President & CEO
On January 6, 2020, Scarborough Health Network Foundation welcomed Alicia Vandermeer as our new President & CEO. After spending 19 years in senior roles at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and previously working in fundraising in the health care and social services sectors, Alicia is excited to join SHN Foundation to lead our fundraising and donor relations efforts.
Prior to AGO, Alicia held various positions at a national fundraising consulting firm, the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation, and the York-Finch Hospital Foundation. “SHN serves a population of close to 1 million people, putting the need for donor support into sharp focus,” says Paul Torrie, Co-Chair, Board of Directors, SHN Foundation. “Alicia is passionate about bringing her skills in fundraising, branding, marketing and data analytics to lead our Foundation in supporting a healthier Scarborough community.”
Alicia has an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration with a Major in Marketing & Entrepreneurial Studies from York University, and is a graduate from Claremont Graduate University’s Museum Executive Development Program.
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Executive Vice President, Philanthropy
Michele Varela is a senior development professional with over eighteen years of experience in fundraising and resource development. Her well-rounded background includes non-profit management, capital campaigns, financial management, planned giving, stewardship and annual fund programs.
Michele started her career with the United Way of Greater Toronto before arriving at The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. She also worked at other health care organizations such as The Canadian Diabetes Association, West Park Healthcare Centre and Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.
Michele has an excellent track record of recruiting, training and managing all levels of volunteers and has been involved in the planning and execution of six capital/major campaigns ranging from $2 million to $60 million.
Michele has provided strong and effective leadership and mentoring to staff and worked with key non-profit organization stakeholders, board members, senior staff and physicians to develop and build strong relationships that support the achievements of an organization’s mission and goals.
As a professional fundraiser, Michele’s key accountabilities have been to lead in the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans, policies and programs. She understands and embraces the concept of accountability to deliver results.
As a forward thinking business professional, she ensures timely and accurate reporting and risk management oversight. As a campaign leader, she ambitiously achieves her goals by working closely with campaign volunteers.
Michele lives in Newmarket with her husband, son Nicholas and daughter Alexis. She spends her home time as a hockey, baseball, swimming, basketball and volleyball Mom. She also enjoys running and is an ambitious golfer.
Vice President, Community Development
Ryan Baillie joined SHN Foundation in November 2020, bringing with him a wealth of experience in health care fundraising, donor and board relations and fundraising events.
Previously, Ryan was Executive Director of Hockey Helps the Homeless, where he led a staff team of eight, and worked with a board of directors and steering committees across Canada to implement 14 charity hockey tournaments. Ryan led and executed the organization’s national fundraising strategy, raising over $5 million annually through corporate sponsorships, peer-to-peer fundraising, auctions, draws and mega raffles. Under Ryan’s leadership, the organization achieved significant revenue growth, expanded to new markets, and made significant grants to charities serving homeless people across Canada.
Prior to his role with SHN Foundation, Ryan was Manager of the youth initiative of the Relay for Life at the Canadian Cancer Society. Ryan has gained significant hospital fundraising experience at SickKids Foundation where he was Associate Director, Events, and at Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation where he was Marketing & Business Development Assistant. At SickKids Foundation, Ryan managed a significant portfolio of family, community and corporate events raising $8 million annually, and led a cross-functional team to develop a new grateful patient program.
Ryan lives in Stouffville with his wife and two sons.
Associate Vice President, Finance & Operations
Cameron Rogers is the Associate Vice President, Finance & Operations at Scarborough Health Network Foundation. He has oversight of financial affairs, gift processing, information management, grant management, human resources, and administrative functions.
Prior to joining SHN Foundation, Cameron spent eleven years in senior finance roles at York University. His last role at York University was Director of Budgets & Planning, a role in which he was responsible for developing and reporting against an operating budget exceeding $1 billion. In this role, Cameron was awarded The President’s Leadership Award which annually recognizes one individual who is committed to excellence and who performs at a level that inspires professionalism, creativity and innovation among peers.
Cameron is a designated CPA CA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.