Jennifer Gillivan, Social Profit Change Maker


“Innovation is not a product, process or service. Innovation is a state of being and not for the privileged few. Being innovative is a choice to look at things – ordinary things in your life, workspace, team and environment – in a different way. Anyone can be innovative; it takes focus, intention and practice.”

The IWK Health Centre Foundation is the primary fundraising and outreach partner of the IWK Health Centre, which provides critical and specialized care to women, children, youth and families throughout the Maritime Provinces. Since becoming President and CEO in 2012, Jennifer Gillivan has led the IWK Foundation to achieve the highest fundraising revenue in its history – $20 million annually.

Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland Jennifer immigrated to Canada in 1982. Over the years, Jennifer has become an accomplished strategist, a motivational leader, a mentor to hundreds, and a smart executive known nationally for great ideas, and great results. Jennifer is an active community volunteer; she is a Board member for the Greater Halifax Partnership, and the Canadian Children’s Pediatric Hospital Foundations Board. Jennifer was awarded as one of the TOP 50 CEO’s for Atlantic Canada for 2014 & 2015 as well as Leadership and Entrepreneur awards Nationally for RBC and Regionally for BMO.

Jennifer is called on to speak on the topics of innovation, leadership and social profit.

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