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.
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.
Chief Technology Officer
John Oram has over 20 years of experience in the Information and Technology sector with a broad range of international experience in the non-profit, telecommunications, financial, and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining CARE Canada in 2009, John worked at Nortel Networks delivering 4G wireless solutions to companies across the globe. He also owned an IT consulting practice with public and private sector clients in both Canada and the United States.
Mr. Oram has recently led CARE Canada's strategy to migrate its technology to a cloud-based model, with a steadfast focus on cyber security; and, in the role of Chief Technology Officer, John now leads the organization to fulfill its Digital Transformation ambitions.
Vice President of Global Programs (Acting)
Simran Singh is the currently acting Vice-President of Global Programs and is primarily responsible for CARE Canada’s program team. Prior to this position, she’s had a variety of jobs at CARE Canada including, Director of Global Strategy and Gender Equality, CARE Canada’s Senior Gender and Humanitarian Advisor and led CARE Canada’s humanitarian program unit. Previously, she worked for the Canadian and British Government as well as the UN Refugee Agency. She has been deployed to Pakistan, Kenya and Philippines, Ethiopia and Jordan. Originally from Vancouver, Simran has a B.A. in History from Simon Fraser University and a Master's degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
Vice President, Strategy and Public Engagement (Interim)
Jessie Thomson has been working on issues related to international development and humanitarian assistance for more than 15 years. She has a Masters in International Development Studies from the London School of Economics, with a focus on conflict, humanitarian action and forced migration. With a career spanning multiple sectors, including the Canadian public service, the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and now CARE Canada, Jessie brings a unique perspective on the critical operational and policy questions facing international development and humanitarian action. She is a respected thought-leader and partnership builder, with both programming and operational experience. Jessie joined CARE Canada in 2011, focused on Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Response. Now, as Vice-President of Strategic Planning, Jessie is leading the development of CARE Canada’s next strategic plan. Jessie is a passionate feminist and gender equality advocate, bringing this lens to all of her work with CARE.