2022 40 Under 40 Winners


Josh Lai, CFRE
Director, Major Gifts &
Senior Campaign Director 

UHN Foundation, Toronto 

Josh has raised over $180 million in commitments during his 11 years at the UHN Foundation, with progressive fundraising roles and goals each year.

In the past 5 years, Josh has surpassed his gross revenue goals by 10-25% and has exceeded new pledge commitments by 15-20 % year over year.

Josh achieved his CFRE designation in November 2012 and has remained in good standing for a decade.

He has been a longtime volunteer with the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, including service on the Education Committee for the annual AFP Congress conference.

My greatest passion is seeing the hospital, its programs and its talent develop and flourish with philanthropic investment. UHN is Canada’s largest research and teaching hospital, and its impact is felt globally. Every day, I have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by donors, clinicians and researchers who are motivated to make a difference in the world, as well as by patients and families whose lives are profoundly affected by the work of our hospital and by philanthropy. To play a role in this process is both an honour and a privilege, and it is one of the best parts of my job.

Fun Fact:

Since early childhood, I have admired language and its unique power to inspire. It’s no surprise that I am a massive fan of word games – particularly Scrabble, Wordle and good old-fashioned crosswords. Also, I absolutely love my fur babies and will never live without a cat companion.  


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