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Photo of Glenn Ives, chair, Board of Directors, St. Paul’s Foundation, Sheila Biggers, president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation, and Dick Vollet, former president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation
(L-R): Glenn Ives, chair, Board of Directors, St. Paul’s Foundation, Sheila Biggers, president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation, and Dick Vollet, former president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation
Building for the Future

St. Paul’s Foundation announces new president and CEO

by St. Paul's Foundation


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Biggers as the new president and CEO of St. Paul’s Foundation. 

Sheila is an impressive leader with over 25 years of experience of building growth and prosperity in the non-profit and public sectors.

She has an extensive track record of growing organizations to amplify their impact, and has shown great skill in setting and executing strategy, leading teams, managing revenues, public speaking, and engaging the community.

In her previous roles as President & CEO of Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) and Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement at the UBC Sauder School of Business, Sheila rallied internal resources and external partners to achieve highly aspirational philanthropic goals.

Sheila’s passion for health care and community building, along with her entrepreneurial mindset, are tremendous assets to the Foundation. During her time at JABC, she championed programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, support Indigenous learners and reconciliation, develop financial literacy, and make high-quality education accessible no matter where students live.

Photo of Sheila Biggers, president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation
Sheila Biggers, president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation

“I’m thrilled to be joining St. Paul’s Foundation as the president and CEO. It’s an honour to be part of an organization with a long history of supporting life-changing, patient-centred health care,” she says. “I look forward to working with the Foundation and its supporters to further advance health care for all of us in this province.”

Continuing the legacy of innovative health care that puts people first

St. Paul’s Foundation is grateful to outgoing president and CEO Dick Vollet for his 12 years of service that helped Providence Health Care (PHC) make great strides on many vital health care projects across BC, including our new St. Paul’s Hospital and medical campus, Providence Living at the Views, Foundry, BCCSU, the Road to Recovery Initiative, and more.

We are entering our next chapter from a place of incredible strength, and we are ready to meet the significant milestones ahead under Sheila’s leadership and guidance.

“This is an exciting and opportune time for Sheila to come into the organization with a strong team in place,” says Glenn Ives, board chair of St. Paul’s Foundation. “We truly believe we’ve found the right person to lead St. Paul’s Foundation to achieve our ambitious goals and continue the vision to inspire philanthropic investment in Providence’s work in 18 care sites across the province, ensuring exceptional health care for the citizens of British Columbia.”

A bold new horizon for St. Paul’s Foundation, PHC, and Providence Living

Today, we are on the precipice of a massive change in health care. We’re building a first-in-Canada medical campus – along the lines of Johns Hopkins and the Cleveland Clinic – that will drive clinical care and research to advance the health of people across BC and beyond.

Rendering of the new St. Paul's Hospital medical campus.
Rendering of the new St. Paul’s Hospital and Providence Research Institute.

The Jim Pattison Medical Campus will include the new St. Paul’s acute care hospital, an adjoining research facility, space for life sciences industry partners, and more. Our hospital’s construction has now reached the 11th – and final! – floor.

Sheila will be leading our capital campaign to raise $88 million for our research facility on the medical campus, which is the next step to bring the vision of the campus to life.

“Sheila is in complete alignment with the Foundation’s mission, vision, and values. With the vast array of skills she brings, we’re confident St. Paul’s Foundation, along with its community of supporters, donors, partners, volunteers, and staff, have a bright future ahead,” says Dick.

The Foundation raises millions of dollars annually to support transformative capital projects that help to bring compassionate care to patients, residents, and families across PHC and Providence Living sites, to fund life-changing medical research, and to underpin the future of health care at the new St. Paul’s Hospital and medical campus.