Meet Our New President and CEO

Scott FortnumThe Board of Directors of Children’s Health Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Fortnum as President and Chief Executive Officer following an extensive national search.

Currently the Executive Director of The Living City Foundation in Toronto, Scott has been a professional fundraiser since 1990 holding executive positions in health care, educational and environmental fundraising.

Scott grew up in London, attending elementary and high school here, and served as Associate Director on the Medical Research Partnership Campaign and the Discover Campaign at Robarts Research Institute in the 90s. He was also the founding Executive Director of the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

The first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota he holds a BA and graduate diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Scott has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation continuously since 1995, and became the 92nd person (7th in Canada) to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation in 2011 joining the ACFRE Certification Board in 2014. Having a strong interest in governance, Scott graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors Non-profit Governance Essentials program in 2010.

Active in the profession, he serves on the international Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), is past-chair of AFP’s International Awards Committee, a member of the Publishing Advisory Committee and the Greater Toronto Chapter Ethics Committee.

He is also a frequent speaker throughout Canada and the United States with AFP, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). As well he has taught fundraising courses in person and online at Canadian and American institutions including Fanshawe College.

Both of Scott’s children have benefited directly from services supported by Children’s Health Foundation and he understands first hand the importance of the foundation’s role in supporting Children’s Hospital at LHSC, Thames Valley Children Centre, and Children’s Health Research Institute. Committed and passionate, we are excited to have Scott lead the staff team as we move forward.

A proud father of Marshall, 18, and Tessa, 16, Scott and his wife Carol are looking forward to becoming part of our community!