Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 04, 2010 10:25 ET

Appointment to the Canadian Museum of Nature Board of Trustees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Nicholas Offord as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Museum of Nature Board of Trustees.

"I am pleased to welcome Mr. Offord to the Canadian Museum of Nature," said Minister Moore. "His strong leadership and tremendous experience in the fundraising industry will definitely benefit the Museum's Board."

Nicholas Offord is President of The Offord Group, a Toronto-based consulting company specializing in transformational philanthropy, resource building, and development management. Mr. Offord has more than 25 years of experience in providing leadership and direction in community and institutional development with expertise in strategic planning and operational management.

Mr. Offord, who has been involved in the fundraising industry since 1984, has worked with charities, donors, and public-sector partners, which resulted in improving performance, revenue generation, and re-invigoration of organizations for clients such as the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Gardiner Museum, and Médecins Sans Frontières.

From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Offord was Executive Director of Development at McGill University, where he led the design and implementation of a major giving program across McGill's 12 faculties and institutes. In 1994, his model for decentralized major gifts fundraising received the Gold Medal for Best Development Program in Canada from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

From 1995 to 2004, he was Vice-President of Mount Sinai Hospital and President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. As Vice-President, he oversaw 3,500 employees and an annual budget of $250 million. As President of the Foundation, he was responsible for Mount Sinai's The Best Medicine capital campaign, which raised more than $220 million. In 2002 and 2003, he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and provided advice on health-care reform policies.

Mr. Offord is a well-known speaker across Canada on fundraising and community development. In 2000, he was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40," and, in 1999, he was named Executive of the Year, by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (Toronto Chapter), now the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is currently a Director of Altruwest and a member of the President's Advisory Board of the Canadian Red Cross – Ontario Division.

Nicholas Offord received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Leadership for the 21st Century from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. Its role is to increase interest in, knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for our natural environment, throughout Canada and internationally.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications