Professional Background

Grant’s background as a volunteer for over four decades, coupled with his legal training and experience as a leader in the not-for-profit sector for over twenty years provides him with a unique perspective to advise charities today.

Fundraising experience  

Grant is a well-known fundraising professional with over twenty years of experience working with conservation, education and health organizations at the provincial, national and international level. Grant’s experience includes working on alumni, annual, capital and endowment campaigns, communications and government relations. Specific expertise in major gift fundraising and gift planning.

Grant’s major accomplishments and experience include:

(a) Gift Planning 

Grant established the gift planning program for the Canadian Cancer Society in British Columbia and headed the gift and estate planning program for the University of British Columbia. In a volunteer capacity, Grant has been the National Education Director of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Chair of the CAGP Greater Vancouver Chapter, faculty member of the CAGP Gift Planning Course as well as a member of the editorial board of Gift Planning in Canada. Grant was named a Friend of CAGP in 2016 for his advancement of strategic charitable giving on a national scale.

Grant with fellow Friend of CAGP recipients Malcolm Burrows, Paul Nazareth and DeWayne Osborn at the 2017 CAGP national conference.

(b) Government relations and funding proposals 

While at Pearson World College, Grant was responsible for government relations and funding proposals to all levels of government in Canada. This work over eight years included developing close relationships with provincial government departments, Premiers’ offices and the Prime Minister’s Office. Grant also supervised the visit of Prime Minister Harper to Pearson College to announce the federal government’s EcoEnergy initiative in 2007.  This work resulted in five and six figure government support for the College.

Grant’s work in government relations work continues on a federal and provincial level for a wide range of clients. Grant recently worked with a health charity in Canada to secure new multi-year funding of $3 Million from government to support Society programs and services.  He is current working on a government proposal for a client totaling $16 million. 

Grant is currently Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Canadian Association of Gifts Planners and speaks on government relations at conferences across Canada.

(c) Legal training 

Grant began his professional legal career with the Toronto Transit Commission. He has been called to the bar in British Columbia and Ontario. He is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and a Life Member of the Estate Planning Council of Greater Vancouver.

Grant’s legal training has assisted him as both a senior fundraiser and volunteer in creating and supporting domestic and foreign-based charitable foundations, overseeing estate administration and gift planning programs on a provincial, national and international scale.

(d) Major gift solicitation and capital campaigns 

In Grant’s fundraising career and current work with clients he personally solicits and works with teams of staff and volunteers to secure six and seven figure gifts from individuals, couples and families and institutional major donors across Canada such as the:

Max Bell Foundation, BMO Financial Group, Arthur J.E. Child Foundation, CIBC, CN, Donner Canadian Foundation, Fednav, Ivey Foundation, Khosrowshahi Foundation, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Methanex, Molson Foundation, Pathy Family Foundation, Power Corporation, RBC Foundation, Scotiabank, TD, Vancouver Foundation and the R. Howard Webster Foundation. 

While at Ducks Unlimited Canada, Grant was the staff lead on a feasibility study for a comprehensive campaign with a goal of $500 million for Canada as part of a $2 Billion continental campaign and at the Canadian Cancer Society established its first capital campaign in British Columbia.

Grant is currently working on a $7 million endowment campaign for a client and assisting to enhance funding for a University research Chair. 

(d) Management of staff teams 

For twenty years, Grant managed teams of staff at local, provincial and national levels in the areas of alumni relations, annual fundraising campaigns, communications and marketing, direct response, donor stewardship, gift planning, major gift solicitation and prospect research.

(e) Senior Management/Strategic Planning 

Grant has been a member of senior management teams with major national and international organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Pearson United World College and the University of British Columbia. This work has included development of organizational business and strategic plans as well as utilization of the “on-site process” created by the United Way to develop future fundraising strategies.

(f) Support for grassroots and leadership volunteers 

Grant started at the Canadian Cancer Society in 1995 supporting local grass roots volunteers across British Columbia in over 50 local and regional offices. This support included workshops to encourage volunteer prospect identification, gift solicitation and donor stewardship. This work continued through Grant’s tenure as National Director Development at Ducks Unlimited Canada which has close to 140,000 grass-roots volunteers across the country.

At the University of British Columbia and Pearson World College his work concentrated on supporting leadership board members in major and planned gift solicitation. Grant also concentrated on establishing and supporting foundations for volunteer fundraising and alumni relations in Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.

(g) Volunteer work

Grant has been involved as a volunteer with not-for-profit organizations since he was a young boy. He became a board member for a national professional organization when he was a teenager and in his early 30’s served as Chair for a large not-for-profit health care provider.  His volunteer work continues to the present day including work as a Knowledge Philanthropist for Vantage Point in Vancouver.

For more information on Grant’s professional background, volunteer work and personal endorsements, check out his LinkedIn profile at

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