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The board of directors of Hope Air — the national charity that provides Canadians in financial need with free travel and accommodations to access medical care far from home — announced the appointment of Mark Rubinstein as its new chief executive officer effective March 2, 2020.
Rubinstein’s leadership experience includes serving as CEO of several leading charitable and for-profit ventures. Most recently, he served as managing director of the Art of Purpose, a social impact consultancy firm advising organizations on purpose-driven strategy. He is also the co-managing director of Searchlight Partners, an executive search and talent advisory practice. Rubinstein has also worked as a social impact entrepreneur and advocate focused on issues relating to health, education and the environment.
“Mark’s background and experience make him an ideal candidate to lead Hope Air moving forward,” said David Garner, chair of the board of directors. “He has served as a CEO in both private sector and not-for-profit organizations and has demonstrated strong leadership and stakeholder relationship skills. His track record of leading teams, creating partnerships and driving strong financial performance will enable Hope Air to increase its impact and continue to ensure a successful future.”
“I am honoured to have been selected as the next CEO of Hope Air. Its purpose and mission — to help Canadians in financial need who must travel to medical care far from home — deeply resonates with me,” said Rubinstein. “I look forward to working with the Hope Air team, and all of our supporters, donors, volunteers and others, to increase the organization’s impact and help more Canadians in their time of need.”
From 2013 to 2017, Rubinstein served as president and CEO of Alpine Canada, a national not-for-profit federation that supports Olympic and Paralympic athletes across Canada. Previously, he held leadership positions with several companies in the media, marketing and technology sectors, including Insight, Alliance Atlantis and Yahoo Canada. He holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
Rubinstein has also worked as an advocate, volunteer and fundraiser for leading international charitable organizations including Charity Water, Pencils of Promise, the Ocean Conservancy and Doctors Without Borders.
Rubinstein succeeds Doug Keller-Hobson, who will retire from Hope Air after many years of distinguished service to the organization. Keller-Hobson’s immense contribution to the success of Hope Air will be formally recognized at Hope Air’s upcoming annual general meeting.