40 Under 40

Meaghan Stovel McKnight

Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Mississauga, ON

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  1. She demonstrated transformational innovation by her thought leadership and execution of a non-traditional gift which resulted in the creation of a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary to drive fund generation through commercial operation of seven Tim Horton’s franchises, resulting in $10M of new pledge generation and $1.5M unrestricted annual cash flow.
  2. Meaghan led the operational integration of a large-scale merger in 2013 between Trillium Health Centre Foundation and Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.
  3. She led the team which launched Trillium’s first $1 million fundraising gala. This gala concept has now raised over $10 million in 6 years. Last year, she and her team doubled the sponsorship revenue year-over-year by rethinking their approach to corporate partners.
  4. She is a frequent speaker at fundraising conferences, including AHP Convene Canada, AHP Big Ideas and AFP’s Toronto Congress.

Q & A

  1. How did you get into health care philanthropy?

    Prior to joining the health care philanthropy sector, I worked in the private sector for over ten years.  While I worked with wonderful leaders and on challenging projects, I sought greater meaning in my work.  After joining the Board of Directors for the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation in 2007 I became inspired by the opportunity to utilize my business skills to improve health care delivery.  A few years later I was recruited to the sector, and I have never looked back!  I honestly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

  2. Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?

    Because health matters.  When you, a family member, or a friend is sick – it has real personal and enduring significance.  In such a situation, all anyone wants is to ensure access to great care and a speedy recovery.  Our health system relies on the generous support of donors providing the resources hospitals need to make access to great health care possible.  I am motivated to play a role in making this happen for everyone who needs access to great health care.

  3. What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?

    I see the world as systems that should be leveraged when possible, but must be disrupted when necessary.  As an inquisitive leader, I work to deeply understand my environment, identify white spaces, and then champion new ideas that address emerging opportunities.  I challenge myself and my team to always stay ahead by leveraging systems, processes, technology and people and to always be improving the way we do things.

  4. What is your greatest passion and why?

    My family – because I am nothing without them.

  5. What are your future aspirations?
  6. My long-term vision is to elevate the impact not-for-profit and social profit organizations have in supporting causes I am passionate about.   Recognizing that the need for philanthropic funding in health care will continue to increase, I am inspired to continue to be bold, push boundaries, and inspire teams of other motivated professionals that are elevating philanthropic giving in health care.

Meaghan Stovel McKnight

Fun Fact:

My bucket list includes going to culinary school and learning to play the cello….someday!