Ms. Lyn Baptist, Chair of the Board of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, announced that the Board has appointed Stephen Huddart as the Foundation’s next President and CEO. Stephen, who is currently the Vice-President and COO, joined the Foundation in 2003.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Stephen worked with children’s singer Raffi as Executive Director of Troubadour Music Inc. and the non-profit Troubadour Institute.
As well, he co-founded and operated the Alma Street Café, a community-oriented business that for a number of years was Vancouver’s jazz café of record. He also held several executive positions with the BC SPCA, where he introduced innovations in humane education, animal-assisted therapy, and food labeling.
His community service commitments include advisory roles with Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies, ArtsSmarts, and the Canada Council. He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill.
The appointment will take effect during the summer of 2011 when the current President, Tim Brodhead, retires. Ms. Baptist expressed the Board’s thanks to Tim Brodhead and welcomed Mr. Huddart’s appointment.