Elizabeth Heald was named President & CEO of Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) in August 2017. She led KWCF during a significant re-organization re-focusing and re-branding effort with the purpose of transitioning KWCF into a new era of strategy, innovation and agility. Supported by a strong Board of Directors, Elizabeth is working collaboratively with individuals and organizations across the community to deliver on KWCF's vision of "Making it Easy for People to Do More Good", while continuing the Foundation's legacy as one of the philanthropic leaders in Waterloo Region.
A well-known and experienced senior leader in both the corporate world and the not-for-profit sector, Elizabeth spent over 25 years in a range of diverse leadership roles with Scotiabank, culminating in her holding the position and Director and Head of Scotia Private Client Group. In that position, Elizabeth led a team that stewarded affluent client fund-holders for the district that included Waterloo Region, Guelph, Orangeville, Owen Sound and area, managing a multi-million dollar growth plan.
After experiencing personal tragedy, Elizabeth focused on helping others avoid similar misfortune. In May 2014, she co-founded and launched a national charity, Kawasaki Disease Canada, which has become a leader in educating healthcare professionals and the public about Kawasaki disease, providing support for individuals and family members affected by the disease, and advancing research.
In addition to her work with Kawasaki Disease Canada, Elizabeth has volunteered for a number of organizations in Waterloo Region including the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation, and in Scotiabank sponsored roles for KidsAbility and United Way.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and regularly returns to the great white north to visit family and friends. After attending and graduating from the University of Guelph, she has spent the last 20 years living in Waterloo Region, and currently resides in Kitchener with her husband, Warren and daughter, Madison.
In addition to her degree from the University of Guelph, Elizabeth continued her education by completing her Personal Financial Planning Diploma and the Leadership Program at the Ivey School of Business.