A passion for fundraising, strong business acumen, and an enduring belief in the importance of medical research make Mr. Brian Thompson an exemplary choice for leading Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) into its future. Strong leadership is key to any organization’s success. In order to fulfill DMRF’s vast potential to significantly support medical research, the Foundation needed the right person, with the right skills, energy and drive to make that vision a reality. Allan Shaw, on behalf of the Board and staff at DMRF is pleased to welcome Brian to his new role as CEO.
Brian is a consummate professional and a veteran fundraiser with over 12 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector. He is joining DMRF from KCI Ketchum Canada, where he was a senior consultant. Prior to joining KCI, Brian served as Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Gairdner Foundation – a Foundation that recognizes the world's leading medical research scientists through the Gairdner International Awards. He has also held the position of Executive Director of Development, External Relations at the University of Ottawa and as Campaign Director for the University of Ottawa, where he laid the foundation for their $400M campaign.
Fluently bilingual, Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and is a Member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as well as the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
DMRF was created over 35 years ago with a mission to fund medical research excellence at Dalhousie Medical School in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. While the Foundation’s support of medical research has been considerable, Brian is primed to lead DMRF into the future – a future will establish the Maritimes as a medical research and development hub, both locally and internationally. Brian’s impressive experience, exceptional interpersonal skills and dedication to medical research make him a notable asset to the community.