CHEO Foundation announces incoming President and CEO

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – October 21, 2021 – The CHEO Foundation has announced that Barbara Stead-Coyle will become the next President and CEO effective January 1, 2022. Stead-Coyle will begin transitioning into the role on December 6 of this year and succeed Kevin Keohane who is retiring after 20 years with the CHEO Foundation.

“Barbara is a well recognized and highly accomplished leader in the not-for-profit sector and we are excited to have her lead the CHEO Foundation into the next important chapter of our development,” says Ross Hunt, Chair of the CHEO Foundation Board. “She brings a wealth of experience, strategic thinking and exceptional leadership qualities to the role. Add to this her passion for helping children and youth and it adds up to make her a tremendous fit for our organization.”

In her most recent role as the CEO of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, Barbara Stead-Coyle operationalized the Memorandum of Understanding between the Gallery and the Foundation, while leading several successful fundraising initiatives.

Prior to that she served as CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, where she increased revenues, decreased costs and also focused her efforts on policy development, budgeting processes, creating a culture of accountability and building strategic partnerships. Previous to this, she was the National Vice President, Annual Development responsible for leading a nationwide team, streamlining fundraising efforts and standardizing fundraising portfolios across the country. This came after her successful tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nova Scotia Division, Canadian Cancer Society.

In 2006, she accepted the position of CEO at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, during which time she led a successful capital campaign, increased annual revenues and positioned the organization as the charity of choice in Cape Breton.

Barbara is thrilled to be returning to her roots in hospitals and healthcare and is honoured to be joining the CHEO Foundation. “This is my dream job. My whole career has been building towards leading a Foundation at a children’s hospital. I am honored to be the successful candidate and I look forward to meeting our incredible donors, families, partners, medical and research institute teams and, of course, the Foundation team.”

Alex Munter, President and CEO at CHEO is also excited by the CHEO Foundation’s announcement. “CHEO and children’s health in general are facing greater challenges than ever before and we are at the forefront of renewing our facilities and equipment on top of advancing critical research and sustaining the community-supported programming that makes CHEO such a special place. Barbara is a warm, dynamic and innovative leader who will continue to build our incredible bond with the community and secure the financial support we need to care for our children, youth and families. I really look forward to working with her.”

Barbara Stead-Coyle holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from McGill University and has continued her professional advancement at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business, Institute of Philanthropy, St. Mary’s University (Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation), Queen’s University (Leadership Program) and was one of fifty not-for-profit leaders selected to attend the Community Shift Program at the Ivey School of Business, Western University.

Barbara has two daughters, Caroline and Marianne and lives in Ottawa.


For more information please contact:

Katrina Bussey

Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
[email protected]

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