Successful fundraising professionals understand that they are only as strong as their relationships and their networks. The development position is linked to an entire organization that is driven by strategy (whether or not it is written down), execution (whether or not it is is effective) and culture (positive and negative). It is critical for skilled fundraisers to understand how their goals fit within the complex environment within which they operate and learn to influence and communicate the cause and effect dynamics that determine the impact, relevance and sustainability of a charitable organization. Drawing from 39 years of experience with the YMCA in Canada including 23 years in the CEO role and the past year as President & CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation, Scott will help participants learn how to think comprehensively about organizational strategy and to communicate complex strategic plans in simple and concise terms. Scott will make reference to several sources that he has found particularly useful over the years including books on governance (Governance as Leadership), strategy (The Balanced Scorecard), and leadership (Leadership on the Line).

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will learn how to understand and communicate complex organizational strategy in a simple, concise manner
  2. Participants will be able to position the development role within the broader organization
  3. Participants will learn how key principles related to governance, strategy and leadership can be applied to the start-up/scale-up phase of a Foundation in support of an established organization (i.e. Rideau Hall Foundation in its role in support of the Governor General of Canada)
  4. Participants will leave with practical tools that they can apply to their real world situations; this session will make your professional life easier!

Scott Haldane

President & CEO

Rideau Hall Foundation

Scott Haldane is President & CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation. The Foundation was created by His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to enhance and amplify the impact of the Governor General and the Office of the Governor General and to bring ideas, people and resources together towards the vision of a smart and caring nation. Scott became the first CEO of the Foundation on January 1, 2016. Prior to joining the Rideau Hall Foundation, Scott spent 39 years in a variety of senior leadership positions with the Canadian YMCA. He started as a lifeguard and swimming instructor with the West Island branch of the YMCA of Montreal and eventually became Executive Director. After spending three years with YMCA Canada as National Director of Employment Initiatives, Scott moved to the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington in 1993 as President & CEO. 10 years later, Scott became President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the largest YMCA in the world. In 2010, he returned to the national office as President & CEO of YMCA Canada where he retired from his YMCA career in 2015. Scott has been engaged in a wide range of task forces, committees and Boards within the charitable and non-profit sector as well as initiatives with the public and private sectors. Notably, he chaired the National Panel on First Nation Education for Elementary and Secondary Students Living on Reserve in 2011 – 2012. Scott is a founding adult ally of the 4Rs Youth Movement that brings indigenous and non-indigenous young people together. A great believer in lifelong education, Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University (Sociology), a Master of Management degree from McGill University, is an Advanced Management Program graduate from Harvard Business School and is a Certified Corporate Director with McMaster University’s Director’s College. Scott has been married to Linda Haldane for 41 years and has two adult children, Melanie Vaughan and Trevor Haldane. An avid athlete, Scott has completed 20 lifetime marathons and over 250 road races and triathlons.