Speaker Profiles

Jacline Nyman

Jacline Nyman

President & CEO

United Way Centraide Canada

Jacline holds the position of President and CEO and Corporate Secretary of the Board for United Way Centraide Canada where she leads a national movement for social change comprising over 90 community-based federated United Way organizations. With over 1000 staff, 200,000 volunteers and more than 1 million donors, United Ways and Centraides raise and invest over $500 million annually , serving more than 5000 Canadian communities.
United Ways and Centraides in Canada focus on ensuring people move from a life of poverty, to one of possibility; that communities are built to sustain healthy people; and that kids can be all that they can be. Together with many agencies and partners, we improve lives, locally. As part of an international network, United Way Centraide Canada links with the United Way Worldwide to share best practices and build capacity in 44 member countries, investing over $5 Billion US per year. Jacline engages with stakeholders through donor, government and media relations, engaging in public policy development to drive the United Way mission forward.
Immediately prior to this leadership role, Jacline worked with Smith School of Business (Queen’s University) as the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations where she acted in the capacity of principal gifts strategist and chief development officer, leading a $100 Million campaign and personally negotiating many significant philanthropic gifts and business partnerships working with stakeholders around the globe. Previously, Jacline worked as a consultant providing advice to clients on stakeholder relations, resource development, marketing and strategic planning. She has held numerous leadership positions in Canadian universities, structuring and running major gift campaigns in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa.
Jacline is invited regularly to speak on the topics of: marketing, strategic business planning, governance, values-based leadership, social innovation, community investment, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. In 2015, Jacline joined Canada2020 to speak about 5 Big Ideas for Canada’s future, focusing on income inequality and poverty. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFX4xN-16kA. She currently serves as a member of the advisory board, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, the advisory board of GIV3, and Children First Canada.
Jacline received an Adjunct Professor appointment with the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa in 2012. Formerly, as an Assistant Professor at Smith School of Business (Queen’s University), Jacline taught marketing, marketing ethics and corporate social responsibility and has ongoing research interests in marketing, philanthropy and the social-mission sector. Jacline concluded a major research project in 2011 entitled “Transformational philanthropy and networks of co-created value in Canada." In 2016, she co-authored a paper entitled “Identifying the roles of the university’s fundraiser in securing transformational gifts: Lessons from Canada”, published in the Journal Studies in Higher Education (SRHE).
Jacline holds a Bachelor of Administration (University of Ottawa), an MBA (University of Calgary), and Doctorate in Business Administration - Marketing (Cranfield University, UK). In 2016, she completed the ICD Director’s Education Program through Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She lives in Ottawa (Canada) with her family.

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