New Board Member Spotlight: Cathy Daminato
The BCCDC Foundation is indebted to its dedicated Board of Directors. This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a new board member, Cathy Daminato, who joined the Board in March 2017.
Cathy Daminato is recognized as an innovative, energetic and strategic executive with the ability to motivate and inspire extraordinary commitment and support in aid of health and education initiatives in Greater Vancouver. Over the past 28 years, Cathy has held leadership roles at Douglas College, BCIT, the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and Simon Fraser University.
In 2003, she became the first Vice-President of Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Simon Fraser University, tripling the fundraising activity, building endowments and raising significant funds for key capital projects. Most recently under Cathy’s leadership SFU launched and successfully completed its largest fundraising effort to date, the $250 million Power of Engagement 50th Anniversary Campaign, raising $275 million.
Cathy’s leadership ability, authenticity, strategic thinking, marketing acumen and communication skills have been critical to her success. As a volunteer she led the creation of a new fundraising management certificate program at BCIT, and served on various boards and committees of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Chapter. She has also been a board member of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, the SFU University Trust, President of the SFU Foundation and Friends of SFU Foundation, and a member of BC Pets and Friends.
Cathy was awarded the AFP’s Giving Hearts Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2014 and was a finalist for a Woman of Distinction Award in the Non-profit and Public Service category in 2007.
Cathy holds a BSc (Life Sciences with Honours) from Queen’s University, and MBA from the University of British Columbia and an ICD D designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto, ON.