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.

Marie Gérard

Operations Manager

Marie has worked in corporate management and marketing & communications for over ten years. Before she joined the family company Gerard RV, which she has been leading since 2020, she worked with a number of private foundations. Marie's experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors positions her well to oversee the day-to-day operations of Gerard Search.

Mariya Yurukova

MBA & CFRE, Talent Manager

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.

Chris Arnet

Talent Manager

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.