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Vp, Information Technology & Business Intelligence
Date Posted
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Toronto, ON
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VP, Information Technology & Business Intelligence (The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation)


Do you want to conquer cancer in our lifetime?

Are you passionate about technology and data, and about the opportunity to enable one of Canada’s leading fundraising teams through advanced tools and technologies, to accelerate our impact in the fight against cancer?

We are seeking a mission-motivated, experienced IT leader who can not only lead development of a multi-year technology-and-data roadmap, but has proven systems implementation, business intelligence, and change management capabilities. This is not just about completing systems implementations and technical support, it is about utilizing next-gen technologies and business intelligence to enable and accelerate our fundraising staff, volunteers, and donors. Our ideal candidate understands that while achieving one’s goals is critical, achieving them through strong partnerships, authentic leadership, and integrity leads to greater long-term success.

This role is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize your IT and Business Intelligence expertise to expand the impact and reach of The Princess Margaret across Canada and internationally, in pursuit of our vision (which will be your vision): To Conquer Cancer in Our Lifetime.


The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (The PMCF) is one of the world’s leading cancer charities and ranks first nationally in the field of cancer research. The PMCF is bold, ambitious and relentless in its vision: to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.

The PMCF raises funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world – to deliver future care now. For more than a decade, The PMCF has been on an aggressive growth trajectory. In F2017, they raised $112 million – their best year ever, and they are on track to raise even more in F2019 (year-end is March 31, 2019).

Setting daring and audacious goals is a mindset that is driven by PMCF’s culture and passion to perform. They have pioneered many successful fundraising programs, including their world-leading Princess Margaret Home Lottery, and some of the world’s largest cancer fundraising events, including:

  • Rexall OneWalk to Conquer Cancer
  • Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer

The PMCF has a strong track record of securing and stewarding major and estate gifts primarily in the GTA. They engage supporters through annual campaigns, leadership and tribute giving, and more than 100 community events and ethno-cultural programs. Through a diverse and complementary portfolio of fundraising events, they attract over 300,000 gifts, 250,000 unique lottery purchasers, and 15,000 event participants and volunteers each year. And they engage with hundreds of corporate partners and their employees.

The PMCF’s distinguished Board engages in fundraising and provides governance and support through several very active committees. Princess Margaret is a proud member of University Health Network, Canada’s largest research hospital network (including Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute, and The Michener Institute for Education).

And, you should know that we're not just invested in curing cancer in our lifetime; we also invest in our people. We know that achieving real success is a team effort, and therefore we provide opportunities for our employees to learn, grow and thrive. Organized extracurricular activities and social outings bring our team even closer together, making our work environment inviting and inspiring. Our mission is to have employees find a job they love, and we’re committed to creating an environment and a community where you’ll feel happy and fulfilled. Who says building a career can't be fun?


Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President, Information Technology & Business Intelligence will lead the development and implementation of a business requirements-driven strategy to fully technologically enable our broad team (fundraising staff, volunteers, and donors).

The Vice President is responsible for identifying and developing innovative solutions and improvement opportunities that will enable the delivering of PMCF’s strategic priorities. The VP will provide leadership and supervision to ensure that all information systems and data services can support the short, mid and long-term goals of the organization.

The selected candidate will need to be both strategic and hands-on; someone with strong business acumen who brings a practical yet innovative approach to the task of stabilizing the existing infrastructure while building the organization’s technology platform for the future. Further, they will have the technical skills to lead our IT, data management, and business intelligence teams, responsible for providing leadership, structure and process to division staff, and ensuring service orientation to business partners what will enable operations while driving compliance through utilization and data governance. The successful candidate will also serve as the Chief Privacy Officer for the organization.

This unique opportunity will interest those who have a passion for, and want to work in, a mission-driven organization that is driving innovation both within our organization and across the sector.

We are looking for a seasoned IT/BI leader with proven strength in four key areas:

  • IT Strategy Development;
  • IT Systems Implementation & Management;
  • Data, Analytics & Business Intelligence;
  • IT & BI Team Management.
IT Strategy Development
  • An established track record of providing service excellence and innovative solutions in a complex business environment undergoing real transformation;
  • A broad understanding of technologies that enable fundraising and/or sales teams, with deep understanding in CRM, reporting, and finance systems;
  • The ability to integrate business and technology to support growth in the various segments the organization is focused on; provide advice and recommendations on technology platforms designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational and management processes;
  • Ability to plan, implement and maintain an infrastructure and services roadmap that provides the organization with a reliable and highly available technology infrastructure;
  • Ability to identify emerging information technologies to be assimilated, integrated and introduced within the organization, ensuring an open platform that can accommodate solutions not yet fully considered; interpret technology and market trends as a foundation for technology and product road maps that support customer service and acquisition targets;
  • Skills to investigate, analyze, gain executive support and successfully deploy IT infrastructure projects that deliver new capabilities in support of program and business requirements;
  • The ability to ensure optimization of Information Management through an understanding of evolving business strategies, needs and technological capabilities in order to elevate and expand the insights the organization provides its customers and for its own purposes.
IT Systems Implementation & Management
  • Proven experience in all phases of large-scale IT project delivery including business requirements, design, development, testing, implementation, change management and normalization;
  • Ability to direct a team in the delivery of IT technical and specialized services, including database administration, data governance, security, enterprise architecture, network support, vendor management, website and online, technical support, provisioning and management of IT tools for staff including laptops, mobile devices, etc.;
  • IT leadership in all areas of technology supporting finance, CRM, marketing, online, digital, etc.
Data, Analytics & Business Intelligence
  • Strong technical expertise/experience; someone who can contribute effectively in an advanced technical environment, delivering analytics solutions that interpret complex, disparate information;
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive data governance strategy to ensure the integrity of all data, information and analytics. This includes driving training, change management, and compliance strategies across all user groups;
  • Translates complex data into meaningful insights to senior management peers to support strategic decisions and initiatives with external client groups;
  • Provide leadership and direction in the development and execution of all information management and analytics functions for the organization, ensuring compliance and high levels of satisfaction to groups using the information;
  • Establish appropriate processes to ensure consistency and alignment of business analytics across the organization for maximum impact to drive business focus, backed up by metrics.
IT & BI Team Management
  • Active participation as a Senior Leadership Team member of the Foundation, ensuring delivering against the strategic plan and Foundation-wide one-team goals;
  • Develop and lead a work plan that anticipates and evolves with changing priorities and projects across multiple client groups;
  • Maintains and optimizes all IT-related and data-related vendor contacts;
  • A skill-set that combines experience, perseverance and mature decision-making with vision, ambition and drive;
  • Participation as a key member of the leadership team, ensuring delivery against the strategic plan;
  • Provide inspired leadership and direction to a team of IT and business analytics and support staff;
  • A track record of building and motivating teams of committed, dedicated well-aligned professionals that deliver results; a collaborative approach; proven ability to achieve results through others.


Authentic Leadership
  • Believes in the power and collective impact of exceptional teams and the importance of collaboration both with all key stakeholders - “we” is greater than “I”;
  • Servant leadership style;
  • Not content with the status quo – has the grit to roll up their sleeves and lead the entire team to help achieve bold objectives;
  • Can paint a big picture, but also pays close attention to details;
  • A true role model, demonstrating honesty, openness and transparency;
  • Puts the interests of the business ahead of personal interests;
  • Admits mistakes easily, with an eye to solving problems in the future;
  • Strong personal integrity and work ethic; takes responsibility and likes to be held accountable for results; is constantly a top performer and can be counted on to exceed goals;
  • Good judgment to determine which creative ideas will work and how they will work; knows how to make the appropriate fact-based business case; not afraid to take calculated risks;
  • The ability to lead an IT & data management team, possessing strong technical, operational, and leadership skills. This individual will have a strong service orientation, recognizing that IT solutions are only successful when they have a meaningful impact on supporting users (fundraisers, volunteers and donors).
Operating & Technology Skills
  • At least ten years of progressive IT leadership experience, including large-scale systems implementation experience;
  • Proven IT project budget management and/or P&L accountability;
  • Preferred that the incumbent has operating knowledge of current internal systems including Raiser’s Edge, Infor SunSystems, Microsoft Power BI, Omatic;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop corporate performance measurement frameworks and score cards that measure the success of the organization;
  • Preferred to have knowledge of analytics, statistical and research methodologies.


The ideal candidate will possess the following experience:

  • Pertinent degree, subsequent training/accreditation;
  • BS or MS in Computer Science, Engineering, Math/MBA/other related field;
  • Blackbaud certification preferred;
  • PMP/CIPS certification an asset.


If you are interested in exploring this unique opportunity, please contact:

Tim Hewat, Partner                  Lindsay, Senior Consultant
Phone: (416) 640-4323                  Phone: (416) 928-4573
Email:                  Email:


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