About

If you or a loved one has come through our doors, you know why a third of British Columbians rely on Royal Columbian Hospital for critical care.

We are the only hospital in BC with trauma, cardiac, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care on one site. We are also one of Fraser Health’s three primary COVID-19 sites. We look after some of our province’s most seriously ill and injured patients. In addition, we are a teaching hospital and a UBC Clinical Academic Campus.

We do it with the support of donors like you.

Building on a strong tradition of caring and community support, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) was established in 1978 to raise funds for the hospital’s first CT Scanner. Since then, the mission of RCHF has been to raise money to help the hospital save lives, restore health and provide comfort to seriously injured and ill patients of all ages.

Today, RCHF is an independent charitable organization that raises millions of dollars each year to fund major projects, priority equipment needs, facility enhancements, research, education and innovation at RCH.

Thousands of individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations in surrounding communities and across the region provide generous support to help RCHF achieve its vision — to inspire giving and grow funding so patients have access to the best in health care at Royal Columbian Hospital.

Charitable Registration Number: 11912 8866 RR0001

Legal name: Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation

The 2021-2022 Foundation Board

Our board is made up of a committed team of volunteers, who help build public support for Royal Columbian Hospital.

Cameron Belsher, Chair

Cam Belsher is a senior partner and national head of mergers and acquisitions at McCarthy Tetrault LLP. A resident of New Westminster for close to 30 years, both of Cam’s children were born at Royal Columbian Hospital.

Norm Taylor, Vice-Chair

Norm Taylor is Vice President & Managing Director, Real Estate Finance, BC Region at CMLS Financial. Born and raised in Toronto, Norm moved to attend the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a BA in 1995, after which he began to work in real estate. Norm lives in North Vancouver with his wife, and together they have three children and a dog.

Catherine Ruby, Treasurer

Catherine Ruby is a CPA, CA and the CFO of Collingwood School Society and Foundation where she is responsible for Finance, HR, IT, Facilities and Risk. Catherine brings experience providing strategic business advice and ensuring long-term financial sustainability as CFO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, CFO of the Rick Hansen Institute, and Audit Manager at KPMG LLP, where her clients included not-for-profit organizations, health authorities and large private companies. Catherine also sits on the Finance Committee of BC SPCA.

Jennifer Podmore Russell, Secretary

Jennifer Podmore Russell is the Senior Vice President at rennie. Having built a career and reputation on her ability to develop real estate strategies tailored to both the client, circumstance and desired outcome, Jennifer is a sought after advisor to the real estate industry. Jennifer oversees Operations for rennie to ensure the smooth delivery of services by its 135 advisors and 70 team members that comprise the head office support.

Jeff Norris, Foundation President and CEO

Jeff Norris is President and CEO of Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. His career in non-profit organizations spans two decades and includes experience in health care and post-secondary sectors. In 2013, Jeff was recognized by Business in Vancouver with a “Forty Under 40” Award. He is the recipient of the 2014 Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Hema Bhatt

Hema Bhatt is the co-founder and Vice President of Natu’oil Services Inc. She has been with the company since its inception in 2003. Hema has two daughters and both are employees of Natu’oil Services Inc. Hema hopes to inspire young women to take on leadership roles and succeed in business.

Dr. Sukh Brar

Dr. Sukh Brar is an Anesthesiologist and Cardiac Intensive Care Physician at Royal Columbian Hospital, as well as Past-President of the BC Anesthesiologists’ Society. Dr. Brar can be found in the operating room during complex surgical procedures or on the floor of the Cardiac Services Intensive Care Unit to ensure patients get healthier before they can return home to their loved ones. Dr. Brar has helped lead efforts to better manage the supply of blood for critical transfusions as Chair of the hospital’s Blood Conservation Working Group, and he has been the local lead on a Canada-wide trial aiming to revolutionize the management of bleeding in cardiac surgery patients.

John M. Clinton, ICD.D

John Clinton is a senior communications executive. He has worked in leadership roles in advertising, publishing and public relations. John is also an accomplished sculptor whose work can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Tom Corsie

Tom Corsie is the Vice President of Real Estate at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and is responsible for all matters pertaining to real estate management, engineering, asset maintenance and Canada Place. Tom attended school in his native New Westminster, followed by Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. He has been awarded the designation of Professional Port Manager by the American Association of Port Authorities.

Farid Rohani

Farid Rohani is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution. During his tenure, he established the Ethics and Human Rights lecture, expanded the M.K. Wong Lecture Series (CBC Radio). He also established Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series at Vancouver Island University.
He has served on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (E-Division) Diversity Advisory Committee, and on the Steering Committee of the Vancouver Dialogues Project. He has been honored with the British Columbia Multicultural Award (2011), the British Columbia Regiment Commanding Officer’s Commendation (2014), and has been recognized as a Georgia Straight Cultural Navigator (2013).
Farid publishes widely on immigration, diversity and ethics. He also manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.

Dr. William Siu, MD, FRCPC

Dr. William Siu is a radiologist with a subspecialty in neuro and interventional radiology. After completing medical school at University of British Columbia in 1994, he spent a year at Royal Columbian Hospital as an intern and was impressed by the collegial and “can do” atmosphere at RCH. After completing his radiology residency and fellowship subspecialty training at UBC, he was fortunate to return to RCH in 2000 as a staff radiologist.

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor is Chief Financial Officer, British Pacific Properties Limited. Emily is committed to providing strong, strategic leadership and creating long lasting relationships with partners and stakeholders. She earned her ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors in February 2018.

Rana Vig

Rana Vig is an entrepreneur who has 30 years of business experience, during which time he has helped to launch five business ventures in private industry. In 2010, Rana became involved in publicly traded companies – first as the Executive Vice President at RTN Stealth Software Inc., then as president of Musgrove Minerals Corp, and in 2013, as Chairman and CEO of TSX listed Continental Precious Minerals. He is currently President & CEO, Blue Lagoon Resources. Rana is a former chair of British Columbia’s Open Learning Agency, and continues to serve on public company boards and committees.

Fred Withers

In 2014, Fred retired as a Partner and Chief Development Officer for Ernst & Young LLP (Canada). An auditor by training, Fred was the Managing Partner for British Columbia from 2001 to 2011 and the Managing Partner for Western Canada from 2005 to 2011. He is currently a Director of Avigilon Corp., a TSX listed company. Fred is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Current Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in a career with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. See below for current opportunities.

Current Opportunities

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
ABOUT ROYAL COLUMBIAN HOSPITAL

Royal Columbian provides the highest level of care to the most critically ill and injured from throughout the region and province. We are a provincial referral centre for cardiac care, trauma, neurosciences, high-risk maternity, neonatal intensive care, and mental health. No other hospital in the province provides all of these services, at this level of care, on one site.

Right now, Royal Columbian is undergoing a $1.49 billion multi-year, multi-phase redevelopment. This is one of the largest government-funded health care redevelopments in BC’s history. The first phase of our redevelopment, a new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre, opened to patients in the summer of 2020. The second phase, a new Acute Care Tower, is scheduled to open in 2025.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Executive Assistant (EA) provides confidential administrative assistance and support to the President & CEO, Board of Directors, and other Foundation executives as required. The EA conducts business in a professional manner to both internal and external constituencies and contributes to the efficient running of the Foundation’s administrative services.
 

KEY AREAS OF INVOLVEMENT:


Foundation Executive Support:
·       Provide superior, confidential, executive services for the President.·       Maintain appointment calendars for the President and arrange meetings, travel, and other appointments for both on and off-site meetings.

·       Conduct research and prepare reports and recommendations for special projects.

·       Prepare accurate, professional letters, emails, reports and other written communications for a variety of audiences.

·       Manage monthly purchase and reimbursement reports for the President.

·       Provide administrative support to other Foundation executives as needed.

Foundation Board support: 

·       Provide administrative and organizational support for all Board of Directors meetings, including scheduling and arrangements for all Board and committee meetings.

·       Prepare board correspondence, documentations, and minutes.

·       Liaise with Board members as appropriate, prepare Board manuals, orientation packages and materials for new Board members.

·       Prepare all related materials for Annual General and other special meetings of the Board.

·       Assist with the organization of Board and staff planning sessions.

Foundation Operational Support:

·       Purchase office supplies and monitor inventory.

·       Conduct general maintenance of the office including planning and implementing office systems, layout and assisting with equipment procurement.

·       Manage the administration of major equipment disbursement processes.

·       Serve as an “ambassador” for the Foundation and the President in building sustaining relationships with donors, volunteers, executives of various organizations, Fraser Health, and others.

·       Provide cross coverage for administrative support such as Front Desk coverage during lunch breaks, vacations and other absences.

·       Perform other duties as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Three (3) years’ experience supporting senior level executives and volunteers. Grade 12 (university degree preferred) supplemented with relevant administrative courses and three (3) to five (5) years’ recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Experience in a not-for-profit, fundraising environment would be an asset.
 

COMPETENCIES:

  • Actively seek opportunities and challenges for personal learning, character building and growth.
  • Model qualities such as honesty, integrity, resilience, and confidence.
  • Support and challenges others to achieve professional and personal goals.
  • Create an engaging environment and encourages an open exchange of information.
  • Listen well and encourages open exchange of information and ideas.
  • Facilitate an environment of collaboration and cooperation to achieve results.
  • Integrate organizational mission, values and reliable, valid evidence to make decisions.
  • Demonstrate business acumen by efficiently and effectively identifying and managing human, financial and information resources.
  • Measure and evaluate outcomes – hold self and others accountable for results achieved against benchmarks and corrects course as appropriate.
  • Create connections, trust and shared meaning with individuals and groups.
  • Think analytically and conceptually – question and challenge the status quo to identify issues, solve problems and design and implement effective processes across systems and stakeholders.
  • Scan the environment for ideas, best practices and emerging trends.
  • Create a climate of continuous improvement and creativity.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES:

  • Exceptional people and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with competing priorities.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to exercise initiative, prioritize, work to deadlines, and maintain a positive attitude at all times.
  • Ability to work independently with the flexibility to take on a wide variety of assigned duties and projects.
  • Tact, diplomacy and maturity in dealing with donors, volunteers, hospital staff, and the public.
  • Team player, able to thrive in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other related computer skills with a minimum keyboarding speed of 50 words per minute.
  • Additional experience using fundraising database systems (specifically Raiser’s Edge) is an asset.

Benefits

  • Generous vacation policy where all team members start at 20 vacation days per year (prorated for the first year).
  • Comprehensive Benefits including:
    • Pension Plan
    • Dental, Vision, Extended Health Benefits
    • Health Spending Account that can be used to subsidize dental, vision, or prescription drugs.
    • Wellness Spending Account to use on gym memberships, fitness classes, etc.
    • And more…
  • Professional Development Program for workshops, professional courses, and professional designations.

RCHF is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring on the basis of merit. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

RCHF celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment. Through a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experience, we are better able to serve our community. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

TO APPLY

Please email your cover letter and resume

To: margaret.tam@fraserhealth.ca by September 7, 2021.