CKHA Foundation appoints Christine Colautti as new President & CEO

The Board of Directors of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF), led by Board Chair Bob Hockney, is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Colautti as its President & CEO, effective June 27, 2023. This appointment follows a thorough local and national search to fill this critical position.

“Christine is a dynamic and visionary leader who is very civic-minded and demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to healthcare philanthropy.  On behalf of the entire CKHAF Board of Directors, we are thrilled to welcome her to the CKHAF family,” stated Hockney. “The Foundation and  Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) are currently working on the ‘Our Hospital, Our Future’ Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project, which will require an $8.9 million community investment. Christine will lead our team in successfully reaching this goal.”

Christine joins CKHAF from Erie Shores Health Foundation (ESHF), where she has served as CEO since 2018. Working in healthcare for over 23 years and the philanthropic sector for 17 years, Christine has held leadership roles in hospital foundations, leading and supporting teams that have raised millions of dollars for excellence in local healthcare. Christine’s tireless work has not only reignited an appreciation and passion for Canadian healthcare, but her expertise and experience in fundraising in the healthcare sector have translated into significant financial successes for ESHF.

During her tenure at ESHF, Christine exceeded revenue expectations, elevated the brand of the Foundation to new levels in the community, and established a new operational framework that diversified programming and safeguarded the Foundation against the challenges presented by the pandemic. In addition, Christine led the way in generating record revenue for the Foundation through signature events and annual giving initiatives. The value that she has brought to the healthcare system in that region has been unprecedented.

Christine is widely acknowledged for her leadership and vision in healthcare philanthropy. As such, Christine has an MBA from the University of Windsor, a Masters Certificate in Project Management, is a Certified Fundraising Executive, has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and Contract Law, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her achievements have led to a strong business acumen and the ability to position CKHAF successfully for the future.

Additionally, Christine was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Award in recognition of her dedicated efforts and continuous service to the community. She was also the recent recipient of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Applications for this award are accepted each year from across North America, and Christine was one of seven Canadians among the 40 selected to be honored in 2020.

Christine has a passion for helping people and making communities thrive. She has extensive skills and experience in fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, developing stakeholder and donor relationships, and non-profit governance.

“I’m thrilled to take on the role of President & CEO of CKHAF, leading an organization that is so important to the community and its hospital,” said Christine. “There is no greater calling than supporting local healthcare. I look forward to working with the staff, Board, hospital colleagues, and the incredible community of Chatham-Kent.”

Christine will officially join CKHAF on June 27, when she will begin working with the staff and Board of Directors, in collaboration with senior leadership at CKHA, to raise critical funds in support of CKHA.

She is looking forward to meeting the Foundation’s many donors, volunteers, and community partners over the coming months as she settles into her new role with CKHAF.