Following an extensive national search, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Vallentin to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective June 16, 2014.
“The Board is excited and agreed unanimously to recruit Jeff into this critical community leadership position,” said Board Chair Graham Browne. “He is a proven, capable, local leader who knows Burlington and Hamilton extremely well. He has a deep knowledge and commitment to our communities and brings a tremendous amount of community support to the job.”
The new CEO will lead an organization that raises approximately $7 million annually and provides funding to 68 agencies across Burlington and Hamilton that offer services to thousands of people. “Jeff is deeply passionate about the United Way, understands the critical importance of the organization to so many community service agencies and wants to work to make a difference in our cities,” added Browne. “His strategic vision, positive energy and ability to bring people together are going to ensure the United Way is well positioned for the future.”
Born and raised in Hamilton, Vallentin says it is “a great privilege to be given the opportunity to lead the United Way” noting the organization has a long and impressive history helping others.
“Momentum is already building within our United Way and I’m eager to help the organization go further and accomplish even more,” said Vallentin. “I’m going to work hard to become a champion for stronger, deeper connections in the community that will result in great partnerships, increased support and meaningful community impact.”
“This is my community,” said Vallentin. “I was born here. My roots are deep and my commitment is strong. This opportunity to join a great community organization and continue helping Burlington and Greater Hamilton is exciting and I am looking forward to working every day with our donors, volunteers and supporters to make a difference.”
Vallentin has been an active and long standing supporter and volunteer of the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton. He became a member of the Board of Directors in 2010 and for three years Jeff served as the Chair of the Resource Development Strategic Planning Committee. Jeff was also the Board Liaison to the 2013 Hamilton Campaign Cabinet.
Prior to this appointment to the United Way, Jeff Vallentin was well known for his long-serving executive leadership at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). As Vice President Communications, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Services, Jeff provided inventive operational leadership for a broad range of the hospital’s support service areas and played a leading role in establishing and advancing the organization’s strategy and relationships, helping grow HHS into the system-leading organization it is today.
Jeff’s commitment to genuine communications and fostering organizational culture that values and practices openness, accountability and engagement with stakeholders, both within and outside an organization, is a hallmark of his career. He values and enjoys differences in people and as a leader will always encourage others to play to their strengths and strive to be innovators and champions for positive change.
Jeff has earned a Master of Business Administration at Queen’s University, a degree in Political Science from McMaster University, a diploma in Public Relations from Niagara College and is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Applied Photography Program. An accredited public relations practitioner (APR), Jeff has been an active volunteer-leader with the Canadian Public Relations Society, the Health Care Public Relations Association of Canada and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario’s (CAHO) public affairs strategy networks. Jeff lives in Dundas with his wife Tracey and their three children.