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.

Siobhan Aspinall

CFRE, Talent Manager

Siobhan has been fundraising for 19 years for non-profit organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the David Suzuki Foundation and United Way. She is currently the Director of Philanthropy at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, working primarily in major gifts. She teaches three fundraising courses at the BC Institute of Technology, is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Mentorship Program, and is the chair of the board of Pivot Legal Society. She holds a BA in languages from UBC, an Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management from BCIT, and the Certified Fundraising Executive designation.

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.

Gabriela Arroyo

Talent Manager & VP Latin America

Gaby has a background of over 8 years in people management and career development within the Technology Industry. She is experienced in career pathing, development planning and performance management. Her coaching and recruiting experience are a powerful combination to help our clients and candidates find the perfect match.

Gabriela Nieto

MBA, Office Administrator

She is the glue that holds everything together at Gerard Search. Gabriela has strong experience in administration and finance in the banking and in the post-secondary education sectors. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).

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.

José Manuel Cendejas

BE, Head of Technology

With over ten years of experience in information technology, JM is perfectly positioned to ensure that our client’s user experience is a positive one. He has been in senior positions with such renowned companies as IBM and Oracle. JM has an Engineering degree from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO).