ROM Governors

Dianne Lister

Dianne Lister is a lawyer and has held senior roles in Canada’s charitable sector since 1986. Currently the President and CEO of the ROM Governors, Dianne is responsible for all philanthropic, sponsorship and stewardship programs, and governance of the public foundation. Prior to joining the ROM in 2011, Dianne was the Vice President, External Relations and Advancement for Trent University (2006-2011) where she was responsible for overseeing Marketing, Communications, Government Relations, Alumni Relations and Convocation, and developed and implemented Trent’s largest campaign.

The Dianne Lister Group was launched in 2003, and Dianne and her four associates provided strategic counsel on governance, organizational audits and competitive analysis while offering CEO coaching and Board development workshops. From 1991-2003, Dianne had the privilege of working with the SickKids Foundation, first as Executive Vice-President and COO, and then as President and CEO. SickKids Foundation is the one of the largest paediatric hospital foundations in North America.

In addition to her professional roles, Dianne has served as a volunteer with the international Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), holding positions as president of the Toronto Chapter, Chair of the AFP Canada Council, Chair of the AFP Government Relations, and more recently, served as a member of the international AFP Ethics Committee for nine years (holding the position of Chair in 2007-2009). Dianne has also served on corporate boards, including Cedera and The Ivy Funds (a mutual fund subsidiary of the Mackenzie Group operating in Boca Raton). In July 2013, Dianne was appointed to Imagine Canada’s Advisory Council. 

Dianne was the first Canadian to receive the prestigious International Fundraising Executive of the Year award (2002) and the first non-practicing lawyer to receive the Ontario Bar Association’s John Hodgson Award for Community Leadership (2004). In 2006, she was honoured as a Distinguished Alumni of Trent University. In September 2011, Dianne was also named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence. Dianne has been a chapter contributor to three books, including Excellence in Fundraising in Canada, published in 2011.