As President and CEO of Kids Help Phone, Katherine Hay provides strategic leadership in the implementation of the organization’s five-year strategic plan to be the most nimble, accessible and effective access point to the support young people need. In fact, it is the mission to always be open, providing a safe and trusted place for young people in any moment of crisis or need that drives Kathy, it is a very personal mission for her. She is committed to amplifying the voice of young people in the country – all young people, no matter where they live – and to enhance and grow the Kids Help Phone programs and counselling services.
Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Kathy was President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation where she advanced the health of women across Canada and reached record levels of support. Her success in this role led to her being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017.
Kathy is a passionate change-maker in Canada, impacting change and growth throughout her 18 years of exceptional service in senior leadership roles in the not-for- profit sector, including as: Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Toronto/Mississauga; Associate Vice-president of Advancement at the University of Guelph; President and CEO at Credit Valley Hospital Foundation; and Chief Development Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario. After a successful career in banking, Kathy and her family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she co-founded the Canadian Foundation alongside the Canadian Consule General with a mandate of supporting children and families, it is where she knew that by combining her business experience with her commitment to making an impact for others in this third world city.
Hay’s commitment to the charitable sector includes her volunteer work on multiple non-profit organizations’ boards of directors, including: Imagine Canada; the National Council of Foundation Executives for the Conference Board of Canada; and the Toronto Academic Health Science Network’s Foundation CEO Roundtable. She is also a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness in Mississauga.