In this role she provided leadership in determining the highest priority needs of the hospital and integrating these needs with initiatives to secure private sector, public and government funds.
Prior to Laurie’s six-year tenure with BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, she was the Vice President of Development with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Executive Director of the BCIT Foundation and Alumni Association for over a decade. Laurie provided overall leadership and direction in the creation and management of an integrated fund development program, which included fundraising for special programs, capital campaigns, and endowment funds.
Her dedication to the charitable sector, which included participating in the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) both as a member and director, is reflected in her having received a national Gold Award for Fundraising by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Laurie believes that when women and girls realize their full potential, they contribute to better businesses, industries, communities, and families. That’s why it’s so important to remove obstacles and provide necessary support to those who need it most.