President and CEO
Barbara Grantham has 30 years’ experience as a successful senior executive and consultant in the philanthropic, non-profit and public sectors, across BC and nationally. She is recognized as a charismatic and engaging leader with proven experience in building long-term partnerships with government, and with business and community leaders striving to leave a legacy and have a positive impact on their communities. She has held executive positions with some of Canada’s foremost non-profit organizations, including the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the StreetoHome Foundation. She also established and ran her own highly successful consulting practice.
Barbara served as President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation—one of Canada’s top five revenue-producing health care foundations—from 2013 to 2019. Through her years as CEO, Barbara oversaw a revenue increase of 84% to current annual revenue of approximately $100 million. She and the Foundation team successfully repositioned the organization as BC’s philanthropic hub for funding health care innovation and research, inner city/urban health, specialized surgery, oncology, heart and lung disease, mental health/addictions and other elements of Canada’s largest and most complex academic health authority—Vancouver Coastal Health.
Active as a community leader, Barbara serves on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the largest ‘on the ground’ social service organization in BC, and on the Board of jack.org, a national organization working to revolutionize the conversation for Canada’s young people around mental health. She also serves as a volunteer with the national Loran Scholars program.
Barbara thrives in opportunities that stimulate Canadian dialogue on important public policy issues, with organizations and teams that share an innovative and ambitious vision, are committed to excellence in strategy and execution, welcome new ideas and change, and where philanthropy is an important element in success.
Barbara has been repeatedly recognized by both the business and philanthropic communities. In 2016, she was named one of Women’s Executive Network‘s annual Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Most recently, she received the 2019 AFP Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising Award in recognition of her decades of philanthropic leadership. She holds a BA degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Carleton University.
Vice President, Public Engagement
Alison Evans is a strategic communications, marketing, fund and program development, and public affairs executive with more than 25 years of progressive experience spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining CARE Canada, she held a number of leadership positions within Canada’s high tech, postsecondary education, tourism, agriculture, healthcare sectors. She is expert in creating synergy between an organization – its vision and ambition – and the stakeholders, donors, customers, funders and partners who are essential to its success.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Finance
Ed Grasmeyer is a CPA with more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector with extensive expertise in budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting and strategic planning. He joined CARE in 2015 after serving fifteen years in a senior finance role with the Conference Board of Canada, one of Canada’s most respected independent research organizations. Ed leads the Corporate Services Department which provides support for CARE Canada and the CARE country offices operations and provides strategic support and direction to the organization.
Vice President, Strategy, People, and Systems
Nicole has spent her 25-year career working in change management, operational excellence, and people strategy in some of the world's largest and most respected consulting firms. Her focus has been working with leaders, teams, and individuals as a facilitator and strategic advisor in leadership, culture, and systems to help increase alignment, improve performance, and gain clarity of purpose through a meaningful, measurable plan.
Nicole is also Prosci Certified, a Certified Change Management Professional, a Facilitator in IAF (International Association of Facilitators) methods and tools, and an MBA instructor specializing in leadership and communications.