Colleen Mulholland brings over 30 years of experience in leadership and organization development for not-for-profit and charitable organizations locally, provincially and nationally to her current role as President & CEO of Burlington Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation in November 2011, Colleen held senior executive positions with the Canadian Diabetes Association, as well as with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Under Colleen’s leadership, Burlington Foundation’s impact on community continues to grow through meaningful granting, increased assets under management, and important community facilitation.
In 2014, Colleen and her team successfully led and managed the Burlington Flood Disaster Relief Program on behalf of the City of Burlington, a critical response to a record rainfall of 191 mm in just eight hours that caused significant flooding and damage in parts of the city. Roads, highways and more than 3,000 homes were flooded. The 12-month program approved 272 claims totaling $2.7 million to help individuals and families rebuild and recover from the August 4th flood.
Since spring of 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic began, Colleen successfully led efforts to rapidly launch and manage several phases of pandemic relief funding to help support our most vulnerable community members. To-date, the Foundation has provided nearly $1 million in funding to over 90 local charities.
In 2014, under Colleen’s leadership, Burlington Foundation was the first Not-for-Profit organization to be honoured with a Business Excellence Award by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.
In 2015, Colleen received an Outstanding Community Service Award from the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for her leadership in managing the Burlington Flood Disaster Relief efforts. And in 2017, Colleen received an Ontario 150 Award in honour of the substantial contributions she has made in our community and province.
Most recently, Colleen was awarded the 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award (Hamilton/Halton) for her commitment, over three decades, to supporting community and for improving the quality of life for so many.
From 2017-2020, Colleen served on the Board of Directors and was a member of the Governance & Policy Committee of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
With a strong commitment to life-long learning, Colleen has completed several executive educational programs including the Queen’s Executive Program and the CommunityShift Executive Program in Not-for-Profit Leadership at the Ivey Business School at Western University.
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