Burnaby Hospital Foundation announces new CEO

Kristy James

Burnaby Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Kristy James as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 31, 2017. As a seasoned not-for-profit leader, Kristy has a well-established track record of success in the in the lower mainland with strengths in fund development, donor relations and executive leadership.

Kristy began her career in the not-for-profit sector at Lions Gate Hospital Foundation where she progressed to Director of Donor Relations over a course of nine years. Her success led to a role as Executive Director with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and most recently, Chief Executive Officer with Variety – the Children’s Charity in Burnaby. Now with Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Kristy’s goal is to make Burnaby Hospital and Burnaby Community Health Services stronger through community relationships and stewardship with donors, volunteers and staff in order to secure major financial commitment for the patients and families of Burnaby Hospital. “My career and reputation have been built on my ability to build relationships with all stakeholders– donors, colleagues, and mentors,” she says. “I fully intend to leverage my skills to increase our reach with a new donor base to help us to achieve our goals.”

As the Foundation embarks on an exciting new phase, including a noteworthy capital campaign, “we are confident that Kristy’s background, as well as her energy and passion for the healthcare industry, will support the continued growth and success of our organization,” says Doug Walden, Chair of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Kristy holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and a Non-Profit Management Associate Certificate from BCIT. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) where she has taught the Fundamentals in Fundraising course. She spent three years on the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce board as Secretary and Second Vice President. Kristy also served two years as PAC Chair for her kids’ elementary school. In her spare time she likes to volunteer at local events in her community as well as spend time with her two kids.