Jennifer Gillivan is President and CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. The Foundation is the primary fundraising and outreach partner of the IWK Health Centre, which provides critical and specialized care to women, children, youth and families throughout the Maritime provinces.

Jennifer has an extensive background in philanthropy, partnerships, strategy, marketing and leadership. Jennifer brings passion and enthusiasm for the IWK to lead this charitable organization at a critical time of growth and change. Throughout her 30 year career, Jennifer has had the opportunity to build a strong affiliation with the IWK Foundation; she worked for the Foundation 18 years ago, and she has volunteered in various capacities over the years including as a past member of the IWK Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland Jennifer immigrated to Canada in 1982. Prior to joining the IWK Foundation, Jennifer worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 14 years most recently as Director of Partnerships, Communications, Marketing and Brand for the CBC across Canada. Jennifer is an active community volunteer; she is a board member for Greater Halifax Partnership,  Advisory Board Sobey School of Business, St. Mary’s University and a member of the Canadian Children’s Hospital Foundations Board.  Jennifer is alsoa past board member of several boards including NSCC Foundation Board, Symphony Nova Scotia,  Chair of Atlantic Film Festival Board, to name a few.  Jennifer was awarded by Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award for both 2014 & 2015.

Jennifer was recognized nationally by RBC Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award and has received two CBC English Television Awards for her pioneer work with the partnership practice, and has also received The Halifax Ambassador Award and a Progress Halifax Women of Excellence Award. Jennifer received in 2015 the BMO Community and Charitable Leadership Award.

Jennifer is an active member of the Rotman School of Business “Judy Project” Advisory Board and enjoys motivational speaking. Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Institute Of Corporate Directors working towards her ICD designation.  Jennifer completed the Ivey School of Business KPMG Community Shift program.

Jennifer currently lives in Halifax with her husband Joe and their two daughters.