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.

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.

Siobhan Aspinall

CFRE, Career Consultant

Siobhan has been fundraising for over two decades for non-profit organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the David Suzuki Foundation, Canuck Place Children's Hospice, United Way, and Ecojustice. Her specialty is major gift fundraising. She teaches three fundraising courses at the BC Institute of Technology, and is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Mentorship Program. She holds a BA in languages from UBC, an Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management from BCIT, and the Certified Fundraising Executive designation.

Mazarine Treyz

Talent Coach, Talent Manager, USA

Mazarine is an internationally recognized strategist for fundraising careers and nonprofit leadership, featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Idealist.org, CharityVillage, and at the National Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference. She is the author of the 5 star rated Get the Job, Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide as well as two other highly rated books. She has coached and taught over 16,000 nonprofit professionals how to find jobs and get ahead in their careers since 2009.

Grant Monck

Fundraising Coach

Grant has over twenty years of experience as a board member, senior fundraiser and lawyer. Grant began his fundraising career in Vancouver with the Canadian Cancer Society and then became Associate Director of Development at the University of British Columbia, Director of Development at Pearson World College and National Director of Development for Ducks Unlimited Canada. Grant’s experience includes working on annual and capital campaigns, communications and government relations. His specific expertise is in major gift fundraising and gift planning.