MEET OUR TEAM

Phil Gérard

MBA, President & CEO

Phil was a fundraiser for over a decade before becoming a recruiter. His experience as a fundraiser is a strong advantage for Gerard Search and for you. We understand the nonprofit sector as insiders. We do not only know it we are part the community. Phil raised close to $20 million in his career. He understands fundraising best practices, speaks the language, and knows the challenges that professionals in the field face and what they are looking for in a rewarding career. Phil is currently a board director with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Vancouver.

Jocelyn Kwok

Talent Manager, Canada West

Jocelyn brings over 14 years of fundraising and donor stewardship experience in healthcare philanthropy and higher education. Her most recent role was Director, Donor Engagement, at BC Cancer Foundation, where she led the strategic development and establishment of a province-wide stewardship and recognition program for 90,000+ donors at all giving levels. She is currently a not-for-profit consultant and strategist who is passionate about driving progress and helping organizations maximize their social impact.

Chris Arnet

Talent Manager, Canada West

For over two decades Chris was a senior fundraising professional for Simon Fraser University. For 17 years she was the Executive Director, Advancement, leading the faculty based fundraising team. Chris was personally responsible for raising over $30 million for the university’s School for the Contemporary Arts at Woodward’s capital campaign, as well as leading the major gifts fundraising and eventually Leadership and Gift and Estate Planning teams of over 20 professionals who successfully raised $275 million for the university’s 50th anniversary fundraising campaign. As a consultant, she has acted as Interim Executive Director of the Centre for Child Development in Surrey, BC, and as Campaign Director for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Centre for Cancer Prevention and Support in Vancouver.

Anna Gordon

Talent Manager, Canada Prairies

Anna is a Career Strategist and Speaker with an amazing ability to help individuals and organizations see their value and share their gifts. For over two decades she has worked in the field of career development, spending most of her time within or supporting the nonprofit sector. She also brings with her close to a decade of experience as a recruitment advisor for the sector, helping hundreds of charities and nonprofits connect with dynamic talent to help them extend their reach and impact. Anna's combination of experiences, and her belief in the win-win scenario, gives her a unique perspective on the needs of both candidates and employers. As a member of the Manitoba Association of Career Development and the Career Professionals of Canada, she stays connected to a large network of professionals that are actively working with job seekers.

Mariya Yurukova

MBA & CFRE, Talent Manager, Canada East

Mariya has been fundraising for over 15 years for some of Canada's best universities. Mariya has worked on programs focused on all gift levels, from annual giving to leadership giving, to major gifts. She is currently the Manager, Development at McMaster University where she oversees all fundraising activities in the Faculty of Engineering. Mariya is a member of AFP, CCAE and CASE, she's a frequent conference speaker, guest lecturer in the George Brown College non-profit management program and a published author. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Brock University, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.

Emilia Stypulkowska

Talent Manager, Canada East

Emilia Stypulkowska is a recruiter, career coach, and social profit sector veteran. After almost 15 years working as a fundraiser, she launched her business, Sunny Side Up Coaching to help people find a career path that feels motivating, meaningful, and helps them make the impact they desire. At Gerard Search Emilia is responsible for our Eastern region and excited about finding the right fit - for both our candidates and client organizations.

Preeti Pasupulati

Administrative Coordinator

Preeti is a communications and fundraising professional with over three years of experience working in the non-profit and post-secondary sectors. Her responsibilities have included grant writing, event planning, and social media. Preeti holds a BA in Media & Public Interest from Western University and an MA in Communication & Culture from York & Ryerson University.

Victoria Caros

CFRE, CVA, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Victoria has worked in the social service non-profit sector for over 13 years, formerly in early childhood education program delivery before enthusiastically choosing fundraising as a profession in 2015. She has a Fundraising and Marketing Management Certificate from BCIT, holds two professional designations: Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Volunteer Administration (CVA), and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Human Service Administration at MacEwan University. Victoria blends her fundraising and relational skills in Annual Giving, Event Planning and Community Relations, with a strategic approach to developing better organizational systems and processes, which help charities maximize their impact.