As a senior nonprofit leader with over 20 years of experience in corporate, government and non-profits, Laureen is passionate about understanding the challenges of the sector and taking every opportunity to prepare and lead effectively.
In 2010, Laureen transitioned from the business sector to non-profit, utilizing her business experience to provide outstanding fundraising and organizational leadership in the areas of social services, health and education while serving nonprofits in the Calgary community.
As a seasoned fundraising professional, she excels at building fundraising programs and teams, supporting volunteers and providing philanthropists with opportunities to create impact when investing in the social sector. She has successfully led multiple fundraising campaigns ranging from $10 Million to $25 Million, and has personally closed six, seven and eight figure gifts.
Laureen is an entrepreneur at heart who is committed to outstanding professional service to the organizations, staff, and stakeholders that she serves. She believes that innovation is critical to advance social networks globally. She is excited to explore and test new ways of thinking about philanthropy, charity and social impact.
Laureen is the former Director of Development of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary, leading fundraising for the $250 million Brain and Mental Health strategy, an integral component of the University’s $1.3 Billion Eyes High Campaign. She successfully led the Branch Out Neurological Foundation as CEO through the pandemic and managed development and communications teams in the social services sector. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Fundraising Management from the Humber Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University.