The Alberta Cancer Foundation announces Christy Holtby as VP Philanthropy.

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is delighted to announce Christy Holtby will be joining the organization as VP Philanthropy.

Christy comes to the Foundation with exceptional experience in healthcare philanthropy. Most recently, she was at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, as managing director, investments and partnerships.

Previous to that role, Christy pursued her passion for healthcare and innovation with the University Hospital Foundation (UHF) in various fundraising roles. She led the creation of a new department at UHF, facilitating Public Private Philanthropic Partnerships (P4s) in her role as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Annual Giving. This collaborative P4 model between multiple levels of government, industry and the Foundation continues to accelerate Alberta’s innovations into solutions that impact the health of all Albertans.

Christy brings great depth and breadth with campaigns, having been with the University Hospital Foundation for two very big campaigns, including a brain centre campaign which raised over $75 million. She was instrumental and actively involved in everything that went into that campaign.

She has benefited from being a member of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and recently completed the Johns Hopkins Medicine Philanthropy Institute. She was selected to join the inaugural class of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Forty Under 40 program. In November of 2018, Christy completed her Community Shift Fellowship at the Ivey School of Business.

Passionate about the role of sports and coaching in leadership and development for youth, Christy served on the board of directors for KidSport Edmonton and established Ladies and Littles – an event to introduce skating to mothers and children. She is also the co-founder of Ladies on the Green, a golf tournament for non-golfers, supporting the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be joining the community of staff, volunteers and donors at such a transformational time for the Alberta Cancer Foundation,” says Holtby. “I can’t wait to work with the Alberta Cancer Foundation team to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer.”

As VP Philanthropy with the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Christy will be instrumental in achieving our strategic goals, including launching the Calgary Cancer Centre campaign in partnership with the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, as well as elevating fundraising activities for the Cross Cancer Institute and the 15 other AHS cancer centres across the province.

“Please join me in welcoming Christy to the Alberta Cancer Foundation,” says Wendy Beauchesne, CEO Alberta Cancer Foundation. “We are so pleased to have someone of Christy’s caliber join our team. I look forward to working with and learning from her in years to come.”