Dianne Lister is a lawyer and seasoned philanthropic professional with a wide range of leadership experience in health care, philanthropic consulting and education. From 1993 to 2003 she was the President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and prior to that its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. This is the largest hospital foundation in North America and during her tenure the foundation grew its annual revenues from $6 million to $50 million, its asset base from $100 million to $425 million, and its annual donor base from 70,000 to 110,000.
Most recently she served as Vice-President, External Relations and Advancement at Trent University in Peterborough from 2006 to 2011, where she created the first External Relations Portfolio comprised of specialists in government relations, communications, marketing, branding, alumni affairs, advancement and stewardship. Ms. Lister was also responsible for establishing a ground breaking campaign to realize $50 million in new investments by Trent’s 50th anniversary in 2014. This project is the largest philanthropic campaign in the history of the University.
Prior to joining Trent University, Dianne was Principal of The Dianne Lister Group, a national consulting business for the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.Ms. Lister earned an Honours B.A. in English Literature from Trent University in 1976 and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980. She holds a Certificate in Magazine Journalism from Ryerson University, completed the Harvard-MIT Program in Negotiation, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Dianne was the first Canadian to receive the International Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in 2002, and the first Canadian to assume the position of Chair of the International Ethics Committee of AFP in 2008. She holds professional memberships in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations.
In September 2011, Dianne was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence among some of Canada’s most talented women across the business, NGO, professional services, health and public sectors.